Bengals Defense | D/ ST
Defensive Coordinator: Mike Zimmer
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Fantasy Football Outlook: Welcome to the Jungle as the Bengals support one of the better young defensive groups in the league. A year-ago Cincinnati finished third in the league with 51 sacks, just one behind both the Rams and Broncos.
With Elvis Dumervil gone from Denver and the Bengals adding James Harrison to play on the strong-side I believe we will see this group lead the league in sacks this season.
I also like the addition of strong safety Shawn Williams via the draft, not to mention project lineman Margus Hunt. If the secondary can take another step this season, we could see the Bengals challenge for the top fantasy defense.
What I like is that while the Ravens won the Super Bowl they lost Anquan Boldin and Joe Flacco has been an average quarterback in the regular season. Ben Rothlisberger lost Mike Wallace and Heath Miller is coming back from a late-season knee injury.
While Norv Turner should help the Browns improve in the passing game, the Bengals shouldn’t have a problem taking advantage of this young group, via turnovers. Add it up and while I think the Seahawks are the best defense in the league; they are in the toughest division in football.
We can’t look past the teams in the Bengals division, but in terms of overall talent, this team should be the favorite to win the AFC North. Look to this group as one of the top five units to target on draft day and they can be used as a starter most weeks.
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Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections
If you don’t believe in the Bengals personnel to have another solid year on defense, trust that defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer will make things work. Coach Zimmer has been a breath of fresh air in Cincinnati, and two of his first three years as coordinator have been productive.
The Bengals had one heck of a draft this offseason and additions like corner back Dre Kirkpatrick and defensive tackle Devon Still, will make instant impacts. No, they may not have house hold names up front but this is quickly becoming one of the better front line rotations in the game.
My main concern for the Bengals is in the backfield as their safety play is likely to be suspect at times. Assuming Brandon Weeden starts in Cleveland, all three divisional rivals will have quarterbacks with arm-strength capable of stretching the field.
It will be up to the Bengals to play disciplined football, and the rotation of fresh lineman upfront need to muddy the pocket. If that happens, only Roethlisberger (in my mind) is capable of having consistent success against that type of pressure.
For fantasy leagues, the Bengals are worthy of holding if you plan of keeping two defenses, but likely you will find them on the waiver wire, early on.
Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
While it looked like the Bengals may have finally turned the corner in 2009, they failed to put another winning season together as has been the case for them since the 80’s, when they actually have a good season. While I was disappointed in how Cincinnati’s offense played, it was the defense inability to stay as a top ten group that killed this team.The Bengals will probably try to return to their run first offense that gave them success in 2009, and helped the defense stay off the field to help them have success that year, but with a projected rookie quarterback starting, this team will struggle again.
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The Bengals had a big breakout season as a team and especially on defense. All of a sudden, the team has a strong one, two punch at corner and some hard hitting linebackers to help stop the run. The defense may not play as well next year, but they should still be a good unit.
2010 Fantasy Football Outlook
2009 Fantasy Year In Review: We knew this group had a nice nucleus of young talented linebackers before last season but man what a year they had. For the season, the Bengals defense posted no lower than seventh best against in points given up, against the pass and against the run.
This is not the type of production we’ve come to expect from the Bengals over the past few decades, and it shows a clear sign of positive change.
2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: The Bengals seem to pull out a winning season every once in awhile, but they have the hardest time doing it two years in a row. Look for this group to have more sacks and turnovers this year but maybe not play as strong against the run and pass.
It will be interesting to see if this defense can produce another strong season overall. If they can, it’s time to look at this team as a force to be reckoned with as their young linebackers should only get better.
– Good Overall Group
– Well Coached
– Only One Good Season
– Adding Pacman Jones May Lead To Troubles Overall. LOL