Palmer’s been very good leading the surprising Bengals to a 6-2 start (ranking 15th in yards, 14th in completions, 9th in TDs). The hot lights of the ‘Hard Knocks’ camera proved good for the team. Against the Ravens, Palmer was efficient, completing 20-of-33 passes with 1 TD and 0 INT in the Bengals’ huge 17-7 win. He is a low-end No. 1 option and an excellent flex play going forward, even in a tough matchup against the Steelers.
Ranking second in the league in rushing, Benson has been probably the biggest fantasy surprise of the season. He posted another good game against the Ravens, amassing 117 yards and 1 TD on 34 carries. He’s got a tough matchup against the Steelers’ No. 1 ranked rush defense, but is a No. 1 option after rushing for 76 yards and a TD against them in Week 3.
Oh goodness … He waved a dollar bill at a ref? What’s next? Probably another big game. With 44 catches, 639 yards and 5 TDs thus far this season (all top 10 in the league), Ochocinco has backed up all his crazy nonsense. He had 5 catches for 66 yards against the Ravens last week (with a lost fumble) and had 5 catches for 54 yards without a TD against the Steelers in Week 3 -- two of his worst games of the year. He’s a lower-end No. 1 option with a cool iPhone app to boot.
He had 6 catches for 72 yards against the Ravens, both highs for the year. Nevertheless, he is not an advisable fantasy option at this point in his career. With 22 catches for 227 yards and 3 TD, he should only really be started on a hunch.
The second-year WR out of Florida caught 3 balls for 15 yards with a TD against Baltimore. He has 7 more catches than Coles and is on pace to have 58 catches and 6 TD this year. That’s not bad for a guy who came in as their No. 3 WR. He’s still a poor fantasy option. Any number of guys like Caldwell are sitting on the waiver wire.
Foschi had 2 catches for 32 yards against the Ravens. With only 10 catches on the year, he is an inadvisable option against the Steelers. He’s replaced Daniel Coats as the No. 1 TE, which is something, but neither are viable fantasy options.
Graham is a low-end kicking option, having gone just 7-or-10 thus far on the season. He hasn’t kicked more than a FG in a game. As a fantasy kicker, he’s just not very good -- like Jimmy Fallon’s late-night show.
Ranking fifth in PPG yet 14th in YPG, the Bengals’ defense stifled the Ravens last week, holding them to a TD. Their 25th-ranked pass defense has a tough task defending against Big Ben. They’re a lower-tier starting option against a Pittsburgh offense that’s really been playing well.
Big Ben had a good game against Denver during the Steelers’ 28-10 win on MNF, completing 21-of-29 for 233 yards with 3 TD and 1 INT. He’s fifth in the league in passing yards and completions. He seems to have finally made the transition from great NFL QB to great fantasy QB. He is a recommended start, especially against Cincy’s 25th-ranked pass D.
Mendenhall had 22 carries for 155 yards on MNF. He is the clear-cut No. 1 back in Pittsburgh though he’s suffered through a case of the dropsies. He got into the end zone four times in the Steelers’ three games before their bye. Consider Mendenhall a No. 2 fantasy RB, but monitor those fumbles.
He’s a top option on the pass-happy Super Bowl champs, catching 6 passes for 93 yards against the Broncos. Holmes is only a lower-end a No. 2/higher-end No. 3 fantasy WR option because he’s only gotten into the end zone once this year. He’s on pace for over 70 catches and more than 1,000 yards.
Ward ranks seventh in the NFL with 646 yards and seventh with 49 catches after catching 7 balls for 44 yards and 2 TD in Week 9. Clearly, Big Ben trusts him implicitly. He is a low-end No. 1 WR option in any league, but a higher-end choice in PPR leagues.
After a subpar game against Denver with only 3 catches for 18 yards, Miller is still third among tight ends in receptions with 43. This alone makes Miller a top fantasy TE. He has 4 TD on the year and is a good start against the Bengals despite the fact he had his worst yardage output of the year against them Week 3.
Reed went nothing-for-nothing on Monday night. He was cited a month ago for public intoxication and disorderly conduct, his second arrest this year. If only they gave fantasy points for partying. He’s been just an average fantasy kicker, 9-for-12 on the year.
Pittsburgh is a good start every week as one of the NFL’s best defenses. Down three defensive starters, they still picked off Orton three times (who hadn’t been picked off on the year) and did not allow an offensive TD to a good Denver team. Play ‘em if you’ve got ‘em.