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By Blaine Blontz, Bengals Correspondent, Wed, Jul 15th 8:23am EDT

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green has decided to play out the final year of his contract. He's currently making just over $10 million, and the Bengals could opt to franchise him next season. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: This won't impact Green this season, but it could turn into a holdout situation for 2016. We've seen the problems that can cause this season with Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas, so hopefully Green and the Bengals can come to a resolution.


By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Sat, Jan 3rd 4:45pm EST

AJ Green has not passed the league concussion protocol and will not play on Sunday. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Green should not be in any daily fantasy lineups and should be considered questionable for next week if the Bengals win.


By Brad Beers, Bengals Correspondent, Mon, Dec 29th 10:00am EST

Cincinnati WR A.J. Green caught 8 passes for 82 yards in Week 17 vs. Pittsburgh. However, Green also had a very costly fumble in the fourth quarter that essentially sealed the game for Pittsburgh. On the same play, Green suffered a concussion, putting his availability for the playoffs in question.

Fantasy Impact: Green's 6 fantasy points (ESPN standard scoring) Sunday night gave him 132 fantasy points on the season, good for 20th at the wide receiver position. Green has dealt with a multitude of injuries this season, but while healthy, Green put up his best numbers to-date. He should be considered a WR1 in drafts next year.


By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Sun, Dec 28th 7:24pm EST

AJ Green is officially active tonight. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: For this night game, you've likely already made your decision regarding Green. Best of luck to all that had the guts to start him in a great matchup.


By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Sun, Dec 28th 11:16am EST

As reported on ESPN Sunday Countdown, Green will play, but is unsure how he'll perform due to a bruised bicep. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Green figures to be boom or bust this week. If he can play through the pain *and* game flow requires him to be out there, he could have another great game against Pittsburgh (11-224-1 last time they met). However, the Bengals have already made the playoffs. So, if the game gets out of hand in either direction or he's merely a decoy, he could easily have a 2-30-0 night. Start at your own risk.


By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Fri, Dec 26th 1:55pm EST

AJ Green was a limited participant in practice on Thursday and Friday. (Source: Coley Harvey on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: While seemingly good news for owners that have a playoff matchup in Week 17, it forces a very difficult decision. The Steelers secondary has been very beatable this year, so it's very possible that Green has one long TD catch. Since he was back at practice on Thursday, it's a good sign that he can be a bit more than a decoy on Sunday night.


By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Wed, Dec 24th 1:27pm EST

Not surprisingly, Green did not practice on Wednesday. (Source: Coley Harvey on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Friday and Saturday's practices will be the best signs of whether Green will go this weekend. Even if he does, there's a decent chance he'll mostly be a decoy. Owners should prepare to have a replacement for Week 17.


By Brad Beers, Bengals Correspondent, Wed, Dec 24th 10:39am EST

WR A.J. Green was selected to his fourth Pro Bowl in as many years, certifying him as one of the great receivers of the modern era and possibly the greatest Bengals receiver of all time. (Source: Paul Dehner, Jr.)

Fantasy Impact: Despite lower overall numbers than in seasons past due to injury, A.J. Green leads the Bengals in receptions (61), receiving yards (959), and receiving touchdowns (6). He also leads the league in yards gained per route run, an efficiency metric, at 3.04. When healthy and active, Green is a sure-fire WR1 and a must start. Owners still playing in Week 17 are hopefully that he will be fully recovered from his biceps injury.


By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Tue, Dec 23rd 8:11am EST

On an early play, Dalton threw high and behind Green on a crossing route. Green tipped the ball up and then absorbed a hit directly to his arm. He returned, but was not himself, finishing with 0 catches.

Fantasy Impact: Green was one more addition to the long list of playoff busts this year including Andrew Luck this week and Aaron Rodgers last week. If you survived this week, Green would be a risky play in Week 17, since the Bengals have already clinched the playoffs and could decide to rest him.


By Brad Beers, Bengals Correspondent, Fri, Dec 19th 5:28pm EST

WR A.J. Green returned to practice on Friday in advance of the Bengals Monday Night Football showdown with the Broncos. (Source: SB Nation)

Fantasy Impact: It appears that Green is already over his undisclosed illness and likely to start on Monday Night in primetime. The Bengals struggle in primetime games, but this game could turn into a shootout if the Peyton Manning of old shows up, which might mean lots of targets and yardage for Green. Consider him a WR1 going into your fantasy championship.


