Fantasy Football 2015: Bengals at Cardinals Week 11 Preview
Cincinnati Bengals (8-1) at Arizona Cardinals (7-2)
Sunday, November 22, 2015; 8:30 PM ET
We’ve got a great-looking matchup coming up in the Week 11 edition of “Sunday Night Football” featuring the Bengals and the Cardinals. Cincinnati (8-1) lost a shocker to the Texans on “Monday Night Football” in their last appearance, while Arizona (7-2) edged the Seahawks in Week 10.
There will be all sorts of notable fantasy football contributors out on the field for this one, so let’s take a look at the recent numbers to see what we might be expecting from our lineups.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: Dalton and the entire Bengals offense were pretty awful in Week 10, which will probably lead to a few spite drops in fantasy leagues this week. Dalton posted a 22-of-38 line for 197 yards, no scores and a pick.
It’s an obvious regression for Dalton, who has had two bad weeks in his last three appearances. He’s becoming a matchup-based play, and this one doesn’t look so good.
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Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals: Palmer made short work of the vaunted Seahawks defense in Week 10, going 29-of-48 for 363 yards and three touchdowns. There was bad news, however, as he also coughed up three turnovers.
It’s been a resurgent year for Palmer, who has given the Cardinals some hope. He’s earned his way into must-start territory for fantasy owners each week.
Giovani Bernard/Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: The Dynamic Duo wasn’t so dynamic in Cincinnati on Monday, as the pair combined for just 51 rush yards on 15 attempts. Bernard did salvage some PPR relevance with 43 yards on five grabs; Hill had three for just five yards.
Normally, both of these guys have flex position appeal in any given week, but the whole Bengals offense looked like garbage against Houston. Still, they’re in that flex conversation here.
Chris Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Johnson was stuffed by the Seattle front in Week 10, gaining just 58 yards on 25 carries. He was overshadowed by Andre Ellington here, who gained 61 on five attempts with a 48-yard TD. Ellington also caught three balls for 27 yards.
Despite the awesome performance, Ellington is probably still behind Johnson in the fantasy rankings this week. We’re more comfortable with Johnson on a matchup basis, however, and this one isn’t that great.
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Here’s the good news (if you can call it that): Green led the team with five receptions for 67 yards against Houston. The bad news is that he lost a fumble that basically negated everything he did.
Green is still the guy to have in Cincinnati, even though he’s now got two consecutive lackluster weeks under his belt. There’s still a decent chance he makes it three this week, but you’ve got to start him if you’ve got him.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: It’s been a stellar year for Fitzgerald, who is happier than anyone that Palmer is healthy and back under center again. The veteran WR didn’t find the end zone in Week 10, but he put up 10 receptions for 130 yards anyway.
After a crummy outing against Baltimore, Fitzgerald has returned with double-digit fantasy scoring in his last two games. He’s a must-start WR due to his heavy role in the offense, and PPR owners can upgrade him a notch further.
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