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Friday, September 14, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL THURSDAY WRAPUP: BENGALS/RAVENS

-Bengals QB Andy Dalton is now 2-for-2 in putting up very good performances to begin the 2018 fantasy football as he completed 24-of-42 throws for 265 yards with 4 touchdowns in the team's win over the Baltimore Ravens.  Dalton has been exceptionally on target with his throws so far which is no small thing since he has been INT-prone at times in his career but clearly the fact he now has some fresh and healthy receiving weapons to join ace wideout A.J. Green has made all the difference for the guy.  Obviously in two QB formats you need to continue to ride out this Dalton run for as long as it goes and even in single passer leagues Dalton should at the very least be owned as a top backup.  We have seen good seasons out of Dalton in the past that have made an impact in fantasy football which makes what he is doing not a total surprise but keep in mind his history of inconsistency.  

-John Brown has made a nice initial impact with the Ravens as he caught four balls for 91 yards and a score Thursday night.  The history on Brown is that of a big-play threat who is in the mold of a DeSean Jackson and that goes right to their injury history as well.  Brown has much more value in standard leagues given his lack of big receptions campaigns but even in PPR he can work for now as a WR 3.

-Alex Collins fantasy football owners are getting very antsy now after seeing him carry the football just 12 times for 35 yards; while adding 3 catches for 55 more.  Buck Allen received a goal-line carry which he converted early in the game and that is a big potential problem long-term for Collins' fantasy football value.  I myself had good things to say about Collins coming into the season but now things look murky to the point he may only be able to be classified as a RB 3.  

-The bad Joe Flacco returned Thursday night as the Ravens QB completed 32-of-55 throws for 377 yards with 2 TD's, 2 INT's, and a lost fumble.  Flacco missed some easy throws throughout the game and once again held the football too long in taking sacks.  Already Flacco's opening game against Buffalo is being taken with a grain of salt given how bad the Bills are and the chorus for Lamar Jackson will only grow if this continues.  

-Bengals running back Joe Mixon gutted through a knee injury to rush for 84 yards on 21 carries; while catching one ball for 3 yards.  The knee injury cropped up early in the game which sent Twitter ablaze with concerned Mixon owners but he came back to finish it out.  Mixon has gotten bellcow work so far which his owners are happy about and the results have been very good.  Overall, the investment in Mixon has been a good one so far.

-Yeah I personally played the A.J. Green owner in the Experts League last night and it was tough to watch as the Bengals ace wideout caught 5 balls for 69 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Green hauled in the three scores in the first quarter and then went a bit quiet as the Ravens D doubled him.  Either way, it was a tough one to endure facing Green.  On the bigger picture, the health and impact of the Cincy supporting cast of offensive players has done nothing but help Green's upside.  


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