Draft Zone: 2nd Ranked Wide Receiver – Bengals A.J. Green

Another monster season on tap for number 18

Another monster season on tap for number 18

Cincinnatti Bengals A.J. Green is the 2nd ranked wide receiver in this year’s 2013 fantasy draft standings. With an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 15, he’s likely to be taken sometime in the second round of most fantasy drafts.

Green is going into his third season as an NFL receiver, and things can’t get much better for this fantasy stud. Last season he caught 97 passes for 1,350 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Green racked up his numbers in multiple ways in 2013. He was targeted sometimes as a possession receiver, converting 61 first downs for his team. He was also successful with the ball in his hands, ranking 10th among wide receivers with 434 yards after the catch. He also recorded 9 receptions for 408 yards on balls that traveled more than 20 yards. He pretty much was able to do whatever the Bengals asked of him.

During the draft, the Bengals have added a few new intriguing targets to the team including Tyler Eifert and Giovani Bernard. Having more options should actually take a little pressure off of Green and help put up even better numbers than last season.

Quarterback Andy Dalton targeted Green 164 times last season and that is unlikely to change this year. Whether it’s deep down the field, in the red zone or in short yardage situations, Green should score points.

Green has recently missed a couple weeks of training camp with a seemingly minor knee injury. However, he’s back on the field and is expected to be just fine for the regular season. The Bengals are going to lean on their star receiver once again this year. Fantasy owners should not be afraid to do this either. Green is definitely a solid option as your number one receiver.

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