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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Following the Monday night beating the Steelers put on the Redskins the knee-jerk reaction would be lean toward the Steelers defense.

Pittsburgh got to Kirk Cousins and in general thwarted anything the ‘Skins tried to do.  Yet, Washington doesn’t have a true #1 receiver and their starting RB Matt Jones has been battling injury for weeks.

When the Steelers face the Bengals offense they have to plan for a #1 receiver, a Pro Bowl quarterback, and two-headed rushing attack.  Both teams know each other very well and there won’t be many surprises.  Even so, the Bengals offensive attack this year won’t allow opposing defenses to score many Fantasy points.

Roethlisberger is an expert at extending plays and making throws other QB’s can’t or won’t.  As he extends plays against an opportunistic defense like the Bengals, there will be times when Cincinnati can make plays. Big Ben is slower than he used to be but just as strong.  So, when he stands in the midst of a Carlos Dunlap rush, the Stripes in the secondary will have chances to pick off passes.

Sacks may be hard to come by but strip sacks and fumbles will be there for the taking in small windows.  Fantasy owners won’t see the Bengals D/ST scoring points in bunches because of both Brown and Williams.  But, when the choice is between the Bengals or the Steelers defense this week the smart choice for fans and in Fantasy is your Cincinnati Bengals.

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