The AFC North was represented in Thursday’s slate of games, with the Steelers unable to come back against the Ravens. Le’Veon Bell had a nice fantasy game, with 19 non-PPR points, before exiting with injury after a nasty helmet to helmet hit. After Bell, Torrey Smith had the best fantasy performance with 6 catches for 93 yards and a score, and he burned Ike Taylor all night. Justin Tucker is the only other notable player with 5 field goals made. Emmanuel Sanders had 10 standard points, but could have had a much bigger night were it not for several key drops.
Not a great game for fantasy enthusiasts.
CINCINNATI BENGALS at San Diego Chargers
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In spite of being up and down all season, Dalton is quietly the 12th ranked QB in standard (4 point per passing TD) scoring. This week, he faces a Chargers defense giving up the third most points to opposing QBs. It’s difficult to trust Dalton sometimes, but the matchup is too good to pass on. If you’re an owner still missing Rodgers, for instance, Dalton is worth a long look. He’s a borderline QB1 this week.
The Chargers have been stingier against the run than the pass, but certainly not to the extent where you consider sitting Bernard. He’s currently the 13th highest scoring player at the position, and should post another 100 (or more) total yards this week.
By this point in the season it should be obvious what returns you will get from BJGE – he’s only reached double digit fantasy points once, and had a grand total of 12 that day. He’s still seeing plenty of workload, but he just doesn’t have the upside of many other options, including his teammate in the backfield. He’s not worth starting, unless you like your RBs getting 55 yards.
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While we love Joe Haden here, we didn’t expect him to shut Green down so absolutely in Cincy’s week 11 meeting with the Browns. It snapped a streak of 5 games with double digit points for Green, but he should get that back on track with a meeting against the defense giving up 4th most points to wideouts. Over 100 yards and a score for Green.
Marvin Jones / Mohamad Sanu
While either of these players are capable of having a big game, the reality is it’s absolutely impossible to predict which, or when. They’re best left on your waiver wire.
Tyler Eifert / Jermaine Gresham
While Gresham scored last week, he had just 2 catches in the game. As has been the case all season, the two will cannibalise each other’s value, and it’s difficult to start either. We prefer Gresham, simply due to his (presumably) higher workload.
Jacksonville Jaguars at CLEVELAND BROWNS
If you watched his last performance (or any of his performances, for that matter), you’ll have seen that Brandon Weeden is simply very bad at football. Even in a juicy matchup, Weeden should not find himself on any fantasy teams outside of 2 QB leagues.
Interesting stat – Ogbonnaya’s highest amount of carries in any game this season is 8. EIGHT. He stays involved in the passing game which has buoyed his fantasy production, but he’s little more than a low-end flex option. Expect around 60 total yards.
JOSH GORDON. Gordon has been the darling of many a fantasy player for quite some time now, but finally the rest of the world is sitting up and taking notice. With the numbers he’s put up so far extrapolated over 16 games, he’d be on pace for over 1,640 yards. He’s matchup proof, and there should NEVER be any “should I start Gordon or _______________ this week” questions. He’s reached the territory where 100 yards and a score can be expected almost every week.
Hopefully, Weeden’s return will bolster Cameron’s numbers, which have been severely lacking over the past few games. He should have at least 60 yards and a score against a defense giving up the second most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. If ever there was a week to perform, this is it.