Tennessee Titans vs Cincinnati Bengals (Game Stack)
Cincinnati is hosting the Titans this Sunday, in what is shaping up to be one of the most pivotal fantasy matchups of the weekend. Both defenses are dealing with injuries, and frankly, neither are all that good. Each squad struggles getting pressure, meaning both quarterbacks should have ample time to find their weapons downfield.
Ryan Tannehill has proven to be worth the money and is having the best season of his career. With nearly 1,600 passing yards and a passing percentage of almost 70%, he’s a borderline MVP candidate if not for his teammate, Derrick Henry. What’s even more impressive is his touchdown to interception ratio: he’s thrown for 15 scores and only two interceptions. Plus, Tannehill can use his legs when needed, which only adds to his upside. At his salary, he’s a steal on both of the main sites.
Much of Tannehill’s success can be attributed to the chemistry he has developed with the Titans young receiving core. A.J. Brown is approaching superstar status, but most of the world hasn’t caught on to that yet. Since returning from a multi-week injury, Brown has energized the Tennessee offense, giving them a fresh dynamic that was sorely missed in his absence. He’s a must start against a Bengals secondary that is struggling.
Jonnu Smith should also be considered in Tannehill lineups. Cincinnati is giving up the second most points in the league to the tight end position, setting Smith up for a big outing. With his affordable salary and excellent matchup, Smith fills out the TE slot very nicely.
Meanwhile, Joe Burrow continues to turn heads on his rookie campaign. Burrow has been better than advertised, with over 2,000 yards on the season. He’s got a decent touchdown to turnover ratio of 9:5, and has kept the Bengals competitive in most games. This is all done behind a poor offensive line as well as a carousel of offensive injuries. With the Bengals having an awful defense, Burrow has been forced to pass nearly 300 times this season. His volume alone makes him a solid play anytime he has a decent matchup.
The Bengals are no slouch in the offensive weapons department, as Burrow’s presence has finally given them some juice. Tyler Boyd is really coming into his own as one of the better possession receivers in the NFL. He has become Burrow’s go to guy in short-yardage situations and is averaging a solid 10.8 yards/reception. Tennessee tends to struggle in underneath coverage, making Boyd a great play in cash games.
Tee Higgins is no longer fantasy’s best kept secret after a run of nice performances. The rookie has undoubtedly been exciting, and has seen a salary bump as a result. He’s still completely viable in a Burrow stack, but will be a bit too chalky for my liking. I prefer to pivot to veteran A.J. Green, who has been quietly improving from his slow start to the year. In the past two games, Green has seen 24 targets for 178 yards. He hasn’t managed to find the endzone, but that should change in this game. With the defense preoccupied with Boyd and Higgins, he should see a ton of single-man coverage. I like his chances to sniff pay-dirt against a beat up Titans unit.
Decide on your quarterback and pair him with his main option. The auxiliary pieces can be mixed and matched to your preference, and whichever combo allows you to play the running backs you want.