There may be six weeks left in the regular season, but the fantasy football playoffs will begin soon.
If you have Cincinnati Bengals on your fantasy team, it's a matter of choosing the right guys on an offense that's typically scoring a lot of points, but spreading out the ball and scoring those points with a variety of weapons. With that said, here's a look at this week's fantasy football starts and sits for the Bengals as they take on the St. Louis Rams in Week 12 at 1:00 p.m. EST.
TE Tyler Eifert
The magical season of Tyler Eifert continued last week against a good Cardinals defense. Eifert hauled in only three catches for 22 yards, but two of them went for touchdowns in the red zone to give him 11 scoring grabs for the season. He rarely puts up big yardage games (1 game of 100 yards and 4 games under 40 yards in last 5 games), but he's constantly getting the all-important red-zone targets and converting them at a very high rate.
RB Giovani Bernard
With so many players doing well in the Bengals offense, Giovani Bernard is quietly having a Pro Bowl-type of season. Against the Cardinals last week, Bernard yielded 146 total yards, 128 of which came through the air on eight catches. He's the favorite target of Andy Dalton when he needs a quick check down, and Bernard often is able to make at least on guy miss and pick up some good yardage.
WR A.J. Green
It feels like A.J. Green is poised for a breakout game any week now. After all, he's failed to reach 80 yards receiving in his last three games and has caught just one touchdown between Weeks 4-11. He's too good of a receiver to keep putting up duds like he has, and his ability to dominate games is why you need to keep playing him.
QB Andy Dalton
The Week 12 FanDuel projections this week have Dalton as the ninth-best QB, and for good reason. He's going against a stout Rams defense that thrives at rushing the passer, but isn't so good against the run.
I would still consider Dalton a decent option this week, but he's not the sure-fire starter he's been most of this season. If you have another quarterback on your roster like Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Carson Palmer, Eli Manning, or Drew Brees, start them this week over Dalton.
RB Jeremy Hill
This has been a rough season for Jeremy Hill. While he's reached the end zone eight times, seven of them came in three games. His yardage has suffered this season with just one game over 60 yards rushing and he's yet to top 100 total yards in any game this season. It doesn't help that he's averaging a mere 31.8 yards rushing per game in Paul Brown Stadium this season.
WR Marvin Jones
If you follow our weekly waiver wire pieces, you've probably seen we recommended cutting Marvin Jones early this season and then adding him after he had a nice hot streak. Jones is one of the biggest boom-or-bust receivers there is, and he usually gets one shot at a big play or touchdown each week.
However, Jones has been dropping said plays lately, including what should have been a long fourth-quarter touchdown against the Cardinals last week. He's now failed to catch a touchdown since Week 6 and has totaled over 61 yards receiving just three times this season.