Another Battle of Ohio is upon us. The Cincinnati Bengals will take on the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, Bengals fans are wondering which Bengals squad will take the field. Will it be the dynamic offense led by the AFC Offensive Player of the Month we saw in October? Or will it be the team that tripped over itself against the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens? Fantasy owners will be asking the same questions as Bengals fans as they assemble their rosters. With many fantasy leagues approaching the playoffs, the pressure is mounting to make the right decisions. As usual, we're here to break down what owners can expect from Bengals players.
Andy Dalton: As much as I believe that Dalton will orchestrate a better performance than we've seen over the past two weeks, I don't trust him enough to consider him a QB1. Even if he does lead the Bengals to a victory, there's no telling how his fantasy numbers will fare. The conservative approach would be to label Dalton a QB2 for the week. At best, he's a low-end QB1.
Wide receivers: As usual, A.J. Green is a must-start. He may be flirting with WR2 potential against Joe Haden, but you aren't benching him no matter what he's up against. I voiced my concerns about Marvin Jones after he scored at least one touchdown through four consecutive weeks. It appears as though my fear of Jones regressing are coming true. Jones' fantasy success was a direct result of Dalton's success on the field. Or is the the other way around? Either way, he's more of a desperation play as a WR3 that really should be considered more of a WR4.
Running backs: Giovani Bernard continues to reward fantasy owners as a legitimate RB2. Even if Cleveland limits the Bengals on the ground, Bernard is arguably more dangerous in the passing game. As long as Dalton assists Bernard in open space, he'll continue to be a strong option on any roster. BenJarvus Green-Ellis is only averaging just under 50 rushing yards per game. He's a touchdown dependent running back that has just three scores on the season. It's not even worth plugging him into your flex at this point.
Tight ends: Jermaine Gresham will likely return to the field on Sunday. His absence didn't do owners of Tyler Eifert any favors in Week 10, as Eifert managed just three catches for 55 yards against the Ravens. Both tight ends are hardly worth starting in even the deepest of leagues.
Defense/ Special teams: Despite the loss to the Ravens, Cincinnati's defense was still able to keep fantasy owners afloat with five sacks, two interceptions, and a fumble recovery. They've proven they're worth hanging onto in all formats. Cincinnati should be started as a top-ten option against Jason Campbell and the rest of the Browns offense.
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