Thursday Night Football

Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals Preview

When the Bengals and Ravens last met, Cincinnati stunned Baltimore on New Year’s Eve with an unlikely upset thanks to a 49-yard Andy Dalton-to-Tyler Boyd touchdown pass on 4th-and-12 in the final minute. The play knocked the Ravens out of the playoffs and put Buffalo in.

Baltimore got its revenge on the Bills last week with a 47–3 blowout that turned into an extra preseason game in the second half. Now the Ravens look to pay back the Bengals, who rallied to beat the Colts 34–23 thanks to 17 fourth-quarter points. Because the Browns and Steelers played to a tie in Week 1, the winner of this one will have at least a half-game edge on the rest of the AFC North.

Is that enough juice to keep this one from being a typically sloppy,  early-season Thursday night game? Probably not. But at least there’s no rain in the forecast, so the weather will be better than it was for many of the games in Week 1.

Baltimore at Cincinnati

Kickoff: Thursday, Sept. 13 at 8:20 p.m. ET

TV: NFL Network

Spread: Bengals -1

Three Things to Watch

1. Baltimore’s new weapons

The Ravens revamped their receiving corps in the offseason, adding Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead, and all three caught touchdowns from Joe Flacco in Week 1. That’s a good sign, but the game got out of hand so quickly that it’s hard to read much into it. Six different players caught at least three passes, and none totaled more than 49 yards. Will anyone emerge as a true go-to guy who can be trusted to make plays in a close game? Will the depth help Flacco  silence his critics who are eager to see Lamar Jackson take over? We’ll start to get answers this week.

2. Joe Mixon becoming a workhorse?

Mixon has always had the skill set to be an every-down back for the Bengals, but they have also had Giovani Bernard around to handle most of the third-down back duties. If the Week 1 win over Indianapolis is any indication, that’s changing. Bernard got just two touches (one carry and one catch), while Mixon carried 17 times and caught five passes on seven targets. Last season, Bernard got more than 30 percent of the carries between the two and was targeted 60 times in the passing game to Mixon’s 34. On a short week, it’s certainly possible Bernard spells Mixon a little more often, so don’t expect another 149 yards from scrimmage for Mixon. But if Mixon finds success again against a tough Baltimore defense, he could be set up for a big season.

3. Is Lamar Jackson the new “Slash?”

Jackson ended up playing quarterback for most of the second half because the Ravens had jumped out to a 40–0 lead, so his seven carries for 39 yards are not an indication of how the Ravens intend to use him. But he was on the field often in the first half, carrying the ball once for no gain and throwing an incomplete pass after taking a handoff from Flacco on another play. While it’s very unlikely that the Ravens would risk their potential quarterback of the future by giving him that many carries or throwing him passes regularly as the Steelers once did with Kordell Stewart, there’s no doubt that they are going to get him on the field to at least give defenses something else to worry about.

Final Analysis

Given the glorified preseason nature of the Ravens opener, it’s tough to put too much stock in it. While the new-look offense produced a couple long scoring drives, the final score is misleading as Baltimore also had drives of eight, minus-three, 14 and a single yard all result in points. That’s 20 points for 20 yards. It’s tough to lose a game like that. The Bengals will be a much tougher test, especially in their home opener.

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Complete AFC North Preview

Here is a look at what you can expect from the Steelers, Browns, Ravens and Bengals this season…

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers have all the right pieces to pile up points and breeze through the regular season on their way to another AFC North title. They’re a serious Super Bowl contender, too, but they’ll have to clear all the necessary hurdles to get there first.

Baltimore Ravens

The organization has declined to make big changes the past two years amid fan discontent, maintaining that the team was one or two plays short of making the playoffs. However, the Ravens are 40-40 in the regular season since winning Super Bowl XLVII. Their roster hasn’t been good enough to compete with the top teams in the AFC, and the latest version is again lacking in elite difference makers. If QB Joe Flacco stops the regression and rediscovers an ability to connect on big plays with a new-look receiving corps, this team will compete for a playoff berth. If he doesn’t, the Ravens will remain mired in mediocrity, the Lamar Jackson era at quarterback will start sooner and other changes will occur.

Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals didn’t make many changes after a disappointing season, underscoring a sense of confidence that they have the right coach and right players to get the team back to where it expects to be. If a few close games break their way, the Bengals could easily turn 7-9 into 9-7 and put themselves back in the mix as a Wild Card contender.

