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The Cincinnati Bengals are preparing to face Houston QB Tom Savage in his first career start.
Savage was decent in relief of the scuffling Brock Osweiler in Week 15, completing 23 of 36 pass attempts for 260 yards. Even with LB Vontaze Burfict (concussion) unlikely to play, the Bengals D/ST is worth a look in a matchup against a quarterback with just 55 career pass attempts. The Bengals D/ST is 40 percent owned in Yahoo leagues and should draw streaming consideration for fantasy owners looking for championship week help. Thu, Dec 22, 2016 05:47:00 PM

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The Cincinnati Bengals have allowed just 17.5 points per game since their Week 9 bye.

That figure is a drastic improvement from the 23.6 ppg the Bengals allowed in eight games prior to the bye. The Bengals D/ST has forced at least one turnover and recorded at least one sack in each of the last four weeks while turning in four respectable fantasy performances. Fantasy owners should be racing to the waiver wire to acquire the Bengals D/ST (owned in 44 percent of Yahoo leagues) in preparation for a Week 14 matchup with lowly Cleveland.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 04:26:00 PM

Since a Week 9 bye, the Cincinnati defense has allowed just 194 passing yards per game in two contests.

The improvement in the Bengals' pass defense has been offset by issues with stopping opposing running games, as run defense has been an issue for the Cincinnati defense throughout the season. Cincinnati will face Baltimore QB Joe Flacco in Week 12, who has a 71.9 career passer rating against the Bengals. Cincinnati will be looking to extend their streak of four consecutive games with an interception. The Bengals D/ST will be an underwhelming Week 12 fantasy option.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 05:21:00 PM

Cincinnati MLB Rey Maualuga (leg) is expected to be sidelined Monday night when the Bengals face the New York Giants.

Cincinnati had Week 9 off but Maualuga was still unable to fully recover. With middling sack and turnover production, the Bengals D/ST has disappointed this season in fantasy leagues and will be an underwhelming Week 10 option on the road against the Giants.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 02:14:00 PM

The Cincinnati defensive front will look to take advantage of a banged up Cleveland offensive line on Sunday.

The Browns have allowed their quarterback carousel to be sacked 19 times this season, the second-highest total in the NFL, and have dealt with injuries to their offensive line. "You can't get dismayed by it. It’s just part of it. And you just gotta keep mixing and matching because they’re not going to cancel the game," said Browns coach Hue Jackson. The Bengals D/ST has underwhelmed in 2016 but is a great Week 7 fantasy option against Cleveland.
Wed, Oct 19, 2016 07:16:00 PM

Cincinnati will welcome the return of suspended linebacker Vontaze Burfict on Thursday night.

Burfict served a three-game suspension to begin the season and is now ready to roll. Cincinnati has taken a step back defensively in 2016 and the return of Burfict, who is expected to play a "significant role" on Thursday, should help get this group back on track. The Bengals D/ST will be a top-12 fantasy option against Miami.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 05:33:00 PM

The Cincinnati defense is last among NFL teams in run defense through two weeks, allowing 138.0 yards per game and 4.2 yards per carry.

Matt Forte and DeAngelo Williams have done damage to the Bengals' defense in the season's first two weeks and Cincinnati will face Denver's C.J. Anderson in Week 3, who is sixth in the NFL in rushing. The Bengals D/ST is a mid-tier fantasy option this week in a home matchup with Denver.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 01:34:00 AM

The Cincinnati Bengals allowed 113 rushing yards in Week 16, the first time the team had allowed over 100 yards on the ground since Week 8.

Although the streak was broken by Denver, the Bengals D/ST is still a quality unit and leads the NFL in scoring defense. Week 17 brings the Baltimore Ravens to town, who are led by quarterback Ryan Mallett. Mallett was decent in Week 16 at home against Pittsburgh, but has yet to throw more than one touchdown pass in a game this season and will face a much tougher defense in Cincinnati on Sunday. The Bengals D/ST is a top Week 17 fantasy option.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 10:38:00 PM

The Cincinnati defense, the NFL's top-ranked scoring unit, will travel to Denver on Monday to face the Broncos.

The matchup will be played in frigid temperatures, and will pit the Bengals D/ST against Denver backup Brock Osweiler. Cincinnati has been tough on opposing running games lately, holding their last seven opponents under 100 rushing yards while allowing 76.3 yards per game in that stretch. Osweiler will likely have to beat this defense, making the Bengals D/ST a startable group in fantasy leagues.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 02:27:00 AM

The Cincinnati defense faces the NFL's most sacked team in Week 15, the San Francisco 49ers.

San Francisco QB Blaine Gabbert has been taken down 15 times in the last three weeks, including a whopping nine times in Week 14 alone. The Bengals, who are second among NFL teams in scoring defense, are an excellent defensive fantasy option in Week 15 on the road at Levi's Stadium.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 03:47:00 AM

The Cincinnati Bengals lead the NFL in scoring defense, allowing 16.3 points per game and have held five of their last six opponents to 10 points or less.

The Cincinnati defense has played well outside of Week 11, but face a difficult test in Week 14 when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers who have averaged a ridiculous 529.0 yards of offense in their last four games. The Bengals are also hurting in their secondary, with Pacman Jones (foot) expected to miss Week 14. The Bengals D/ST is worth avoiding in this tough spot.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 07:58:00 PM

With quarterback Josh McCown (collarbone) out, the Cleveland Browns will start Austin Davis against Cincinnati in Week 13.

Davis was a respectable 7/10 for 77 yards and a score in relief last week, but was third on the Cleveland depth chart just a week ago. The Bengals defense has allowed 10 or fewer points in four of their last five games and will be a top fantasy option in Week 13 against Davis and the Browns.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 03:55:00 AM

The Cincinnati Bengals will put their 13th-ranked run defense to the test in Week 12 against St. Louis running back Todd Gurley.

Gurley hasn't topped 100 rushing yards since Week 8, but has scored a touchdown in five-straight games and the Bengals are certainly aware of the challenge that the rookie presents. "We’re going to be challenged that way, and we’re going to have to tackle this guy (Todd Gurley). He’s explosive, he has speed, has the ability to cut, and he’s strong. When you look at him, he’s a handful," said Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis. Matching up with Gurley will be tough, but the Bengals D/ST is a top-10 fantasy option in Week 12 due to St. Louis' quarterback struggles.
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 03:11:00 AM

The Cincinnati defense has allowed just 30 total points over the last three weeks.

The Bengals have given up exactly 10 points in each of their last three games, although one was a 10-6 defeat to Houston in Week 10. The Cincinnati defense is now first among NFL teams in scoring defense at 16.9 points per game, but will face a stiff test in Week 11 at Arizona. The Bengals D/ST will be a back-end top-12 fantasy option on Sunday.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 02:26:00 AM

The Cincinnati defense is preparing to face star Houston wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins on Monday night.

The Bengals secondary is aware of the challenge Hopkins presents and is eager to face the successful receiver. "He’s got a huge catch radius and that’s what he’s done to most DB’s because he’s covered most of the time," said Cincinnati defensive backs coach Vance Joseph. Despite facing one of the NFL’s premier wide receivers, the Bengals D/ST will be a top-10 option this week as they have played well of late, giving up just 20 total points in the last two weeks.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 01:43:00 AM

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