Once again, I'm left with little to address in the world of fantasy football as we dissect the performances by the Bengals. This week, it's more fantasy therapy for anyone starting the majority of the Bengals offense.
A.J. Green continues to struggle for all sorts of reasons fans can point their finger at. He's still a must-start for obvious reasons. Look out for other owners in your league attempting to buy low on Green. Considering how thin reliable running backs are in fantasy are right now, there may be some tempting offers to consider. Feel free to post your dilemmas in the comments below. Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones continue to be poor fantasy options.
Giovani Bernard didn't put up the numbers I hoped for against New England. He rushed for 62 yards along with two catches for seven yards. Consider it a down week and continue plugging Bernard into your lineups as a low-end RB2 in standard leagues. I was concerned that BenJarvus Green-Ellis would find the end zone the moment he nearly became a fantasy afterthought. Of course he was the only Bengals player to score a touchdown on Sunday. Regardless, Green-Ellis continues to be a desperation play as he grasps at fantasy relevance through this goal line carries.
Tyler Eifert and Jermaine Gresham continue to eat at each other's production. Neither tight end will be much of a factor in fantasy football, but I'd give edge to Gresham until Eifert settles into his role in his first NFL season.
Much like they were on the field, the Bengals defense was a bright spot for fantasy owners on a team otherwise filled with performances as dreary as the weather conditions were in Cincinnati on Sunday. Cincinnati pulled together top-ten performance by only allowing six points to the Patriots, four sacks, a fumble recovery, and an interception. I wasn't quick to recommend benching Cincinnati's defense simply because of Tom Brady's growing pains with his new receivers. Hopefully I didn't influence too many people to shuffle their lineups. Moving forward, if you have Cincinnati's defense, they'll typically be a solid start week to week.
Be sure to check out Cincy Jungle later in the week as we address Sunday's game against the Bills and how it could affect your fantasy lineups.
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