Opponent: Kansas City Chiefs
Location: Arrowhead Stadium (Away)
The dreaded Game Manager tag has been put on Andy Dalton as his play has failed to excite commentators and fans alike. He may appear a little boring but he has been pretty productive for fantasy so far with two thirds of his games netting 14 or more fantasy points. The Chiefs have struggled overall on defense this year and I like Dalton to have another good haul putting him in the low end starter discussion.
Benjarvus Green-Ellis has indeed taken on the mantra on a Law Firm – he charges you all sorts of fees and makes a lot of promises but ultimately just gives you the same service you can get from just about anyone else. BJGE is basically a “50 yards a game and maybe he gets a touchdown” kind of guy and his sole value is that the Bengals job is a featured one with his only competition coming from Cedric Peerman who rarely takes much away from Green-Ellis’ game anyway. The Law Firm is now a flex option in most leagues – any higher than that and your team is probably struggling to post a high enough score to win comfortably. Quick word on Peerman – be wary of starting him in PPR leagues as the one thing the Chiefs have shown is an ability to kill the screen passing game.
Is it possible that A.J. Green is the most underrated elite wideout in fantasy? I continue to read how people don’t like him due to the team he plays for and saying he is touchdown dependant but yet he just motors on and puts up points every single week. Against the Chiefs he is my #1 wide receiver this week. I like Andrew Hawkins a lot this week too – there’ll be plenty of room underneath to exploit if previous Chiefs’ performances are anything to go by. He’s worth flex consideration. In deeper leagues, be sure to take a close look at Mohammad Sanu. At this point he needs to be owned in all dynasty and deep keeper leagues as he’s right on the verge of breaking out and assuming that crushing #2 possession role on the Bengals offense that he was drafted for. As I have said before – think Houshmandzadeh.
I am pleased to see that Jermaine Gresham is finally coming into his own after at one point looking like he might be a bust – he was a first round pick for Cincy. He is getting more attention from defenses but against the porous Chiefs defense I see a minimum of 4 for 60 with a strong possibility for a touchdown making him a mid level starter this week.