By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Thu, Dec 18th 9:28pm EST

A.J. Green did not practice on Thursday due to sickness, but is expected to be fine by Sunday. (Source: Bengals.com)

Fantasy Impact: Start Green as you normally would against a Denver secondary that Sammy Watkins torched for 127 yds in Week 14.


By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Mon, Dec 15th 9:26am EST

A.J. Green finished the game with 5-49-0 on 11 targets.

Fantasy Impact: With 11 targets, Green did not get hurt by the run-heavy game plan. This was simply a tough matchup against Joe Haden. He should fair somewhat better against a stout Denver defense in Week 15.


By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Fri, Dec 12th 1:07pm EST

Bengals.com points out that in his last three matchups with Haden, Green has been held to 3-29-0, 2-7-0, and 5-41-0. (Source: Bengals.com)

Fantasy Impact: It seems that every team faces this dilemma at least once in the playoffs: do I sit my stud player in an impossible matchup? In this case, Green has been so unstoppable that unless you have two proven better players (Odell Beckham Jr., and T.Y. Hilton were available in the mid-to-late rounds in many drafts, for example), it would be very hard to bench him now.


By Brad Beers, Bengals Correspondent, Sun, Dec 7th 8:26pm EST

Cincinnati WR A.J. Green caught 11 balls for 224 yards and a touchdown in Week 14 vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Fantasy Impact: Green had a career high in terms of yardage this week, with 224 yards on 11 catches. Green has looked great since returning from his foot injury, and is a sure-fire WR1 for the rest of the season. Owners should start him with confidence the rest of the way, even though he'll likely be matched up with CB Joe Haden next week.


By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Mon, Dec 1st 9:43am EST

Green had a slow day by his own standards with a 4-57-1 line.

Fantasy Impact: A.J. Green has at least 100 yds or a touchdown in every game he's started this season except one, in which he was shut down by Joe Haden. He faces Haden again in week 15, but this type of reliability in a wide receiver is rare. Continue to roll Green out throughout the playoffs.


By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Mon, Nov 24th 9:38am EST

A.J. Green turned 16 targets into a 12-120-0 line (24 fantasy points in PPR).

Fantasy Impact: Standard-league owners were especially hurt when Green didn't find the endzone despite several targets in the redzone. Instead of using Green's size, OC Hue Jackson tried getting Green the ball in space and letting him run for a touchdown. Green is quickly returning to his typical WR1 status.


By Brad Beers, Bengals Correspondent, Sun, Nov 16th 4:06pm EST

WR A.J. Green had 127 receiving yards and one touchdown reception, good for 18 fantasy points (standard scoring leagues) in Week 11 vs. New Orleans.

Fantasy Impact: If you don't mind small sample sizes, then it appears that Green is back! However, we would like to see more than one solid performance before putting Green back into the WR1 conversation. That being said, Green should be active in all leagues moving forward, as he is no worse than a high-end WR2.


By Brad Beers, Bengals Correspondent, Fri, Nov 7th 12:11am EST

WR A.J. Green only had 3 catches on 10 targets for 23 yards in Week 10 vs. Cleveland.

Fantasy Impact: Green looked like a shell of his former self, dropping catchable passes and failing to create separation. Until he proves his health won't be a hindrance and the Bengals offense starts to click again, fantasy owners need to temper their expectations.


By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Mon, Nov 3rd 9:24am EST

A.J. Green caught three balls for 44 yds and a td while playing on only 38 offensive snaps. (Source: Cincyjungle.com)

Fantasy Impact: Green also had a second td called back for a penalty. It's nice to see Green be productive even with limited snaps. Assuming he didn't suffer any setbacks, he should return to being a no-brainer WR1 in the Thursday-night game against the Browns.


