Posted: 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013
By Andrew Fox Miller
The last time the Bengals played the Bills, it was 2011. A.J. Green amassed 118 receiving yards on four catches. Andy Dalton threw for 298 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. Dalton also added a rushing touchdown to his day. Jermaine Gresham caught four passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. Even the run game did well as Cedric Benson ran for 108 yards on 19 carries.
Of course, that was two years ago. And, of course, these two teams aren't the same teams they were in 2011. However, fantasy owners would love to see the kind of numbers we saw the last time the Bills and Bengals played one another. Can Week 6 be the week that fantasy owners see some long-awaited production? Let's take a look.
Andy Dalton: If the Bengals offense is going to make a statement on Sunday, one would assume that Dalton will end up with strong fantasy numbers. The reality is that we really don't know that the Bengals offense can breakout on Sunday. As usual, Dalton is worth taking a look at in two-quarterback leagues. I don't think that Dalton will continue his touchdown drought through Week 6. With that said, it's fair to consider Dalton a top-15 option, but he's a QB2 nonetheless.
Wide Receivers: A.J. Green has been a disappointment through the majority of five games primarily because he hasn't reached the end zone in three of them. He's kept fantasy owners afloat in PPR leagues as he continues to see plenty of targets from Dalton, but Green's overall numbers haven't been what owners expected after drafting him in the second round of fantasy drafts. The good news is that the Bills have given up the 2nd most fantasy points this season. Their secondary will likely be tormented by Green, so expect some WR1 numbers from the WR1. Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu should see their share of targets, but there's no telling which receiver will have the bigger game. I'd give the edge to Sanu, but neither receiver should be started outside of deeper leagues.
Running backs: In Week 5, BenJarvus Green-Ellis reminded fantasy owners that his value relies heavily on his end zone opportunities. It's important to remember that Giovani Bernard did more with less opportunities against the Patriots despite not getting a touchdown. The Bills are tough on fantasy running backs, but Bernard is involved enough in the passing game. Bernard should be considered a solid RB in Week 6, and Green-Ellis will be more of a low-end flex option that will likely be dependent on a touchdown for a good fantasy day.
Tight Ends: Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert continue to be lackluster fantasy options. I don't know that either tight end will ever separate himself from the other this season. As much as I believe that Gresham will find the end zone this week, there are simply better options with less risk that are likely on your waiver wire.
Defense/ Special Teams: The Bengals are currently a top-ten fantasy defense this season. I'd argue they're a top-five start against the Bills. They've put up good numbers against tough offenses, but they also sunk into mediocrity versus the Browns. Look for the Bengals defense to follow up a statement performance against the Patriots with s strong performance against the Bills.