Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton Headlines Fantasy Sleepers for Week 9


Just when you thought you’d seen the worst of the bye week blues, six more teams — Denver, Detroit, NY Giants, Arizona, San Francisco, Jacksonville — will have a day off this weekend. In that mix are names like Manning, Welker, Decker, Nicks, Fitzgerald, Kaepernick, Gore and Blackmon. Suffice to say, there will be some holes in some fantasy lineups to plug this weekend.

Know It All Football is back again with more free advice to help relieve your lineup-setting stress induced headache this week. In Week 8, we told you about Andre Ellington, Kenny Stills, Jarrett Boykin and Jordan Reed. This week, our recommendations are slightly more popular names, though not no-brainers in terms of fantasy starts.

Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals – The Dolphins are reeling after blowing a second half lead to New England. The Bengals are on a four game win-streak. Andy Dalton has thrown for 325 or more yards in three straight games. The weapons the Bengals have combined with the number of chances Cincy’s defense is going to give the offense bodes well for Dalton to have a solid day.

Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders – Yes, we’ve heard this story before. “McFadden is healthy now.” Well, this time I might believe it. He had a respectable day against the Steelers, including running some wildcat in the red zone. The Eagles defense is anything but stout. Given Terrelle Pryor’s ability to run the ball, the Eagles won’t be able to key on McFadden. I like him to have 80 or more yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears – Don’t let Josh McCown scare you away. He’s had nearly two weeks to get used to the offense and his receivers. Jeffery has been the benefactor of extra attention paid to Brandon Marshall this season. The Redskins are not hiding the fact that they plan on paying plenty of attention to Marshall. Expect Jeffery to have one of those big days he has every couple of weeks.

Danny Woodhead, RB, Chargers – Woodhead has had a better past four games than Cincinnati’s Gio Bernard. One way or another, the Chargers find a way to get him double-digit touches week in, week out. He is the consummate bye-week sub, arguably performing at an RB2 level depending on the size of your league. Plug him in and relax.

St. Louis D/ST – We saw what they can do this past Monday night. Forget wins and losses in real life. The Rams are the best fantasy defense over the past three weeks. They limit yards, get sacks and score. You can’t ask for more from a fantasy D. Good news! This week they play the Titans, the NFL’s 4th worst offense.


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