It stands to reason that the Cincinnati Bengals could have some solid fantasy players in 2019. This is partly due to a new, innovative head coach, and partly because they will be playing comeback in several games.
Starting off with a road game on the west coast against the Seahawks isn't particularly good for Cincinnati's fantasy outlook - especially considering that they are missing their best pass-catching option in A.J. Green. However, that doesn't mean other players can't be successful still.
The Seahawks, meanwhile, are an excellent home team, and the Bengals don't exactly have a top defense right now (as far as we know). Here are the fantasy players you should start and sit in this contest:
Wilson has the luxury of starting the season off with a home game against the team that was 1st in yards allowed and 3rd in points allowed in 2018. He is a QB1 this week.
The Bengals will likely be playing catch-up in this game. With no A.J. Green for this contest, Boyd stands to see a majority of targets - likely leading all players from either team in the area. It might not be smooth sledding against a solid defense, but the opportunity will be there.
Seattle's defense was already tough and just got a little tougher with the acquisition of Jadeveon Clowney. Mixon could have a hard time on the ground but is still perhaps the best skill player on the team right now. He should see a lot of opportunities.
Lockett is the top dog in Seattle now and stands to be a big part of the passing game this year. He is facing a secondary that allowed the most first downs in the league last season.
Carson was underrated on the ground last season. His legs should be fresh to start the year as he will look to run over a relatively weak linebacking corps.
Dalton had some rough patches in the preseason, to say the least. Though he could see a spike in production this year with Zac Taylor calling the shots, don't deploy him on the road against a very good defense. There are better streaming options even in the deepest leagues.
C.J. Uzomah/Tyler Eifert
Uzomah looked good in preseason, but let's pump the breaks a bit before deploying either of these tight ends. Give it a week or so to see how targets are distributed. Avoid them this week in all formats.
Damion Willis/John Ross
Damion Willis gets bumped up to a starting role to start the season with A.J. Green out. As good as he has looked, you shouldn't feel comfortable giving him a start this week. Meanwhile, John Ross still needs to prove his fantasy worth. Take a 'wait and see' approach with both of these receivers.
This young man is exciting, as he possesses rare physical traits as a vertical threat. He looks like the perfect fit in Seattle's offense but it isn't clear how many snaps he will see from the gate.