There's so much to digest from Sunday's game. The Bengals were a fantasy goldmine for anyone lucky enough to own Cincinnati players or smart (or risky) enough to start them. There's a lot to talk about from the Bengals 49-9 victory, so let's begin!
Andy Dalton: For the third week in a row, Dalton was near the top of the fantasy leaderboard. He completed 19 of 30 passes for 325 yards and five touchdowns. His lone interception was a tipped ball at the line that fall into the hands of Jets defensive end Muhammed Wilkerson. Dalton once again was efficient with high percentage passes while still managing to attack his opponent deep when needed.
Dalton is showing consistency -- something that was arguably still in question until Sunday. It's worth noting that Dalton went through a stretch of similar fantasy numbers in 2012 before crashing back to earth later in the season. Dalton will have a tough match up against the Dolphins on a short week. Regardless, he's establishing himself as a fringe QB1.
Marvin Jones: If it weren't for Calvin Johnson's ridiculous 328 yards and a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Marvin Jones would be the highest scoring wide receiver of Week 8. Jones caught all eight of his targets for 122 yards and a whopping four touchdowns. He abused the Jets secondary, who were understandably invested in covering A.J. Green all afternoon. As a result, Jones took full advantage of rookie Dee Milliner and Darrin Walls. As of Sunday morning (before kickoff), Jones was owned in just 17 percent of Yahoo! leagues. That number will obviously increase drastically - and rightfully so.
There are a few concerns to consider. Jones' production is entirely dependent on Dalton's success week to week, making the second-year wideout a potential feast or famine candidate. It's also worth mentioning that Andrew Hawkins will be returning to the field, which would take some targets off the field for Jones. Regardless, Jones is worth adding in all formats as the Bengals look to continue their hot offensive streak.
A.J. Green: He didn't find the end zone for the first time since Week 5, but A.J. Green managed to haul in three catches for an impressive 115 yards. He was targeted seven times, but a handful of his looks were deep passes that couldn't connect or were uncharacteristically dropped by Green. Considering Green took a back seat to Marvin Jones on Sunday afternoon, it was a good day for fantasy owners. Green will carry on as the fantasy stud we all know he is.
Bengals defense/ special teams: The Bengals were the best fantasy defense in Week 8. They intercepted two passes that were returned for touchdowns, four sacks, and held the Jets to nine points. Keep rolling with the Bengals as a strong week-to-week option.
Bengals running backs: For the second straight week, the Bengals backfield disappointed fantasy owners. Giovani Bernard gained 18 yards on five carries. He caught one of his two targets for nine yards. It's worth mentioning that Bernard nearly had a touchdown that was ruled short of the goal line. Bernard's fellow running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for only 33 yards on 11 carries. Green-Ellis was given goal line opportunities, but fell short on several attempts. It didn't help fantasy owners that both backs were rested in the fourth quarter as the Bengals were dominating the Jets.
It was the second week in a row that the Bengals leaned heavily on the passing game. Even with a healthy lead, the run game was practically nonexistent. While we don't expect this to be a consistent method on the part of offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, it does create some concern of fantasy inconsistency for Bernard and Green-Ellis. Regardless, Bernard is a solid RB2 in all formats and should bounce back against a Miami defense that has been generous with running backs in fantasy football.
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