26-Year-Old Wide Receiver – Cincinnati Bengals
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Like most receivers, Green’s efficiency has gone down as his opportunities have gone up. As long as he’s getting 178 targets (3rd), that’s a tradeoff with which most are willing to live. Despite pedes...
A.J. Green Contract Information:
Signed a four-year $19.6 million guaranteed contract with the Bengals in July of 2011.
Green (concussion) is officially listed as out for Sunday's playoff game against the Colts, Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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A.J. Green: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Green, who was held out of practice Friday, remains under the NFL's concussion protocol, and while his outlook for Sunday's game could potentially brighten over the next day or two, the doubtful designation suggests that's not a likely scenario. If Green misses Sunday's game, the likes of fellow wideouts Mohamed Sanu and Brandon Tate, as well as tight end Jermaine Gresham, health permitting, would be in line for added targets Sunday.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)After logging a partial practice Thursday, Green was seen in street clothes at Friday morning's session. He was scheduled to meet with a neurologist prior to the practice, and a final designation will come Friday afternoon. In light of his non-participation Friday, Green will likely be listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Colts. He's still in the NFL's concussion protocol, which means there's at least one more hurdle that he needs to clear.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)While that's a step in the right direction, Green is still in the NFL's concussion protocol, so the wideout still has some hurdles to clear before being cleared to play as Sunday's 1:05 ET kickoff against the Colts approaches. With that in mind, Green is slated to be seen by a neurologist Friday morning, at which time the Bengals hope that the wideout will be cleared for a full practice later that day.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The diagnosis was essentially a given, as Green was hit directly in the head by a defender, just a split-second after getting stripped by another defender. Already playing through a biceps bruise that's believed to be fairly serious, Green was down on the field for a couple of minutes, before walking off in an apparent daze. He caught eight passes for 82 yards in Sunday's game, but he needed 13 targets to get there and was partially responsible for two turnovers. Prior to the fumble, a ball tipped off his hands during the first half, leading to an easy interception for the Steelers. The throw from Andy Dalton was poor, but it was the kind of catch that Green typically makes. If Green isn't available for Sunday's playoff game against the Colts, Cincinnati will have extra targets to divide between Mohamed Sanu, Jermaine Gresham, Brandon Tate and Dane Sanzenbacher. While he has since all but disappeared, Sanu stepped up in a big way when Green missed time earlier in the season.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Believe it or not, Green had a down year – at least on a per play basis. While Green led the league with seven catches of 40-plus, he had only 16 catches of 20-plus (T-15th) on 164 targets (T-5th), and he averaged a pedestrian 8.2 yards per target, 16th among the league's 39 100-target wideouts. Green was primarily a volume guy and a goal-line threat, with 23 red-zone looks (T-2nd), 14 from inside the 10 (1st). Nonetheless, Green finished as the No. 4 overall receiver in standard leagues last year (No. 3 in PPR), and there's reason to think his efficiency will improve. Green averaged 9.2 YPT during his rookie season and had more big plays (19 to 16) despite 49 fewer targets. At 24, the 6-4, 210-pound burner hasn't lost a step, and quarterback Andy Dalton could get better in Year 3. Even at the current pace, the volume and red-zone looks ensure a high floor.
A rare 1,000-yard receiver as a rookie, Green is just getting started in the NFL. At 6-4, 210, with excellent speed, outstanding ball skills and superior athleticism, Green is already a mismatch for opposing defensive backs. He averaged 9.2 yards per target as a rookie, while catching balls from a rookie quarterback. Despite missing a game with a knee injury, and playing through a shoulder sprain, Green had seven catches of 40-plus yards (tied for 3rd). Green also showed outstanding hands, dropping only three passes in 115 targets. Green also saw 16 red-zone targets, nine of which were from inside the 10 (tied for 6th). Given his size and leaping ability, it’s reasonable to expect more scores in 2012. Green could stand to bulk up a bit, especially as the NFL season took its toll on him last year, but with Green entering his second year along with quarterback Andy Dalton, things should only get better.
The No. 4 overall pick out of Georgia, the 6-4, 210-pound Green projects as a potential superstar with excellent speed, uncanny quickness for a player his size and superior athleticism. Green has good hands and fantastic ball skills, going up over smaller defenders and catching the ball at its peak. He'll need to put on more muscle, and his immediate situation – an unsettled quarterback position in Cincinnati and other budding young receivers in Jordan Shipley, Jerome Simpson and Andre Caldwell – is far from ideal. But Green's not a project – he's NFL-ready right now, and his skills merit a late-round flier, irrespective of his environment.