Cincinnati Bengals vs New York Giants

Trying to keep pace with the surprising Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East, the New York Giants go for their fourth consecutive victory when they host the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night (Enter Contest). The Giants have rebounded from a three-game skid by sandwiching a pair of home wins around a “road” victory at London to remain two games off the division lead. New York is coming off a 28-23 victory over Philadelphia, continuing a trend of being able to win the close games. All five victories have come by a margin of 20 points.

Prior to last week’s bye, Cincinnati played in London and came away with a 27-27 tie with Washington. They are looking to close the gap with the first-placed Baltimore Ravens (5-4) in the AFC North. Coach Marvin Lewis’ team have been held to 17 points or fewer in each of its losses.

ABOUT THE BENGALS (3-4-1)

Quarterback Andy Dalton has a streak of four straight games with a 100-plus passer rating snapped in London, but he has thrown for 2,349 yards with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. Running backs Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard have both rushed for a TD in each of the last two games. Star wide receiver A.J. Green is second in the NFL with 896 yards, including three games with at least 169 yards, and the offense received an added boost with the return of tight end Tyler Eifert against the Redskins. Eifert had 13 touchdowns last season and showed what a difference-maker he can be in his first start with nine catches for 102 yards and a score. Cincinnati’s defense has been vulnerable through the air, allowing an average of 262.4 yards. Cincinnati has lost three in a row at the Giants, but beat the Jets 23-22 at MetLife Stadium in the season opener.

ABOUT THE GIANTS (5-3)

Quarterback Eli Manning is coming off a four-touchdown performance against Philadelphia, the third time he has tossed at least three scoring passes in a game this season, but he also was picked off twice for the third time. Like Cincinnati, the Giants have a stud wideout in Odell Beckham, who caught a pair of scoring passes against the Eagles to give him five in the past four games. The biggest problem for the Giants has been a stagnant running game led by Rashad Jennings that ranks last in the league with a meager average of 68.3 yards per game. Rookie Paul Perkins could see more time this week to help work the clock and protect a defense that yields 277.4 yards passing. New York last won four straight games during the 2013 season.

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Dolphins (1-2) vs Bengals (1-2)

Adam Gase may be a first-time head coach, but the 38-year-old was quick to light a fire under his underachieving team. He benched former first-round pick Ja’Wuan James after he got burned on a rush that led to a strip sack during last week’s contest. Gase hopes his aggressive action will provide a jolt for the sputtering Miami Dolphins, who will look to prevent their third 1-3 start in five years on Thursday when they visit the Cincinnati Bengals (Enter Contest).

About the Dolphins

With veteran Arian Foster still nursing a groin injury, Gase will be using rookie Kenyan Drake as the starter in a four-tier running back carousel. Jay Ajayi, Damien Williams and Isaiah Pead. will round out the carousel. Ajayi had an 11-yard touchdown run in overtime last week. The Dolphins’ 25th-ranked ground attack is mustering just 83 yards per game. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill leads his team in that department with his 54 yards accumulated. Fortunately for the Dolphins, the air game fairs much better. Tannehill continues to click with trusted target Jarvis Landry (AFC-leading 314 yards receiving) and fellow wideout DeVante Parke. Miami will go with Dion Sims this week because fellow tight end Jordan Cameron nurses the fourth concussion in his six-year career.

The sputtering Dolphins’ defense allowed 169 yards rushing last week and an NFL second-worst 147.3 yards per game. In the last meeting with the Bengals, DE Cameron Wake recorded three sacks. The final sack resulted in a safety during overtime and led Miami to a 22-20 victory.

About the Bengals

While Miami was fortunate to walk away with its first win, Cincinnati has followed its impressive season-opening victory over the New York Jets with a 24-16 loss to Pittsburgh in Week 2 and a 29-17 setback to Denver on Sunday. Mercurial Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is eager to stop the bleeding when he makes his season debut on Thursday after serving a three-game suspension for repeated violations of safety-related playing rules.

Running Back Jeremy Hill scored twice last week. He had 10 rushing touchdowns in his last 11 games. Andy Dalton (AFC-best 938 passing yards) has been limited to just 206 yards passing last week versus the Broncos. After an amazing first week, A.J. Green collected just 10 catches for 115 yards combined in his last two games. Cincinnati Pro Bowl TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) is not expected to make his season debut. CB Dre Kirkpatrick (hamstring) has been held out of both practices this week, leaving his status for Thursday’s game in question.

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NFL Wild Card Value Picks

Quarterback

With a small slate of games this weekend you’re quarterback choices are limited. So let’s run through the matchups. Houston and Kansas City has all the makings of a low scoring game. These are two defensive dominated teams and this matchup should be low scoring and slow paced, not places of high value for Fantasy NFL contests. Same can be said about Minnesota and Seattle. While Seattle’s offense is explosive, we saw what they did against the strong defensive front of the Cardinals last weekend, I’m saving my quarterback pick for an easier matchup.