By Brad Beers, Bengals Correspondent, Sun, Nov 2nd 8:25am EST

Per Adam Schefter via Twitter, league sources have confirmed that A.J. Green will play in Week 9 vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars. (Source: Adam Schefter)

Fantasy Impact: All along, the Bengals have taken the approach that AJ would not play until fully ready, so if they are putting him in their lineup, you should have him in yours. With Giovani Bernard out, the Bengals will rely heavily on the pass game, so Green could be in for a big payday upon his return. He makes for a very intriguing play in daily leagues, as his price is significantly reduced from what a top-tier WR costs.


By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Wed, Oct 29th 2:16pm EDT

A.J. Green practiced on Wednesday, looking "pretty crisp." (Source: Paul Dehner Jr. on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is good news for Green owners, but we will need to see how he recovers from the practice tomorrow. If he practices fully all week, he should be safe to put back into your starting lineups. If he is limited at all this week, this may turn into a game-time decision.


By Christopher Morgan, Bengals Correspondent, Sun, Oct 26th 12:55pm EDT

Green (turf toe) is inactive for today's game against the Ravens. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Green expects to return for Week 9. Mohammed Sanu will start in his place.


By Brad Beers, Bengals Correspondent, Fri, Oct 24th 1:54pm EDT

The Bengals WR did not practice today and is officially listed as "doubtful" for Sunday's matchup with the Ravens. (Source: Bengals.com)

Fantasy Impact: Go ahead and find another option at WR this week. As previously reported, Green has not practiced in three weeks at this point, so even when he does return, expect a little rust. If you can move him based on name recognition for a high-end WR2/RB2 or better, it might be a wise move.


By Brad Beers, Bengals Correspondent, Fri, Oct 24th 10:51am EDT

WR A.J. Green is not going to practice today. This means that Green has not practiced at all in the last three weeks. (Source: Cincy Jungle)

Fantasy Impact: The fact that Green is not able to practice, even in a limited capacity, makes his Week 8 participation highly doubtful. If he does suit up, it will be to serve as a decoy with very limited productivity, a la Calvin Johnson earlier this season. If owners have better options, they should use them in Week 8.


By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Thu, Oct 23rd 4:21pm EDT

AJ Green has yet to practice all week. It's looking increasingly likely that he will miss another game. (Source: Geoff Hobson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Toe injuries are always frustrating because it is often a matter of pain management and confidence in being able to cut on the foot. As reported previously, this has the makings of a season-long hindrance. Do not plan on starting Green this week if he doesn't see the practice field Friday.


By Brad Beers, Bengals Correspondent, Tue, Oct 21st 2:19pm EDT

Bengals WR A.J. Green said Monday that his foot is "probably not gonna be 100 percent" this season, and that he hopes the pain will be "manageable" so that he "can get through the season and play at a high level". As for his Week 8 status, Green said that it was "still up in the air". (Source: Pro Football Talk)

Fantasy Impact: Green at 80-90% is still better than most wideouts, but this is a huge blow for fantasy owners who were relying on top-5 wide receiver production from their early second round pick. If you can flip Green for a low-end WR1/RB1 or high-end WR2/RB2 based on name power, it might be prudent to do so.


By Brad Beers, Bengals Correspondent, Mon, Oct 20th 10:24am EDT

The Cincinnati Bengals were held scoreless in Week 7, partially due to the absence of star wide receiver A.J. Green.

Fantasy Impact: It's tough to fathom that a team could be so inept after only losing one player, but the Bengals looked utterly lost out there without A.J. Green in Week 7, as only six players even registered a single point in fantasy and no player had more than 5. Fantasy owners and Bengals fans alike are crossing their fingers that he can return to the field in the near future to help salvage this season. Green is "day-to-day", according to HC Marvin Lewis.


By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Sun, Oct 19th 10:50am EDT

Head coach Marvin Lewis told Lyndsay Czarzniak that AJ Green will be inactive today against the Colts. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is no surprise for those following Green's status this week. According to Geoff Hobson on Twitter, Green did work out on the field before the game and is hopeful for week 8. In the mean time, Mohamed Sanu should be Andy Dalton's top target.


By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Sat, Oct 18th 5:17pm EDT

Updating suspicions from earlier in the week, AJ Green will almost certainly not play in week 7 against the Colts. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: At this point, the Bengals have been fairly open-ended about when Green may return. Bengals WR Mohamed Sanu is still available in many leagues and should continue to receive a generous number of targets as long as Green is out.


