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The fantasy life: Ravens vs Bengals start and sit

The fantasy life: Ravens vs Bengals start and sit

Life is just a fantasy, can you live this fantasy life?

Some players are must starts (Aaron Rodgers, Alvin Kamara, Rob Gronkowski, etc.), but here we work to give you value and over-performers, depending on what type of fantasy format you are playing. At this point we are breaking up start/sit for Thursday and Sunday/Monday games. We apologize to those who must have complete lineups in by Thursday’s game.

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If you are anything like me, week one was full of surprises. Who, for example, knew Ryan Fitzpatrick would be the fantasy quarterback stud? Was it not supposed to be Drew Brees that left that game with all the points (he was second best FWIW)?

According to ESPN, Fitzpatrick was barely a roster participant, showing in just 1.15 percent of ESPN leagues. Of those, only 0.47 percent had him in their starting lineups. Also surprising was the production from Patrick Mahomes, Tyrod Taylor, DeSean Jackson, and Will Dissly. Mostly, however, the usual suspects found themselves delivering.

How did we do?

Do not bail on us after only one week! Tonight’s game has some intriguing options to consider for your fantasy roster.

Besides, this is a true revenge game, right? Some folks have to step up.


Andy Dalton QB Bengals

I was all in on Andy Dalton last week, projecting 279 yards and 3 touchdowns. He ended up posting 243 with 2 touchdowns and one interception. Is it a win? Well, I was close regarding his stats, but considering how others performed I could have given you a better start.

I expect this game to be a shootout, and Dalton has the tools to succeed. Joe Mixon proved to be a capable back, something I said last week would help the Red Rifle. A.J. Green should build off of his week one 6-92-1 performance, and I also look for John Ross to be a bigger impact.

Projection: 265 yards, 2 touchdowns, with 1 interception.

Joe Flacco QB Ravens

Yes, I’m starting both QBs!

Flacco did play against one of the worst defenses last week, but man he looked good posting 236 yards and a 3 touchdown performance in the heavy rain!

Current forecast call for light rain but I think he can match that performance in a game I expect to be more competitive. While I do think Dalton has a better cast, Flacco may see more touchdown options due to a weaker running game. Nevertheless, Flacco for Daily leagues is a strong play, especially when stacking him with Michael Crabtree as they combine for a nice salary of 10,900 dollars according to Draft Kings.

Projection 252 yards, 3 touchdowns, with 1 interception.

Javarious Allen RB Ravens

Alex Collins looked good and got a touchdown in his third run on opening drive against the Bills. Then he fumbled and didn’t get another touch until the third quarter.

I have a strong feeling Allen is the back to start! He touched the ball more than Collins, and Keenan Dixon is expected to be out with a knee injury. His pricing for Daily is low, so take the chance. In standard PPR leagues he might be a strong flex play if you are looking for options.

Projection: 15 total touches, with 4 of them being catches, for a total of 70 yards and a touchdown.

Joe Mixon RB Bengals

Like there was any hesitation in starting Mixon!

Opening week saw him get 22 touches, 149 yards, and a touchdown. That stat line is amazing. Watch him closely as he may become a weekly must start. As I noted, the game should see some rain, potentially allowing the Bengals to lean on their running game.

I think Mixon is going to be a beast during this game and is strong start in all formats.

Projection: 120 total yards and 2 touchdowns.

John Ross WR Bengals

John Ross finally showed up!

Targeted only twice, he made the most of it, scoring on a nice fade to him last week for his only catch. I believe he will eventually solidify himself as WR2 behind Green. I know he only had one catch, but I am putting my credibility on the line that he will see more targets.

Ross is fast and can easily take a slant to the house. If you are looking for value in Daily leagues, John Ross Is a sneaky play. I also think he finds the end zone making him a decent flex in standard PPR leagues.

Projection: 4 catches for 52 yards and 1 touchdown.

Willie Snead WR Ravens

He reminds me a lot of Steve Smith, and had a pretty decent stat line of 4 catches from 6 targets for 49 yards and a touchdown. He is technically third in depth chart but saw the most targets. I don’t think this was a fluke.

Projection: 4 catches 65 yards and a touchdown.

Bengals AND Ravens Defenses

I do believe this game will be a …read more