Cincinnati Bengals: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em for Week 8 vs. Jets

Tee Higgins #85 and Tyler Boyd #83 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrate after a touchdown (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
Tee Higgins #85 and Tyler Boyd #83 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrate after a touchdown (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /
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It doesn’t seem like that long ago that any start/sit column focusing strictly on the Cincinnati Bengals consisted mostly of start the opponent, and sit your Bengals, providing you even rostered any Bengals. A dicey proposition considering Zac Taylor’s record his first two seasons.

Of course there was the occasional outlier such as Tee Higgins strong play in the second half of last year, and Samaje Perine playing well down the stretch, but let’s face it, if you were playing Perine in fantasy last year, things went off the rails in a bad way.

However something funny happened on the way to Zac Taylor being fired. 5 and 2 happened.

A soul cleansing win in Pittsburgh, and the systematic annihilation of the hated Ravens in Baltimore have turned this once doomed franchise into the darlings of the NFL. This team is good. Damn good.

The Franchise, Joe Burrow, is healthy and locked in, first round stud Ja’Marr Chase is breaking records, and Joe Mixon is running like he cares. What does this mean for fantasy? Well it makes my job easier, but on the flip side, anyone can tell you to start Burrow and Chase.

The real key to success in fantasy is finding the hidden gems. The guys that aren’t so obvious. So let’s grab our lanterns, get a pick and shovel, and try to mine some of these not so obvious hidden gems, shall we?

Worst case scenario, I’m wrong on all my calls but we can still enjoy a thorough grounding of the Jets in New York.

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