Last week, I posted my sit/start recommendations for Bengals players for Week 10. Once a week, I'd like to review various performances of Bengals players to see who lived up to his fantasy expectations.
The Bengals success on the field against the New York Giants carried into fantasy football as Cincinnati had a plethora of point generators. The question is: Who did you actually start? Last week, I recommended starting A.J. Green (which should go without saying), Andy Dalton, and Jermaine Gresham. However, there were much more players joining the party than I originally expected.
A.J. Green - Unless you're a Giants fan to a ridiculous fault, you started A.J. Green this week. He caught seven passes for 85 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's win over New York. A.J. Green is currently the top scoring fantasy wide receiver in standard scoring formats and only slightly behind Brandon Marshall in PPR leagues. Remember when everyone was drafting Calvin Johnson in the first round of fantasy drafts two months ago? A.J. Green will be the top wide receiver off the boards assuming this keeps up.
Andy Dalton - Andy Dalton was a recommended start, but I would have never assumed he'd be a top five fantasy quarterback for Week Ten. Dalton's four passing touchdowns are what boosted his fantasy production, as he only threw for 199 yards on Sunday. Andy Dalton is an elite fantasy backup quarterback. He's about as good as you can get without being in the top ten on the season. If he's available in your league for some strange reason, snatch him off the wire especially if you have a starting quarterback that's been more of a match up play each week.
Jermaine Gresham - While Jermaine Gresham didn't exactly blow up the stats sheet with receptions and yardage (3 rec, 15 yds), he did manage a touchdown on Sunday. Tight ends around the league had a monstrous week, and Gresham fell just outside of the top ten as a result. However, a trip to the end zone generally deserves a worthy fantasy start, especially for tight ends.
Mohamed Sanu - I don't care if you're playing in a 16 team league. Under no circumstances should Mohamed Sanu have been started by any manager on Sunday. With that said, Sanu put up a decent fantasy outing with 47 yards and a touchdown. In standard scoring leagues, he was the 20th scoring wide receiver. The real question is whether or not Sanu should be picked up for your roster. I'd keep an eye on Sanu, but as we've seen with Andrew Hawkins, a few great games doesn't always hold together for an entire season in fantasy football particularly with the Bengals. There is simply too much unknown as far Sanu's role on this Bengals offense but he's at least worth monitoring the next few weeks.
Cincinnati Defense - The Bengals defense shocked me. They were a top ten defense this week after keeping the Giants out of the end zone for most of the game and creating four turnovers. Hopefully you've already picked up the Bengald defense in preparation for Week Eleven as they play the Kansas City Chiefs, but odds are they were started in very few leagues against the New York Giants.
Andrew Hawkins - Hawkins was one of the four receivers who was able to get a touchdown on Sunday. He didn't put up huge yardage, but was at least able to put up WR3 calibur fantasy numbers for the week. He's still a difficult fantasy receiver to trust week in and week out.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis - The Bengals maintained a lead on the Giants for the entire game on Sunday. You'd think that the Bengals having an unwavering lead throughout the game would translate into some nice rushing totals for Green-Ellis, but he only was able to manage 50 yards on the ground and 15 receiving yards for the day. He's extremely difficult to trust in fantasy football, but Kansas City next week could provide owners with a final test.
Later this week, I'll be posting my Sit/Start advice for Bengals players for Week 11. In the meantime, feel free to discuss your fantasy football studs and duds in the comments section below.