2015 Outlook: After averaging 98 receptions, 1,388 yards and 11 touchdowns in the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Green was plagued by injuries for the first time in his career, missing all or a significant portion of six games last season. When he was on the field, though, Green once again proved to be one of the busiest wideouts in the league, racking up 1,041 yards and 6 TDs on 69 receptions. Say what you want about Andy Dalton's ability, but he certainly gets Green the ball early and often. Entering his prime at age 27, Green has the look of a strong bounce-back candidate.
2015 Outlook: Hill isn't a complete back, but what he does well -- grind north/south and pound potential tacklers -- is prized in fantasy. After Gio Bernard suffered a hip injury in Week 8 last season, the rookie Hill took over as the Bengals' early-down back and topped 140 yards four times in nine contests. He's not a terrible pass catcher or blocker, but Bernard does those things better and is quicker, so he'll play in most third-down and passing situations. While that means Hill's production has the potential to be dependent on game flow, we'll take the walloping half of an RB platoon every time. Hill has a great chance to be among the NFL's TD leaders.
2015 Outlook: Bernard will lay down some of the prettiest highlights you'll ever see: weaving, electric masterpieces that make him one of the game's most fearsome open-field RBs. But he's also a two-steps-forward, one-step-back kind of runner, and as 2014 rolled on, Cincy fell out of love with that approach. Bernard injured his hip in Week 8, and by the time he returned, rookie Jeremy Hill had excelled in the lead role. Make no mistake, there should be work for both men. From Week 12 on last season, Hill averaged 20 touches per game and Bernard averaged 13.3. But if you're taking one Cincy back early, it's Hill, not Bernard.
2015 Outlook: Jones, who missed the entire 2014 season with foot and ankle injuries, is the favorite to start opposite A.J. Green this year. The Cal product defied logic in 2013 by scoring 10 touchdowns on only 51 receptions while operating in a situational capacity. He's obviously not a realistic candidate to have a repeat performance in OC Hue Jackson's run-heavy system, but Jones has the ability to become a reliable second target for Andy Dalton. Considering that Mohamed Sanu produced a top-40 fantasy season in his place, Jones is worth a look as your fifth receiver.
2015 Outlook: Dalton finished 2013 a shocking fifth in QB fantasy points. But savvy owners knew it was a mirage -- a point confirmed last year, when he ranked 18th. The Red Rifle is one of the NFL's most "scheme-able" throwers; he thinks his arm is stronger than it is, and he consistently puts passes in traffic. WR A.J. Green makes up for a multitude of his QB's sins, but the interceptions always arrive. (His 66 picks over the past four years is second most in the NFL.) Add a two-headed backfield of Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard, and the Bengals are better off when Dalton isn't throwing a ton. He shouldn't be more than a bye-week fill-in on your team.
2015 Outlook: A 2013 first-rounder, Eifert has been a big ol' bust so far. He played second fiddle to Jermaine Gresham in his rookie year, and then in 2014, he dislocated his elbow in Week 1, requiring season-ending surgery. The Bengals let Gresham walk this winter and drafted Tyler Kroft, meaning it's Eifert's job to win. We have high hopes: He's a terrific leaper with uncommon quickness for his size (6-6, 250). We wouldn't be remotely shocked to see him become a fantasy starter this year. But it hasn't happened yet, and Andy Dalton is his QB, so some skepticism is justified.