Cleveland Browns

The roster is better, even without future hall of famer Joe Thomas. GM John Dorsey needed to add experience, even if he didn’t add a bunch of blue-chip players. This will still be one of the league’s youngest teams, but it has improved at quarterback, wide receiver and in the secondary — all critical areas in a passing league. The Browns believe they have more offensive playmakers than they’ve had in years and will be able to run the ball once the new linemen and RB Nick Chubb develop some chemistry. The quarterback question still lingers — and likely will continue to with Baker Mayfield looming as the eventual starter.

The Browns probably aren’t a playoff team, and they might not even escape the AFC North basement. But they’ll win some games and hope to position themselves as a playoff team for 2019. Whether or not head coach Hue Jackson is still around then remains to be seen.

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NFL Fantasy Football Draft

AFC North

The NFL Draft is quickly approaching and its time for teams to make critical acquisition for the next season and future.  FanPick will be providing a special  draft contest for you starting on April 28th 2016. You will be able to look at the improvements each AFC North could make during the draft. Now let’s check out what the AFC North needs for the future in this NFL Fantasy Football Draft.

Cincinnati Bengals

The main thing for the Bengals this campaign would be to solidify their Defense. An upper-echelon safety would really solve a lot of defensive issues. While their Center Russell Bodine is being pushed around far up front a bit too often, they will most likely not ignore that position. With A.J. Green as their main wide receiver, it seems like not all his wide receiving teammates will be retained due to free agency. Free agency and and the age could potentially lead the Bengals to a few linebackers and some strength in defensive tackling with one of their draft picks.

Top 3 round picks: 24th and 55th, 87th selections.

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens need some serious help in their defensive backfield with threats such as Antonio Brown and A.J. Green in their division. Terrell Suggs’ injury will definitely make them go on the hunt for a pass rusher. We’re waiting to see what Breshad Perriman is capable but a good form from their QB Joe Flacco won’t hurt.

Top 3 round picks: 6th and 36th, 70th selections.

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers cannot stop the pass and there hasn’t really been many turnovers in the CB position. This year however, you might see some new blood added and not just for depth purposes, but as potential long-term starters. To go along with some new corner backs, the Steelers might be on the lookout for Will Allen’s eventual replacement if they find a safety talented enough. The absence of Ben Roethlisberger for four games in 2015 highlighted the need for the Steelers to find a capable, young backup to groom and it might be time to find a left guard to challenge Ramon Fosterfor the starting role.

Top 3 round picks: 25th and 58th, 89th selections.

Cleveland Browns

Cleveland have learned their lesson when they took a swing at a franchise QB 2 years ago. They must keep trying to find that guy but with good due diligence. They will need to get some solid defensive addition that could help them stop the run. The departures of Travis Benjamin and Alex Mackand as well as Mitchell Schwartz will create need for their immediate . They must keep trying to find that guy. How do the Browns do a better job of stopping the run? Well, new talent might be nice. The departures of WR Travis Benjamin, C Alex Mackand OT Mitchell Schwartz have created a more immediate need at their positions.

Top 3 round picks: 8th and 32nd, 65th selections.

 

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NFL Free Agent Tracker

When the NFL Free Agency period begins at 4pm (est), these signings can become official. Until then, they are just agreements with no ink on paper due to league tampering laws.

Here we bring you the latest league news in our NFL Free Agent Tracker.

Latest

Olivier Vernon has signed a record breaking 5-year $85 million deal with the New York Giants($52.2M guaranteed). They have now signed Vernon, Jason Pierre-Paul, Damon Harrison, and Janoris Jenkins to improve their defense.

Bears sign T Bobby Massie to a 3-year contract. He comes from the Arizona Cardinals.

RT Mitchell Schwartz is leaving the Browns for the Chiefs.

Matt Forte will be dawning green next season, as he signs with the New York Jets to fill their need at RB.

Mohammed Sanu is off to Atlanta…to at least visit. Rumour is he will sign a 5-year $35M deal with the Falcons. They also locked up Matt Schaub to backup Matt Ryan.

Houston was just involved in a trio of moves, gaining two and losing one. The biggest of all..former Denver Broncos QB Brock Osweiler signs a 4-year deal worth $72 million.

Former Texan gaurd Brandon Brooks will head to Philly on 5-year $40M deal.

Another RB off the market, Lamar Miller will wear a Texans jersey next season, and the next 3 after that. Miller signs a 4-year deal worth $26M with Houston ($14M guaranteed at signing)

DL Damon “Snacks” Harrison will be playing in the same stadium next year but switching jerseys. The former Jet will be joining the NY Giants.

