Fantasy Football 2013: Bengals at Steelers Week 15 Preview
Cincinnati Bengals (9-4) at Pittsburgh Steelers (5-8)
Sunday, December 15, 2013: 8:30 PM (ET)
We’ve got a pretty good-looking matchup headed our way on the Week 15 edition of “Sunday Night Football.” The Cincinnati Bengals will be heading to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers, and these two teams always seem to produce an entertaining game. The Bengals (9-4) are coming off a big win over the Colts in Week 14, while the Steelers (5-8) just missed a miracle comeback against the Dolphins.
There are plenty of important fantasy players on both teams in this one, so the playoff lives of many rosters will hang in the balance. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the key contributors so that we can get a feel for what to be expecting on our rosters.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: Dalton had a great outing in Week 14 against the Colts, accounting for three passing touchdowns and another on the ground. He went 24-of-35 for 275 yards through the air. It was the second time in his last three outings that he has passed for three touchdowns. Dalton will be sitting on the bench in most fantasy leagues, but if you’ve got to use him, he’s not a bad option while he’s playing hot like this.
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Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Not to be outdone, Roethlisberger’s had himself a pretty good run as well. In Week 14 he exploded for 349 yards and three touchdowns, but his completion percentage fell below 60 for the first time in over a month. Roethlisberger has turned in four pretty good fantasy weeks in a row; the last time he failed to throw for multiple touchdowns was November 10. Like Dalton, he’ll be sitting on the bench in most cases, but should do reasonably well.
Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: In Week 14, Bernard enjoyed the best rushing outing of his young career. He posted 99 yards on 12 carries, then added 49 more on four grabs. Even with the good line, he surrendered a pair of touchdowns to fellow RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Even so, it was a nice bounce-back effort from Bernard, and he’s an okay start here.
Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Bell fought off a concussion last week to make his return to the field against the Dolphins without having to miss game time. He didn’t do much in Week 14, as the Miami D held him to 61 rush yards on 15 carries and another 28 on five catches. That said, Bell has had a pretty decent run of games lately. He’ll likely have to score here to make himself worth your while, but he’s got a reasonable chance of doing so.
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Ever since his two-catch, seven-yard stinker against Cleveland a few weeks back, Green has been pretty darn good. He posted another nice outing against the Colts, snagging six balls for 71 yards and a TD. That’s his second score in as many weeks, and he’s racked up 11 grabs for 155 yards in those two outings. Green has cemented himself as the No. 2 overall fantasy receiver behind only Megatron, so he’s an obvious no-thought start each and every week.
Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Brown’s a pretty obvious start himself; he’s been having some nice games lately. He put up 137 yards and a score on five catches against Miami, and very nearly had another TD at the end of the game. Brown has failed to hit double-digit fantasy points just once in the last six weeks, so he’s as consistent an option as you’ll find in fantasy right now.
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