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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. Oct 19 - 7:16 PM

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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.
Sep 29 - 5:33 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.
Sep 21 - 1:34 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

The Cincinnati Bengals will face Cleveland QB Johnny Manziel on Thursday night.

Manziel will draw the start with Josh McCown nursing a rib injury. Cleveland is 31st in the NFL in rushing yards at 84.0 yards per game and will need contributions from Manziel in the passing game on Thursday night. This matchup on a short week makes the Bengals D/ST an excellent fantasy option in Week 9.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 01:35:00 AM

The Cincinnati defense will face Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in Week 8 as he returns from a knee injury.

Roethlisberger has been out since suffering a knee injury in Week 3 at St. Louis and will take on the Bengals D/ST in his return. The Steelers managed to go 2-2 without their star quarterback and the Pittsburgh offense should return to high-powered levels this week. The Bengals D/ST is a middling group and won't be a recommended fantasy option this week against the Pittsburgh offense that is loaded with weapons.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 04:43:00 AM

The undefeated Cincinnati Bengals will face the Pittsburgh Steelers coming out of their Week 7 bye.

The Bengals D/ST has been a middling group in fantasy leagues so far this season and will draw a difficult Week 8 matchup at Pittsburgh after the Cincinnati bye. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (knee) will likely be back under center in Week 8, which will provide a huge challenge to the Cincinnati defense that is 21st among NFL teams in total defense.
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 04:13:00 AM

The Cincinnati Bengals defense may get a boost in Week 6 with Buffalo QB Tyrod Taylor (knee) a game-time decision.

Taylor sitting out would force E.J. Manuel into the starting role for Buffalo and make the Bengals D/ST a potential top-five Week 6 option in fantasy leagues. Manuel is the proud owner of a 58.6 completion percentage over his two year career and would likely struggle against the undefeated Bengals.
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 12:46:00 AM

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