2009 Cincinnati Bengals Fantasy Football Preview
The 2008 Cincinnati Bengals finished 4-11-1 thus once again living up to their famous ineptitude and giving their fans virtually nothing to cheer about for the majority of the season. Well, what do you expect when you have Ryan Fitzpatrick leading your team? The teams downfall last year can be directly attributed to the elbow injury that sidelined QB Carson Palmer much of the season leaving the reigns to a signal caller who is completely incapable of throwing a downfield pass. Palmer only played in 4 games last year and that clearly impacted the rest of the offense especially the receivers. What do the 2009 Bungles have in store for fantasy owners? Let’s dissect that very topic.
It is amazing to me that teams do not invest more in their backup QB’s and it is absolutely astonishing that someone like Fitzpatrick (now with the Bills) is in the NFL. I watched a few of their games last year and he literally never attempted a pass more than 10 yards downfield. Enough about Fitzpatrick however as Palmer looks 100% and will be under center when the Bengals open their season September, 13th at Paul Brown Stadium against the McDipshit led Denver Broncos. I am looking for the Bengals to rebound this year and possibly make a run at the playoffs and if that holds true will be largely due to Palmer’s rebound. Palmer has been an elite fantasy QB in the past and I believe he has the potential to get back to that level in 2009. First, Palmer’s elbow appears to be 100% based on all reports coming out of Cincinnati. Furthermore, although T.J. Houshmandzadeh has left for Seattle Chad Ocho Cinco seems to be motivated again as he has been working out using a boxing regime. Ocho Cinco called 2009 an “embarrassment” and also said that “words cannot explain what kind of shape I am in right now”. The team also signed former Jet Laveranues Coles and although a step down from Houshmandzadeh ufabet ทีเด็ดบอลสเต็ป will provide Palmer with another nice threat on the outside to go with Ocho Cinco and Chris Henry. I think Palmer could really be in line for a nice year this year and I consider him a low end number 1 QB with high upside potential.
The Bengals may have found themselves their workhorse back with former Chicago Bears castoff Cedric Benson toting the rock in 2009. Although averaging only 3.5 ypc last year Benson seemed motivated and was a nice surprise for Head Coach Marvin Lewis last year rushing for 747 yards and 2 TD’s. Cincinnati elected to bring Benson back signing him to a 2 year deal thus illustrating the teams confidence in him. I actually like Benson this year as a number 3 back with the potential to start as the year goes on. First, Benson will be the workload this year for the Bengals and will also be the goal line back. Moreover, the team released the under achieving Chris Perry leaving the team with just Kenny Watson and rookie Bernard Scott to go along with Benson. Finally, the drafting of LT Andre Smith out of Alabama is another sign for both Benson and Palmer. I really think Cincy will be improved this year and if they are it will be due to Palmer’s passing and Benson’s running. If you can snag Benson this year after the 6th or 7th round you are committing larceny. Neither Scott nor Watson warrant draft picks at t