Chad Ochocinco, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

by Ryan R. Bonini on September 1, 2010 @ 14:00:00 PDT


Chad Ochocinco | Cincinnati Bengals | 6-foot-1, 192 pounds | 10th year

2010 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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Pros: After a subpar 2008, the always colorful Ochocinco rebounded nicely last year and returned to his typical 1,000-yard level of play. He remains the team's top option in the passing game and caught at least four balls in 10 games a year ago. The Bengals have more options in the passing game this year - wideout Terrell Owens, rookie receiver Jordan Shipley and tight end Jermaine Gresham - so the pressure will not be on Ochocinco to carry the receivers. For the majority of his career, he has been remarkably durable.

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Cons: Ochocinco, 32, is on the wrong side of 30, and his better days are more than likely behind him. The Bengals signed TO, which should cut into Ocho's looks to a degree. The Bengals relied more on the running game last year and may be more balanced again this season as long as running back Cedric Benson stays healthy. Quarterback Carson Palmer also doesn't seem to have the arm he once had, which affects the numbers of the receivers.

Fantasy tip: Ochocinco is starting to get up there in years, and his numbers the past two seasons aren't what they were for a number of years. We've clearly seen a decline in his level of play. He is still capable of posting low-end No. 2 fantasy football production but should be drafted as a third, if you can. He is typically coming off of the draft board in the fourth round, which is slightly higher than we'd like to invest in him.

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About Ryan R. Bonini

Founding KFFL in 1996, Bonini now serves as VP of Fantasy Sports Solutions for USA TODAY SPORTS, KFFL's parent company. Bonini was named 2009 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year by the FSWA, received honors with the Best Fantasy Football Series in '10 and was named into their Hall of Fame in '13.

His work has been found in USA TODAY Sports, Yahoo! Sports, FOX Sports, CBS Sports,, and many others. He has also been featured on numerous radio programs around the country. Bonini is a member of the PFWA, FSWA and FSTA.

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