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Bengals vs. Titans: Fantasy football starts and sits

You should be playing just about every player from each side this week.

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The Bengals and Titans may be yet another fantasy goldmine for fantasy players. Last week, Cincinnati’s offense took advantage of a Cleveland defense that was having issues slowing down opposing team’s passing attacks, and this week they face a Tennessee team with similar issues. Of course, The Bengals defense has had incredible streak of not stopping anyone the past couple of weeks. That creates an incredible opportunity for offensive players on both sides of the ball.

Must starts

Derrick Henry, running back, Titans: I don’t need to tell you to start Henry. He is the leading rusher in the NFL, and with all the injuries to the top running backs this year, he has easily become one of the safest plays among running backs in fantasy. Also, the Bengals have had issues stopping the running game. This one is easy.

Jonnu Smith, tight end, Titans: Smith has been on a cold streak since having a hot start to the season where he scored five touchdowns in four weeks. However, Cincinnati has been terrible against tight ends the past two weeks. They have given up six touchdowns to opposing tight ends over that span, so it is hard to think he doesn’t bounce back this week.

Joe Burrow, quarterback, Bengals: I have admittedly been cautious about including Burrow too high in these fantasy posts. It is hard to rely on rookies consistently in fantasy football. However, he has time and time again taken advantage of good matchups in fantasy, and he is coming off a week where he threw for over 400 yards and scored four touchdowns (three passing and one rushing). Joe Mixon will be out this week, which means this team will lean on the first overall pick again, and he has answered the bell far more than he hasn’t this season.

Tyler Boyd, wide receiver, Bengals: Boyd and Burrow have predictably developed a great chemistry over the first few weeks. Boyd’s game closely resembles that of Justin Jefferson’s, Burrow’s favorite target from LSU. Boyd’s 48 catches are 19 more than the next receiver on the team, and he is coming off a week where he scored his second touchdown of the season. It is easy to rely on Boyd in PPR leagues.

A.J. Brown, wide receiver, Titans: This may not be the A.J. that fans are accustomed to seeing in a must start section for fantasy. Brown has scored four touchdowns the past three weeks. The Bengals have had serious issues stopping anyone, and odds are Brown continues this touchdown streak with a play action play to free up space in coverage.

Ryan Tannehill, quarterback, Titans: Tannehill has nine touchdowns to only one pick in the past three games. He is doing what he is supposed to by making plays off play action with Henry taking up so much attention. Cincinnati got roasted by Baker Mayfield and Phillip Rivers, and Tannehill will be the next name on that list.

Favorable matchups

Tee Higgins, wide receiver, Bengals: This is a rookie who has been on an absolute tear as of late. He has scored at least 10 points since starting in Week 3. He and Burrow have developed quite the connection, and when Burrow gets dealing there is a good chance Higgins will be on the receiving end as well.

Corey Davis, wide receiver, Titans: Brown is clearly the favorite target at wide receiver, but against the Bengals anyone is a threat to have a big day of they play like they did the past couple of weeks. Davis has been solid in fantasy this year. He has either scored a touchdown or recorded 100 receiving yards in three of his past four games. He is going to be able to do at least one of those this week.

A.J. Green, wide receiver, Bengals: People will look at Greens' stats the past couple of weeks and think he is back. The truth is Burrow and him are getting on the same page, but Green is playing a step slower than during his prime. A lot of slants and back shoulder throws are where Green is making his money. The two have yet to connect for a touchdown this season. Until that changes Green's ceiling is slightly lower than guys like Higgins and Boyd.

Good but not great

Giovani Bernard, running back, Bengals: Joe Mixon will be out this week as well, and Bernard has had a solid performance in his absence. What could be getting in the way of another good performance is Bernard having to stay in to pass protect more with three starters out along the offensive line. A bulk of his points came in the receiving game last week, buy he does have a touchdown in each of the past two games.

Drew Sample, tight end, Bengals: There has been some times where Sample has put together a couple decent fantasy outputs this season. Last week he had five catches, which was his second best game of the season. He also has had a few targets in the endzone. He isn't the best option, but if you need to start a tight end you could choose worse or no one at all.

Just sit them

Titans defense: I wouldn't start either of these defenses, but Titans have the added benefit of facing a rookie quarterback who could toss a pick or fumble on a sack. They will still get scored on.

Bengals defense: So are you thinking of playing them because of all the sacks they don't get or all the touchdowns they allow? Just a heads up, fantasy defenses don't get anything for the points they allow.