The Bengals are traveling to Baltimore to face the Ravens for the first time this season. The Ravens haven't lost to the Bengals in Baltimore since Andy Dalton donned stripes. Of course, an 0-3 record at M&T Bank Stadium doesn't equate to poor fantasy performances. Dalton and the Bengals offense have been on a hot streak through the majority of October. The Miami Dolphins were a blemish on an otherwise outstanding offensive display in October. Can they prove that Week 9 was the exception and not the norm? As usual, we're here to take a look at what fantasy owners should expect from Bengals players on Sunday.
Andy Dalton: How fickle the world of fantasy football can be. After Dalton's sub-par performance against Miami in Week 10, over three thousand Yahoo! owners dropped him. It isn't a big drop percentage in the grand scheme of things, but Dalton has fallen from grace in a number of fantasy publications. It may be well deserved to a certain extent, but Dalton is still worth owning in all formats.
Against the Ravens, Dalton is one of the best QB2's to start or one of the lowest QB1's, depending on how you choose to look at it. Baltimore has been average in limiting fantasy quarterbacks, but so was Miami. Because he's facing his division rival on the road, Dalton is a shaky QB1 start that should outperform his dismal Week 9 output.
Wide receivers: A.J. Green is a must-start as usual. He saw a ridiculous 19 targets against the Dolphins in Week 9. Start Green with confidence as usual. Marvin Jones is an intriguing WR3 option. He's seeing more snaps now, and he had a touchdown called back after Jermaine Gresham was penalized for holding. It's encouraging to know that, despite Dalton's rough outing in Week 9, Jones could have scored in his fourth straight game. I'm still remaining cautious with Jones from a fantasy perspective, but he hasn't done enough to warrant a bench spot just yet.
Running backs: The Ravens are the toughest defense for a running back to face in fantasy football. However, the Ravens haven't faced many teams that have a running back like Giovani Bernard. He's still a RB2 despite the tough match up simply because he can post top-ten numbers on any given week. BenJarvus Green-Ellis may suffer from Baltimore's stout run defense, but Bernard is versatile enough where he should see plenty of touches from the passing game.
Tight ends: As usual, Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert are desperation plays, as neither tight end has been able to stand out in fantasy football. Both are touchdown-dependent at this point, and each of them have just one score all season.
Defense/ Special teams: Cincinnati's defense is a debatable start in Week 10. On one hand, the losses they've sustained to injury are a very real concern. On the other hand, it's difficult to completely rule them out with Mike Zimmer throwing his young players into the fire. Here's what it comes down to: I'm not ready to drop Cincinnati's defense yet. I'm completely willing to start them in Week 10 and see how they perform with the absence of Geno Atkins, Rey Maualuga, and Leon Hall. I think they can be in the discussion as a borderline top-ten start until proven otherwise. That said, they're a shaky situation in fantasy football. If there are better match ups, take advantage of them.
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