Man Up/Step Aside TNF [Ravens at Bengals]
TNF Ravens at Bengals
Week 2 kicks off with the return of Thursday Night Football, and the Cincinnati Bengals host the Baltimore Ravens. I do not believe this will be a high-scoring affair like the way we saw both team’s light it up this weekend, and I’m going to go out on a limb to predict a close defensive battle–but this game still presents plenty of fantasy friendly options.
I’ve seen quite a few fantasy owners already panicking about Collins, but Thursday night is a great way for him to bounce back. Collins had an early fumble but also their huge lead over a lousy Bills team played a factor into the reduced production. The Bengals are not the Bills, so expect Collins to be an RB2 with the usual goal line work.
A lot of people were worried about what kind of workload Mixon would provide this season–although it’s been one week, it looks promising. Mixon at the moment is getting low-end RB1 numbers, so don’t shy away even from a tough defensive matchup.
I’m shying away from any Ravens wide receivers for the moment, especially if you have better options on your bench. Crabtree isn’t necessarily a bad option, but I’d like to evaluate the roles of their receivers another week, but if I have to roll with one, it’s Crabtree.
I like to get a little crazy every now and then, and if you’re in a 14-16 man league or larger, then why not gamble on Boyle? Especially if you have no solid tight end options. Boyle was targeted six times against Buffalo and the Bengals are not very good when it comes to defending tight ends–just throwing that out there.
Ehh I would not be surprised if Eifert has five catches for 50 yards and a touchdown on Thursday night–but I also wouldn’t be surprised if he had two catches for 20 yards and no scores. Either way, I’m not really into taking that gamble unless I have no other options.
Most people won’t start Ross anyways, but that touchdown on Sunday against the Colts did spark some interest in him. I’d continue to hold off longer if you have him rostered.
The quarterback position is deep this season, so don’t expect Flacco to have a cakewalk on Thursday night as he did on Sunday.
Another quarterback I’m trying to avoid starting this week. I’d go with Dalton over Flacco easily in fantasy, but on a short week, against a punishing defense, the matchup is not ideal.