The defending Super Bowl champions may have lost their future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, but they still have some solid fantasy contributors such as C.J. Anderson and Demaryius Thomas. But how do they stack up against the Bengals? And how do the Bengals stack up against them? Who should you be sitting and starting in your fantasy league this week?
While we can recommend that you start this guy or sit that guy, it doesn’t make a lot of sense without knowing your entire roster. For example, if you waited until the 10th round of your draft to select your first wide receiver, then somebody like Tyler Boyd is a must start for your team. But if you have Julio Jones, Odell Beckham, and Amari Cooper on your roster, then Boyd is an unlikely candidate to break into that lineup. So we have placed each significant fantasy player into various categories.
ABSOLUTELY START THESE PLAYERS
A.J. Green (Bengals WR): The Broncos held the Colts’ top wide receiver to 41 yards. Although the week before Kelvin Benjamin had 91 yards and a touchdown. Green will likely get his share of production, and he is a must-start every week.
Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard (Bengals RBs): The Broncos are giving up 120 rushing yards per game and have given up one rushing touchdown each week. They are allowing opponents to run for 4.5 yards per carry. So while the passing defense has been great, they are susceptible to giving up some yardage on the ground.
C.J. Anderson (Broncos RB): The Bengals have given up a league worst 138 yards rushing per game, but have held opponents to zero rushing touchdowns. Either way, Anderson will be a candidate for good total yardage.
Demaryius Thomas (Broncos WR): Thomas is averaging 69 yards with no touchdowns this season. Meanwhile, the Bengals have given up five receiving touchdowns this year. Something has to give. Thomas could be in line to score his first touchdown.
Andy Dalton (Bengals QB): The Broncos are holding opponents to only 173 yards passing per game. And it’s not like they have done this against the Browns and Rams. Rather, they have faced good quarterbacks Cam Newton and Andrew Luck. Dalton will likely have a tough go of it on Sunday.
Trevor Siemian (Broncos QB): Siemian has struggled so far this season with a 1-3 touchdown-interception ratio, and is barely averaging 200 yards per game. The Bengals have a solid pass defense and will get a home field advantage against the first year starter.
AVOID STARTING THESE PLAYERS
Tyler Eifert (Bengals TE): Eifert is injured and will not play. That may change next week though, so be sure to check back in Week 4 for our advice on starting Eifert against the Dolphins.