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Cincinnati Bengals
Lambeau Field | Sunday, September 20 | 1:00 p.m. EST (CBS)
Pick: Packers 24, Bengals 7
Green Bay Packers
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBCarson Palmer
250 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INT
Palmer struggled against what should have been an easy matchup against the Broncos in Week 1. It doesn't get any easier against the Packers' defense at Lambeau Field.
RBCedric Benson
3 rec, 30 rec yards, 80 rush yards
Green Bay had the 26th-best unit against the run last year, despite holding Matt Forte to 55 yards in Week 1. Benson's been good recently, with 108 total yards and a TD in the first game, and over 100 total yards in the last three games of 2008. He's definitely a startable No. 2 RB option.
RBBernard Scott
20 rush yards
Scott had 1 carry for 6 yards last week. He's well thought of, but would only be useful if Benson went down.
WRChad Ochocinco
6 rec, 75 yards, 1 TD
Fantasy owners worldwide are tantalized by the idea that Ochocinco and Palmer can revert back to their '05-07 forms. Could that happen? It's not out of the realm of possibility, but with the egg they laid against the Broncos in Week 1, it's hard to believe that it will happen this week against a good Packers D.
WRChris Henry
3 rec, 40 yards
Henry caught only one pass against the Broncos in Week 1. He has seemingly vast potential, but has never harnessed it. There's no reason to believe that he'll be able to do it this week against Al Harris and Charles Woodson.
WRAndre Caldwell
4 rec, 50 yards
Caldwell has tremendous physical gifts and was targeted 8 times by Carson Palmer during Week 1, most of any Bengal WR. With Henry and Coles not grabbing the No. 2 WR spot, Caldwell really has a chance to step up this year.
WRLaveranues Coles
4 rec, 45 yards
Coles had a lousy start to the season with a couple drops and only one catch. He's a ten year vet, and his best years may be behind him. Coles last 1000 yard season was 2006, and if he keeps dropping passes a young buck like Caldwell could take his spot.
TEDaniel Coats
1 rec, 10 yards
Coats went for one catch and 16 receiving yards last week. He is a low end, inadvisable TE option on a lousy team.
KShayne Graham
1 PAT
A poor week for the Cincinnati offense translated to a poor week for Graham. There are better options on your waiver wire.
Defense
3 sacks
Yes, they only allowed 12 points in a victory, but they didn't force a single turnover against a hapless Denver offense. It doesn't augur well.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBAaron Rodgers
265 pass yards, 2 pass TD
Good news for Bengals fans, this week the game won't come down to a miracle play. This game will be decided by the nearly 300 yards Rodgers smacks down on them. If Packers WRs had held onto a couple balls on Sunday night, they could have blown the Bears out of Lambeau.
RBRyan Grant
110 rush yards, 1 rush TD
If Grant enjoyed a successful week against the stout Bears defense, fantasy owners must be licking their chops at the prospect of a home game against Cincinnati.
WRGreg Jennings
6 rec, 115 yards, 1 TD
Jennings is an elite fantasy WR, no matter what the metric. With a stud QB to get him the ball, and a quality RB who deserves respect on play action (as in his 50-yard TD pass vs. Chicago), Jennings is a no-brainer start every week.
WRDonald Driver
5 rec, 85 yards, 1 TD
Driver has struggled against the Bears for years, so don't read too much into Week 1's disappointing output. Look for a breakout performance against the Bengals.
WRJames Jones
3 rec, 45 yards
He's fallen off the last couple years after catching 47 passes for 676 yards during his rookie campaign. He caught no passes in Week 1, but will likely have a few balls thrown his way against the Bengals.
TEDonald Lee
3 rec, 20 yards
Lee's role in the passing game seems to be under threat by rookie reserve Jermichael Finley. Something to keep an eye on moving forward.
KMason Crosby
3 PATs, 1 FG
Crosby did miss on one field-goal attempt but made up for it with a 52-yarder in the second quarter.
Defense
3 sacks, 1 INT
Four interceptions against the allegedly revamped Chicago offense is a promising sign for the rest of the season.
 
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