Nov 15, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington (38) scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. The Cardinals won 39-32. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
Andre Ellington: Ellington is coming off an decent game against the Seattle Seahawks, in which he scored on a 48-yard rushing touchdown. Don’t expect Ellington to have much success against Cincinnati, as he will likely take the back seat to his teammate, the next player on our list, who has earned the starting duties in Arizona.
Chris Johnson: While CJ2K has been one of the NFL’s best running backs, he’s struggled to see consistent fantasy production as of late. Johnson is coming off of two straight sub-10 point games against Cleveland and Seattle, which makes envisioning a strong outing against Cincinnati very hard to imagine–especially since Cleveland’s run defense is a train wreck and Seattle’s defense has been slowly but surely falling apart. Most of Johnson’s points come from the occasional touchdown he musters to score. Seeing that his two biggest fantasy games this season were against two of the league’s worst rushing defenses in San Francisco and Baltimore, don’t look to see much success against a middle-of-the-pack run D.
Jeremy Hill: Hill has been a big disappointment to fantasy owners this season. A first or second-round pick in virtually every preseason fantasy draft, Hill’s production fell off a cliff. Jeremy Hill has yet to rush for 100 yards in a game or even break off a run longer than 15 yards, and given that Arizona’s run defense is among the league’s best, Hill is a likely sit for the week.
Giovani Bernard: Bernard has been the most consistent fantasy running back on the Bengals’ roster, averaging over 11 fantasy points per game through nine games this season. With Hill and Bernard both splitting snaps in Hue Jacksons’ offense, it’s almost impossible to predict who will have a better fantasy game. But since Gio Bernard makes more plays in the passing game and has been the more effective running back, he’s the surer of the two players to produce this week. Bernard always manages to gain plenty of yards in the air, so he is a as close as a must-start as it can get in PPR leagues.
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