The weakest pass defense of the weekend is by far the Steelers, but with the Bengals current quarterback situation, its hard to say anything for sure. In all likelihood AJ McCarron will be taking the field, but there is the small chance Andy Dalton will return for the game. Either way, they both should be able to provide great value with this matchup, just make sure you keep your eye on the injury report and you get the right one in.

Although the Bengals have a strong pass defense, it seems like nobody is able to stop Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown this year. I expect them to have a big game, but I also expect ownership to be very high on these two, so I’m playing the contrarian strategy and avoiding the Steelers stack.

Last we have Washington and Green Bay. This has all the makings for a classic shootout and I think there will be value on both sides of the ball. Aaron Rodgers has been very subpar this entire season, but he has been to the playoffs before and I think he will perform. Kirk Cousins on the other hand has been red hot and putting up big numbers, and that does not look to be stopping anytime soon. You’re probably going to find lower ownership with Rodgers so I’ll give him the edge in a tournament, but based on his performance this year, that may be a risky play.

Running Back

Our premium running backs for the week are Adrian Peterson, Deangelo Williams, Marshawn Lynch, Jeremy Hill, Characandrick West, and Eddie Lacy. As of now Williams looks to be out for this weekend so lets rule him out now (even if he were playing I don’t love the matchup). Marshawn Lynch will be returning but with the offensive efficiency of the Seahawks lately, its hard to say they will need to make much use of him so I am staying away from Beast mode as well. The Vikings may find it hard to pass against the dominating defense and will certainly run the ball a lot to Peterson, but he has not been as dominant this year as in years past and the Seahawks may shut him down. West as well is facing a tough defense, especially recently, so my recommendation is stay away from any Chiefs back.

So we are left with Hill and Lacy, both on the cheap end as far as premium running backs go. The way the Bengals use Hill and Bernard is very dependent on the matchup. They utilize Hill to run the ball up the middle while Bernard is valued more highly for his speed in screen passes and short drops. This matchup may be better for Bernard than Hill, and Bernard comes at a much cheaper price. Not a bad pick for this week. Lacy is the only premium back I like for this week. Like Hill, he could take a backseat position to Starks but I think Lacy has asserted himself as the primary back after early struggles in the season.

If you are looking for value at Running back however, there is a lot to be found. Starks and Bernard, as previously mentioned, will both only cost you less that $4000 on Fanpicks. Alfred Morris and Pierre Thomas both are a threat to accumulate fantasy value with their run and pass threat. The real value pick of the week is Jonathan Grimes, who put together a big game last weekend and comes at only $2700.

Wide Receiver

The same analysis on Quarterbacks applies to receivers as well. We want to stick with the good matchups: Steelers/Bengals and Packers/Redskins. Skipping out on Antonio Brown may just cost you a win, but I think there is more upside potential on fading Brown, especially for NFL Daily Fantasy Tournaments type contests. AJ Green should be able to put up some big numbers this week regardless of who gets the starting position at Quarterback.

I also like Desean Jackson or Pierre Garcon if you are looking to save a little money at the position. We know Cousins is going to throw the ball and we know he is going to throw it a lot. He may throw a couple interceptions but that doesn’t hurt his fantasy value too bad. It all just depends on which receiver can manage to get open between these two and Reed.

A good contrarian stack is Rodgers and either Cobb or Jones. They haven’t done much this year and are not on many people radar, but like I said before, the Packers know the playoffs. Cobb should get more targets but Jones is more of a long threat. The choice is up to you, I’m going Cobb.

Tight End

For me, the viable tight ends for this week are Jordan Reed and Tyler Eifert. While you can make the argument for Heath Miller and Richard Rodgers, I think you will find much more value with Eifert and Reed. Reed is an obvious pick as he has had some very big games lately and is arguably the top tight end in the league. However, that also means he is going to come with a high ownership level, bad news for a tournament play.

That’s why I’m going with Eifert. I can’t stress enough how weak Pittsburgh is against the pass as all of their games end up turning into a shootout. Eifert will especially benefit if Dalton returns this weekend as there is usually great synergy between the two.

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Cincinnati Bengals versus Arizona Cardinals Sunday Night Football Real Money Fantasy Picks 11-22-2015

Two playoff contenders meet up on Sunday Night Football as the Arizona Cardinals will be home to the Cincinnati Bengals. NFL DFS draft managers can tune to NBC TV on November 22nd at 8:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their fantasy football roster picks.

