Palmer's been very solid leading the surprising Bengals to a 7-2 start (ranking 16th in yards, 14th in completions and 10th in TDs). Obviously, the hot lights of the 'Hard Knocks' camera were good for the team. Against the Steelers, Palmer was average but mistake-free, completing 18-of-30 passes with 0 TDs and 0 INTs in the Bengals' huge 18-12 win. He is a high-end No. 2 option and an excellent flex option going forward, even in a tough matchup against Oakland's underrated pass D.
Second in the league in rushing coming into the game, Benson fell to sixth after getting hurt after only 7 carries against the Steelers. Monitor his injury situation going into the weekend. If he plays, he's a low-end No.1 option, with 859 yards on the year. Pick up Bernard Scott if you own Benson and Scott is still available.
Ochocinco had a lousy game against the Steelers, catching a season low 2 passes for 29 yards. With 668 yards and 5 TDs thus far (both among the league's top 10), Ochocinco has backed up that swagger. Matched up for the afternoon against Asomugha, he's no more than a No. 2 option with a cool iPhone app.
He had 5 catches for 67 yards against the Steelers, giving him 11 catches for 139 yards the last two games, Coles is making a play to reassert himself as a credible No. 3 fantasy option. With 27 catches for 294 yards and 3 TD he should only really be started on a hunch.
The second-year WR out of Florida caught 4 balls for 23 yards against Pittsburgh. He has 6 more catches than Coles and is on pace to have around 58 catches and 6 TD this year. That's not bad for a guy who came in as the team's No. 3 WR. He's still a poor fantasy option, though. There should be any number of guys like Caldwell on the waiver wire.
The Foschinator had 3 catches for 14 yards against the Ravens. With only 13 catches on the year, he is an inadvisable option against the Raiders. He's replaced Daniel Coats as the No. 1 TE, but neither are viable fantasy options.
Graham had more than one FG in a game for the first time this season, going 4-for-5 against Pittsburgh. He is a low-end kicking option, having gone just 11-for-15 thus far on the season. As a fantasy kicker, he's just not very good -- like Katy Perry's voice.
The Bengals have been very good, especially the past two weeks in tough division games against the Ravens and the Steelers. That's beside the point. The Oakland offense is so impotent that any defense would be an advisable start, let alone a unit as hot as the Bengals right now.
This Fargas guy has become a huge part of the offense the last three weeks. He had 10 carries for 41 yards and a TD against the Chiefs. It's his second straight week with a score. He's a No. 3 option against a Cincy team that's second in the league against the run.
Miller had 1 catch for 9 yards before the bye. He leads the team with 29 catches for 430 yards on the year. He's a decent lower-end No. 1 TE option, as he's been Russell's top target week in and week out.
Janikowski was 1-for-2 against the Chiefs missing his first FG in 2009 (13-for-14). Since the Raiders will struggle to get into the end zone, he's not a bad start, especially as long as he stays so sharp.