Fitzpatrick will start at QB again this week as Carson Palmer is out for this week and possibly the rest of the season. Fitzpatrick completed 21-of-35 passes for 164 yards and one TD against Pittsburgh last week, but he lacks the arm strength to throw anything deep. Even against a Texans' defense that ranks 17th vs. the pass, Fitzpatrick isn't a worthy fantasy option in Week 8.
Benson gave the Bengals a bit of a spark last week against Pittsburgh, rushing for 52 yards on 14 carries and adding 10 yards on one reception. He will keep the starting job this week and should put up similar numbers against a Texans' defense that ranks 22nd against the run.
Houshmandzadeh definitely misses Palmer, but he continues to be a star in Point-Per-Reception leagues. He had eight catches for 58 yards last week vs. Pittsburgh and now has 34 catches in his last five games, but his 3 TD receptions pale in comparison to last year's 12. He will have some success this week at Houston, but it will be in a losing cause again.
In his best game of the season, Johnson caught eight passes for 52 yards and a TD last week against Pittsburgh. It was Ocho Cinco's second TD catch of the season as he's been a fantasy bust thus far. He still hasn't topped 60 yards in receiving through seven games and probably won't this week either without Carson Palmer throwing the deep passes.
In his third game of the season with the Bengals, Henry came through with three catches for 44 yards. He provides the deep option in this offense, but there's no way Fitzpatrick can throw it deep enough to make Henry worthwhile. Forget about him.
Schaub had another solid outing as he picked the Lions apart with ease last week in the 28-21 win. Schaub completed 26-of-31 passes for 267 yards and two TDs with no interceptions. He now has six TD passes in his last four games and is a worthy start this week even though the Bengals rank sixth against the pass and 27th vs. the run.
Slaton had 80 yards rushing on 17 carries last week vs. Detroit and now has three rushing TDs in his last three games. He should put up big numbers this week as the Bengals rank 27th against the run, giving up an average of 152.3 yards per game. Start Slaton and get ready for a big week of production.
Green had his best game of the season last week vs. Detroit as he rushed 14 times for 62 yards and a TD. He was used extensively in the fourth quarter with the Texans up by one touchdown and should get plenty of touches this week against a poor Bengals' run defense. He's a possible Flex play if the bye week has your options limited.
Johnson has been a dominant force these last three weeks as no team can seem to defense him. He torched the Lions last week with 11 catches for 141 yards, and over the last three weeks, he has 30 catches for 450 yards and two TDs. The Texans will run more often than they pass this week, but Johnson will still get the bulk of the receptions.
Walter was limited to three catches for 27 yards last week against the Lions as the Texans got ahead early and didn't pass as often. Look for the same type of production this week as the Texans try to ground out a win against the Bengals.
Daniels was a big part of the Texans' attack last week as he caught six passes for 66 yards and two TDs. Those were his first scores of the year, but he's had at least four or more receptions in each of the last five games. Keep him in your lineup this week, even though receptions will be limited.