The Week 3 matchup between the Denver Broncos and the Cincinnati Bengals features one team looking for their first road win of the season as the other seeks its first home victory. We've got the fantasy projections, courtesy of numberFire.
Two weeks into the season, many experts are giving tons of credit to rookie quarterback Trevor Siemian for the leading his team to a 2-0 record. While in reality he has done a great job holding down the fort, he is not a real fantasy option for the time being. The fantasy production in Denver, at least the most steady fantasy production, is coming from running back C.J. Anderson. He struggled for pretty much the entire season last year, but this season he’s got three touchdowns through two games. He managed well over 100 total yards against the Carolina Panthers to start the season and last week against the Indianapolis Colts, he managed 93 total yards to go with another touchdown. Anderson will be the engine that drives the team’s offense going forward against the Bengals. He has yet to break 100 yards rushing in a game, but he might flirt with 150 total yards, which is good enough to start him in most formats.
When Siemian does look to go down the field with the ball, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas will be the main target. Thomas caught five passes for 90 yards to go with a two-point conversion last week against the Colts. Many fantasy owners expect his numbers to decline this year because there is a rookie under center, but regardless of who is throwing the football, Thomas is one of the most athletically gifted receivers in the game. A steady stream of targets and the team playing well on both sides of the football could see Thomas find his first touchdown of the season this week. Combine that with his usual number of targets and 85 receiving yards and that’ll be enough to get him right around his projected totals for the week.
After roasting Darrelle Revis for 180 receiving yards in Week 1, wide receiver A.J. Green came crashing back down to earth against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week. He caught just two passes on a targets for 38 yards against the Steelers. Most fantasy owners probably thought his first two game logs would be flipped around considering his individual match ups and those respective contests. Nevertheless, Green is still considered a top fantasy pass catcher and should catch more than two balls against the Broncos. However, it will be tough for him to surpass his projected totals given that Denver is on fire defensively and boasts one of the best secondary units in the game of football.
At the end of the day, his totals will be directly associated with those of quarterback Andy Dalton. As luck would have it, Dalton has managed to post exactly 366 passing yards in each of his first two games. Depending on your leagues scoring settings, that could have also meant tons of bonus points. Much like what happened to Green last week though, Dalton’s totals could come crashing down to earth against the Broncos. Even in a pass happy league like the NFL, it’s not realistic to expect a quarterback to throw for over 350 yards week to week. Those in deeper leagues will unquestionably start him, but eight or 10-team leagues might actually bench Dalton this time around.