While no Bengals player (not named "BenJarvus Green-Ellis") was an explosion of fantasy points this week, almost everyone had a "good" outing against the San Diego Chargers. It's time for yet another recap of how each player fared on Sunday.
With fantasy playoffs looming (or just underway) for many leagues, there's a chance that some Bengals players may have clinched your spot in the playoffs or even crushed your fantasy postseason chances. Let's take a look at what happened out west for the Bengals.
A.J. Green barely made the top thirty when compared to all fantasy wide receivers. That's not to say Green had a bad game by any means. He finished with eighty-five yards on nine receptions. In fact, if you're in a league that awards points for receptions, Green finished within the top twenty in fantasy. What really was the contributing factor for Green's plummet in the rankings for the past week was the fact that many receivers put up very big fantasy numbers. In standard scoring leagues, Green still had a better week than he did against Pittsburgh with only one catch and a touchdown.
Andy Dalton put up a healthy sixteen points in most fantasy leagues, but still fell out of the top ten. Remember when I pointed out how Week 13 was huge for receivers? Obviously someone was throwing them those passes. As a result, there were a lot of great quarterback performances to overshadow an otherwise respectable outing for Dalton.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis had a great week in fantasy. If we were to look at fractional scoring, Green-Ellis would rank about fourteenth but, if we rounded the numbers, Green-Ellis would be tied for about fifth place in standard scoring leagues. I thought Green-Ellis would be not much more than a flex play for week thirteen, but I was wrong. He's on a roll and faces a Cowboys team next week that surrendered 169 rushing yards to Philadelphia running back Bryce Brown.
Jermaine Gresham had a solid outing, which is what we've come to expect out of Gresham week-to-week in fantasy football. Gresham finished the game in San Diego with four receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown.
Andrew Hawkins had a respectable outing for PPR leagues, but otherwise his forty-five yards were not much help in standard leagues. Hawkins is worth picking up in PPR leagues if only to strengthen your bench with Mohamed Sanu out for the season.
Cincinnati's Defense finished well within the top ten for week thirteen. The Bengals D has scored double digit fantasy points over the past four weeks and is worth picking up if not for the Cowboys (who've given up the eight most fantasy points this season to defenses) then certainly for the Philadelphia Eagles who are operating with a rookie quarterback. They are a premium stash if not a decent start in the coming weeks.
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