The Bengals enter off a loss to the Houston Texans at home on Monday night by the score of 10-6. So they will have a short week and face travel in this spot. The team has a three game lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC north standings with seven games remaining. In the loss to the Texans the Bengals settled for a pair of first half field goals and were shutout in the second half of play. All the Bengals could manage in the loss was 271 yards of offense and their run game produced only 3.7 yards a carry. On the season the Bengals sit seventh in the league in scoring offense by averaging 26.1 points a game. They are seventh in the league in total offense by gaining 376 yards per game. On defense there is no one better in the league than limiting points to their opponents than the Cincinnati Bengals. The team is first in scoring defense by allowing only 16.9 points per game.

Arizona comes in after a huge divisional win last week at the Seattle Seahawks. After falling behind in the fourth quarter the Cardinals came away with the 39-32 win that extended the team’s lead in the NFC West by three games in the standings behind the second place team’s Rams and Seahawks. Arizona is the top offense in the NFL as they gain 421 yards per game. They convert those yards into points as the team is second in the league in scoring offense by averaging 33.6 points per game. They are a top ten overall defense that ranks in the top ten in defending the run and the pass. In their win against the Seahawks the Cardinals moved the football for 451 yards on a very good Seattle defense. The team has success running the football as they gained 117 yards on the Seattle defense. Arizona has won three straight.

Cincinnati Bengals QB:

Andy Dalton

The Bengals signal caller is hitting on 66% of his throws for 2423 yards with 18 touchdowns and five picks. In the loss at home to Houston last week Dalton completed 58% of his throws a season two for no touchdowns. It was his first game this season without throwing for a touchdown. He has thrown for multiple touchdown passes in six of his nine games.

Cincinnati Bengals RB:

Giovanni Bernard

Bernard is sharing carries with Jeremy Hill this year. He is the more efficient running as Bernard had 99 carries for 547 yards with two touchdowns. The Bengals running back is running for 5.5 yards per carry.

Cincinnati Bengals WR:

A.J. Green

The veteran wide receiver leads the Bengals with 80 catches for 769 yards with four touchdowns. Green has struggled getting into the end zone this year. He has just one touchdown catch in five of his past six games.

Arizona Cardinals QB:

Carson Palmer

Palmer has been injury free for the entire season. The offensive line has improved over last year. The veteran quarterback is hitting on 64% of his throws for 2749 yards with 23 touchdowns and seven picks. He is coming off a very good performance last week at Seattle as he threw for 363 yards with three touchdowns and a pick in a very difficult road spot at Seattle.

Arizona Cardinals RB:

Chris Johnson

The 30 year old running back has found his good form with the Arizona Cardinals after some down seasons with the Tennessee Titans and New York Jets. For Arizona it was Johnson with 166 carries for 734 yards with three rushing touchdowns.

Arizona Cardinals WR:

Larry Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald leads Arizona with 65 receptions for 836 yards with seven touchdown catches. He caught ten balls last week at Seattle for 130 yards.

NFL Sunday Night Football Fantasy One Day League Picks

QB: Blake Bortles (Jaguars)

RB: Chris Johnson (Cardinals)

WR: Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals)

TE: Tyler Eifert (Bengals)

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Houston Texans versus Cincinnati Bengals Monday Night Football Real Money Fantasy Picks 11-16-2015

The Monday Night Football game will feature the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals to host the Houston Texans. DFS NFL draft managers an tune to ESPN TV on November 16th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their fantasy roster picks.

They have met the past two seasons all resulting in low scoring games. Last year Cincinnati earned the 22-13 victory on the road to the Texans. Houston is 3-5 on the year but because of a down season in the AFC South they are in a tie with the Indianapolis Colts atop the division. They have been on the losing end of some ugly defeats this year with a 48-21 defeat at Atlanta and a 44-26 road defeat at Miami. On offense the team has had trouble sustaining their run game as they rush for 88 yards per game which is 29th in the league. Houston comes off a bye week and defeated Tennessee two weeks ago by the score of 20-6. Texans are 1-3 on the road this season.

The Cincinnati Bengals have an 8-0 mark heading into Monday Night Football. They faced the Cleveland Browns on a Thursday night on November 5th and came away with the 31-10 road victory. The week prior they held the Steelers to just ten points in their win. The team has been outstanding on both sides of the ball. They are third in the league in scoring offense by averaging 28.6 points a game. On the defensive side of the football the Bengals are surrendering just 17.8 points per game which is fourth best in the NFL.

Houston Texans QB:

Brian Hoyer

Hoyer has won the starting quarterback job for good. He is completing 60% of his passes for 1581 yards with 13 touchdowns and 3 picks. In the win against Tennessee Hoyer completed 65% of his passes for 235 yards with two touchdowns. In the blowout loss at Miami the Texans put up a lot of second half garbage yards which resulted in 273 passing yards with three touchdowns and a pick thrown by Brian Hoyer. A positive for Hoyer is the fact he has thrown for multiple touchdown passes over his past five games with two three touchdown pass performances mixed in there.

