Fantasy Football: Are Fantasy Quarterbacks Must-Starts vs. Cincinnati Bengals?

Jamal CollierAnalyst IIISeptember 29, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 10:  Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half at M&T Bank Stadium on September 10, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The information contained in this article will be sensitively tested in the next three weeks. The Cincinnati Bengals play against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns in their next three contests.

Those are not exactly explosive passing offenses.

So, deep league fantasy players: pay close attention.

The Bengals pass defense has been absolutely ravaged by fantasy quarterbacks in the 2012 season.

Joe Flacco dropped 299 passing yards and two touchdowns in Week 1. Tyrod Taylor added 30 more.

No, that wasn’t because Flacco got hurt. He was removed from the game in the fourth quarter because the Baltimore Ravens’ lead was insurmountable.

That was the only game the Bengals have lost so far this season.

They outscored the Cleveland Browns in Week 2, but not before yielding the first 300-yard passing game of Brandon Weeden’s young NFL career. Weeden threw for 322 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Week 3 saw the Bengals allow their highest total to a fantasy quarterback to date. That quarterback tends to run a little bit.

That quarterback’s name is Robert Griffin III.

RGIII only threw for 221 passing yards and a touchdown (without his No. 1 guy, Pierre Garcon), and he fumbled the football once. But he also carried it 12 times for 85 yards and a score.

Most delightful for fantasy owners of quarterbacks facing the Bengals is that Cincinnati is just one of three teams in the NFL that has failed to record an interception in the first three weeks of play.

The other two are the Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions.

Cincinnati plays against a few quarterbacks in the near future that should be widely available on most fantasy league waiver wires.

If you’re desperate to start guys during the bye weeks like Blaine Gabbert (Week 4), Ryan Tannehill (Week 5) or Brandon Weeden (Week 6), they should be available for the taking.

Beyond that, the Bengals face a few more established fantasy quarterbacks in Ben Roethlisberger (Week 7), Peyton Manning (Week 9) and Eli Manning (Week 10).

Those guys don’t run the ball a whole lot, but they should be able to do enough damage through the air that it shouldn’t matter.