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The Cincinnati Bengals and New Orleans Saints have two of the NFL’s worst defenses. The weather for the game could be a little less than ideal Rodney Anderson Cincinnati Bengals Jersey , but it shouldn’t prevent you from filling your lineup with players from both teams and preparing for an offensive battle.Here are the starts and sits for your fantasy football team from the Bengals and Saints in NFL Week 10.Must StartsJoe Mixon (Bengals RB): Mixon is coming off his best game of the season against the Buccaneers where he rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns. However, he did a vast majority of his damage in the first half. Without A.J. Green this week, and the weather being a little colder, we should see a bigger dose of Mixon carrying the rock.Drew Brees (Saints QB): I don’t get why you’d take Brees out of your lineup. He only has one game this season where he failed to throw a touchdown pass, and only one other where he threw less than two. Brees should have a fairly easy time picking apart this Bengals defense.Michael Thomas (Saints WR): It is easy money to have Thomas starting for your team. He has four games with 10 or more receptions, and he could easily come close to adding to that total this week as Brees’ favorite target.Favorable MatchupsTyler Boyd (Bengals WR): Without Green, Boyd becomes the number one target, and while he should see an increase in targets, the opposing defenses will likely try to shut him down more without the threat of his All-Pro counterpart. He is still easily a WR2 or flex option in PPR leagues.The Saints RBs: Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram are both guys who you should probably have in your lineup. This is a game where both could have a big game due to the lack of talent at the Bengals linebacker position due to injuries. Kamara could easily have a huge game receiving out of the backfield while Ingram just plows through Cincinnati’s defense.Benjamin Watson (Saints TE): Watson has a touchdown catch in the past two weeks, and he has seen plenty of looks from Drew Brees in recent weeks. Not to mention the Bengals give up plenty of easy looks to tight ends even when Nick Vigil and Vontaze Burfict aren’t out of the game, so this week as Cincinnati prepares to try and defend Watson without those two, you can only imagine how much trouble they’ll have.Good but not greatJohn Ross (Bengals WR): The hope is that Ross will fill a more normal role with Green out this week outside of his typical decoy and deep threat role that opens up more space for everyone underneath. The Saints defense has also been pretty easy to beat through the air. Call it a gut feeling or a lack of faith in this offense without Green, but I have trouble seeing Ross having this breakout game that many are looking/hoping for. He should be a solid flex option, but I think there is more risk to playing him than many want admit.Andy Dalton (Bengals QB): If Green were playing Dalton would be almost a must start against this Saints defense. However, the reality is this offense hasn’t looked as high octane or even consistent the past few weeks before the bye, and it is hard to imagine it gets that much better without its best player. You can expect a solid outing, but there seems to be better options on the waiver wire.Tre’Quan Smith (Saints WR): The leading receivers for New Orleans goes like this, Thomas has 70 catches and over 800 yards, Kamara has over 50 catches and 427 yards, Watson has 26 catches for just under 300 yards, and then you hit the next leading receiver in Tre’Quan Smith with 12 catches and three touchdowns. Smith’s prospects actually might be as good as they’ll be for awhile this week Rodney Anderson Jersey 2019 , and the team just placed Ted Guin Jr. on injured reserve. Smith seems pretty touchdown dependent, but he has a decent chance of getting that against this Bengals’ secondary.Temper expectationsGiovani Bernard (Bengals RB): Bernard was limited in practice pretty much all week. I’d be extremely cautious about playing him this week despite the matchup. He should probably be rostered at this point as he gets plenty of use for a backup running back, but you’d have to expect the team is at least slightly cautious with him in his return.The defenses: You really really shouldn’t have either of these defenses on your team this week. Both have been blown over time and time again. Even hoping for Brees to have a bad game just because of the bad weather isn’t much of an option because of how well the Saints run the ball. Going in-depth and breaking down the Cincinnati Bengalslinebacking corps.The Cincinnati Bengals have seen big-time production from linebackers over their string of playoff berths to start this decade (prior to 2016, of course). However, the play of the unit was inconsistent a year ago. Thus, the team made moves to try and improve in that regard.Stuck in the quagmire of the NFL offseason, it’s the perfect moment to look at the roster and assess what’s at each position, how the unit came about and where they could go from here. We’ve gone through quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, offensive linemen and defensive linemen already.Article continues below ...We continue on the defensive side of the ball with the linebackers.Linebackers*Vontaze Burfict(101 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 INTs, 8 passes defensed)*Vincent Rey (86 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 1INT, 7passes defensed)*Kevin Minter(81 tackles,3.5 sacks, 2passes defensed)Nick Vigil(21 tackles Rodney Anderson Jersey Mens , 1 pass defensed)Marquis Flowers(7 tackles)Hardy Nickerson(N/A)Paul Dawson(N/A)Bryson Albright(N/A)Jordan Evans(N/A)Brandon Bell(N/A)<em>* = expected starter | 2016 statistics in parenthesis</em>In my eyes, there is no position group better on the Bengals roster this year than the linebacking corps. High praise to be sure, especially with the moves made to fix the wide receiver and defensive line groups. But while those groups could soon become better this area sets itself apart with thealready-proven abilities of its top players.Start with the leader of the pack.For all the character troubles a player like Burfict brings into the fold, his on-field accomplishments are inscrutable. Since being picked up as an undrafted free agent (almost exclusively because of those aforementioned character concerns) by these Bengals in 2012, he’s consistently been one of the league’s best linebackers.More from NFL Spin ZoneBuffalo Bills: Who will back up LeSean McCoy in 2017?17m agoDallas Cowboys: 5 Most important offensive players for 201713h agoKansas City Chiefs: Stat prediction for defensive stars16h agoPittsburgh Steelers: Keion Adams hopes to find a place on defense17h agoNew York Giants: Davis Webb will be backup before the end of 201718h agoThree of his five seasons have seen him rack up 100+ tackles, including leading the NFL in that measure in 2013. Across 58 regular season games, he’s garnered eight-or-more tackles in37 of them. In 22 of them, he reached double digits. He’s broken up at least five passes three different times, and been directly responsible for recovering 10 turnovers (five fumble recoveries, five interceptions) in that time. This is someone offenses must plan around busting up their plays.Rey hasn’t been on Burfict’s level, but he’s had some good seasons with the team. His play in 2013 gave them reason enough to keep him around long-term, and 2016 made it clear to them he could manage fairly well in a bigrole. Per Pro Football Focus’ grading metrics, his coverage grade last year was the best not only among Cincinnati’s linebackers but on their entire roster. In fact, when considering all defensive players with 500+ snaps in the league, hewas in the top 30 for coverage grade last season.Minter is the one to watch most, however. He is what gives this group hope for taking things to another level. While Burfict and Rey are the established players at the position, what they had been getting from their other starter in the past was abysmal.Rey Maualuga was an entrenched starter here since this decade began, but his performances didn’t exactly make him a good choice for the job. While some of his seasons were on the high end of average, many were deep in the depths of terrible. Four times he rated under 50 in PFF’s overall grading (twice he was below 40). His 2012 was one of the worst graded for any player at any position ever in their database (28.4), and 2016 was nearly as bad for him (38.2). He was a spotlighted weakness every single snap, and held onto a spot with the team for far too long.Minter doesn’t have a long track record of success himself (2016 was his first positively-graded yearin fourtotal seasons) Youth Rodney Anderson Jersey , but part of that comes from lack of opportunity. The Cardinals defense he left was stacked during his career there, so there often wasn’t much of a role for him.2015 was his first time with significant action, and though he struggled that year the experience gained in the starting lineup clearly helped last year. After PFF graded his 2015 season with a 40.5, he rose all the way up to an 81.0 in about the same number of snaps.Assuming that was the beginning of a trend for him, the Burfict/Rey/Minter combination looks to be as good as any starting linebacker group the NFL has to offer.This isn’t a perfect position group by any means, however.Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) reacts after sacking Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY SportsA big reason why is their best player. Burfict’scharacter problems that concerned so many have shown up way too often unfortunately, keeping him from being as highly regarded as his play itself should allow.He’s lost significant money and games to fines and suspensions for ugly, unnecessary plays in every year outside his rookie season. Just look at this list:2013: spears the Jet’s Stephen Hill; $21,000fine2014: caught twisting the ankles of both Cam Newton and Greg Olsen versus the Carolina Panthers; $25,000 fine2015: multiple unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in a regular season game against Pittsburgh; $69,454 fine2016: defenseless receiver helmet-to-helmet hit on Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown in the 2015 playoffs; three-game suspension to start 2016 ($502,941 in lost salary)2016: Purposefully steps on New England’s LeGarrette Blount; $75,000 fine2016: Flips off the Buffalo crowd; $12,154 fineThat’s three games and $693,395 lost due to his infractions. One or maybe two of the lesser penalties over a four-year stretch would be one thing, but this is a clear pattern of terrible decision-making (and often downright dirty play) over his entire career. Spearing a guy in a split-second decision is one thing. Stepping on guys, twisting ankles, and picking up numerous unsportsmanlike penalties in a single game take an actual concerted amount of thought and time — and he’s done all of that and more.He’s more than earned the dirty label that’s stuck on him White Rodney Anderson Jersey , and it hurts not only his wallet and personal reputation, but his team too. Multiple times there’s beenfree yardage given away in games because of his actions, and at the least it has costhis team a playoff win in that time. That hit on Brown made me question if I can even keep watching this sport, and I know I wasn’t alone in that sentiment.More from NFL Spin Zone5/31 – Buffalo Bills: Who will back up LeSean McCoy in 2017?5/30 – Dallas Cowboys: 5 Most important offensive players for 20175/30 – Kansas City Chiefs: Stat prediction for defensive stars5/30 – Pittsburgh Steelers: Keion Adams hopes to find a place on defense5/30 – New York Giants: Davis Webb will be backup before the end of 2017Unless he cleans up his act (which, based on picking up $87,154 in fines last year, doesn’t seem likely), these antics will eventually push the team too far and be subsequently removed.For different reasons, the long-term isn’t set for either of the other projected starters.Though they are coming off strong 2016 performances, neitherRey norMinter have a long history of good play. Per PFF, Rey has only graded out well twice in six years; Minter just one in four.Looking at just years with a larger sample size doesn’t help either much at all. In three years with at least half the team’s defensive snaps, Rey has only one positively graded outcome. In two years for Minter, he’s got just one.That’s risky on its own, butthen you look at the contract situations. Neither is onerous this season (Rey: $3.25 million; Minter: $4.25 million), but that will immediately begin to change after this year. Minter is on a one-year deal, and a good year will push the currently26-year old’s contract into a higher bracket as he enters his prime. Meanwhile, Rey is under contract for next year as of now, but it has a potential out.Though that may sound promising, there are multiple bad paths for this to follow. If he does poorly in 2017, the team can move on from him seamlessly, but that leaves a starter spot vacated. If he does well , he’s just a season away from definitely hitting free agency. That leaves the Bengals needing to eitherletting him go with possibly no replacement anyway, or having to pony up a sizablechunk of money for the31-year old. To this point, Rey has shown to be inconsistent from season to season, so the prospect of committing significant cash on him doesn’t sound appealing even before you account for his advancing age.On a positive note, moves made already could help dash those worries as the team moves forward.Vigil didn’t produce well in limited 2016 snaps, but his draft profile showed a player who piled up production (267 total tackles, including 30 tackles for loss) and was quality in coverage. As he continues to add weight and power to his body, he could prove himself worth a bigger role.Flowers was formerly a safety in college, and his speed and movement in space make for another capable coverage guy if things work in his favor. He’s another guy who projected as needing additional bulkcoming in and offered little outside his abilities in space, but if his weaknesses were deemed to hefty to overcome the team likely would’ve moved on from him by now.Dawson’s character concerns from college seem to have followed him into the league, and have already gotten him cut from the roster once. Still, that high-end production he showed is hard to turn away from (hence why he eventually was brought back). As with the others, coverage ability is a strength, and purely based on skill-set he may be the best of these current backups. If he ever gets his head on straight, he could easily snare a starting role — and deservedly so.Should none of these previous guys pan out, this year’s draft pick Evans profiles much the same athletically and skill-set wise. His play speed and coverage chops should keep him around while he works on fixing his issues (namely: play strength and consistency as a tackler).Next: Cincinnati Bengals: Why they aren’t an elite franchiseThere may not be many concrete answers beyond this season for the Bengals linebacking corps, but the now is set up for success while future is rife with numerous intriguing possibilities.Realistically, you can’t ask for much more.This article originally appeared on

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