Houston Texans RB:

Alfred Blue

The Texans starting running back Arian Foster is out for the season with a torn Achilles. Former LSU product Alfred Blue leads the Texans with 74 carries for 273 yards with a touchdown. He is rushing for just 3.7 yards per carry on the campaign.

Houston Texans WR:

DeAndre Hopkins

The 23 year old wide receiver leads the Texans with 66 catches for 870 yards with six touchdowns. Hopkins is averaging 13.2 yards per catch which is a career low. He caught eight balls in the win against Tennessee for 94 yards with a touchdown.

Cincinnati Bengals QB:

Andy Dalton

Dalton is completing 67.4% of his passes for 2226 yards with 18 touchdowns and 4 picks. He had a very good game in the win against Cleveland completing 77.8% of his throws for 234 yards with three touchdowns. The veteran quarterback has thrown for three touchdowns in four of his eight games.

Cincinnati Bengals RB:

Giovani Bernard

The Bengals running back is sharing carries with Jeremy Hill. Bernard has 91 carries on the year with 511 yards with two touchdowns. Bernard is running for a career high 5.6 yards per carry average. Against Cleveland it was Bernard rushing for 72 yards on 13 carries for 5 ½ yards per run average

Cincinnati Bengals WR:

A.J. Green

The talented wide receiver for Cincinnati has caught 50 balls on the year for 702 yards with four touchdowns. Green is averaging 14 yards per catch this season. In the victory against Cleveland it was Green catching four passes for 53 yards. He has had issues getting into the end zone with just one touchdown catch in four of his past five games. After missing four games last year with injury Green has played in all eight games this season.

NFL Monday Night Football Fantasy League Picks

QB: Andy Dalton (Bengals)

RB: Giovani Bernard (Bengals)

WR: A.J. Green (Bengals)

TE: Tyler Eifert (Bengals)

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NFL Week 10 Value Picks

Quarterbacks

 

Blake Bortles (JAX @ BAL) At 314 passing yards allowed per game, Oakland’s Defense has been the weakest against the pass this year by a significant margin.  While Bortoles has had shockingly high numbers of interceptions in the past 4 games, he has matched that with impressive passing yards and touchdowns giving him reliable fantasy value.  With this matchup and his minimal salary, he could be a key pick in NFL daily fantasy in week 10.

 

Projection: 22.7 Fantasy Points

Fanpicks Salary: $5800

 

 

Andy Dalton (HOU @ CIN) Andy Dalton has been on fire this year so far leading the Bengals to an undefeated season so far.  The Bengals shouldn’t have much in their way this week in what should be a high scoring blowout.  Dalton’s fantasy value could be hurt though if they get ahead too early and resort to the run game.

 

Projection: 27.5 Fantasy Points

Fanpicks Salary: $7000

 

 

Joe Flacco (JAX @ BAL) Oakland should not have much opposition in the pass game either.  Flacco has provided strong numbers this year.  He may be limited on his targets however with Steve Smith out and Crockett Gilmore questionable for this weekend.

 

Projection: 22.5 Fantasy Points

Fanpicks Salary: $5500

 

 

Running Backs

 

James Starks (DET @ GB) Green Bay has passed over the duties of primary running back from Eddie Lacy to James Starks this week.  The Packers should be up early on the Lions then likely will resort to the run game to run out the time.  Starts will get plenty of attempts this week.  Plus Detroit has allowed the third most rushing yards per game of all NFL teams at 134 yards.

 

Projection: 19.7 Fantasy Points

Fanpicks Salary: $5000

 

 

TJ Yeldon (JAX @ BAL) Yeldon has been a decent fantasy option this year but considering the huge number of attempts he gets, his upside potential is far higher than what we have seen.  He will match those attempts with a couple receptions as well to add to his fantasy value.

 

Projection: 18.9 Fantasy Points

Fanpicks Salary: $5400

 

Demarco Murray (MIA @ PHI) Miami has the second worst rush defense in the league, only beating out the Browns on that list.  Demarco Murray has taken over the lion’s share of the Eagles rushing game and with his talent, he could explode for a big performance this week.  He is one of the more expensive backs but he will be worth the cash this week providing big fantasy value.

 

Projection: 22.2 Fantasy Points

Fanpicks Salary: $6400

 

 

 

Wide Receivers

 

Allen Robinson (JAX @ BAL) I already mentioned how weak Oakland’s secondary is and Robinson is Bortles’ primary receiver, especially down the field.  While he doesn’t get a huge number of receptions, those he does get are typically long balls and touchdown opportunity catches.

