Fantasy Football Sit/Start Advice Week 3: Which Bengals To Play

Sep 16, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cheerleaders perform during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Sunday provided a lot of great fantasy performances by Bengals players. Andy Dalton was spreading the ball around, giving plenty of receivers some attention in the world of faux football. I’ve put together the best Bengals Sit/Start advice I can for Week 3 in hopes you’ll crush your very real opponent in fake football.

Start

A.J. Green

The Washington Redskins are below average in points allowed to fantasy wide receivers this season, and A.J. Green is an insanely above average wide receiver. Enough said.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

Green-Ellis is proving to be a consistent RB2 in fantasy leagues this season. My only concern with Green-Ellis this week is that the Bengals could very likely be facing an escalating scoreboard from their opponent. Washington currently leads the entire league in total points scored. Expect an offensive shootout. In defense of Green-Ellis’ fantasy potential, Washington surrendered 83 yards to Daryl Richardson, a St. Louis Rams backup who filled in for a benched/injured Steven Jackson. There’s more to a running game than the running back obviously, but Washington has been average against the run aside from the fact that they haven’t been scored on in the ground game, yet. Green-Ellis will play an important role in the Bengals offense as he has all season. Assuming the Bengals keep him busy in both the backfield and the passing game, he should have a solid game whether or not he reaches the end zone.

Andy Dalton

I haven’t recommended starting Andy Dalton at all this season even against the Browns, which ended up being a borderline top 5 fantasy quarterback day for Andy Dalton. Oops. As fanTASTY as Dalton’s matchup against the Browns was, I needed to see more. Dalton exceeded my expectations, and I can finally feel comfortable recommending Dalton as a fantasy start this week. The Washington Redskins, in the last two weeks, have given up the 3rd most fantasy points to quarterbacks primarily because of how often quarterbacks are chasing the ‘Skins scoring throughout the game. Andy Dalton will be given a lot of opportunity to put huge fantasy numbers as he does his best to keep up with Robert Griffin III. I don’t think it’s a stretch to assume Dalton could very well be a top 10 fantasy quarterback again this week.

Conditional Start/Sit

Andrew Hawkins

This is highly conditional: Play Andrew Hawkins in 12 team (or greater) Points Per Reception league. Hawkins racked up receptions in Week 1 and his fantasy points in Week 2 were primarily due to his 50-yard touchdown (which was phenomenal). I certainly don’t doubt Hawkins’ abilities; I just don’t trust the Bengals’ game plan in terms of what wide receivers will be used when. If you’re struggling in your flex position or dealing with injured wide receivers, Hawkins is a bold start that could always pan out. I know it’s a bit of cop out to sit on the fence with Hawkins, but hopefully I’ve outlined the conditions on which you should actually start him.

Sit

Bengals Defense

As I’ve mentioned already: Redskins have scored more than any team over the past two weeks. Two words: Stay away.

Jermaine Gresham

Washington has given up the 2nd most points to tight ends this season, but don’t let that fool you. Washington faced Jimmy Graham in Week 1; a big contributor to their surrendered fantasy points. Gresham has done nothing to warrant a start this season. I refuse to recommend him anytime soon. It’s going to take a lot for Gresham to come out of my fantasy dog house.

In The Fantasy Queue

Armon Binns had the targets and catches and Brandon Tate had the touchdown to create a faint blip on the fantasy radar, but let’s be honest: Unless you’re in crazy deep leagues no one is touching them. Even if you wanted to pick up either player, both will be sitting comfortably on you waiver wire for some time. It’s worth keeping an eye on both wide receivers, but it may take the Bengals into mid-season to show some consistency at wide receiver, if at all.

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