Posted: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
By Andrew Fox Miller
Cincinnati's defense and Giovani Bernard continued being fantasy studs in Week 3. The Bengals came away with a hard fought win and hopefully some Bengals players contributed to your fantasy victory on Sunday. Let's take a look at how some of Sunday's performances worked out from a fantasy perspective.
Giovani Bernard: He's performed for the second week in a row now, and Bernard is currently a top-10 running back in most formats. Somewhere out there, 12 percent of Yahoo! leagues have Bernard on their waiver wire. If you happen to be in one of those leagues: What's a four-team league like? And why haven't you scooped him up? He's making things happen even though he's splitting touches with BenJarvus Green-Ellis. He's well past the "Buy Low" stage in most leagues. Now, Bernard is creeping into RB2 status with strong fantasy upside moving forward.
A.J. Green: Sure, 49 yards and a touchdown may not meet what we expect of Green on a weekly basis, but he managed to put up a top-20 performance in Week 3. He's still a top-10 fantasy receiver on the season. He'll be facing the Browns next week, who have allowed either a touchdown or a 100+ yard game every time Green has faced them.
Cincinnati defense: No one expected it against Green Bay's offense, but Cincinnati's defense put together four sacks, two interceptions, two fumbles recovered, and defensive touchdown. Some owners may have decided just to hope for the best and not risk dropping Cincinnati's defense. Everyone was looking ahead to Week 4 against the Browns. If you happened to start Cincinnati this week, you have to feel good about it.
Marvin Jones: He scored a touchdown, but his 38 yards will likely be the norm for the near future. Carry on.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis: If it weren't for Green-Ellis' touchdown, he'd be left with 29 rushing yards on Sunday. Moving forward, Green-Ellis' value will likely rely on his ability to capitalize on end zone opportunities. It's a shaky situation and should be one to avoid moving forward. If you aren't absolutely gutted at the running back position in your league, consider trading Green-Ellis to a Giovani Bernard owner. It may be the most value you'll get out of him. Otherwise, hang onto him for emergencies.
Tight Ends: Jermaine Gresham had 27 yards and lost a fumble on Sunday. Tyler Eifert had only one catch for seven yards. Both tight ends will continue to cannibalize one another, so avoid if possible.
Andy Dalton: Dalton scored around 14 fantasy points in most formats. While those numbers won't typically cost you a win, consider that the top ten quarterbacks of Week 3 all scored 20 points or more. There's separation in numbers. It's difficult to recommend putting much faith in Dalton from a fantasy perspective, but he'll at least get you low end double digit numbers consistently.
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