The Week 9 matchup between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Cincinnati Bengals features trying to close the gap in the standings, while the other tries to create one. We've got the fantasy projections for you courtesy of numberFire.
After failing to gain traction in the running game with veteran Toby Gerhart and rookie Storm Johnson, it's clear the Jaguars have found their man in Denard Robinson. Robinson has eclipsed 100 yards in each of the last two games and carried the ball 40 times combined in those two contests. It's already clear that he's going to be the most consistent player on the offensive side of the ball for Jacksonville moving forward. The Bengals give up the seventh-most fantasy points against the run, so Robinson could be in for a third 100-yard game in a row in Week 9.
Another Robinson is changing the pecking order in the Jaguars' passing game. Allen Robinson has led the team in snaps in each of the last three weeks in comparison to his fellow receivers. He's managed 17 catches, 210 yards and a pair of scores over that span, which is pretty solid considering the team has a rookie at quarterback and a 1-7 record. Robinson will be in tough against a good Bengals' secondary, but given he's the Jags' best shot at a touchdown through the air, he could be a surprise performer on Sunday.
Giovani Bernard (hip) left the team's Week 8 win over the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter, but the injury doesn't appear to be serious, which means he should be able to start against the Jaguars. He'll no doubt get a lot of touches in the game, as the Jaguars' defense is nothing to be scared of this season and the Bengals as a team haven't been able to get much going in the passing game of late. Bernard should be a solid option against the Jags in Week 9.
As for the passing game, it remains unclear whether or A.J. Green (toe) or Mohamed Sanu will be the team's top receiver. Regardless of who plays, quarterback Andy Dalton will be the one constant offensively. Although Dalton failed to throw a touchdown for the second week in a row against the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday, he pleasantly surprised his fantasy owners by rushing for two scores on his own, which led to a respectable fantasy day. Dalton should get back to obtaining touchdowns the old fashioned way, through the air, against the Jaguars and is a solid start in fantasy leagues.