If you listened to fantasy experts prior to the game, Jeremy Hill was the guy for you. The Dolphins came into the game ranked last in the AFC against the run. Hill’s numbers weren’t bad, rushing for 71 yards on 21 carries. The trend continued in the red zone, though, as Cincinnati couldn’t convert promising drives into touchdowns. From the Miami two-yard line, Hill was stopped on back-to-back attempts, netting negative two yards.
Hill’s backfield partner Giovani Bernard was limited on the ground. Bernard was held to just 18 yards on 10 carries. But the duel threat made up for it on the receiving end, catching three passes for 24 yards. In a half-point PPR league, Bernard tallied 5.7 points.
If you were wise enough to take a flyer on the Bengals’ defense, kudos to you. Cincinnati’s defense allowed four passing touchdowns to Trevor Siemian the week prior, so their stock was not riding high. Miami got off to a hot start with a 74-yard touchdown from Ryan Tannehill to Kenny Stills. But the Bengals recovered in a big way.
Miami’s offense could not get anything going following the touchdown. Their final 10 drives resulted in three turnovers (one on downs) and seven punts. The Dolphins only ran four plays from inside Bengals’ territory the entire game.
Cincinnati had just four sacks through the first three games but racked up five off Tannehill. Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins combined for 3.5. Dunlap also forced a fumble late in the first half that was recovered by Domata Peko.
Chris Lewis-Harris sealed the game with his first career interception. On the ground, the Bengals held Miami’s group of four running backs to 62 yards.
I never start the Thursday night kicker (I try to pick up someone playing on Monday night). So if you played Mike Nugent, you’re an oracle. The fantasy positive for the Bengals’ offense sputtering throughout the game was that it allowed Nugent to tie his career-high with five field goals. Nugent leads the NFL with 12 made field goals this season.