The Cincinnati Bengals put up a fight against the New York Giants in Week 12 after losing Joe Burrow for the season but didn’t a ton of production from Brandon Allen under center. They’ll travel to Hard Rock Stadium for Week 13 to take on the stingy defense of the Miami Dolphins.
Cincinnati’s receiving corps took a major hit without Burrow available. Tyler Boyd tallied season lows in receptions (3) and receiving yards (13) while Green was held without a catch for the third time this year. Tee Higgins managed to haul in five passes for 44 yards and a score, but the rest of the offense was subpar. The Bengals could really struggle to get points on the board in this one.
The Dolphins are only giving up 18.6 points per game. Only the Pittsburgh Steelers can beat that mark, so the depleted Bengals will face an uphill battle. Ryan Fitzpatrick gave Miami’s offense life while filling in for the injured Tua Tagovailoa and could continue to do so if the rookie misses a second straight game with a thumb injury.
Date: Sunday, Dec. 6
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Bengals: #31 Overall — #29 offense, #29 defense, #6 special teams
Dolphins: #10 Overall — #18 offense, #14 defense, #1 special teams
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Tee Higgins, WR, $4,500
Higgins is only $100 cheaper than Boyd but seems like the better. Allen hasn’t been getting first team reps all year, but chemistry doesn’t matter as much when you can haul down contested catches like Higgins can. If the rookie has one-one-one coverage and Allen gives him a chance to go make a play, he can reach the end zone again and post a solid stat line.
Giovani Bernard, RB, $5,200
The Giants have one of the better run defenses in the NFL but Miami has struggled against running backs. While Samaje Perine has gotten more involved in recent weeks, Cincinnati prefers Bernard on the ground and through the air.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, $6,000
Fitzmagic has showcased much more fantasy upside than Tua and has torched poot pass defenses this season. His three games with over 300 yards and connection with DeVante Parker alone justify rostering him against that’s allowed the third-most passing touchdowns (22) in the NFL.
DeVante Parker, WR, $6,400
Three of Parker’s four touchdowns catches have come on passes from Fitzpatrick and so have both of his 100-yard games. He hasn’t flashed much WR1 upside with Tagovailoa under center but has proven to be much more dangerous with a veteran starting.