The Buccaneers will be retaining their star RB as Doug Martin will be staying in Tampa Bay on a 5 year contract worth $35.75M. Slightly more than Chris Ivory’s with the Jaguars.

The Falcons have finally landed one of their many targets as Alex Mack will be joining his former OC Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta on a 5-year deal worth $9.5M annually. The first two years are said to be fully guaranteed for the 30 year old 3x Pro-Bowl center.

WR Marvin Jones will do his best to replace Calvin Johnson’s production as the former Bengal will be signing with the Detroit Lions.

Antonio Gates has re-upped in San Diego on a 2-year deal. This should bring the legendary TE to his last playing days with the only team he’s ever played for. This probably means Ladarius Green is as good as gone.

Former 49er Alex Boone will be leaving San Francisco for the Vikings. The guard was heavily pursued by the Dolphins.

Travis Benjamin is going to be wearing a Chargers jersey next season, as the speedy former Browns breakout WR will sign in San Diego. Last year he tied for the league lead with 4 TD catches over 30+yards.

Janoris Jenkins is now the 7th highest paid CB in the league, and second only in guaranteed money to Darrelle Revis. He will be signing a 5 year pact with the New York Giants worth $62.5M ($29M/guaranteed).

Bengals hard-hitting safety George Iloka will be remaining in Cincy. It looks like a 5-year deal worth $30M. Word is he passed up more money elsewhere to remain in Cincinnati.

Chris Ivory landed in Jacksonville. Word is it’s a 5-year $32.5 million deal.

Another pass-rusher off the market. Bruce Irvin is heading to Oakland to join and the Raiders.

Ben Jones, the versatile interior lineman has signed with the Titans. A smart addition given the DeMarco Murray acquisition.

JPP will stay in New York on a 1-year deal.

Charles Johnson re-ups in Carolina.

Ben Watson to the Ravens on a 2-year contract.

Malik Jackson broke the bank by signing with the Jaguars. Huge money for a DL. 6 years, $90 million.

Mario Williams started the day off by making headlines when he signed in Miami on a two-year deal for $17 Million (up to $20M). The Dolphins are preparing to lose star rusher Olivier Vernon.

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FANTASY FOOTBALL AFC NORTH REVIEW

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Fantasy Football AFC North Review

The AFC North saw Cincinnati and Pittsburgh enter the playoffs, this past year. Baltimore and especially Cleveland sunk in the bottom of the standing, with both team having to deal with more than football trouble.

  • Cincinnati Bengals (12-4)

It was more of the same for the Cincinnati Bengals. Making it through to the Wild Card round of the playoffs for the fifth straight year, but falling short a first playoff win in over 25 years. Even though they took the top spot in the AFC East, they’ve lost to their divisional rivals, Pittsburgh Steelers, in the first playoff game. Since taking over the team in 2003, Marvin Lewis racked up a 0-7 record in the post-season. He has the most playoffs losses among coaches that have never won a single post-season game. We can help but to feel for the guy.

  • Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6)

It was a battle for “Big Ben”, throughout the season. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback dealt with a sprained MCL early in the season, resulting him missing four games. The result was not too bad though, as the combo of Michael Vick and Landry Jones were 2-2. Antonio Brown proved once again why he is the best wide receiver in the league, collecting a total of 1,834 rushing yards and 10 TD’s against the best defensive oppositions.

  • Baltimore Ravens (5-11)

With so much expectation coming from countless predictors, with even some speculating a Super Bowl appearance, it was nothing more than a disappointment for the Baltimore Ravens. It’s been a season riddled with injuries for John Harbaughs team. No less than 22 of their players were placed under the injured reserve list. QB Joe Flacco, RB Justin Forsett and OLB Terrell Suggs were among those who left sometime during the season, due to injury, and never came back. It was the first time in eight years, under the coaching of Harbaugh that the Ravens suffered a losing season.

  • Cleveland Browns (3-13)

The Johnny Manziel experiment proved to be a complete failure. The one who was supposed to reinvigorate Cleveland with new life wasn’t able to keep his personal life in check and did little on the gridiron to warrant himself a franchise tag. The Browns finished tied with the Tennessee Titans for worst in the NFL. The team took no time to fire head coach Mike Pettine and GM Ray Farmer after the end of the season.

