Fantasy Player Projections

 
Buffalo Bills
Paul Brown Stadium | Sunday, November 21 | 1:00 p.m. EST (CBS)
Pick: Bengals 17, Bills 10
Cincinnati Bengals
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBRyan Fitzpatrick
195 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 15 rush yards, 1 INT
Fitzpatrick had his ugliest game of the season last week, throwing for just 146 yards against Detroit. The Bills should be more pass-centric against better opponents in upcoming weeks, but note that bad weather in Buffalo is coming.
RBFred Jackson
4 rec, 40 rec yards, 65 rush yards
Jackson recorded a season-high 31 touches for 170 yards last week. With C.J. Spiller (hamstring) likely out this week, Jackson should see near-exclusive carries. He's worth a look against an average Bengals' defensive front.
RBC.J. Spiller
5 rush yards
Spiller's status is, at best, questionable this week after leaving last week's game with a hamstring injury. Quinton Ganther will assume Spiller's role if the latter can?t play, but neither is much of a fantasy option behind Fred Jackson.
WRSteve Johnson
5 rec, 90 yards
Johnson was held without a touchdown for a second straight game, which is somewhat surprising considering the five-game scoring streak he was on previously. Still, he received eight targets and remains a worthwhile WR2/3.
WRLee Evans
3 rec, 40 yards, 1 TD
Evans is still the best deep threat on his team, which means something even if he has to play for the Bills. He can put up decent numbers with some consistency, but will lay the occasional dud that comes with playing on a bad team.
WRDavid Nelson
1 rec, 10 yards
With Roscoe Parrish done for the season with a broken wrist, Nelson should assume the third receiver role. Don't expect a huge increase in targets for Nelson. More likely, Lee Evans and Steve Johnson will receive more attention.
TEShawn Nelson
 
Since Week 7, Buffalo's entire tight end corps has been targeted exactly once in a game. Nelson has zero fantasy relevance.
KRian Lindell
1 PAT, 1 FG
Lindell has struggled to garner field-goal opportunities while playing on a bad team. With tough defensive matchups and bad weather looming, it would be best if you continued to stay away from him.
Defense
2 sacks, 1 INT
As the league's 27th-ranked defense in total yards allowed, the Bills' should remain on your bench or in the waiver pool indefinitely.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBCarson Palmer
205 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 5 rush yards
Palmer should play this week, but there is some concern about his shoulder. He had to take a pain-killing shot before last Sunday's game. If he is able to throw effectively, Palmer is primed for a good outing against Bufalo.
RBCedric Benson
2 rec, 10 rec yards, 85 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Benson averaged a season-low 1.7 yards per carry last week. And while the Bills' matchup looks good on paper, Buffalo was able to hold Jahvid Best to 35 yards rushing. Benson is far from a sure-thing.
WRTerrell Owens
5 rec, 70 yards, 1 TD
Owens had fewer than 10 targets last week for the first time since Week 3. Consider that less a sign of his diminishing involvement in the offense and more an indication of his brilliant consistency. Owens should still be started on a weekly basis.
WRChad Ochocinco
2 rec, 40 yards
When Ochocinco gets enough targets, he is perfectly capable of being a fantasy star. The presence of Terrell Owens has relegated Ochocinco to a feast-or-famine performances.
WRJordan Shipley
3 rec, 30 yards
Shipley has proven to be a clutch third receiver in crucial moments. As far as fantasy prospects go, you should be able to do better.
TEJermaine Gresham
3 rec, 25 yards
Gresham had the best game of his rookie career last week, with nine catches for 85 yards and a touchdown. Wait until he strings together two good performances before jumping to any conclusions, however.
KMike Nugent
2 PATs, 1 FG
As of press time, the Bengals do not have a kicker in place to take over for Nugent, who tore his ACL last Sunday. Nugent was one of the league's better fantasy kickers, and whoever takes his spot should earn a similar number of opportunities.
Defense
2 sacks, 1 INT
The Bengals defense hasn't looked much better than mediocre in any facet of defense this season, outside of 18 forced turnovers. They're tough to recommend against a Bills offense capable of some offensive fireworks.
 
 
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