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It is time to think about your fantasy team. Who should you put in your starting lineup? Who should sit on the bench this week? This post is about just the Sunday Night Football matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and the Cincinnati Bengals.
Who to start
Carson Palmer, QB, AZ: Palmer has been money in fantasy football all season and he showed it again last weekend with another three touchdown passes last week. He did fumble twice, but in seven of nine games this season he has thrown for multiple touchdown passes and in five games he has thrown for three or more. Plus, there is something more to this game for him personally. He will play well.
Marvin Jones, WR, CIN: The big matchup is between A.J. Green and Patrick Peterson, but that will probably not yield a lot of fantasy points. The better bet is Jones, who will be matched up against Jerraud Powers.
Andre Ellington, RB, AZ: This is more of a hunch. I have a feeling he will get some looks in the passing game, and he has twice managed to bust out big touchdown runs late in games. Cincy's run defense is no joke, but their linebacking corps is where it is weakest. The RBs and TEs in the passing game could be a big help.
Cardinals defense/ST: Andy Dalton traditionally doesn't do well in prime time and the Cardinals lead the NFL in interceptions. This is a good mix. Plus, you might see some inside pressure from Arizona against Cincinnati's center.
Who to sit
A.J. Green, WR, CIN: Green has just nine receptions in his last two games. He also has a tendency to disappear against top corners. It isn't necessarily that he plays poorly, but with other weapons on offense, Green doesn't have to be forced the ball. Patrick Peterson, who will likely follow him around the field for Arizona, is having his finest season covering receivers. Teams just aren't throwing at him and he is defending well the balls thrown his way.
Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN: This is basically because he has not been good this season and he faces a very good defense against the run.
Chris Johnson, RB, AZ: Johnson has not been nearly as productive lately. It is later in the season and the Bengals defense has only allowed three rushing touchdowns.