|Offense||12th||112.6 (18th)||251.1 (11th)|
|Defense||6th||101.1 (8th)||213.8 (8th)|
Sun Sep 8
|L 24 - 21||at CHI|
Mon Sep 16
|W 20 - 10||PIT|
Sun Sep 22
|W 34 - 30||GB|
Sun Sep 29
|L 17 - 6||at CLE|
Sun Oct 6
|W 13 - 6||NE|
Sun Oct 13
|W 27 - 24||at BUF|
Sun Oct 20
|W 27 - 24||at DET|
Sun Oct 27
|W 49 - 9||NYJ|
Thu Oct 31
|L 22 - 20||at MIA|
Sun Nov 10
|L 20 - 17||at BAL|
Sun Nov 17
|W 41 - 20||CLE|
Sun Dec 1
|W 17 - 10||at SD|
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 8
8:30 pm EST
Sun Dec 15
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 22
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 29
Bernard's value will be tied to BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who has reached the 20-carry mark twice in the last four games. Cincinnati's Week 14 opponent, the Colts, have given up more than 25 receiving yards (Bernard's area of specialty in this offense) to an opposing back just once this season, but have been scored on five times in the last four games by the more traditional, Green-Ellis-type lead back.
Bernard has been excellent when given the opportunity, but the Bengals have a system in place that uses both running backs throughout the game, meaning his value will have a ceiling (outside of a long run or pass catch).
A solid PPR option, Bernard is a decent RB2 option in most standard leagues, as well.
His Week 14 opponent, the Colts, have allowed the 10th-fewest Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, but the backs who have had recent success tend to match Green-Ellis' profile -- a pure runner who may not get a lot of yards, but can punch it in. In Week 12, for instance, Rashard Mendenhall had 54 rushing yards, but scored a touchdown. In Week 10, it was Zac Stacy. In Week 7, Knowshon Moreno had 40 rushing yards and a touchdown. Chris Johnson scored twice in Week 11, but he's more of a Gio Bernard/Green-Ellis hybrid.
It's always tough to rely on touchdowns for Fantasy points, as they can sometimes end up being scored by fullbacks and third-stringers. But Green-Ellis has seen a good amount of carries recently and is the team's best bet to score from the backfield. On the season, Green-Ellis has 22 red zone rushing attempts, and has scored four times from inside the red zone.
Green-Ellis isn't a safe RB2 option, but there is some upside if you want to use him as a flex in standard leagues.
Dalton's season has been one of balance, and "keeping things in check." His three-week scoring bonanza came against weak defenses. His eventual regression to the mean that followed came against tougher ones. He threw three touchdowns in Week 11, but only finsihed with 93 passing yards. In his most recent game, against the Chargers, Dalton had his second game in the last four with one or fewer touchdown passes.
The Colts, meanwhile, have allowed 20 or more points to opposing quarterbacks once in their last four games, But extend that back a little, and they've done it three times in their last six. Two of those games saw a quarterback going over 30. And two of those games (two of the better ones for the Colts) were the Titans, who have the 12th-fewest passing yards this season.
So an erratic quarterback meets an erratic defense. If anyone claims they know what to expect, they're lying. Dalton's worth the gamble in 2QB leagues, but the risk is too high to start him in standard-sized leagues.
If you look at the wide receivers who have done damage against the Colts this season, you'll start to see some similarities between the players. And
In Week 12, Larry Fitzgerald scored two touchdowns and had 17 Fantasy points. In Week 9, Andre Johnson had 229 yards and three touchdowns. In Week 7, Eric Decker and DeMaryius Thomas combined for 232 yards and two touchdowns. In Week 6, Keenan Allen had 107 yards and a touchdown.
Green -- with the exception of Week 11 against the Browns -- has been on a tear recently. Going back to Week 6, the Cleveland game was the only one in which Green didn't reach 100 receiving yards or score a touchdown. He has double-digit points (in standard scoring) in six of his last seven. And the matchup in Week 14 against the Colts is phenomenal.
Start Green in all Fantasy formats. He is in line for an excellent performance this Sunday.
A.J. Green should get most of the attention in Week 14 against the Colts, leaving a trio of
The Colts have been up-and-down in defending wide receivers this season. They've allowed 14 touchdowns to the position, but have two games with multiple wide receiver touchdowns allowed in the last four, and two with none. However, the two with zero allowed were against the Titans, who have an iffy passing game.
Green should do the most damage against the Colts this Sunday, but there's room here for a No. 2. The problem is, there's no clear answer. The speedy deep threat (Hawkins) has the momentum. The typical No. 2 (Jones) matches the profile. And the big bruiser No. 2 (Sanu) was a force at the end of 2012.
Someone should have a decent game from this group, but it's pure guesswork as to who it will be. All three can be left on the bench in most Fantasy formats.