Fantasy Football 2015: Bengals at Broncos Week 16 Preview
Cincinnati Bengals (11-3) at Denver Broncos (10-4)
Monday, December 28, 2015; 8:30 PM ET
Coming up on the Week 16 edition of “Monday Night Football,” we’ve got a great-looking AFC matchup on tap between the Bengals and the Broncos. Cincinnati (11-3) is coming off a win over the 49ers, while Denver (10-4) dropped a game to the Steelers in Week 15.
There will be notable fantasy football players all over the place for this one, and with it being championship week in a lot of leagues out there this will be an important game. Let’s check out some of the notable players on each side and see if we can figure out what to expect.
A.J. McCarron, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: No one was expecting much out of McCarron this week as he took over for injured starter Andy Dalton, and we didn’t get much. He’d finish with just 192 yards on a 15-of-21 passing line with one touchdown. The good news is that he took care of the football and had no turnovers.
McCarron will get a stout test against a Broncos defense embarrassed by the Steelers in Week 15. He’ll have trouble getting any stats at all.
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Brock Osweiler, QB, Denver Broncos: Osweiler looked pretty good in the Broncos’ Week 15 loss to the Steelers, bur then the second half happened. He’d finish with 296 yards, three touchdowns and a pick, but injured his non-throwing shoulder and seemed to lose the confidence of his coaching staff.
There’s no guarantee Osweiler will even start this one--if Peyton is healthy he may get back out there. With that in mind, there’s simply too much danger here for a championship-week fantasy start.
Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Hill got 19 carries to fellow RB Giovani Bernard’s 14 this past week against the Niners, and he turned them into 31 yards with two touchdowns.
It’s rough picking between Hill and Bernard on a weekly basis, so the best advice is to simply stay away. Bernard seems to be more involved in the passing game, however, and we expect the Bengals to be playing from behind for most of this game.
Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver Broncos: The Broncos didn’t have much of a running game against the Steelers. Hillman would finish with just 48 yards on 14 carries with a fumble. Fellow RB C.J. Anderson fared even worse, with four carries for 14 yards and one 6-yard catch.
It’s time to cut ties with the Denver backfield and try to find some value elsewhere. It’s simply too big of a mess during such an important week.
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: No one in the world misses Andy Dalton more than Green. He finished Week 15 with just one reception, but it was a 37-yard doozy. No one on the team had more than four catches, for what it’s worth.
That brings to an end a streak of three straight double-digit fantasy performances for Green, and he’s not a must-start option anymore with this quarterback change.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: Thomas had a great game against the Steelers, even though he only finished with five catches for 61 yards. Two of those grabs went for touchdowns, putting him behind only Emmanuel Sanders (10 receptions; 181 yards; TD) in the stats columns.
Even with Sanders’ big week, Thomas is the obvious choice from a consistency standpoint. He has 21 receptions and three touchdowns in the last three weeks, with at least 61 yards in every game.
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