NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the Bengals have decided to return QB Andy Dalton to the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Jets. Amid a lost season, it probably made sense to take a look at what Ryan Finley had. The answer was not much. Dalton's return stabilizes the outlook for WR Tyler Boyd, who enjoyed an impressive outing in Week 12 even with Finley. Dalton could be a fantasy option for some against the Jets this weekend and at Miami in Week 16. If you're really hard up -- or in a 2-QB or superflex league -- his Week 14 trip to Cleveland also isn't a bad matchup. Dalton sits 14th in fantasy points per game among QBs for the season, tied with Drew Brees and ahead of Tom Brady.
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the Bengals will have a new QB when they return from their Week 9 bye. Cincinnati plans to bench Andy Dalton in favor of rookie Ryan Finley for the Week 10 home date with Baltimore. The Bengals moved up in Round 4 to draft Finley this spring after a career that included 3 starting seasons for N.C. State. Finley averaged 7.7 yards per pass attempt for the Wolfpack, with a 4.4% TD rate and 64.5% completions. He also had a solid preseason for the Bengals, completing 73.4% of his passes at 6.5 yards per attempt, with 3 TDs and 1 INT. We're certainly not boosting our fantasy outlooks for any of Cincinnati's skill-position players for a 4th-round rookie at QB, but change probably can't hurt the sputtering offense. Football Outsiders rated the Bengals 30th in overall offensive DVOA heading into Week 8, including just 27th in passing offense.
The Bengals selected North Carolina State QB Ryan Finley in the 4th round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The 6’4, 213-pounder was a 3-year starter for the Wolfpack after transferring from Boise State. He completed a strong 64.5% of his passes at N.C. State and averaged 7.7 yards per attempt. He set career highs with a 67.4% completion rate and 8.1 yards per attempt this past season and ranked 10th in this draft class in Pro Football Focus’ adjusted completion rate. Finley has some long-term starter potential but will open his career backing up Andy Dalton in Cincinnati. Dalton is signed with the Bengals through the 2020 season but has no dead money left on his contract.