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NFL Week 8: Bengals vs Colts fantasy football starts and sits

Who should be in your fantasy line up when the Bengals take on the Colts.

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The Cincinnati Bengals are getting ready to take on the Indianapolis Colts, and that is great for your fantasy team. The Colts have a terrible defense, and the Bengals have been really good against bad teams.

Here are the players you should have in your fantasy lineup from the Bengals and Colts game:

Must Starts

A.J. Green (Bengals WR): Do I need to tell you to put Green in your lineup? He had a hiccup last week against the best pass defense in the NFL, and John Ross returning to the field should do nothing but help him. Green has had a touchdown in three of his last four games. He needs to be in your lineup this week.

Favorable matchups

Joe Mixon (Bengals RB): Mixon should be a must start. However, Marvin Lewis and the coaches going away from him for no reason last week is alarming to say the least. The Colts are as good of a matchup as you can get as a running back, so hopefully the Bengals ride their rookie this week.

Bengals defense: The Bengals defense should be played in your league somewhere. The Colts allowed 10 sacks last week, so there is a good chance the Bengals get a good portion of that as well.

Jack Doyle (Colts TE): The Bengals linebackers haven’t been great at shutting down tight ends. They don’t give up extra yards, but they give up short catches. Doyle could be the hot read on a ton of plays this week as Jacoby Brissett will try and get the ball out quickly. Doyle is a nice option in points per reception leagues, but he has a decent shot at a touchdown if the Colts get close.

Tyler Kroft (Bengals TE): Kroft has been steadily involved in the Bengals offense after Tyler Eifert went down. He caught one of Andy Dalton’s two touchdowns last week on a fourth down play. He and Green now lead the team with three touchdowns each.

Andy Dalton (Bengals QB): The Colts have been kind to opposing quarterbacks this season. The team lost Malik Hooker last week, which is a huge blow to their secondary. Dalton has been good against bad teams, and the Colts are a bad team.

Good but not great

John Ross (Bengals WR): Ross will be seeing his first action since Week 2, but the Colts have such a bad defense Ross makes for a decent flex play this week especially with all the bye weeks going on. I wouldn’t expect Ross to explode onto the scene, but he is a decent play.

Brandon LaFell (Bengals WR): Similar to Ross, the Colts defense is so bad the supporting cast of the Bengals’ offense should be in line for a decent game. LaFell caught his first touchdown of the season last week.

Marlon Mack (Colts RB): Mack is coming off a decent game last week where he finally out snapped Frank Gore. It seems Mack is finally taking over the back field, and in points per reception leagues he could get you decent score.

Unfavorable matchups

T.Y. Hilton (Colts WR): It is hard to sit Hilton with all these bye weeks happening, but the Bengals have been pretty good at slowing down the passing game of other teams this season. Still there is a chance Hilton gets behind Dre Kirkpatrick for one touchdown. He is a huge boom or bust play this week.

Just Sit them

Jacoby Brissett (Colts QB): Bye weeks may force you to play him, but I’d tray and find another option. The Bengals pass rush has been one of the best in the NFL, and they could make it a long day for Brissett again this week.