ESPN reported on Sept. 28 that the Cincinnati Bengals are down to two healthy cornerbacks for their game this weekend with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Here is all you need to know from a fantasy football perspective about the Jaguars vs. Bengals Week 4 game.
Blaine Gabbert – Blaine Gabbert is only averaging 156 passing yards a game in 2012, but the good news is that he has four touchdowns and no interceptions. Despite the accuracy, he is a low-end option and shouldn’t start despite the fact that Cincinnati has a poor pass defense.
Maurice Jones-Drew – When the season starter, the Jacksonville owner basically said that Maurice Jones-Drew was nothing special. After a slow start, he exploded in Week 3 for 177 yards and one touchdowns on the ground. Last week, the Bengals gave up 213 rushing yards and two touchdowns and it would not be a surprise to see Jones-Drew match those numbers. He is the best player on this team and a solid No. 1 running back in Week 4.
Justin Blackmon/Laurent Robinson – Blackmon is suffering from his rookie learning curve, with only four receptions in the first three games for 31 yards and is nothing more than a long-term project in fantasy. Laurent Robinson only has eight catches and probably wishes he was back in Dallas right now. Neither are worth starting.
Marcedes Lewis – Despite a nice first game this season (5/52 yards, 1 TD), Lewis is not worth starting in fantasy football this week or any other until he gets more involved.
Andy Dalton – Andy Dalton is becoming a quality NFL quarterback in his second NFL season. He has throws for over 300 yards in each of his last two games, with six touchdowns and only two interceptions. The Jags have a good pass defense, but Dalton remains a quality low-end starter in Week 4.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis – BenJarvus Green-Ellis heads into this game with a poor Jags rushing defense and should finally have his first 100-yard game of the season (and overall his first since Week 5 in 2011). He has two touchdowns and is a good option to start at running back as a low No. 1 or a solid No. 2.
AJ Green/Brandon Tate – AJ Green will be a very good NFL wide receiver for a very long time. He has averaged 103 yards a game on 21 receptions on the season and also has scored two touchdowns. He is the main target of Dalton and should be a must-start No. 1 receiver in Week 4. However, Brandon Tate should get no consideration this week.
Jermaine Gresham – In PPR leagues, Jermaine Gresham has been reliable this year, with 12 receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown. He is a quality low-end tight end, but in smaller leagues is not more than a No. 2 or a quality reserve.
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