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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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Pittsburgh Steelers versus Cincinnati Bengals NFL Playoffs Fantasy Picks 1-9-2016

Game 2 from the AFC Wildcard playoffs will feature the Cincinnati Bengals at home to meet the Pittsburgh Steelers. Fantasy football draft GMs can tune to CBS TV on Saturday January 9th at 8:15PM Eastern Time to track the scoring results of their one day league real money NFL roster picks.

These division rivals met twice during the regular season with each road team earning the victory. The most recent matchup came on December 13th at Cincinnati where Pittsburgh was able to earn a 33-20 victory. Both teams were able to move the football. Ben Roethlisberger connected on 30 of 39 passes for 282 yards and a pic. A.J. McCarron saw work in most of the game as Andy Dalton was sidelined with an injury early. McCarron completed 22 of 32 passes for 280 yards with two touchdowns and two picks. A.J. McCarron had a 66 yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green but he also threw a pick six to the Steelers. It appears that A.J. McCarron will get the start with Andy Dalton relegated to a backup role in this game.

The Steelers are a team that many of the AFC playoff participants did not want to see in the postseason. They caught a break with a Jets loss in Week 17 to get the last spot. Pittsburgh brings in the number three rated offense and passing attack into the playoffs. The Steelers are also fourth in the league in scoring offense as they push across 26.4 points per game. Over on the defensive side of the ball they give up lots of yards but sit 11th in scoring defense by giving up 19.9 points per contest. The Steelers could be without running back DeAngelo Williams who has been listed as questionable with a football injury suffered in the win at Cleveland.

Cincinnati has not had success in the post season in recent years. They are just 4-4 over the last half of the season as they have lost to their playoff opponents and beat up on the losing teams they faced in that span. Overall the Bengals are second in the league in scoring defense by allowing 17.4 points per game. With Dalton missing due to injury the Bengals have slipped to the middle of the league in many offensive categories.

Pittsburgh Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger

Big Ben will be tossing against the 20th ranked passing defense in the Bengals that surrender 248 yards passing per game. Roethlisberger has hit 68% of his throws this season for 3938 yards with 21 touchdowns and 16 picks. He missed four games of the year due to injury and will be playing his fourth straight game since getting hurt. The Steelers signal caller has thrown for over 300 yards in six of his past eight games.

Pittsburgh Steelers RB

DeAngelo Williams

Williams has emerged as the Steelers leading running back with Le’veon Bell sidelined with injury. The veteran back has played in every game for the Steelers and had 907 yards rushing on 20 carries and 11 touchdowns. His 11 touchdowns were his second most in his career. DeAngelo Williams is rushing for 4.5 yards per carry.

Pittsburgh Steelers WR:

Antonio Brown

Brown led the Steelers receivers with 136 catches for 1834 yards with ten touchdowns. He is coming off a big game against the Browns last week with 13 receptions for 187 yards and a touchdown.

Cincinnati Bengals QB

A.J. McCarron

The second year quarterback will be starting his fourth game for the Bengals. He saw no action in his rookie campaign. McCarron completed 66.4% of his passes for 854 yards with six touchdowns and two picks. In the win at home to Baltimore last week McCarron threw for 160 yards and two touchdowns.

Cincinnati Bengals RB

Jeremy Hill

It is tough to back Jeremy Hill as he is forced to share carries with Giovanni Bernard. Hill has 11 touchdowns on the year but only 794 yards on 223 carries for 3.6 yards per carry.

A.J. Green

Green leads the Bengals with 86 catches for 1297 yards with ten touchdowns. He is averaging 15.1 yards per catch on the campaign. Green has a touchdown reception in two straight and five of his past six games.

NFL Playoff Football Real Money Fantasy League Picks

QB: Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers)

WR: Antonio Brown (Steelers)

WR: A.J. Green (Bengals)

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The NFL Playoffs kick off with game 2 featuring the Cincinnati Bengals against the Pittsburgh SteelersFanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy football competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $10K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy football site.

 

NFL Saturday night playoffs continue with the a gridiron faceoff the Cincinnati Bengals who will host the Pittsburgh Steelers the game will be televised on CBS at primetime at 8:15PM EST.

 

Many opponents did not want to see let alone face the Pittsburgh Steelers might explosive offence.  Pittsburgh exerted the playoffs as a sixth seed following their loss to the Jets in week 17; but then beat Cincinnati 33-20 on road game on December 13th.  Ben Roethlisberger showed fin form in completing 30 out of the 39 passes for 282 yards.  The Steelers picked off an A.J. McCarron pass for a touchdown and field goal kicker Chris Boswell had four field goals. The Steelers suffered a major injury as running back DeAngelo Williams has been listed as questionable in this game with an ankle injury. The Steelers run game could be hampered but quarterback Ben Roethlisberger isn’t the type of quarterback the needs a running game. In fact his fantasy value soars when there is no one to hand the ball off to.

