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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. Nov 27 - 3:11 AM

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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.
Nov 22 - 2:26 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.
Nov 15 - 1:43 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.
Nov 5 - 1:35 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.
Oct 30 - 4:43 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.
Oct 23 - 4:13 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.
Oct 17 - 12:46 AM

The Cincinnati Bengals will look to take advantage of Seattle's poor offensive line play in Week 5.

Seattle has allowed Russell Wilson to be sacked 18 times in four games, which presents a great opportunity for the Cincinnati defense this week. The Bengals are tied for sixth among NFL teams in sacks, recording 11 through the first four weeks of the season. With Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch ruled out and the potential for a large sack total, the Bengals D/ST will be a top-tier Week 5 fantasy option.
Oct 10 - 4:20 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals face the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4, who have allowed 14 sacks in three games, the most in the NFL.

Alex Smith was taken down seven times by the Green Bay Packers in Week 3 and now the Chiefs travel to face Cincinnati on Sunday. The Bengals have recorded six sacks on the season and will look to increase that total this week. Cincinnati has been a decent D/ST option so far in 2015 and will be a startable group again this week at home.
Oct 3 - 9:54 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer credits DT Geno Atkins and the inside pass rush of the Bengals for the team's defensive success this season.

Bengals OC Hue Jackson told the Enquirer, "You have to end up doubling that guy at some point. You have to give him that respect. Those guys can change the game." The Bengals D/ST has six sacks and five takeaways through two games and travel to Baltimore to face Joe Flacco and the Ravens in Week 3. The Cincinnati D/ST will be at the back end of the Week 3 top-10 but have played well enough to warrant fantasy consideration on the road this Sunday.
Sep 25 - 1:44 AM

The Cincinnati Bengals will focus on stopping the San Diego short passing game in Week 2.

The San Diego Chargers roasted the Detroit Lions with short crossing routes in Week 1, as Philip Rivers threw for 404 yards. The Cincinnati linebackers will be tasked with handling these routes on Sunday and ensuring that San Diego receivers don't run up YAC yardage on the Bengals defense. Coach Marvin Lewis told the Cincinnati Enquirer, "That’s the most important thing in those situations, proper leverage, good angles and tackle the catch if the ball happens to be completed." The Bengals are at home this week in a tough matchup and are at the low-end of startable fantasy defenses this week.
Sep 18 - 2:24 AM

The Cincinnati Enquirer tabbed the Bengals defensive line as a bright spot after a 9-6 win over Indianapolis in Week 4 of the preseason.

The effort came primarily from Cincinnati backups, as the majority of Bengals starters sat out on Thursday, but the performance is encouraging for a defense looking to improve on their 2014 finish of 20th among NFL teams in stopping the run. The Cincinnati D/ST will be in the streaming conversation as they face the Oakland Raiders in Week 1.
Sep 5 - 12:44 AM

Coach Marvin Lewis has emphasized starting fast on defense in Week 3 of the preseason.

DL Marcus Hardison told the Cincinnati Enquirer, "Start out the game strong – like coach says, take their breath away." The Bengals will look to improve on Saturday after allowing an 80-yard scoring drive from Tampa Bay to start their Week 2 preseason contest. The Cincinnati D/ST will be an interesting Week 1 fantasy option as they travel to Oakland to face the Raiders, who were seventh in the NFL with 29 turnovers in 2014.
Aug 29 - 10:47 AM

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