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RB Brian Leonard To Get Start For Bengals Thursday: Fantasy Implications

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 07: Brian Leonard #40 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball in the first half against the Houston Texans during their 2012 AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Reliant Stadium on January 7, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Bengals are starting 3rd-string RB Brian Leonard in tonight's game. We break down the fantasy implications.

The Cincinnati Bengals are expected to start RB Brian Leonard in Thursday night's game against the Green Bay Packers. Leonard, currently 3rd on the Bengals' depth chart, gets the nod over BenJarvus Green-Ellis (missing his second straight game with lingering foot soreness) and Bernard Scott (has yet to play in the preseason with a hand injury). Leonard struggled in his last preseason game, with 13 yards on six carries and a fumble.

Analysis: Cincinnati's running game has sputtered in the preseason (2.3 yards per carrry on 1st down, 1.6 on 2nd down) and Leonard has done little to jumpstart it, so look for Andy Dalton and company to challenge Green Bay's questionable secondary tonight. Green-Ellis appears to be sitting out only as a precaution and should be ready for the regular season, so don't let this news sour his draft status as a steady RB2.

For more on the Bengals, check out Cincy Jungle.

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