Cincinnati is a tough team to back in fantasy right now. They have a good defense but no way can their unit be considered against a very good Steelers offense. They have a backup in A.J. McCarron under center. The Bengals have a bad history in the playoffs. Cincinnati has a two running back system that takes value away from each one for fantasy draft GM’s.

Go with the proven money quarterback. Ben Roethlisberger has passed for over 300 yards in six of his past eight games. He has thrown for three touchdowns or greater in three of his past five games.

Play Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh Steelers QB

Big Ben’s top target is Antonio Brown. He has caught 136 passes for 1834 yards with ten touchdowns. Everyone knows he is the main man yet he still gets open and delivers for fantasy draft rosters. He had 13 receptions for 187 yards and a touchdown at Cleveland in Week 17.

Play Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh Steelers WR

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Cincinnati Bengals versus Denver Broncos Monday Night Football Real Money Fantasy Picks 12-28-2015

It will be a battle between division rivals on Monday Night Football as the Denver Broncos will face the Cincinnati Bengals. DFS draft managers can tune to ESPN TV on December 28th to track the results of their one day real money fantasy leagues.

The Cincinnati Bengals will have to navigate through the remainder of the regular season behind backup quarterback A.J. McCarron. Andy Dalton with his broken thumb is expected to miss the remainder of the season. The Bengals have played very well on the defensive side of the football ranking tops in the league in scoring defense as their opponents average only 17.4 points per game.

The Denver Broncos will continue to start backup Brock Osweiler for an injured Peyton Manning. The veteran signal caller Manning has plantar fascia in his foot and has been ruled out and is on a week to week basis with the team. Like the Bengals the Broncos are strong defensively. The team is number one in the league against the pass and run and limits opponents to only 279.9 yards per game.

Cincinnati Bengals QB:

A.J. McCarron

The second year quarterback is completing 70.2% of his passes for 494 yards with three touchdowns and two picks. In his first start for the Bengals the signal caller hit on 71.4% of his throws for 192 yards with a touchdown. In relief at home to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 15 McCarron threw for 280 yard with two touchdowns and two picks.

Cincinnati Bengals RB:

Giovanni Bernard

Bernard has been the most efficient running back on the roster in 2015. Unfortunately for fantasy draft managers Bernard is sharing carries with Jeremy Hill. He has rushed 140 times for 680 yards with two touchdowns. Giovanni Bernard is running for 4.9 yards per carry on the campaign.

Jeremy Hill

Hill is in his second year with the Bengals. He had great rookie season where he rushed for 1124 yards and nine touchdowns with 5.1 yards per carry. In 2015 Hill is not having the same success. He has 180 rushing attempts for 635 yards with ten touchdowns. Jeremy Hill is rushing for just 3.4 yards a carry on the season.

Cincinnati Bengals WR:

A.J. Green

The Bengals leading receiver has caught 77 balls for 1206 yards with eight touchdowns. Green is averaging 15.7 yards per catch on the campaign which is his highest total since his rookie season. He had a big game in Week 14 at home to Pittsburgh with six catches for 132 yards and a touchdown.

Marvin Jones

Jones has contributed for Cincinnati in 2015 as he has career high 57 receptions for 745 yards and four touchdowns. He is coming off a nice performance at San Francisco last week with four catches for 89 yards.

Denver Broncos QB:

Brock Osweiler

The fourth year backup has five starts and one relief appearance for Denver. Osweiler is completing 60.3% of his throws for 1436 yards with eight touchdowns and four picks. He had a good game last week at Pittsburgh in defeat as he threw for 296 yards with three touchdowns and one pick. Two weeks ago at home to Oakland Osweiler passed for 308 yards.

Denver Broncos RB:

Ronnie Hillman

Hillman is sharing carries with C.J. Anderson. He has 183 rushing attempts for 711 yards with six touchdowns. He is rushing for just 3.9 yards per carry on the season. Ronnie Hillman has rushed for below 3.5 yards per carry over his past three games.

C.J. Anderson

The three year back has run 128 times for 552 yards with three touchdowns. He is running for 4.3 yards per carry which is a career low.