 

Projection: 26.4 Fantasy Points

Fanpicks Salary: $6900

 

 

Kamar Aiken (JAX @ BAL) Same goes for Aiken, with Steve Smith out and Gilmore questionable, Aiken is the primary target for Flacco.  He comes at a very cheap price and should get plenty of targets this week.

 

Projection: 22.5 Fantasy Points

Fanpicks Salary: $4200

 

 

Michael Crabtree (MIN @ OAK) Crabtree showed great synergy with Carr last week, even outperforming Amari Cooper.  Despite his two touchdowns and 100+ receiving yards last week, he still comes at a cheap price.

 

Projection: 25.1 Fantasy Points

Fanpicks Salary: $5900

 

 

 

Tight Ends

 

Jordan Reed (NO @ WAS)  Reed is a prime value pick this weekend at tight end against the very weak Saints pass defense.  He is the primary red zone target for Cousins and they will need to pass the ball a lot to keep up with the Saints offense.

 

Projection: 21.9 Fantasy Points

Fanpicks Salary: $4800

 

 

Gary Barnage (CLE @ PIT) Barnage has caught over 600 receiving yards this season for 6 touchdowns.  He has been a consistent performer on the brown’s team that has had very little consistency in personnel or performance.

Projection: 16.8 Fantasy Points

Fanpicks Salary: $5000

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Cleveland Browns versus Cincinnati Bengals Thursday Night Football Fantasy Picks 11-5-2015

Thursday night football will feature two rivals from the AFC North as the Cincinnati Bengals will be home to meet the Cleveland Browns. DFS draft managers can tune to CBS TV on November 5th at 8:30PM Eastern Time from Cincinnati to track the scoring results of their fantasy football one day draft picks.

 

These two teams have split their two divisional meetings over the past five years. Cincinnati should be motivated in this spot because Cleveland went into Cincinnati last year and beat the Bengals 24-3. The Bengals are an undefeated football team entering Thursday night football with a record of 7-0. They come off a huge game at division rival Pittsburgh where they came away with the 16-10 victory that allowed the Bengals go up four games in the loss column over second place Pittsburgh in the AFC North division. The issue facing the Bengals is that if they are to earn a first round bye in the playoffs they will need to finish ahead of either New England or Denver but each of those teams are undefeated as well. Cincinnati has repeatedly said that post season success is a must this year so there is plenty to play for in this spot for the Bengals to bring focus. The team is solid on both sides of the football as they average 28.3 points a game good for third best in the league and they are seventh in the NFL in scoring defense by allowing 18.9 points to their opponents.

 

The Cleveland Browns continues their struggle as a franchise. The club is 2-6 and looks like their losses in 2015 may end in double digits. They are 1-3 on the road this year. The team has lost three straight after a 34-20 home defeat last week to the Arizona Cardinals. The Browns defense was carved up by the Arizona dynamic passing game as Carson Palmer threw for 374 yards and four touchdowns. This is something that has to concern Cleveland in this spot as Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has just as many weapons in his disposal to exploit their defense plus Cincinnati has a better downhill running game. Another issue for Cleveland in this spot is their starting quarterback Josh McCown will miss the game due to injury and it will be second year signal caller Johnny Manziel getting the start. The Browns have been poor on both sides. They are 30th and third last in the NFL in total defense as their opponents put up 405 yards per game. Cleveland is 32nd and last in the league in run defense. Over on offense the Browns average 20.9 points a game which is 25th ranking and in the lower third of the NFL.

 

Cincinnati Bengals QB:

 

Andy Dalton

 

The veteran quarterback for Cincinnati is completing 66.2% of his throws for 1992 yards with 15 touchdowns and 4 picks. He had his worst game of the year last week in the win at Pittsburgh with 60% passing for 231 yards with a touchdown and two picks with a QB rating of 64.7.

 

Cincinnati Bengals RB:

 

Giovani Bernard

 

Bernard has been the most efficient back in the backfield for the Bengals with 78 carries for 439 yards with two touchdowns. He is rushing for 5.6 yards a carry.

 

Cincinnati Bengals WR:

 

A.J. Green

 

The leading wide out for the Bengals has caught 46 balls for 649 yards and four touchdowns. Green is averaging 14.1 yards per reception.

 

Cleveland Browns QB:

 

Johnny Manziel

 

Manziel has seen action in four games with one start. He has completed 56% of his throws on the campaign for 393 yards with three touchdowns and a pick. He started in week two at home to Tennessee where he completed 53.3% of his throws for 172 yards with two touchdowns and no picks in a 28-14 win.

 

Cleveland Browns RB:

 

Isaiah Crowell

 

The Browns 28 year old running back has 91 carries on the year for 295 yards with a touchdown. He is running for just 3.2 yards a carry. Crowell has ten receptions out of the backfield for 134 yards and a touchdown.

