Fantasy Fooball Week 4: Offensive Outlook for Cincinnati Bengals vs. Jaguars

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Fantasy Fooball Week 4: Offensive Outlook for Cincinnati Bengals vs. Jaguars
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On Sunday afternoon in Week 4 of the 2012 NFL season, the Cincinnati Bengals will head south to confront the Jacksonville Jaguars. This game may produce some unexpected fireworks for fantasy owners.

Andy Dalton should have a solid performance against a Jacksonville defense that has been statistically stingy against opposing fantasy quarterbacks.

The Minnesota Vikings’ Christian Ponder amassed 270 yards with zero touchdowns or interceptions in Week 1.

Matt Schaub of the Houston Texans threw for 195 yards and also failed to get the ball to the end zone or the defense (via an interception) in Week 2.

However, the Jaguars fantasy defense is not a fearsome group despite those numbers.

Schaub and Ponder’s performances are more likely attributable to each team's desire to run the football.

If you had Adrian Peterson or Arian Foster on your team, you would too.

Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts does not have a Peterson or a Foster behind him in the backfield.

The Colts, fittingly, opted to throw the football against the Jaguars in Week 3. Luck answered the call with 313 yards and two touchdowns, turning the ball over once.

Dalton can do that.

Of course, the Bengals also lack a running back that’s of the same caliber as Peterson and Foster. But BenJarvus Green-Ellis might get the chance to do some major damage himself with the state of the Jaguars run defense being as it is.

The aforementioned tandem that the Jags have already faced this season combined for 194 yards and three touchdowns on 45 carries.

The Texans’ Ben Tate added 74 yards and two scores of his own in Week 2.

The Law Firm has the job to himself in Cincinnati, so he’s worth a look as a fantasy starter in Week 4.

Jacksonville, despite facing Kyle Rudolph, Owen Daniels and Coby Fleener, has not allowed a touchdown to a tight end. Tread with caution if you’re interested in starting Jermaine Gresham.

The Jaguars allowed 15 catches to Indianapolis wide receivers in Week 3 on 34 targets (44.1 conversion percentage). They were converted for 235 yards and a touchdown.

A.J. Green has a 61.8 target conversion percentage (21 receptions, 34 targets). He’s got the green light in Week 4.

Fellow receiver Andrew Hawkins boasts a 75 percent (12/16) catch-to-target ratio. You could do worse as a desperation play or No. 3 receiver.

 

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