Super Bowl Fantasy Football: Cincinnati Bengals Fantasy Picks for Super Bowl 56 vs Rams
By Max Staley
Super Bowl LVI is just a week away. There are plenty of ways to get a little more invested in the big game, like playing fantasy football. But building out the right lineup isn't as easy as you might think.
Bengals Fantasy Picks
If you need some help with your lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for the Cincinnati Bengals against the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI.
Tyler Boyd Fantasy
Start Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Tyler Boyd is set up to have a huge game on Sunday. The Rams pass-rushing unit is ferocious, recording the third-most sacks (50) in the league this season. That's a real problem for a Bengals' offensive line that owns the NFL's eighth-worst pass-blocking grade, per PFF. To counter, Cincinnati might be forced to use a lot of short, quick-hitting throws. That should play right into Boyd's hands. He's Burrow's go-to guy on those shorter throws, boasting a 7.7 average depth of target (compared to 12.6 for Ja'Marr Chase & 12.2 for Tee Higgins). Expect Cincinnati to try to get Boyd matched up in the slot on Los Angeles' linebackers – the only real weak spot on this defense.
Joe Burrow Fantasy
Start Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: If you're picking between Matthew Stafford and Joe Burrow, the second-year QB is the preferred option – but it's pretty close. Burrow has been on an all-time heater recently, averaging 327.3 passing yards per game with 16 touchdowns to 4 interceptions over his last eight outings. The Bengals are also 4-point dogs, suggesting Cincinnati might have to cut it loose and air it out as it tries to play catchup. A matchup against the vaunted Rams' pass-rush might not lead to the most efficient game for Burrow, but he should be a great option on volume alone.
Ja'Marr Chase Fantasy
Sit Ja'Marr Chase, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Betting against someone as talented as this rookie is rarely a good idea. Ja'Marr Chase could have a big game because he's Ja'Marr Chase – but he might be a bit overvalued here. The rookie has struggled against the NFL's best passing defenses, and the Rams are certainly one of the best. He's played four games against a top-10 pass defense by DVOA, totaling 179 yards (44.8 per game) on 15 receptions against the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers. That's significantly down from the 85.6 yards per game he averaged during the full 17-game season, though we should note he didn't play much in Week 18 as the Bengals were resting key starters. Still, Chase never recorded more than 65 yards in those four games, finishing with 65, 49, 39 and 26 yards. The Rams can match up one-on-one by putting Jalen Ramsey on Chase, or they could opt to double him and stick Ramsey on Tee Higgins. Higgins and Boyd feel like better values here.
Bengals Defense Fantasy
Sit Cincinnati Bengals D/ST: If you're playing a defense, the Rams are just a much better choice. As noted above, this pass-rush could have a field day against a Bengals' OL that gave up a whopping 9 sacks in the Divisional Round. Cincinnati is also particularly where Los Angeles is strongest. Aaron Donald should wreak havoc against Trey Hopkins and Hakeem Adeniji while Von Miller can be expected to dominate Isaiah Prince as well. That should give LA a remarkably high floor and ceiling as its likely to generate a ton of fantasy points off sacks. And with the Rams being 4-point favorites, this defense should be in a ton of advantageous situations for fantasy production. The Rams D/ST could be poised for a huge game.
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