 

Cleveland Browns WR:

 

Travis Benjamin

 

Benjamin has grabbed 38 passes for 601 yards with four touchdowns. He is averaging 15.8 yards a catch on the year.

 

NFL Thursday Night Football Cash Fantasy League Picks

QB: Andy Dalton (Bengals)

RB: Giovani Bernard (Bengals)

WR: A.J. Green (Bengals)

TE: Gary Barnidge (Browns)

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NFL Week 8 Value Picks

Quarterback

 

Andy Dalton (Cin @ Pit): Dalton has let the Bengals to a 6-0 record so far this season against some strong defensive fronts.  He has averaged almost 300 passing yards and thrown only 2 interceptions all year.  Rested off of the bye week, Dalton will have to win the shootout against the returning Roethlisberger to keep the Bengals streak alive.

Projection: 22.7 Fantasy Points

 

Alex Smith (Det @ KC): Smith has been consistently subpar in fantasy value so far this year, but has had decent completion rating and very few interceptions.  He has Maclin back this week against the Lions and should be able to provide serious fantasy value for his cheap price.

Projection: 21 Fantasy Points

 

Matt Stafford (Det @ KC): Stafford on the other side of the ball has been one of the most volatile quarterbacks but chances are he will be firing the ball downfield just as much.  Also coming for a bargain, Stafford may be able to put together another big fantasy performance.

Projection: 21 Fantasy Points

 

Running Back

 

Justin Forsett (SD @ Bal): After a slow start to the season, Forsett has been a top pick at the running back position.  With his combination of running attempts and receiving targets, he should be able to deliver solid value this week against the weak Chargers defense.  Chargers have allowed second most rushing yards per game (132) and the most receiving yards per game (344) this season.

Projection: 20.8 Fantasy Points

 

Danny Woodhead (SD @ Bal):  Woodhead is the exact counterpart of Forsett for the chargers— a primary running back who magnifies his fantasy value with receptions.  After scoring two touchdowns last week and being the only effective running back for the Chargers, look for Woodhead to deliver again this week.

Projection: 20.1 Fantasy Points

 

Chris Johnson (Ari @ Cle):  Chris Johnson has asserted himself as the primary back among the Cardinals strong group of Running backs (including Andre Ellington and David Johnson).  He is facing the struggling Browns this week who have allowed more rushing yards (151 per game) than any other team this season.

Projection: 20.7 Fantasy Points

 

Wide Receiver

 

Martavis Bryant (Cin @ Pit): With the veteran Quarterback Roethlisberger back on the field, Bryant’s fantasy production should be far beyond his recent weeks (which have not been bad considering the conditions.  You can expect some long, on target passes to be thrown to Bryant downfield in the shootout against the Bengals.

Projection: 21.3 Fantasy Points

 

Jeremy Maclin (Det @ KC): Alex Smith has recently been spreading out the ball with moderate success.  However, his favorite targets are the Tight End Travis Kelce and Receiver Jeremy Maclin.  If the Chiefs are going to win against the Lions, Maclin will have to do his part.

Projection: 22 Fantasy Points

 

Alshon Jeffery (Min @ Chi): Alshon Jeffery has been plagued by injuries so far this year but look for him to return to his normal production this week against the vikings.  With Cutler back on track that chemistry could generate some good fantasy value.

Projection: 21.7 Fantasy Points

 

 

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NFL Fantasy Football Draft News 10-9-2015

Seattle Seahawks versus Cincinnati Bengals NFL Real Money Fantasy Preview 10-11-2015

The Cincinnati Bengals will be at home to meet the Seattle Seahawks from NFL pro football on Sunday. Fantasy football draft managers can tune to FOX on October 11th at 1PM Eastern Time to track the results of their fantasy rosters.

The Seattle Seahawks will be on a short week after hosting the Detroit Lions on Monday night football and holding onto the 13-10 victory. It was a good defensive performance for the Seahawks in the win by limiting the Lions to 256 yards of offense with just 53 coming on the ground. Seattle is second best in the NFL in yards allowed by surrendering just 278 yards per game to their opponents.

The Cincinnati Bengals are a perfect 4-0 on the year. They hosted the Kansas City Chiefs last week and won 38-21. It was an outstanding offensive performance for the Bengals as they had a balanced 445 yards in their victory and went 4 of 4 inside the red zone. Cincinnati allowed 461 yards to the Chiefs and had a victory by margin by limiting Kansas City to 0 of 3 inside the red zone. The Bengals are second best offensively in yards gained per game (422) as well as fourth best in points scored per game (30.2).

Seattle Seahawks QB:

Russell Wilson

The fourth year signal caller has hit on 71% of his throws for 979 yards with five touchdowns and two picks. In the win against Detroit Russell passed for 287 yards with a touchdown. He ran ten times for 40 yards.

