Last week, I posted my sit/start recommendations for Bengals players for Week 12. Once a week, I'd like to quickly review various performances of Bengals players and reflect on whether or not a player lived up to their expectations.
Virtually each Bengals fantasy players did a terrific job. Here's a rundown of how everyone panned out:
Andy Dalton was the sixth highest-scoring fantasy quarterback of the week, and he is currently the seventh-best fantasy quarterback this season. Unless you're juggling an elite quarterback with Dalton on your roster, he's a quarterback you must start for most of the remaining season.
A.J. Green had a good day in fantasy, but still ended up being the 15th best receiver in fantasy for Week 12. Even without a touchdown, Green amassed 111 yards receiving and even delivered over 20 yards rushing on Sunday. He has a nice lead over Brandon Marshall as the top fantasy wide receiver of the season so far.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis was actually the third-highest scoring running back in fantasy football for Week 12. He was eclipsed only by Arian Foster and Eagles running back Bryce Brown, who was filling in for an injured Lesean Mccoy. Green-Ellis drops just outside of the top five of the week in PPR scoring leagues, but his performance was the best he's had in fantasy football all season. He faces the Chargers third best run defense next week, but we'll cross that bridge later this week.
Jermaine Gresham had a very solid outing, primarily due to his touchdown on Sunday. Without his touchdown, Gresham would have only generated 41 yards for your fantasy team. Regardless, Gresham is getting his fair share of targets and continues to be a low-end TE1 in all formats.
Cincinnati's Defense was borderline top ten this week. They practically shut down Carson Palmer, and there were plenty of sacks to go around along with an interception and a forced fumble. The Bengals have scored double digits in fantasy football for the past three weeks and are crawling toward top ten status on the season.
Mohamed Sanu was the seventh-best fantasy football wide receiver in standard scoring formats. He's now scored four touchdowns over the past three games and should be picked up in most leagues if only as a roster stash due to his red zone targets. It will be interesting to see how Andrew Hawkins will affect Sanu's production, but he's still worth a look if you have the roster space.
Mike Nugent hit a 55-yard field goal which tied a franchise record and gave your fantasy team a healthy boost.
Cedric Peerman is posting an impressive 8.3 yards-per-attempt, but in fantasy football that doesn't always get you far. He currently has 29 rushing attempts on the season and will remain somewhat limited below BenJarvus Green-Ellis on the depth chart. I still like Peerman in deeper leagues, but he's not much more than a benchwarmer in most formats.