By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Mon, Oct 13th 9:13am EDT

Green told ESPN's Bob Holtzman that he does not expect to play in the Bengals' week 7 game against the Colts. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As frustrating as this can be for owners that used a second-round pick on Green, this is actually good news for them. Owners don't need to worry that he'll be active but less than 100%. When he does come back, owners can be reasonably confident that he'll be near full strength. If you don't own AJ Green and you're starting to think about playoffs, consider targeting struggling Green owners that need to win now and might trade him.


By Brian Tesch, Bengals Correspondent, Sun, Oct 12th 12:26pm EDT

Green, who had been listed as questionable with a toe injury on the Week 6 injury report, will not suit up today against the Panthers. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Brandon Tate will start opposite Mohammed Sanu against the mediocre Panthers secondary. Both Sanu and Tate could be daily fantasy bargains. Green is week-to-week with his latest toe injury.


By Brad Beers, Bengals Correspondent, Fri, Oct 10th 11:55am EDT

Bob Holtzman of ESPN has cited multiple sources within the Bengals organization that have said WR A.J. Green will not play Sunday versus the Carolina Panthers. (Source: Sport Illustrated)

Fantasy Impact: Green re-aggravated his big toe injury in practice this week. Fantasy owners should be concerned that this injury has lingered for over a month at this point. However, Green being sidelined this week might be a blessing in disguise, as you can plan accordingly and adjust your lineups before Sunday afternoon rather than trotting out an ineffective superstar (Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall owners know this pain all too well).


By Brad Beers, Bengals Correspondent, Wed, Oct 8th 2:00pm EDT

It appears that A.J. Green has re-aggravated his turf toe injury. He threw his shoe off in disgust as he left practice on a cart. (Source: Richard Skinner on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is not good new for the Bengals or fantasy owners. Turf toe is a pesky injury to heal from, and has the potential to keep Green out in Week 6 and beyond. Owners should be following the news cycle in regards to Green's Week 6 status, and possibly hedging their bets by grabbing Sanu or Jones off waivers if available.


By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Mon, Oct 6th 9:36am EDT

A.J. Green caught a 17-yd touchdown when Darrelle Revis briefly left the game in the third quarter, but was otherwise quiet, posting a 5-81-1 line.

Fantasy Impact: This is a good reminder that you should never bench a stud WR, even against a "shutdown corner." Players like Green only need one play to make a fantasy impact. He now has either 100 yds or a td in each of the three games he's played. As his toe continues to heal, he will hopefully begin scoring more like the WR1 you drafted him as and not merely a highly-consistent WR2.


By Brad Beers, Bengals Correspondent, Mon, Sep 22nd 12:35pm EDT

Despite being a game-time decision due to a toe injury suffered in Week 2, AJ Green had 6 receptions for 102 yards on 9 targets.

Fantasy Impact: Green looked fully healthy in this one, topping 100 yards receiving against the number one pass defense. While he didn’t find the endzone, fantasy owners have to be happy with that type of production against a top-notch pass defense. The Bengals have a Week 4 bye, which should give Green even more time to heal from his toe injury. Owners should start Green with confidence following the bye.


By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Sun, Sep 21st 11:37am EDT

Green was spotted running routes on the sideline before the game. He will be active. (Source: Coley Harvey on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Green is certainly a risky play this week. Since the Bengals have playoff aspirations and a bye next week, they had every reason to give him two weeks of rest if they were unsure of his ability to go. If you have another top-15 WR to put in his place, that may be a bit safer, but otherwise, I wouldn't recommend benching him for a WR3/WR4.


By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Fri, Sep 19th 12:39pm EDT

AJ Green said on Friday that his toe feels good and if that continues, he'll play on Sunday. (Source: Geoff Hobson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fortunately, the Bengals have an early game this week, so we should have some clarity before needing to make a decision. However, playing a wide receiver with a foot injury is quite risky. He may perform at a high level, but could also leave the game after a quarter. If your opponent had Julio Jones on Thursday night, you might need to take the risk so you don't watch Green catch a matchup-winning td on your bench. Otherwise, you likely have some safer options -- especially in PPR formats.


