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Start ’em or sit ’em: Bengals vs. Redskins

His production has been disappointing but targets offer hope. This is the week Jermaine Gresham finally does something for fantasy owners. (Bengals.com)

The Bengals travel to D.C. this week to take on their first inter-conference opponent of the 2012 season. After putting up gaudy fantasy numbers through the air last week (three receivers scored more than 10 points on ESPN), the team has to take a step back this week, right? Read on to see what we think.

Start: Andy Dalton, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, A.J. Green, Jermaine Gresham, Mike Nugent

QB: Andy Dalton — Dalton is coming off a 300-yard, three-touchdown performance and is completing nearly 70 percent of his attempts this season. With those trends, plus injuries on the Washington defense (which has allowed two 300-yard passing games already this year), I can see another big game for Dalton on Sunday as Jay Gruden continues to open up the offense.

RB: BenJarvus Green-Ellis — The Rams racked up more than 150 rushing yards on this unit a week ago. While I expect Cincinnati to continue to be a pass-first attack, I expect to see more consistent contributions from The Lawfirm on Sunday. Multiple 50-yard scores won’t be a weekly occurance, so look for a few red zone touches, as well.

WR: A.J. Green — A weekly must-start, Green’s 23 targets this season are nearly double anyone else on the team. Had a team-high seven catches for 58 yards and a score in yet another solid outing last week.

TE: Jermaine Gresham — I had such high hopes for Gresham this season that he’s the tight end on one of my two teams. He’s second on the team with 13 targets but has turned them into a whopping seven catches for 67 yards. The three G’s — Green, Green-Ellis and Gresham — are the best Bengals in the red zone, though and Gresham hasn’t gone three consecutive games without 40 yards or a score since weeks 7-9 of his rookie year. I’m taking a flier this week and saying he’ll be worthy of a start in Washington.

PK: Mike Nugent — The long-range scoring game hurt his production a week ago, but if he’s your kicker, you’re starting him. If you have two kickers, I’d like you to join my league.

Sit: Bernard Scott, Armon Binns, Andrew Hawkins, Brandon Tate, Bengals defense

RB: Bernard Scott — His return may cut into BJGE’s carries but look for Cincinnati to ease Scott back into action.

Binns

WR: Armon Binns — I’m warming up to Binns, who has been targeted 10 times and made nine catches this season. With so many others also getting looks, however, he’s still not ready to help your team.

WR: Andrew Hawkins — Last week I said that I like Hawkins against stout defenses but figured his numbers would drop against some lesser units. He only had two catches last week but turned one into a 50-yard score. Only a flex option in deeper leagues, or injury-depleted teams, Hawkins still shouldn’t be seeing consistent targets, but could always turn a 3-target game into a big score like last week.

WR: Brandon Tate — Had three catches and a long score last week but don’t expect that kind of output again in Washington.

DE: Bengals D/ST — The Redskins have scored 34 points per contest in their first two games and will feed off the home crowd Sunday. I believe the Bengals defense is going to rebound, and soon, but until I see signs of it, there will be many better defensive options out there.


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