Denver Broncos WR:

Demaryius Thomas

The Broncos wide out leads the team with 93 catches for 1128 yards with five touchdowns. His 12.1 yards per catch average is a career worst and 2 ½ yards fewer than his average in 2014.

Emmanuel Sanders

Sanders have caught 67 balls for 969 yards with five touchdowns. His 14.5 yards per catch average is his highest over his six year career. He is coming off a great game at Pittsburgh with ten grabs for 181 yards with a touchdown.

NFL Monday Night Football Fantasy League Picks

QB: Brock Osweiler (Broncos)

WR: Emmanuel Sanders (Broncos)

TE: Vernon Davis (Broncos)

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NFL Fantasy Draft News 12-9-2015

 

Pittsburgh Steelers versus Cincinnati Bengals NFL Real Money Fantasy Preview 12-13-2015

 

A good one is scheduled from the AFC North division as the Cincinnati Bengals will be hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers. Fantasy football draft GM’s can tune to CBS TV on Sunday December 13th to track the results of the DFS roster picks.

 

The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off an impressive offensive performance on Sunday night as they crushed the Indianapolis Colts last week by the score of 45-10. The team has scored 30 or greater points in four straight games. Their first meeting this year with the Bengals resulted in a 16-10 loss at home. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 262 yards and a touchdown but had three picks in defeat. On the other side Andy Dalton passed for 231 yards and a touchdown but had two interceptions. Each team was 1 of 3 inside the red zone. The Steelers have really improved their offensive play since. Scoring 30 points at Seattle on November 29th was impressive offensively but it was just unfortunate that the team gave up 39 points to the Seahawks.

 

Cincinnati has shown offensive spark as well by tallying 31 or greater points in three straight and four of their past five games. The lone exception came on a short week as they lost a 10-6 decision at Houston on a Thursday night game.

Here is the Fantasy Football Pick

 

Pittsburgh Steelers QB:

 

Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger is putting up some impressive numbers again. He has good chemistry with his receiving corps. They throw a lot since the team has not had the success running the football in recent seasons like the Bengals. Cincinnati is a bit more balanced on offense. But in fantasy you want to take advantage of the point potential out of players who play on teams that have a high ratio of pass versus run or vice versa when isolating a running back. Big Ben is hitting on 66% of his throws for 2707 yards with 15 touchdowns and 9 picks. Last week he had four touchdown passes against the Indianapolis Colts with 364 yards passing.

Atlanta Falcons versus Carolina Panthers NFL Fantasy Preview 12-13-2015

 

Two NFC South rivals meet from the NFL on Sunday as the Carolina Panthers are home to the Atlanta Falcons. DFS draft GM’s can tune to FOX on December 13th at 1PM Eastern Time to track the results of their one day fantasy league picks.

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Play Carolina Panthers defense

 

Carolina at a perfect 12-0 has already clinched the NFC South division and is looking to stay ahead of Arizona for home field throughout the NFC playoffs. The Atlanta Falcons enter play with a mark of 6-6 and is in the hunt for a wildcard berth. Carolina has been an outstanding defensive team. They rank 3rd in the league in total defense by allowing 314 yards per game. They are seventh against the pass and second against the run. After early season success the Atlanta offense has become stagnant. They have been held to under 20 points in two straight and three of their past four games. Look for the Carolina defense to tighten up after giving up some big plays to a dynamic New Orleans offense on the road last week.

 

Carolina Panthers TE:

 

Greg Olsen

 

With the injuries to the Panthers receiving corps during training camp it was tight end Greg Olsen now leading the team with 62 catches for 917 yards and six touchdowns. He is averaging a career best 14.8 yards per catch on the year. The option run game the Panthers run has frozen linebackers giving Olsen space to operate in the passing game.

 

 

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NFL We Build Champions Roster – Week 12

This week the stack of ‪Russell Wilson‬ and ‪‎Doug Baldwin‬ were the most valuable picks. Those two combined for 3 passing touchdowns out of Russell Wilson’s total 5 passing touchdowns. There were several other multiple touchdown performances this week including ‪Adrian Peterson‬’s 2 rushing touchdowns, ‪CJ Anderson‬’s 2 rushing touchdowns, and‪ Brandon Marshall‬’s 2 receiving touchdowns. Receivers ‪Wheaton‬,‪ Landry‬, and ‪Thomas‬ only scored 1 touchdown each, but were able to create huge ‪‎fantasy value‬ with receptions and receiving yards. One very important factor to consider is the PPR (point per reception) scoring system such as the one used by Fanpicks.

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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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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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