Week 2 Fantasy Guide: Bengals vs Steelers

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Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell (9) kicks the game winning field goal during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell (9) kicks the game winning field goal during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /
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Week 2 Fantasy Guide: Steelers vs Bengals
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Deangelo Williams can run on any team he plays against, including the Bengals.

Without Vontaze Burfict the Bengals linebacker’s are good against the run…good but not great. While the Steelers starting RB is suspended, Deangelo Williams is proving to be one of the best backs in the league in his own right.  His ability to catch the ball as well as extend running plays makes him a better option as a Fantasy running back than any RB on the Bengals.

Overall, there are other RB’s to start over Williams this week because the Bengals defense is top-5 (Adrian Peterson and LeSean Mccoy).  But in comparison to any back the Bengals have to offer, Williams is the only choice to make in this game.

Both Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard are bench players in most Fantasy Football leagues.  In deeper leagues, Hill may be a slightly better play as the Bengals try to establish the line of scrimmage and run him on the goal-line.  Pounding the ball between the tackles will keep the Steelers aware of play-action passes and give Dalton a few more seconds to release the ball.

Week 2 Fantasy Guide: Bengals vs Steelers
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However, if the Steelers shut down Hill and get to Dalton, Giovani Bernard has a chance to be a sleeper pick for this game.  His ability to get outside and catch passes will always give him opportunities in the red zone and on 2nd-and-long.  With that said, Fantasy owners should beware not to outsmart themselves: leave Hill and Bernard on the bench if possible.

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