It is Week 10 in the NFL, and there are only a couple more weeks until the fantasy football playoffs. Here are the players you should start and sit on your fantasy team from the Bengals and Titans game at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.
A.J. Green (Bengals WR): I’m one week away from dropping Green to the favorable-at-best status, but it isn’t his fault. His value is being held back by a bad season from Andy Dalton. His owners must have felt the same frustration Green felt last week after he was ejected with only one catch. Unfortunately modern fantasy football doesn’t award points for winning fights.
Derrick Henry (Titans RB): Really between Henry and DeMarco Murray it is hard to say who will end up having the better game. In recent weeks it seems the Titans have favored Henry, but they aren’t afraid to go with the hot hand. I’d still make sure Henry is in your lineup.
DeMarco Murray (Titans RB): There is probably enough room for both running backs to have redeemable fantasy games. The Titans are fairly committed to running the football, and the Bengals seem fairly committed to not being able to stop it.
Tyler Kroft (Bengals TE): Kroft has proven he is the only other player catching passes from Dalton who is worth putting in your lineup. Last week he had two catches and over 70 yards. He is also second on the team in receiving touchdowns. He isn’t the best fantasy tight end, but you could do a lot worse. It helps that he’s had three touchdowns in the Bengals’ last three road games.
Delanie Walker (Titans TE): Walker is Marcus Mariota’s favorite target. He is dealing with an ankle injury, so monitor his situation, and have a back up in mind. He leads the team in receptions, and the Bengals love to let tight ends do whatever they want against this defense. Walker could be in for a huge game if he plays. Be sure to check back at 11:30 a.m. ET on Sunday morning.
Good but not great
Joe Mixon (Bengals RB): The thing that is saving Mixon is the fact he is getting the redzone touches. He scored a touchdown last week, but other than that, he can’t do much due to the Bengals’ offensive line. This offensive line is giving him nothing to work with, and it is just a bummer to watch him get hit two yards behind the line of scrimmage every play.
Titans defense: The Bengals offense hasn’t been firing on all cylinders lately, so you could plug them in hoping it is a low scoring affair. Still the Bengals offense doesn’t turn it over often, so it isn’t ideal to rely on them. The under/over for this game is 40.5 points, per Bovada.
Titans receivers: Outside of Walker, Mariota seems to spread the ball around fairly evenly. Last week Corey Davis returned to the lineup and caught two passes. Eric Decker also caught two passes, one of which was a touchdown. Rishard Matthews had the best game by any of the receiver with four catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. Come Sunday though it will be hard to predict who will be the one with any fantasy value.
Andy Dalton (Bengals QB): I don’t know why you’d want to play Dalton at this point, but if you decide to, just know the Titans defense is pretty average against quarterbacks. Dalton just hasn’t proved he should be in your line up.
Marcus Mariota (Titans QB): Last week Mariota had a pretty decent game against the Ravens, but I’m not sure they’ll need himto throw as much in this one if the running backs get going. I would try and find a better option. The Bengals defense has been pretty good at keeping fantasy scores for quarterbacks low, according to Fantasy Pros.
Just sit them
Bengals receivers other than Green: Even with Tyler Boyd seemingly coming back from injury this week, you shouldn’t play any of these guys. There isn’t fantasy value there. Someone may get a touchdown, but more than likely they’ll have a catch for seven yards. You don’t need to risk your fantasy season on Brandon LaFell, Josh Malone, or John Ross.