The Bengals have now managed two consecutive weeks with strong fantasy performances all around. Is this the start of something consistent? Will the Bengals running game rebound against a tough Jets defense? Will Andy Dalton continue being a top-five fantasy quarterback? As usual, we're here to comment on what fantasy owners can expect for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Andy Dalton: He's put owners in a bit of a dilemma. Dalton has been a top five quarterback the past two weeks, and now faces a solid Jets defense. The Jets will operate similar to the Bills and Lions in that they'll be relying on their defensive line to pressure Dalton throughout the game. It's not as if I believe Dalton isn't worth starting. I think he can. There are just too many good match ups for other quarterbacks that owners likely have on their rosters. Consider Dalton one of the best QB2s in Week 8, and he deserves to be in discussion as a low-end QB1 discussion moving forward.
Running backs: The Bengals didn't exactly lean on the run game against the Lions in Week 7. As daunting as the Jets are against the run, Giovani Bernard is a capable receiver that should find production in the passing game if not for a potential goal line opportunity. Because he's limited to the ground game, BenJarvus Green-Ellis is an extremely low flex option that probably shouldn't be started unless you're simply out of options.
Wide receivers: As usual, A.J. Green is a must-start. He'll see plenty of Cromartie, but the Jets secondary is beatable especially for a player like Green. It should be encouraging for owners to know Dalton is playing better for the time being. There's a chance Marvin Jones won't be playing on Sunday, making Mohamed Sanu a desperation play off the waiver wire.
Tight ends: As usual, Tyler Eifert and Jermaine Gresham can't be counted on in fantasy football. Even if Marvin Jones leaves some targets out on the field, there's no telling which tight end will be able to capitalize. It is encouraging to know that the Jets are weak against tight ends, but they haven't exactly been playing many elite tight ends this season.
Defense/ Special teams: The Jets have given the fourth most fantasy points to opposing defenses this season. Cincinnati is a great start against a rookie quarterback that could throw an interception or two. Look for some value in Cincinnati sacking Geno Smith as well. The Bengals are certainly a top-ten start with upside.
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