Paul Brown Stadium | Sunday, October 31 | 1:00 p.m. EST (CBS)
Pick: Dolphins 21, Bengals 14
230 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INTDetractors may mention that he should be further along at this point in his career, but Henne has done a nice job managing the offense in his second year starting. The Bengals are sound against the pass, but overall a much easier test than Pittsburgh.
80 rush yards, 1 rush TDBrown had just 14 yards rushing against the league's best run defense. He should find more room against a Bengals' D giving up 118 yards per game. Still, a timeshare with Ricky Williams means limited upside. Brown
2 rec, 15 rec yards, 60 rush yards, 1 rush TDRicky Williams was the better back last week (11 carries, 48 yards), but neither he nor Ronnie Brown come highly recommended as fantasy options. The Bengals have struggled against the run, but this is still a timeshare.
8 rec, 105 yards, 1 TDHe has just one score on the season, but 42 catches for 524 yards is nothing to complain about. There is plenty of time for the touchdowns to start coming, as well.
7 rec, 75 yardsBess has developed into a vital piece of the Dolphins' offense, with 19 catches over his last three games, and a touchdown catch in each. He isn't a target deep, but still has plenty of WR2 value, especially in PPR leagues.
3 rec, 35 yardsWith bye weeks ongoing, Fasano is worth a flyer if you need a late sub.
3 PATsCarpenter went 5-for-5 on field goal attempts last week. As long as the Dolphins struggle in the red zone, Carpenter should make fantasy owners very happy.
3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 FumbleThe Bengals have hardly been a beacon of consistency this season, but Carson Palmer's 412-yard performance should be enough to convince fantasy owners to bench the Dolphins this week.
190 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INTIn a close game the Bengals prefer to keep the ball on the ground, but when they're down Palmer gets a chance to open up like he did last week. It's risky to start a player on the hope that his team gets blown out, however.
70 rush yards, 1 rush TDOf the league's top 15 rushers, Benson is last with 3.9 yards per carry. He receives a ton of carries, but with the passing game finding its stride one has to wonder how long the Bengals can continue to run Benson into the ground.
4 rec, 65 yardsOwens is enjoying his own mini-renaissance after a disappointing 2009 season. He had nine catches for 88 yards and a score last week, and was underthrown on what would have been a 39-yard touchdown.
3 rec, 40 yardsOchocinco's two biggest games this season have come when the Bengals were significantly outgunned on offense. Outside of Brandon Marshall, the Dolphins don't have a ton of firepower. In a close game, Ochocinco may struggle.
3 rec, 35 yards, 1 TDGresham is catching the ball plenty (4.5 per game) but his 4.7 yards per target means little upside. He needs more downfield targets, especially against a Miami defense that struggles to stop tight ends.
2 PATsHe's 14-for-16 on field goals this season, with both misses coming from beyond 40 yards. He is a pretty safe weekly option at this point. Only Sebastien Janikowski has made more field goals than Nugent this year.
1 sack, 1 INT, 1 FumbleThe Bengals are giving up 340 yards per game and have faced the likes of Tampa Bay, Carolina and Cleveland this season, all of whom are among the league's bottom eight in total offense. Find a better fantasy option.
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