While Cincinnati fans are reeling over their dissapointing loss in Cleveland on Sunday, most would assume the lackluster performance the Bengals delivered would carry into fantasy football.
Well, not so fast.
A.J. Green played like a top wide receiver, as usual. In fact, Green was the 2nd highest scoring wide receiver in standard scoring formats. The only other wide receiver to score more points was Packers Jordy Nelson. A.J. Green continues to pay dividends to those who were fortunate enough to draft him, and he's currently the highest scoring wide receiver, so far this season, in both standard and PPR formats.
While Andy Dalton struggled on the field, he actually put up a very good fantasy performance. In fact, Dalton was the 8th highest scoring quarterback in most scoring formats. Andy Dalton is currently the 7th best fantasy quarterback in fantasy football. He has some tough match ups ahead of him, but should be considered a low end QB1 going forward.
Jermaine Gresham was the 3rd best tight end in standard scoring formats for Week 6. The majority of Gresham's production resulted from his 55-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Regardless, Gresham maintains his status as a fringe top-10 tight end on the season.
Cedric Peerman was a bit of a wild card this week and actually was the Bengals best fantasy running back in Week 6. A lot of Peerman's production came at the end of Sunday's game, but he ended with 76 yards on 8 receptions. Peerman only had 7 rushing yards. In PPR scoring formats, Peerman actually finished as the 11th best running back of Week 6. He took a dip in the standings when you take away points-per-reception, as he finished 25th in standard scoring. Peerman is owned in 0% of Yahoo! Leagues. I can't imagine that changing too drastically, and I certainly can't recommend picking up Peerman even in deeper leagues.
As far as wide receivers go, no other wide receiver on the Bengals managed to reach top 50 on the week. Andrew Hawkins comes at a distant 2nd on the Bengals this week and unfortunately scored 3 points in standard scoring.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis managed only 64 rushing yards and 8 receiving yards. I consider this as a fantasy let down primarily because Ahmad Bradshaw gashed Cleveland for over 200 yards in Week 5, and I was hoping Green-Ellis would rebound after several weeks of unimpressive numbers. Green-Ellis was the 30th best running back in Week 6 for standard scoring formats.
The Bengals defense allowed 34 points to the Cleveland Browns and, as a result didn't crack the top 20 in fantasy scoring. 34% of Yahoo! Leagues own the Bengals, and it wouldn't be a surprise to know that a good amount of managers started them considering they performed well in fantasy during the last battle of Ohio.
Be sure to check out our Bengals fantasy football projections for Week 7.