(11/25/14) In his waiver-wire column Tuesday, Jamey Eisenberg names the Ravens, Rams and Bengals as the top DST streaming options for Week 13.
The Ravens have a tough matchup on the way against Philip Rivers and the Chargers, though San Diego's offense hasn't been quite up to par lately. Each of their last five opponents have managed at least 8 Fantasy points, and that dovetails nicely with the Raven's own streak of eight straight games reaching that level.
The Rams and Bengals both have better matchups on the way, as the Rams are set to take on the Raiders and the Bengals heading to Tampa to take on the Buccaneers. All three are owned in fewer than 70 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, and should make for solid streaming options for Week 13.
Bengals shut Saints offense down
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/17/14) The Bengals defense completely shut the Saints offense down in Week 11, in a 27-10 Bengals win in New Orleans.
The Saints rushing game couldn't get anything going against the Bengals defense, as they ended up with just 75 yards on 26 attempts. That left the passing game to carry the slack, and Drew Brees struggled, tossing just one late touchdown as the Saints offense finished with just 33 yards of total offense.
The Bengals defense had been in a state of freefall prior to Sunday's game, as they had allowed at least 23 points in six straight games. They will look to build on Week 11's showing when they take on the Texans in Week 12.
Bengals DST fine vs. Jaguars
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/3/14) The Bengals DST unit put together another fine performance in Week 9 against the Jaguars, though they probably failed to live up to expectations in a 33-23 win.
With the lowly Jaguars on the schedule, more than eight Fantasy points were probably expected from the Bengals this week. The Jaguars racked up 365 yards of total offense against them, and came alive in the second half with three touchdowns. The Bengals forced one turnover and had just two sacks of Blake Bortles, but came up with a safety to help salvage the day.
The Bengals have not recorded a double-digit Fantasy scoring effort since Week 3, but they do have eight or more in each of the last three games. They will face the Browns in Week 10.
Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict undergoes knee scope
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/29/14) Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict had arthroscopic knee surgery Wednesday morning and is expected to miss two games, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. Burfict led the team with 171 tackles last year. In five games this season, he has 29 tackles and a forced fumble.
Bengals DST gets yardage under control
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/26/14) The Bengals DST, which had allowed more than 400 yards in three straight games, surrendered only 294 against the Ravens in Week 8. Of course, it also gave up 24 points, keeping it from making a big impact in Fantasy.
The Bengals were tough on quarterback Joe Flacco at least, intercepting him twice without giving up a touchdown pass. They had only one sack, though, and haven't recorded more than two in a game since Week 1 at Baltimore.
The Bengals DST remains a serviceable unit in Fantasy, but it has struggled with less than favorable matchups over the last four weeks. Fortunately, it has the most favorable one you could ask for Week 9 against Jacksonville, so you'll want to start it in all leagues.
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Last year the Bengals were considered a Top 5 DST and they finished as one. This year there's some concern they won't be as good following Michael Johnson's departure to Tampa Bay, coordinator Mike Zimmer's move to Minnesota and significant injuries to defensive tackle Geno Atkins and cornerback Leon Hall. Those guys should be back but will the pass rush remain effective? That might come down to how second-year end Margus Hunt and rookie Will Clarke pan out. And will new defensive coordinator Paul Guenther be as creative as Zimmer? These concerns are legitimate but a favorable schedule and a still-talented group that now includes rookie cornerback Darqueze Dennard make the Bengals DST worthy of selecting with a final-round pick in drafts this summer.