Last year was a lost season for the Bengals. After Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu left in free agency, their offense wasn’t the same. Tyler Eifert and A.J. Green dealt with injuries, derailing the offense even more. With addition of Joe Mixon and John Ross, who can you trust besides A.J. Green?

A.J. Green was on his way to another 1,000 yard season before suffering a hamstring injury. Now healthy, Green is again one of the elite fantasy receivers. Grabbing him at the end of round one is a perfect way to start your team. Andy Dalton played in all 16 games this season but threw for only 18 touchdowns. The loss of two receivers to free agency and Green’s injury killed his season. With Green back and John Ross drafted, Dalton can be relied upon as a backup quarterback in standard leagues.

Tyler Eifert is one of the most difficult players to own. Based on skills alone, he’s a top five tight end. But you must factor in that he’s failed to play a full season. Which is what causes the difficulty on draft day.

Eifert had offseason back surgery, something you never want to hear. After reports from Eifert himself say he may not be ready by camp, he’s tough to trust. If he falls into rounds 8-9, grab him and draft another tight end later in case Eifert misses time.

SLEEPER: John Ross

John Ross could be DeSean Jackson but even faster. Woah… Is that even possible? Ross set Twitter on fire when he ran a 4.22 40 at the combine. But he could be set up for bigger things with the Bengals.

With defenses keying on A.J. Green, Ross will see lighter coverage. With his speed and Dalton’s ability to throw a deep ball, this could be a perfect marriage. Ross is being drafted in round 16, way too low for his upside. Grab Ross with one of your later picks and stash him, he’ll be worth it.

Now what you all came for, which running back should you draft? Deciding between Gio Bernard and Jeremy Hill was difficult enough, now add Joe Mixon.

BUST: Jeremy Hill

Jeremy Hill has been entirely too touchdown dependent in his career. In the last year of his rookie deal, the Bengals drafted Joe Mixon. Reading the tea leaves, Hill’s time as a Bengal is coming to an end.

Hill will see some early season work with Bernard injured. Once he returns, Hill’s role may be only goal-line work. Without guaranteed touches, Hill isn’t worth a roster spot.

Let’s just skip the off the field talk about Joe Mixon. He is an extremely talented back and could become a star in Cincinnati. With pass catching ability, Mixon could be a three down back.

His offseason ADP has him going in round three which might be a little high. Drafting Mixon as your RB1 will require you to draft another back quickly. While he has major upside, relying on a rookie is a risky move.

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