Welcome to the Weekly Bengals Fantasy Football Aftermath Report! Whether the good guys in the Jungle pulled out the W or not – we take a closer look at which Bengals performed and which ones flopped in your fantasy lineups.
QB Andy Dalton
ESPN Pregame Fantasy Outlook: It’s hasn’t been a banner season for Dalton and the Bengals offense. Dalton has the seventh-highest interception rate and the third-highest sack rate in the league, with Cincinnati coming in at just 28th in points per drive. The Titans are allowing the sixth-fewest yards per attempt to passers this season, but also the 10th-highest touchdown rate, so all in all, it’s a mediocre matchup for this mid-level QB2.
Projected: 15.9 Points
Actual: 14.7 Points
Our Grade: C
Notes: Dalton, The Red Rocket, can’t seem to put 4 quarters of football together. He was amazing on play-action in the first half and then did next to nothing in the second half. While this is no fault of his own (or maybe it is) Dalton has been inconsistent his whole career. Couple that with having defenders in his face all the time + not seeing the field enough to get in a rhythm = this is what the Bengals Offense looks like at it’s best.
RB Joe Mixon
ESPN Pregame Fantasy Outlook: In Week 9, Mixon averaged 0.91 yards before contact per rush and was hit either at or behind the line of scrimmage on seven of his 13 rushes against Jacksonville. Mixon entered the game averaging 1.32 yards before contact per rush this season, 49th among 52 qualified rushers, so this has become a troubling trend for the rookie. A touchdown salvaged Mixon’s fantasy performance in Week 9 and he might need to again enter the end zone to deliver flex-worthy results against a Titans defense allowing the fourth-fewest yards per carry (3.43) to backs this season.
Projected: 11.1 Points
Actual: 10.5 Points
Our Grade: B-
Notes: Mixon only got 9 carries but did average 4.1 yards per on those carries and scored his third rushing touchdown of the season. Makes you wonder why they didn’t go to him more? In the words of our great coach Marvin Lewis “Those were the plays that were called”.
RB Giovani Bernard
ESPN Pregame Fantasy Outlook: Averaging only 3.6 touches and 23.4 scrimmage yards over the past five games, Bernard has been marginalized — in both real and fantasy terms — by rookie Joe Mixon. The Titans have been stout against the run, so feel free to keep Bernard on the bench (or even in free agency) in all but the deepest of PPR formats this week.
Projected: 6.8 Points
Actual: 7.3 Points
Our Grade: A
Notes: Bernard got more than 5 fantasy points for the first time since week 4 against Cleveland and for that I give him an A. Will Bernard amass more than 5 next week against a strong Denver Defense? Probably not but we’ll see.
WR AJ Green
ESPN Pregame Fantasy Outlook: An ejection due to a fight with top cover corner Jalen Ramsey ended what was an already-rough outing for Green this past Sunday, but fantasy managers are mostly relieved he didn’t net a suspension in the process. At this time last season, Green was averaging almost three more receptions per game, but Week 10’s matchup is with an exploitable Tennessee secondary that has allowed the second-most touchdowns per game to wideouts. That could help him overcome the dip in receiving volume. Green is due for a big game.
Projected: 14.8 Points
Actual: 20 Points
Our Grade: A+
Notes: 5 receptions 115 yards AND a TD? How’s that for a bounce-back game! AJ just showing why he’s going to remain a Top 5 WR in the NFL.
TE Tyler Kroft
ESPN Pregame Fantasy Outlook: Since Week 4, Kroft actually leads the Bengals in catches and is tied with A.J. Green in touchdowns. A stellar catch rate of 87.5 percent over this stretch indicates the real value of Kroft’s target rate — 4.8 per game over his past five starts. The Titans have surrendered an average of 55 yards per game (nearly 12 yards per catch) to tight ends this season, supporting the case for Kroft’s bid as a spot-starter during another busy bye week.
Projected: 6.7 Points
Actual: .9 Points
Our Grade: D-
Notes: Kroft is no Eifert. 1. Because he’s not made of glass and 2. Because he doesn’t light up the scoreboard fantasy wise.
DST Bengals Defense
ESPN Pregame Fantasy Outlook: With negative fantasy production in two of the past three games for this D/ST, there’s no reason to stream this team on the road against a Tennessee offense just beginning to hit its stride in play-action passing. To further cement the distaste for this defense, the Bengals have zero sacks in two of the past three games and will have to travel to the Titans on Sunday.
Projected: 7.1 Points
Actual: 4 Points ?
Our Grade: F
Notes: The Bengals defense played well all game until it counted. Once again they were on the field for FORTY MINUTES. Can you imagine how good our defense could be if they actually had fresh legs for most possessions?
K Randy Bullock
ESPN Pregame Fantasy Outlook: Bullock (back) is active for Sunday’s game against the Titans, Jay Morrison of the Dayton Daily News reports. Bullock’s injury kept him sidelined for the Week 9 loss to the Jaguars, but the Bengals apparently saw enough from the kicker in his limited practice session Friday to clear him for a return to game action. The team’s decision Saturday to waive Marshall Koehn, who handled kicking duties last week, indicates that the Bengals aren’t concerned about Bullock’s back acting up during the contest.
Projected: 6.2 Points
Actual: .5 Points
Our Grade: D
Notes: I honestly didn’t even know kickers could get half points. So, he gets an A for showing me something i haven’t seen before but a D for, well, getting half a point.
Bengals’ Week 10 Fantasy “Startability”: 57%
All fantasy point scoring is based on Half Point PPR and 4 point passing touchdowns.