NFL Divisional Round Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Bengals vs Titans in NFL Playoffs

Max Staley
NFL Divisional Round fantasy picks: start 'em, sit 'em for Cincinnati Bengals vs Tennessee Titans in NFL Playoffs.
NFL Divisional Round fantasy picks: start 'em, sit 'em for Cincinnati Bengals vs Tennessee Titans in NFL Playoffs. / Dylan Buell/GettyImages
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Joe Burrow and the red-hot Cincinnati Bengals will travel to Tennessee to take on the No. 1 seed Titans. Tennessee might be on upset alert, but the Titans are still 3.5-point favorites in this one, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Divisional Round clash.

Joe Burrow Fantasy

Start Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow isn't the best quarterback left in the playoffs, but he sure is playing like it. The second-year passer has 1,215 yards with 10 touchdowns to no interceptions over his last three appearances. Don't expect him to slow down against the Titans. The former LSU Tiger is virtually unstoppable when he's allowed to sit in the pocket. When kept clean, Burrow owns the NFL's highest PFF grade (96.3) and third-highest passer rating (113.9). That could be a nightmare for a Titans' pass-rush that generates pressure at a below-average rate (24.0%).

A.J. Brown Fantasy

Start A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans: A.J. Brown's third season has been marred by injury issues, but he's still one of the best in the business when on the field. Since returning from injury in Week 16, the third-year wideout is averaging 84.7 receiving yards per game with 2 touchdowns across those three. Those averages would be even more impressive had the Titans not blown out the Dolphins, 34-3, in Week 17, as Ryan Tannehill only attempted 18 passes. Expect Tennessee to lean on Brown through the air.

Tyler Boyd Fantasy

Sit Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Tyler Boyd has been the odd man out in the Bengals' passing attack recently. The veteran has been held under 40 receiving yards in back-to-back games, and he only averaged 5.1 targets for 3.8 receptions and 53.8 receiving yards per game from Week 9-17. He has made up for that by scoring a touchdown in four straight games, but he's not going to score every week if he's only seeing 5 or 6 targets. Boyd just doesn't have the upside that his the other two Bengals wideouts do.

Julio Jones Fantasy

Sit Julio Jones, WR, Tennessee Titans: Don't get me wrong, Julio Jones is going to make an impact on this game. Ryan Tannehill's stats are much better when Derrick Henry, Brown and Jones are all active. But Jones just hasn't done much this year. He has made 10 appearances, failing to reach even 60 receiving yards in nine of those games. Fading a Hall-of-Fame talent like Jones is always a bit of a risk, but he's the No. 2 target in a run-heavy offense and has had injury troubles all year.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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