16. Andy Dalton — Cincinnati Bengals
Andy Dalton followed his best season with one of his worst. The midseason losses of A.J. Green and Giovani Bernard, coupled with the season-long injury issues of Tyler Eifert did not help an offense that surrendered 41 QB sacks.
Expectations are lofty for high-round draft picks John Ross and Joe Mixon – both whom are expected to contribute in their debut seasons. Both are dynamic playmakers with explosive speed – something the Bengals offense lacked through major parts of last year. Dalton will continue to remain accurate, and by simply getting the ball to superior talent, should see his numbers rise.
15. Eli Manning — New York Giants
It’s a bit surprising how mediocre Eli Manning is as a fantasy asset. The Giants routinely provide him with receiving weapons and he’s started all 16 games in 12 straight seasons.
But it’s the lack of protection by a paper-mache offensive line and extinct run game that prevents Eli from cashing in more virtual points. Ben McAdoo has made Manning decisive and accurate. It’s terrible play from the upfront beef which hasn’t allowed him to flourish. Ultimately, the personnel the Giants trot out in 3-WR sets will be reason enough to spot start Manning.
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