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Week 2 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Bengals vs Bears

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Bengals vs Bears Week 2 matchup.
Fantasy football picks for the Bengals vs Bears Week 2 matchup. / Dylan Buell/Getty Images

The Cincinnati Bengals will be looking to go 2-0 when they take on the Chicago Bears at 1 p.m. EST during Week 2 NFL action. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Bears as a 3-point home favorites, meaning this one could go down to the wire.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this NFC Week 1 clash.

Ja'Marr Chase Fantasy

Start Ja'Marr Chase, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase wasted no time making an impact at the NFL level as he led the Bengals with 7 targets in Week 1. He hauled in 5 of those targets for 101 yards and a 50-yard touchdown. The Bears' defense put together an underwhelming performance on Sunday night and got diced up by the passing attack left and right. Wide receiver Cooper Kupp got open down the field a number of times and Chase should have no trouble doing the same this week. It's evident that quarterback Joe Burrow is going to look Chase's way throughout the game, which makes the rookie wideout an intriguing FLEX play.

David Montgomery Fantasy

Start David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears: There isn't much to like about this Chicago Bears offense after they put up just 322 yards of total offense in Week 1. With that being said, running back David Montgomery picked up right where he left off at the end of last season. He has now rushed for at least 69 yards and 1 touchdown in six straight regular season games dating back to 2020. Montgomery draws a favorable matchup in Week 2 facing a Bengals' defense that gave up the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing ball-carriers last year. He should be in line for plenty of carries once again and is a must-start player.

Joe Mixon Fantasy

Sit Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: This is by no means telling fantasy managers that Joe Mixon should be on the bench this week. It is rather a warning that he may not bring the kind of production he did in Week 1. Mixon faces a much tougher test in Week 2 going up against a Chicago defense that gave up the 10th-fewest fantasy points to opposing RBs last season (16.49 average). The Bears also allowed a low total of 74 rushing yards in Week 1. This game seems like it can be won in the air for the Bengals. That makes Mixon someone to avoid in DFS lineups.

Andy Dalton & Justin Fields Fantasy

Sit Andy Dalton/Justin Fields, QB, Chicago Bears: Fantasy managers should be looking to avoid the quarterback situation in Chicago in any way possible. Head coach Matt Nagy mixed in rookie Justin Fields for a couple of plays in Week 1, but veteran Andy Dalton remains the starter for now. Dalton had a great opportunity to post respectable numbers as the Bears trailed for the majority of the game. However, he ended up with just 206 passing yards on 27 completions (5.4 average). With a spread of just 3 points in this game, expect the Bears to lean on their strong rushing attack. After all, the Bengals gave up the fourth-most yards on the ground per game in 2020 (148.0).

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. 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.