Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Bengals vs Steelers

Larry Rupp
Eric Ebron's recent connection with Ben Roethlisberger makes him a great start in Week 15.
Eric Ebron's recent connection with Ben Roethlisberger makes him a great start in Week 15. / Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2) are looking to return to their winning ways in Week 15 when they host the Cincinnati Bengals (2-10-1) on Monday Night Football. The Steelers are 14.5-point favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL betting odds, which is one of the largest spreads of the week.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 15 Bengals-Steelers showdown.

Tyler Boyd Fantasy

Start Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: This is a tough matchup for all of the Bengals' offensive weapons, but Tyler Boyd may have some upside here. Boyd leads the team with 8.2 targets per game and has played in at least 69% of the offensive snaps in all but one game this season. He caught 6 of 8 targets for 41 yards the last time these two teams met in Week 10. Plus, quarterback Ryan Finley could use Boyd as a security blanket working out of the slot position. If that is the case, he could see near his average targets once again. It's hard to trust any Bengals player enough to start them, but Boyd is a solid FLEX option this week.

Eric Ebron Fantasy

Start Eric Ebron, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers: Eric Ebron has recently carved out a nice role for himself in this Steeler's offense. He has seen 27 targets over his last three games and caught 16 of them for a combined total of 152 yards. Ebron has also proven to be one of Ben Roethlisberger's favorite red zone options. He ranks second among Steelers receivers with 15 red zone targets and has scored 4 touchdowns this season. He draws a great matchup in Week 15 as the Bengals have given up the third-most yards to opposing tight ends in the NFL this season (867). You can feel comfortable starting Ebron in your TE slot this week.

AJ Green Fantasy

Sit AJ Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green has built a reputation of being a reliable fantasy football player over the course of his career. but this season just has not gone well for him. Green has become a boom-or-bust player recently. For example, he has been shut out with zero receptions in three of his last five games played. But, in the other two games, he has a combined 10 receptions for 103 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Steelers defense is no joke and rank among the top five teams in the NFL when it comes to receptions and yards given up to opposing wide receivers this season. Green is nothing more than a depth piece at this point in the season.

James Conner and Benny Snell Jr. Fantasy

Sit James Conner and Benny Snell Jr., RBs, Pittsburgh Steelers: While you may look at this matchup and think James Conner and Benny Snell could be in for a big game, they just haven't proven they are capable of doing it. It looks like Conner will be able to return this week after missing the team's last game with a quad injury, but he may not be 100% healthy. Plus, he has only rushed for over 50 yards once in his last five games played. Snell has done his best to fill in, but has rushed for just 19 yards on 11 carries over the last two weeks. The Steelers are thriving off of their passing attack and stellar defense. Look for it to stay that way this week. These two players should remain on your bench.

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