Seattle Seahawks RB:

Marshawn Lynch

Lynch had just five carries in week three against the Chicago Bears due to a hamstring problem. He missed the game on Monday night with the injury and is listed as questionable for Sunday.

Thomas Rawls

The rookie from Central Michigan has earned 35 carries on the season for 157 yards for 4 ½ yards per carry. He was inefficient on Monday night against the Lions as Rawls had 48 rushing yards on 17 carries for less than three yards per rush attempt.

Seattle Seahawks WR:

Jermaine Kearse

Kearse leads the Seahawks with 16 catches for 236 yards but has yet to catch a touchdown pass. He was targeted just twice last week against the Lions and caught two balls for a productive 84 yards.

Seattle Seahawks TE:

Jimmy Graham

The former Saint has caught 18 balls for his new team for 174 yards and two touchdowns. He was targeted five times on Monday night and caught four passes for 29 yards.

Cincinnati Bengals QB:

Andy Dalton

The Bengals quarterback has completed 67% of his throws for 1187 yards with nine touchdowns and a pick. Dalton has been haunted in his NFL career for not being able to win big games. For Cincinnati it’s all about playoff performance this year. He threw for 321 yards and a touchdown last week against Kansas City as he completed 17 of 24 passes.

Cincinnati Bengals RB:

Giovani Bernard

Bernard has been the most productive back for Cincinnati as he has rushed for 297 yards on 54 carries for a touchdown. He had 13 carries last week for 62 yards and a touchdown. Bernard is splitting carries with Jeremy Hill.

Cincinnati Bengals WR:

A.J. Green

The Bengals fifth year wide out is entering the prime of his career at 27 years old. Green has 25 catches for 417 yards and three touchdowns on the 2015 campaign. In week three A.J. Green had 227 receiving yards with two touchdowns on ten catches. Last week in the win against the Chiefs, Green caught seven balls for 82 yards.

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NFL Fantasy Football Draft News 9-23-2015

Cincinnati Bengals versus Baltimore Ravens One Day League Fantasy Preview

Two AFC North rivals meet on Sunday as the Baltimore Ravens will face the Cincinnati Bengals. Fantasy draft GM’s can check out this game on September 27th on CBS TV at 1PM Eastern Time from Baltimore to follow the results of their roster picks.

When these divisional rivals went head to head in 2014 it was Cincinnati wining both games in one possession games in each of them. The game in Baltimore saw the Bengals gain 380 yards with 301 yards coming from their passing game in a 23-16 victory.

Cincinnati is 2-0 on the year with wins coming against the Raiders on the road in week one and last week the team beat the San Diego Chargers 24-19. Early in the year the Bengals are already number four in the league in rush offense as they tally 151 yards on the ground per game. Defensively Cincinnati give up 300 yards a game to their opponents ranking sixth best and allow 16 points a contest which is fourth best in the NFL.

It has been a disappointing start for the Baltimore Ravens as they are 0-2 to begin the year losing to AFC West opponents. It was a very bad offensive showing in week one in a 19-13 road defeat at Denver and last week the defense was bad in a 37-33 defeat at the Oakland Raiders. Both losses came on the road so the Ravens will have their home opener on Sunday. Defensively the Ravens rank in the lower half in the league in both passing and scoring defense early in the campaign.

Cincinnati Bengals QB:

Andy Dalton

The Bengals veteran signal caller is completing 68% of his throws for 483 yards with five touchdowns and no picks. There is also some concern backing Dalton in big games with his potential of meltdowns dating back to even his college playing career at TCU. He threw for 214 yards against the Chargers last week with three touchdowns. The run has been working helping out Dalton in the passing game.

Cincinnati Bengals RB:

Giovani Bernard

Two running backs have shared the football this year with almost equal amount of carries after two weeks. Giovanni Bernard has rushed 28 times for 186 yards. He is averaging 6.6 yards a carry.

Jeremy Hill

The second year man has run for 102 yards on 29 carries with two touchdowns. Hill has a high of only 11 yards this year and is running for just 3.5 yards a carry. In the passing game Hill has one catch this year for two yards and has lost an alarming two fumbles.

Cincinnati Bengals WR:

A.J. Green

The talented wide out for the Bengals has caught eight passes for 108 yards with a touchdown. His touchdown catch came last week against the Chargers.

Cincinnati Bengals TE:

Tyler Eifert has been the favorite target of Andy Dalton thus far. The third year pro has 13 catches for 153 yards with three touchdowns. Eifert has a touchdown catch in all two games.

Baltimore Ravens QB:

Joe Flacco

The veteran quarterback has hit on 65% of his throws for 501 yards with two touchdowns and three picks. After a bad game at Denver in week one Flacco improved his performance against the Raiders last week throwing for 384 yards with two touchdowns hitting on 32 of 45 passes.

