Fantasy Football 2013: Bengals at Dolphins Week 9 Preview
Cincinnati Bengals (6-2) at Miami Dolphins (3-4)
Thursday, October 31, 2013: 8:25 PM (ET)
TV: NFL Network
Kicking off the Week 9 action in the NFL will be a good-looking “Thursday Night Football” matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Miami Dolphins. Adding an interesting and spooky subtext, the game will take place on Halloween. The Bengals (6-2) are on a roll after squashing the floundering Jets in Week 8, while the Dolphins (3-4) are coming off a big letdown against their divisional rival Patriots.
This game will feature plenty of fantasy considerations, so let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players. Hopefully, we’ll get a feel for what we can be expecting on our rosters for the upcoming week.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: Dalton was at his best in Week 8. He posted an incredible five touchdowns against the Jets, and could have had more if he hadn’t been pulled in the fourth. Now that he’s got a solid No. 2 (Marvin Jones, who caught four of the five scores in Week 8), the big numbers should only continue. Now’s the time to play Dalton if you’ve got him. He has 11 touchdowns and 1,024 yards in his last three games.
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Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins: Tannehill has found his way to a few fantasy lineups during these past few bye weeks, and he responded with an okay-but-not-great performance against the Pats. He went 22-of-42 for a pair of touchdowns, but tossed two interceptions and lost a fumble. To Tannehill’s credit, his O-line is a mess, and he doesn’t ever have much time to make a decision. Mainly due to that, we don’t like the matchup here, so try to look elsewhere if you need a fill-in.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: With Dalton firing on all cylinders in Week 8, there wasn’t much for Green-Ellis to do. He managed just 33 yards on 11 carries, which was his second letdown week in a row after posting 24 yards in Detroit. Normally we wouldn’t recommend Green-Ellis in fantasy, but since the Patriots had some success on the ground against the Dolphins there might be some low-end flex or fill-in appeal here.
Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins’ backfield has been one of the most vexing fantasy enigmas of the year so far. Miller is the more effective back right now, as he’s coming off an 18-carry, 89-yard rushing effort in Week 8. He also added 23 through the air for a solid fantasy day. With Miller as the hotter hand heading into Thursday’s game, he makes more fantasy sense and can be a flex option here. That said, don’t be surprised if we see a bigger workload for fellow RB Daniel Thomas.
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Due to the coming-out party for Jones, Green didn’t get any end-zone action. The good news is that he posted three catches for 115 yards, so it wasn’t a wasted outing. Better yet, it’s his third 100-plus-yard week, but it breaks his string of two straight scores in Weeks 6 and 7. Regardless, Green is a no-thought fantasy start each and every week, and he should be able to post some more nice returns on Thursday.
Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins: Wallace continued his up-and-down fantasy campaign with a bummer performance against the Pats in Week 8. He led the team in receiving, but posted just three grabs for 41 yards. That comes on the heels of two pretty good performances, and adding to the disappointment is the fact that Wallace hasn’t scored since Week 2. All of that said, he’s capable of a breakout at any time, so he should stay in your lineup.
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