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Friday, September 15, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL THURSDAY NIGHT WRAPUP: BENGALS/TEXANS

-For the second week in a row, Bengals QB Andy Dalton failed to throw a touchdown pass.  He was much better with his efficiency however after throwing four picks and losing a fumble in the opener but the bottom line is that Dalton can't be used right now in terms of fantasy football.  For the night versus Houston Dalton completed 20/35 throws for 224 yards but he took three more sacks and again no scores.  Not good.

Meanwhile on the other side Texans rookie DeShaun Watson performed like an inconsistent rookie in completing 15/24 for 125 yards.  However Watson led the Texans in rushing with 5 carries for 67 yards which showed how dynamic he can be.  Down the road Watson may gain some fantasy football relevancy but for now he is strictly a waiver guy.

-Things are not looking up for Texans RB Lamar Miller who has been nothing but 3 yards and a cloud of dust since coming to the team prior to 2016.  Last night was more of the same as Miller ran 18 times for just 61 yards (3.4 per pop), while adding 3 catches for another 26 more yards.  It is just not happening here and gone is the speed Miller had when he as with the Miami Dolphins.  Making matters more concerning for Miller owners is the fact Bill O'Brien made good on his promise to get rookie D'Onte Foreman more involved as the power back ran 12 times for 40 yards (3.3).  Miller is nothing but a RB 2 right now and moving to the lower level of that tier.

-A changing of the guard as expected looks like it is taking place among the Cincy backs as rookie Joe Mixon led the team in carries with 9 for 36 yards, while Jeremy Hill got just 6 (for 17 yards), and Gio Bernard received 5 (for 10 yards).  Mixon as we all know is the most dynamic back on the roster and he should quickly move into firm RB 2 status moving forward as even Hill loyalist Marvin Lewis can't ignore the obvious. 

-The change at QB from Tom Savage to Watson is already paying dividends for WR DeAndre Hopkins who caught 7 balls for 73 yards.  As most rookie QB's do, Watson fixated on Hopkins throughout the game which helps him immensely in PPR formats.  A lack of scores going forward though is a reminder that Hopkins is not revisiting 2015 anytime soon.

-A.J. Green is being taken down with the Dalton struggles as he caught 5 balls for 67 yards.  50 of those yards came on one catch however and so Green is not helping his fantasy football owners one bit.  Also if Dalton continues to struggle, the weak-armed but accurate A.J. McCarron would neuter his big-play ability. 

Meanwhile Tyler Eifert caught 3 balls for 40 yards but came down with cramps in the second half.  Eifert has always been too all-or-nothing for my taste and so he is more standard league help than PPR guy. 



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