Baltimore Ravens RB:

Justin Forsett

Forsett has rushed 29 times for 111 yards with 3.8 yards a carry average and no rushing touchdowns. He averaged 4 ½ yards a carry at Oakland last week with fifteen carries which was an improvement from week one.

Baltimore Ravens WR:

Steve Smith Jr:

The veteran wide receiver is by far the leading target for Joe Flacco this year. Smith has caught 12 balls for 163 yards with four catches over 20 yards.

Baltimore Ravens TE:

Crockett Gillmore a second year tight end from Colorado St has seven catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns. He had two touchdown grabs at the Raiders last week.

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Today’s Top Fantasy Picks – NFL– 8-25-15

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Top fantasy value picks for MLB’s August 25th 2015

1: Matt Ryan

2:  Eli Manning

3:  Matthew Stafford

4:  Carson Palmer

5: Andy Dalton

6:  Sam Bradford

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Week 1 Fantasy Football 2015 Quarterback Roster Value Picks

Quarterback Fantasy Value Week 1

With the NFL 2015 regular season soon beginning its time to check out the individual games from week 1 and look for some value from fantasy rosters in the quarterback position.

Matt Ryan (Falcons): Should be a very good game for fantasy draft managers here as the Philadelphia Eagles are at the Atlanta Falcons. The Eagles with their fast pace offense run many plays and expect more opportunities for fantasy points for Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Monday Night Football games have been trending toward very high scoring games since the rule changes the past several years. This game figures to be a shootout. Matt Ryan will be happy to see Julio Jones line up out wide as his main target in the passing game as he was out for much of 2014 with injury. Roddy White will start out wide, making for a solid starting receiving combo. Jacob Tamme is a capable tight end who can move the sticks in key third downs plays to give more offensive plays for Atlanta. The Falcons running game has been atrocious the past few seasons and don’t see much improvement yet. Loud building will aid the Falcons on a Monday night.

Eli Manning (Giants): Eli Manning showed some good improvement in his quick strike offense as the regular season ended. Wide receiver Odell Beckham emerged as an impact wide receiver in his rookie campaign. Victor Cruz is healthy and will be part of the starting receivers. The Giants have great depth so if they go four wide then Rueben Randle and James Jones enters the pass pattern. A huge addition for key third down plays was the signing of Shane Vereen as a free agent in the offseason. Vereen caught 52 balls in 2014 for 447 yards and three touchdowns. The Giants are at the Cowboys in week one and Manning has had a good history in Dallas.

Matthew Stafford (Lions): Matthew Stafford has a solid 1-2 punch in his wide receiver position with Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. Detroit is at sunny San Diego to open the year so look for a Stafford to put the ball up in the air quite a bit in the opener. Lance Moore has emerged as a weapon in the slot. Greg Salas has shown some positive signs in the preseason that he can line up as the fourth wide receiver.

Carson Palmer (Cardinals): Palmer was an effective quarterback for Arizona in 2014 prior to tearing his ACL in November. Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd is a great duo for Palmer to work with. Arizona doesn’t run well so the ball is in the air as they host a bad defense from New Orleans in the opener.

Andy Dalton (Bengals): There are very high expectations for the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2015 campaign. The organization is tired of early playoff exits and that means Andy Dalton has to play better. It could be a great fantasy football day for draft managers who take Dalton because Cincinnati will travel to Oakland Raiders to open the season. Andy Dalton has capable receivers in A.J. Green and Marvin Jones to pass to. Brandon Tate and Denarius Moore add depth in pass patterns for Cincinnati. The run game for Cincinnati will feature Jeremy Hill and he was outstanding in the final nine weeks of the year for the Bengals. Hill’s big play presence will set up play action deep for good gains in the passing game for Cincinnati.

Sam Bradford (Eagles): The new Philadelphia starting quarterback will be throwing against one of the softest pass rushes for several seasons in the NFL as the Atlanta Falcons are the opponent in week one. Wide our Jordan Matthews is coming off a very good rookie campaign. USC rookie Nelson Agholor has looked good in the preseason. Miles Austin and Riley Cooper add depth in four wide receiver sets. Philadelphia signed running back DeMarco Murray in the offseason giving the Eagles big play potential in the ground game. Sam Bradford played well in the spread offense in his college years at Oklahoma. The Eagles personnel and system seems like a good fit for the veteran quarterback.

2015 NFL Fantasy Football Quarterback Week 1 Value Picks

1. Matt Ryan (Falcons)
2. Eli Manning (Giants)
3. Matthew Stafford (Lions)
4. Carson Palmer (Cardinals)
5. Andy Dalton (Bengals)
6. Sam Bradford (Eagles)

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