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Playoffs? Lucky you. The Bengals face the Eagles Thursday night, and you have some Cincinnati flavor on your faux football squad? You don't say. Let's take a look at who to start for your fantasy postseason.
Something a little different this week: Since I consider the majority of Bengals players solid fantasy starts or better this Thursday, I've broken down where Yahoo! ranks each player and given my own two cents on the rankings. Depending on how many teams are in your league, it may help you prioritize each respective player based on where they're ranked. As always, sound off in the comments below with your Sit/Start dilemmas so we can all help one another get a fantasy title this season.
A.J. Green - The Eagles are giving too much away to wide receivers even with a gradually improving secondary, and A.J. Green is pretty special. He's one of the better match ups this week simply because he's an elite fantasy wide receiver against a team that can't cover well.
Yahoo! Rank - 1st
Andrew's Rank - 2nd
Andy Dalton - According to Yahoo! the Eagles have given up the most points per game to quarterbacks over the last five weeks. What Yahoo! doesn't point out is the fact that the Eagles have played quarterbacks like Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton during those five weeks. Either way, expect Dalton to rebound off a poor fantasy performance from Sunday.
Yahoo! Rank - 14th
Andrew's Rank - 13th
Jermaine Gresham - The Eagles have been average in points allowed to tight ends, and Jermaine Gresham has been an above average tight end in fantasy football. Expect decent numbers with a potential touchdown to boost your weekly points.
Yahoo! Rank - 8th
Andrew's Rank - 7th
BenJarvus Green-Ellis - The Eagles have done well to contain fantasy running backs as of late, but they did just allow 128 rushing yards to the Buccaneers. Green-Ellis continues to remain a supportive "RB2" in fantasy football. If you have two top ten running backs in your lineup, consider yourself fortunate if you're able to play Green-Ellis in your flex.
Yahoo! Rank - 12th
Andrew's Rank - 16th
Cincinnati Defense - I'm not as excited about starting Cincinnati's defense as I was before the Eagles beat the Buccaneers on Sunday with 23 points on the scoreboard. That said, they still have a rookie signal caller that is bound to make rookie mistakes from time to time. I'd still consider the Bengals a top ten fantasy defense this week.
Yahoo! Rank - 3rd
Andrew's Rank - 7th
Andrew Hawkins (PPR only) - I usually recommend Andrew Hawkins in leagues that award points-per-reception. He simply doesn't get into the end zone enough or put up the yardage totals to justify a "Start" in standard scoring leagues. Hawkins was targeted eight times against he Cowboys on Sunday, and will continue to be a PPR threat the rest of this season. He's a solid "WR3" or flex play if you're in a jam during your playoffs.
Yahoo! PPR Rank - 65th
Andrew's PPR Rank - 40th
With your fantasy season presumably on the line this week, what kind of questions are you facing with your lineup? Get your questions out there in the comments below!