If you are reading this, congratulations - you’ve made it to your championship game in your fantasy league. And even if you didn’t make it to your championship game, congratulations on reading this article nonetheless.
This week offers a very interesting matchup, as the Texans have a horrible offense, and a mediocre defense, yet are leading their division. While the Bengals only have a subpar offense, and a slightly better defense, yet are eliminated from playoff contention.
Andy Dalton (Bengals QB) - If you are in your league’s championship game, you likely have a better quarterback than Dalton. Moving along... KEEP ON THE BENCH
Jeremy Hill (Bengals RB) - Thanks to nine rushing touchdowns, Hill has turned an otherwise pedestrian season into a fairly decent one from a fantasy perspective, as a top 20 running back. There are certainly better options in fantasy - as long as you have one of them. He isn’t a bad start, but not a great start either. BORDERLINE START
A.J. Green (Bengals WR) - Green is an elite wide receiver. Unfortunately, he’s no longer expected to play. SIT HIM.
Brock Osweiler (Texans QB) - The Texans quarterback is owned in 9% of Yahoo leagues, which is absurdly high. He was benched last week, which is where he belongs if you are one of those 9 percent of teams with Osweiler. ABSOLUTELY SIT HIM.
Tom Savage (Texans QB) - The Texans’ backup turned starter had a nice game filling in for the benched Osweiler last week. But keep in mind it was against the Jaguars, who aren’t exactly adept at doing much of anything right this season. He did have 260 yards passing in less than a full game, but no touchdown passes. He’ll get his first start on Saturday. ABSOLUTELY SIT HIM.
DeAndre Hopkins (Texans WR) - Hopkins was drafted in many leagues around the end of the first round, and with 167 yards and two touchdowns after two weeks, he seemed to be worth the investment. Abysmal quarterback play has totally tanked his production, leaving him with only two more touchdowns over the last dozen games. He is barely in the top forty among fantasy wide receivers this season. He racked up 87 yards last week, which was his highest total since Week 2. One can hope Savage can give Hopkins the production that Osweiler couldn’t provide, but last week the Texans were also playing the hapless Jaguars. Hopkins is a mediocre start, at best. BORDERLINE START
Lamar Miller (Texans RB) - Miller is one of only seven running backs in the NFL with over 240 rushing attempts this season. Unfortunately he has only scored 146 fantasy points this year compared to an average of 213 points for the other six. He has been producing adequate yardage, but the Texans inept offense, sabotaged by their awful quarterback play, has severely hindered Miller’s touchdown opportunities. Miller is comfortably one of the top 18 fantasy running backs this year. That makes him a solid starter in leagues that start two or three running backs. DECENT STARTER
Tyler Eifert (Bengals TE) - It looks like Eifert won’t be playing after failing to practice on Wednesday and Thursday with a back injury. Keep an eye on the inactives report 90 minutes before kickoff, but, it’s likely you’ll need to sit Eifert. LIKELY SIT