Bengals at Cowboys: Fantasy Football Preview

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Bengals at Cowboys: Fantasy Football Preview
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Running Backs

CIN: Jeremy Hill — Last week vs. MIA: 21 carries, 71 yards

If you’ve had Jeremy Hill for very long, you’ve come to realize that he’s touchdown-dependent. The third-year back hasn’t had a 100-yard outing since week 17 of the 2014 season. However, he leads the NFL in rushing touchdowns since his rookie campaign.

Hill had 71 yards last week against Miami. Not a bad night, but he left points off the scoreboard and in fantasy land. In the second half, Hill had two carries from the Dolphins’ two-yard line, but those attempts netted negative two yards.

Dallas ranks 11th against the run this season but has not faced many tough running backs. Their biggest test was last week at Levi Stadium, where Carlos Hyde ran for nearly five yards per carry and a touchdown on 15 attempts.

Hill is a make-or-break option, depending on if he can find the end zone.

CIN: Giovani Bernard — Last week vs. MIA: 10 carries, 18 yards, 3 receptions, 24 yards

Bernard is an attractive option as a flex in deep leagues. But the number of touches he receives is very static. Last week, Bernard managed just 1.8 yards per carry against a Miami defense that ranked dead last in the AFC against the run. Bernard did catch three passes for 24 yards but was stopped short of the end zone on a third-quarter catch.

If Bernard’s in your lineup, you have to hope for a lot of check downs and YAC.

DAL: Ezekiel Elliot — Last week at SF: 23 carries, 138 yards, TD, 1 reception, 19 yards

Zeke leads the NFL in rushing yards after four games running behind the best offensive line in football. After a slow start, Elliot has rushed for 278 yards combined in the last two games. In the win over San Fran, the No. 4 overall pick averaged six yards per carry.

The Bengals are one of two teams in the NFL yet to allow a rushing touchdown, but with the Cowboys’ offensive line, Elliot should always be in your lineup.

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