For the first time this season, it felt as if the Bengals were loaded with great fantasy performances. Sure, there were a handful of strong outings against Chicago. Giovani Bernard has been an emerging fantasy threat especially in PPR leagues. Andy Dalton had a few ups and downs. Aside from the tight end position, it felt as if the Bengals were finally making a mark in fantasy lineups. Unfortunately, a handful of players were likely on your bench or possibly your waiver wire. Let's take a look at what we can take away from Sunday's game.
Andy Dalton: In most leagues, Dalton was a top-five quarterback. In fact, in leagues that allow four points for passing touchdowns, Dalton was third behind Nick Foles and Cam Newton. I expected Dalton to end his touchdown drought, but I never would have guessed he'd be a top-three performer for the week. If you can find any other fantasy writer that predicted Dalton would surpass every elite fantasy quarterback for Week 6, please let me know so that I can follow that person on Twitter, 'like' their Facebook page, subscribe to their podcast, and name my first-born child after them.
Bengals running backs: I'm going to group Giovani Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis together because both coexisted better than I could have anticipated. Sure, Green-Ellis didn't find the end zone this week, but he was the 26th best running back in standard leagues, making him at least a better flex option than Adrian Peterson, C.J. Spiller, or Darren Sproles -- to name a few. Bernard was the true fantasy performer this week of course. He was the 9th best running back in standard leagues, and he received a slight boost in PPR leagues as he was heavily involved in the passing game. Bernard remains a solid, if not strong, RB2. Green-Ellis is a deeper flex play as usual.
A.J. Green: I truly wish this was a more obvious nod than it really is. The fact is that Green has struggled to crack the top-ten list of fantasy wide receivers over the past few weeks. His 103 yards and touchdown pushed Green back into the top-ten list when looking at the season so far. Hopefully some owners were able to get a bit of a bargain on Green last week because it will be difficult to pry him from a comfortable owner now. He's still a "buy low" candidate to some degree. Green is expected to end the season as a top-five fantasy receiver.
Marvin Jones: Ignore Jones' great fantasy week. Jones ended up with 34 rushing yards, 71 receiving yards and a touchdown. It's impressive that Jones ended up being a top-ten fantasy wide receiver for the week, but many Bengals fans are aware that there's no telling who will have the better week alongside A.J. Green. Jones is owned in virtually zero Yahoo! leagues, and it's likely to stay that way.
Cincinnati Defense: The Bengals were able to adjust well defensively in the second half, but they simply allowed two many opposing points and created too few turnovers to be much of a factor in fantasy. Cincinnati is still in the running to be a top-ten defense for the season. However, they'll be facing a tough Detroit offense on the road on Sunday.
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