The Bengals continued reaping fantasy points during their face off with Oakland last Sunday. Now facing the Chargers in San Diego, will the hot streak continue?
A.J. Green - Ya think? Uh huh.
Andy Dalton - He's been on fire this season--particularly in the past three games. He's a top ten fantasy quarterback right so far this season and should continue to put up top ten numbers against the Chargers, who are below average against the pass.
Jermaine Gresham - Gresham continues to get targets, and hasn't delivered a poor fantasy outing since week seven against the Steelers (most Bengals had poor performances in that game). He's still a low end TE1 from a fantasy perspective. Expect "good" results from Gresham with some red zone opportunities. Keep in mind that he's only had four touchdown receptions this year though.
Cincinnati Defense - This one isn't as clear cut as I'd like it to be. While San Diego has given up a lot of points to defenses in fantasy football, Philip Rivers and his surrounding cast are averaging twenty-two points a week on the scoreboard. Forced fumbles, interceptions, and getting after the quarterback all lead to fantasy production for defenses, but keeping your opponent's score to a minimum is key for a fantasy defense. With that said, I'm going to project the Bengals D as a borderline top ten fantasy defense for this week. They're certainly not a bad start, but you may be able to find better for a week.
Start Mohamed Sanu as a WR3 if Andrew Hawkins is out another week. For the moment, Hawkins is a limited participant at practice. If Hawkins is cleared for Sunday, I'd feel more comfortable benching Sanu in order to see the targets and overall timeshare play itself out. You'll also need to see how healthy Sanu is in the next couple of days, as he showed up on Thursday's injury report with a foot injury that he sustained in practice.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis - It's easy to continue riding with the Law Firm particularly after the last several games he's delivered. However, the Chargers are no slouch against the run. He's a borderline top twenty running back this week, and should be considered a low-end RB2 or Flex play. If you're in a league that can only start two running backs, I'd look at benching Green-Ellis if you have a better match up play available.
Cedric Peerman - If you picked up Peerman within the last few weeks, he's still a "stash" fantasy player at the moment. Green-Ellis will still get the workload, and as I've already mentioned, San Diego has a tough run defense.
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