By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Sun, Sep 14th 8:22pm EDT

Although the MRI was negative, AJ Green may miss week 3 vs. Titans due to a foot injury sustained against the Falcons. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Green burned fantasy owners in week 2 with 0 fantasy points. The silver lining is that the injury does not seem to require a long-term absence. While Bengals WR Mohamed Sanu will likely be a popular pickup for week 3, keep in mind that all but 8 of his 84 yds came on a fluky long td catch in which the defender gambled and lost.


By Bobby Lancaster, Bengals Correspondent, Sat, Sep 13th 10:56pm EDT

Marvin Lewis confirmed on Friday that AJ Green will be good to go Sunday after dealing with a foot injury earlier in the week. (Source: @pauldehnerjr )

Fantasy Impact: AJ Green is an every week starter when healthy. This week he matches up with a Falcons defense that allowed good numbers to both Colston and Cooks in Week 1. Start him with confidence in Week 2.


By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Mon, Sep 8th 12:20pm EDT

A.J. Green caught six passes for 131 yds and a TD in week one. 77 yds and the TD came with 4:58 remaining in the game.

Fantasy Impact: Before the catch that saved his fantasy day, Green was 5-54-0. New OC Hugh Jackson's ball control offense is designed, in part, to set up big plays like the 77-yd TD. However, that catch is the second longest of Green's career. A reliance on long TDs could mean that Green will be slightly more boom-or-bust than he has been in previous seasons. With a high volume of targets, his floor remains quite high even during a "bust" game.


By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Thu, Aug 28th 12:32pm EDT

Despite the increased emphasis on the run from new OC Hue Jackson, the number of Green's targets in the preseason have remained on par with his targets in the 2013 season.

Fantasy Impact: In a combined three quarters of play across preseason games two and three, A.J. Green has racked up 11 targets. In 2013, Green averaged 11.25 targets per game. This is a very small sample size, but owners should not be particularly worried about a dramatic change in his volume of targets in Jackson’s new system.


By Clinton, Bengals Correspondent, Fri, Jul 18th 3:47pm EDT

A.J. Green, stand-up guy, isn’t talking about Andy Dalton’s 56.2 passer rating in the postseason. He’s looking at his own line of 161 yards and no touchdowns in three playoff games. A line that the other Bengals starting wide receiver, Marvin Jones, bests with 164 yards in two playoff games. "If I play well, the team plays well,” Green said Thursday. “I’ve got to give them that spark in the playoffs and I haven’t done that the whole three years.” (Source: Bengals.com)

Fantasy Impact: Since coming into the league, A.J. Green has become one of the top fantasy wide receivers in the league. With Hue Jackson now as the offensive coordinator, Green will be challenged to become even better which could be a dangerous combination considering he's already one of the best. His fantasy production this year should at the minimum, match his production from last year.

The NY Times | Jul 30th
Primed for a big bounce-back after an injury filled, underwhelming 2014 campaign.
WalterFootball | Jul 29th
I want to put Green higher in the rankings than I have here, but there are just too many high-end possibilities at receiver this season. Green injured his toe early in 2014 and was hurting much of the season and ended up missing three games, as well as playing hurt through many more. We know what Green can do when healthy with back-to-back seasons where he hit 98 receptions 1,350 yards and 11 touchdowns. Those are numbers we can count on from a healthy Green, especially in a contract year.
Breaking Football | Jul 29th
Green's 2014 was torn down by nagging injuries, yet he still stayed among the top 25. he's sure to bounce back as a top-10 threat at the least in 2015
FFLockerRoom | Jul 29th
Outside of an injured stretch last season he has been one of the most productive players at his position. Don't let that small stretch fool you, AJ Green is a threat to be the top Wide Receiver on a weekly basis.
RotoBaller | Jul 17th
A.J. Green is in my list of tier one receivers. For me it’s not even a question, Green is elite and deserves to be in there. I will acknowledge that my list of tier one receivers is deeper than it’s ever been this year at eight, and he’s definitely in the lower half of those... Read More
Fantasy Football Maniax | Jul 15th
Green missed 3 games last year and as a result, posted only 69 receptions for 1,041 yards and 6 receiving touchdowns. I expect a rebound year in 2015.
Fantasy Couch | Jul 7th
Last of the elite WRs