Fantasy Football Sit/Start Advice Week 9: Which Bengals To Play

Doug Pensinger

With the Denver Broncos coming to town, we look at which Cincinnati Bengals players will benefit your starting fantasy roster for Week Nine.


A.J. Green - Green will be facing Champ Bailey, but he's still considered a WR1 in all fantasy football formats. As I've said before: Under no circumstances should anyone bench A.J. Green.

Jermaine Gresham - I may be taking a leap of faith here. Denver has allowed a lot of points to tight ends in fantasy football. In fact, Yahoo! Sports lists Denver as a team that has allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Considering A.J. Green will be tormented by Champ Bailey, I'd consider Gresham the benefactor amongst other targeted receivers.


Andy Dalton - I'd expect similar numbers from Andy Dalton compared to his fantasy output against the Steelers in Week Seven. The match up against he Broncos isn't going to be easy, but if there's any positives to consider it's the fact that Dalton will need to find the end zone a lot if he's going to keep up with Peyton Manning.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis - Denver has been average against the run this season. It's very possible the Bengals will begin the game establishing the run, but Cincinnati may be facing a deficit early and could easily rely on Dalton's arm through the majority of the game. As usual, Green-Ellis provides a flex option if need be, but don't expect explosive production.

Andrew Hawkins - Denver hasn't given up many fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. One would assume Hawkins could benefit from A.J. Green battling Champ Bailey, but Hawkins simply hasn't been targeted enough to warrant a start for some time now. Deeper PPR leagues may be the exception here, but if you're starting Hawkins, you're playing against the odds.

Cincinnati Defense - Peyton Manning has been carving out defenses since Week One. I wouldn't expect any differently against the Bengals.

Mike Nugent - I usually put Nugent in the "Start" column because 1.) I don't like projecting kickers, and 2.) Nugent tends to get field goal opportunities every game. However, Denver has not seen many field goals from their opponents, and it's not as if Nugent has been an elite fantasy kicker at any point this season. There has to be better options for Week Nine.

Waiver Wire Pickup

Cedric Peerman - If you're in a league that awards points-per-reception, Peerman is an interesting roster stash as his role in the Bengals offense could continue increasing with Bernard Scott out for the season. If the Bengals don't make a trade for another running back, Peerman is an interesting prospect beyond deeper leagues. If you have some dead weight on your bench, Peerman is worth the gamble.

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