Fantasy football projections, Week 13: Bengals vs. Chargers featuring A.J. Green, Giovani Bernard and Keenan Allen

Jamie Squire

We break down the Week 13 matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and the San Diego Chargers.

The Week 13 matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and the San Diego Chargers is fairly even on paper. We've got all the fantasy projections for you courtesy of numberFire.

Cincinnati Bengals

After going off for 151 yards and a touchdown in a Week 11 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens, wide receiver A.J Green was almost completely shut out against the Cleveland Browns last week. Cornerback Joe Haden and the rest of the Browns held Green to just two catches for seven yards, both of which represented his lowest totals of the season. Green will no doubt play better against the Chargers; their corners are not nearly as good as those on the Browns.

Giovani Bernard might play a big role against the Chargers, particularly in the passing game. He's caught 16 passes in the last three weeks. He's also averaging over 4.5 yards per carry over that same stretch. Even though he won't get 20 carries a week at this point, he finds ways to be effective and is especially useful in PPR leagues.

San Diego Chargers

Philip Rivers proved massive in Week 12 against the Kansas City Chiefs. He almost single-handedly upset Kansas City, giving the Chiefs their second loss of the season. He threw for 392 yards and three touchdowns in one of his better games this year. The winning effort no doubt gave a lot of fantasy owners a win too. Even more impressive is that Rivers did it at Arrowhead Stadium, possibly the toughest stadium to play in as a member of the visiting team.

One of the biggest beneficiaries of Rivers' big game was receiver Keenan Allen. Allen caught nine passes for 124 yards against the Chiefs. He didn't find the end zone, but to see him do well as a rookie against a very good team this late in the season proves he's a must-start talent in the fantasy playoffs. He's proven he's not just boom-or-bust, especially with the fact he was targeted 12 times in Week 12. There's no reason for him not to provide consistent value the rest of the year.

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