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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NFL Weekend Recap

 

Kansas City Defense Dominates

 

The Chief’s started the game by sending a message with a 106 yard kickoff return touchdown and that would have been enough for the Chiefs to win the game without their offense ever needing to take the field.  Hoyer didn’t do much to make things difficult for the Chief throwing 4 interceptions, giving Kansas City’s defense a total of 34 fantasy points with the kickoff return touchdown, 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, 3 sacks, and 0 points allowed.

 

Besides the Chiefs defense, there was not much other fantasy value from this game.  Travis Kelce had a big receiving game with 8 receptions for 128 receiving yards giving him 20.8 fantasy points.  Spencer Ware ran for 67 rushing yards and had a rushing touchdown giving him 12.7 fantasy points on the day.

 

 

Steelers win a scrappy game

 

This was an ugly game in terms of injuries.  At one time or another each Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Jeremy Hill, Giovani Bernard, and AJ Green all left the field with no guarantee of returning.  Furthermore, it wasn’t the usual shootout type game we see with the Steelers.  However there were some areas where fantasy value could be found.

 

Jeremy Hill had 50 rushing yards, a rushing touchdown, 3 receptions, and 27 receiving yards totaling 16.7 fantasy points.  Fitzgerald Toussaint (filling the role at running back after the list of injured steelers running backs we’ve seen this year) had 58 rushing yards, 4 receptions, and 60 receiving yards totaling 15.8 fantasy points, despite his dirt cheap fantasy salary.  While far short of his normal value, Antonio Brown had 7 receptions for 119 receiving yards totaling 21.9 fantasy points.  Lastly, AJ Green snuck in a touchdown in the end, along with his 71 receiving yards and 5 receptions he totaled 18.1 fantasy points.

 

 

 

Cold weather halts offensive attacks

 

This game began with -6 degrees and -26 windchill up in Minneapolis.  It looked early like the Seahawks were out of their element with a scoreless first half.  However, the Vikings seemed equally hampered by the cold as they generated only 204 total offensive yards (Seattle had an equally unimpressive 239 total offensive yards).

 

As far as fantasy value, both quarterbacks had very abysmal games, rushing was very poor, and only Doug Baldwin put up relatively decent numbers 5 receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown (15.2 fantasy points).

 

 

 

Packers find their groove just in time

 

This season has been very disappointing for the Packers so far, barely making it to the playoffs.  However, they seem to be coming around just in time with the best offensive performance of the weekend.  Despite less total offensive yardage than the Redskins (GB 351 vs WSH 413), the Packers had a decisive victory.

 

For the Packers, fantasy value was spread out all over between Lacy, Starks, Jones, Adams, and Cobb with all of them scoring just over 10 fantasy points.  For the Skins however, it was all Jordan Reed and Chris Thompson as Jordan Reed had 9 receptions for 120 receiving yards a touchdown (28 fantasy points) and Chris Thompson had 25 rushing yards, 8 receptions, and 89 receiving yards for 19.4 fantasy points.  Kirk Cousins was by far the highest scorer at quarterback with 329 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and a rushing touchdown.  That brought Cousins total to 26 fantasy points.

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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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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 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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