Cincinnati Bengals at Los Angeles Rams Matchup Preview 10/27/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy
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The Rams are heavy favorites to win this London matchup. The Bengals have not won a game yet and rank 24th in total offense and 32nd in total defense. The whole team has been extremely disappointing this season. The Rams have also been disappointing this season. Their 4-3 record is underwhelming considering that they made it to the superbowl last year. The defense has not been great and Jared Goff has made many questionable decisions. Luckily for the Rams, they had an easy matchup against the Falcons last week and have another easy matchup this week against the Bengals. They may still be able to get back on track and potentially win the NFC West with a few confidence-boosting wins. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams matchup page.
Date: Sunday, October 27th, 2019
Time: 1:00 ET
Location: Wembley Stadium – London, U.K.
Cincinnati Bengals: WR A.J. Green (D) – Ankle, CB William Jackson (O) – Shoulder, CB Dre Kirkpatrick (Q) – Knee, DE Carlos Dunlap (Q) – Knee, DE Carl Lawson (Q) – Hamstring, T Andre Smith (O) – Ankle, G John Miller (Q) – Groin
Los Angeles Rams: LB Clay Matthews (O) – Jaw, RB Malcolm Brown (Q) – Ankle, LB Bryce Hager (Q) – Shoulder, S John Johnson (IR) – Shoulder, CB Aqib Talib (IR) – Ribs
Cincinnati Bengals Analysis
The Bengals offense has not been too great for fantasy football. Joe Mixon has been a huge disappointment this season. Although he is talented, he has not had much room to run behind the Bengals offensive line. Last game, Mixon had 10 carries for only 2 yards. He has not been able to perform well in the Bengals offense, and he will probably struggle this week against a Rams defense that ranks 10th in fantasy points allowed to running backs.
The passing game has been much more effective. Andy Dalton is averaging 18 fantasy points per game and has had three games with 20+ fantasy points. Those are pretty good numbers, especially considering how inefficient the Bengals offense has been. The Rams rank 5th in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks, so it may be hard for him to get going. Another offensive piece of the Bengals that has been productive is Tyler Boyd. However, he has not been productive in the past few games. In the last two games, he had only 8 receptions for 65 yards. As the WR1 for the Bengals, he has not done too well. With A.J. Green unlikely to play this game, Boyd will be the WR1 again and will probably be matched up against Jalen Ramsey. This means that we should see another unproductive performance from Boyd.
Cincinnati Bengals Depth Chart
Los Angeles Rams Analysis
Cooper Kupp has been outstanding for the Rams, but his production has been limited in the past two weeks. After averaging 12.6 targets over the first five weeks, he averaged only 7 targets over the last two weeks. He had poor performances in the last two games, but will probably do much better against the Bengals. Kupp has been the top receiver for the Rams this season, so he should have a great game against a porous Bengals pass defense. The other Rams receivers have not been as productive as Kupp this season. Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks each only had one game with 20+ fantasy points. They have not been great fantasy options and will probably not do too well against a Bengals defense that ranks 7th in fantasy points allowed to receivers. The reason the Bengals pass defense ranks so high is because their rush defense is ranked last in the league. Usually teams beat them on the ground, but they have allowed big games to receivers. In the last two weeks, the Bengals allowed 103 receiving yards to Dede Westbrook and 99 yards to Mark Andrews. They can allow big games to receivers, and will probably allow a good game to Cooper Kupp because he is the Rams top receiver.
Todd Gurley is in line for a great game because the Bengals rush defense is so bad. He has averaged 17 carries over his last two games, so he should get a high volume of carries. With his backup Malcolm Brown injured, Gurley will get the majority of carries for sure. He is a great start for this week.
Los Angeles Rams Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: Todd Gurley Runs Through Bengals Defense
The best player for this game is Todd Gurley (DK: $7,400, FD: $7,400). The Bengals have also allowed the 2nd most fantasy points to running backs. His salary is slightly expensive, but he should have a great performance this week. Also, Cooper Kupp (DK: $7,500, FD: $7,700) should have a great game because of his high volume of targets and the fact that the Bengals have allowed good games to top receivers. The Bengals offense is not as great for this week though. Andy Dalton (DK: $5,000, FD: $6,900) is a serviceable option at quarterback because of his low salary. He will not have a great game, but is a cheap option at quarterback. Also, Tyler Boyd (DK: $5,100, FD: $5,600) and Joe Mixon (DK: $4,600, FD: $6,000) are not great options for this game. Boyd has not performed consistently well and is facing a Rams defense with Jalen Ramsey, so he should not do well. Mixon is facing a Rams defense that ranks 11th in points allowed to running backs and has not been doing well behind the Bengals offensive line.