The Bengals’ offense finally rose off the mat last week, scoring 32 points against a regressing Eagles team. Can the Bengals keep it up against a winless Browns team and for the purposes of our discussion here, are any Bengals players worth a start in your fantasy league this week? How about the 0-12 Browns players?
Andy Dalton (Bengals QB) - Dalton currently ranks 18th in fantasy football scoring among all quarterbacks. The Browns have a horrible pass defense, and Dalton torched them last time the two teams met for 300 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Jeremy Hill (Bengals RB) - Despite another disappointing year with a poor yard per carry average, Hill gets good volume. His only 100 yard rushing game this season was against a bad Browns’ defense, which could repeat this week. This is especially true as the Browns’ run defense has regressed in the second half of the year.
Tyler Eifert (Bengals TE) - The Browns defense is pretty weak across the board, and the tight end who is fifth in the NFL in fantasy points per game could be up for a solid game in this matchup.
Gary Barnidge (Browns TE) - His star has dimmed since last year, when he racked up solid production by the mere fact that the Browns had to throw the ball to somebody. Given the Bengals’ struggles in stopping opposing tight ends, Barnidge could be in line for a decent spot start. Almost any starting tight end going up against the Bengals is worthy of starting in fantasy, actually.
Meh, if you must
Rex Burkhead (Bengals RB) - We have already mentioned how awful the Browns’ rush defense is. Burkhead will be a risky play, but he could build on his eight rush effort last week, and become a flier for your flex position if necessary.
Terrelle Pryor (Browns WR) - Pryor continues to collect fantasy points, due to high volume. His worst game this year came against the Bengals, who have done a good job at stopping opposing wide receivers from racking up fantasy points.
You can do better
Brandon LaFell (Bengals WR) - LaFell has only reached five points or more in standard scoring in 42% of the Bengals’ games. Even with A.J. Green out, he has only scored well in one of three games. He is a very risky gamble, who could give you something relevant, or nothing.
Tyler Boyd (Bengals WR) - The Bengals’ second round rookie is a steady, but unspectacular option who collected all of one catch for three yards the last time the Bengals and Browns faced each other. Like LaFell, his value is very hit or miss.
Corey Coleman (Browns WR) - Speaking of rookies, the Browns’ rookie receiver is averaging 34 yards per game since returning from injury mid-season. He is a dynamic playmaker, but will be very limited by a bad quarterback and bad offense.
Don’t do it
Isaiah Crowell (Browns RB) - Crowell is averaging less than 30 rushing yards per game during the last eight games, and hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 9. You would be wise to bench him, especially if you’re in the playoffs.
Duke Johnson (Browns RB) - As bad as Crowell has been, Johnson is averaging less than 20 rush yards over that same span, with no rushing touchdowns since Week 6. Don’t bother wasting a spot on your roster on Johnson.
Robert Griffin III (Browns QB) - In just his second game in two years, you would be a big gambler to start RGIII on your fantasy roster this week. There has to be a better option available.