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Andy Dalton is the favorite to be the Bengals' starting quarterback if Carson Palmer isn't with Cincinnati in 2011, but Dalton is unlikely to be considered as a starter in most fantasy formats.
Taking a rookie passer is usually a leap of faith for fantasy owners, and even if Dalton wins the starting job, he'll face 1) the learning curve all young passers encounter in Year One; and 2) the rugged defenses of Baltimore and Pittsburgh — twice. However, Dalton does have a solid group of wideouts, a unit boosted by the addition of No. 4 overall pick A.J. Green in Round One.
If you are convinced Dalton is a sleeper, you can wait to draft him late — or add him as a free agent. He is not an unreasonable draft-and-stash candidate, and if he pans out, he could have some trade value as the season goes on. His stock will likely be highest in keeper-league formats.