Eh… I think the NFL could have picked a better Thursday night football game. Both teams had an atrocious week 1. The Texas got dominated by the Jaguars and the Bengals got pushed around by the Ravens. Both teams are looking for redemption so they can avoid a 0-2 record.
Quarterbacks: Andy Dalton vs. Deshaun Watson
These guys are both weak plays this week so if you have other quarterbacks please start them. If I had to go with one I’ll go with the Red Rocket—Andy Dalton. In my opinion the Bengals need this win more than the Texans and Andy Dalton has to have a bounce back week. Watson will get his first official start, but it’s always difficult to start a rookie in his first week. If Jacksonville can put up 29 points then the Bengals should do alright. I hate Thursday night games but Dalton should put up 250 passing yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Like I said not much fantasy good can come from either quarterback tonight.
Running Backs: Lamar Miller vs. Bengals Committee
Obviously Miller is the choice here because there are to many variables in the Cincinnati backfield. I believe Miller will get about 95 yards on the ground tonight with no touchdowns. As for the Bengals committee… don’t start any of them until one of them becomes the sole back.
Wide Receivers: DeAndre Hopkins vs. A.J. Green
This is the most enticing matchup of the evening. I believe Watson will target Hopkins more than Savage could, but Green will win the matchup. Dalton and the Bengals should come out firing and Green will get the looks. I’m predicting Green will get 7 receptions, 85 yards, and 1 touchdown.
Tight Ends: Tyler Eifert vs. No One
Need I say more? Eifert is the better pick since the Texans don’t have a legit tight end. Even if Houston had a tight end, I would still go with Tyler Eifert. He will get 4 receptions for 45 yards.
Kickers: Ka’imi Fairbairn vs. Randy Bullock
I’m giving the nod to Ka’imi because I like his name better and because Houston probably won’t get that many TD’s tonight, but will get some field goal opportunities.
Defense: Houston vs. Cincinnati
Even though the Bengals had a rough week 1 their defense wasn’t all the bad. They shut down the passing game decently. I would go with Cincy here, but don’t expect much production from either team.
Final Score: Bengals 20- Texans 10