This week we get a slight break from bye week hell with only four teams on a bye.
We are also only a few weeks away from the playoffs Cincinnati Bengals Hats , so it is time to start securing your spot for the dance.Bye weeks: Ravens, Broncos, Texans and VikingsMust startsDavid Johnson (Cardinals RB): Johnson got 20 touches the last time the Cardinals took the field, but he also saw Josh Rosen attempt 40 passes while only catching four passes himself. The Chiefs allow the most points to opposing running backs though, according to Fantasy Pros. The only concern if the Chiefs getting out to a huge lead and making the Cardinals one-dimensional, but you aren’t going to find that much better of a matchup for Johnson this season.Tyler Boyd (Bengals WR): This isn’t my homer running wild. The Saints give up 36.4 points to opposing receivers per game, which is the most of any defense. With A.J. Green out and a lack of many reliable targets, Boyd should get plenty of targets on Sunday.Favorable matchupsTevin Coleman (Falcons RB): Coleman had 156 yards on 18 touches with two touchdowns in Week 9. The Browns allow 25.3 points per game to opposing running backs Cincinnati Bengals Hoodie , and they just lost linebacker Christian Kirksey for the season, so it isn’t going to get any better.Amari Cooper (Cowboys WR): Cooper had a really good debut with Dallas. He caught an early touchdown, and now he has an easier matchup against the Eagles who are the fifth-best matchup for opposing receivers. Cooper seems like a safe bet as a WR2.Good but not greatDevin Funchess (Panthers WR): Funchess value took a hit with tight end Greg Olsen returning to the lineup. Even against the Buccaneers, Funchess only accumulated four catches for 44 yards. If you are looking for a solid flex option Funchess will have a great matchup against the Steelers defense that has allowed some big plays to opposing receivers.Bears RBs: Tarik Cohen and Jordan Howard are hard to project. It seems the Bears love using Cohen in the passing game and Howard as the main runner. Cohen is dependent on being in PPR leagues and Howard needs to get in the end zone, which he did two times last week. They are set to go against the Lions who are the fifth worst defense against running backs, but both are risky plays because of the other.Temper expectationsKerryon Johnson (Lions RB): Johnson has been pretty hit or miss, and he should be a pretty big miss against the Bears this week. They are only allowing 11.8 points per game, so you should probably look elsewhere for a running back this week.T.Y. Hilton (Colts WR): Hilton is usually a boom or bust prospect each week. Against the Jaguars Cheap Customized Cincinnati Bengals Jerseys , he should be more of a bust. Hilton has five catches for 78 yards with a touchdown in his past two games against the Jaguars, but that was in 2017 without Andrew Luck. It still doesn’t seem promising.Quarterback StreamAlex Smith (Washington QB): This is purely based on matchups as the Buccaneers have been one of the softest defenses against quarterbacks this season. Smith only has three games with two touchdowns (his high for the season), and it would be shocking if he didn't have that this week. It isn’t the sexiest play of the week, but it should be solid.Baker Mayfield (Browns QB): Mayfield has had at least two touchdowns in his past three games. He has a matchup with the Falcons this week who are the third best matchup for opposing quarterbacks. Not to mention he should probably be playing with some garbage time this week with the Chiefs Defense streamJets defense against the Bills: If the Bills trot out Nathan Peterman or even Matt Barkley it is hard not think about starting the Jets defense. Neither quarterback inspires much hope. The Bills fans even started a GoFundMe to get Peterman to retire, which tells you everything you need to know about how things are going on offense for the Bills.Chiefs defense against the Cardinals: The Cardinals have been the second best matchup to stream for defenses. Rosen hasn’t exactly lit it up since taking over, and the Cardinals have just been a mess without Bruce Arians at the helm.Joe Mixon feeling great after surgery and says return is his call Joe Mixon has some good news for Bengals fans this Wednesday. Apparently, the running back is already walking and is confident in his return happening depends on how well he feels.Mixon went on to tell reporters that he feels great. This is great news considering the Bengals just waived the injured running back Tra Carson, who was expected to backup Giovani Bernard this week. Of course www.thebengalsfootballauthentic.com , Bernard is already filling in for Mixon. Mixon was injured during Thursday night’s game against the Ravens, but he was good enough to return to the game to help seal the win for Cincinnati. It is awesome that Mixon already thinks he feels good enough to run, but it could be even better that doctors are smart enough to hold him back from pushing it. There is no doubt that he is extremely important to the Bengals’ offense, but if missing him for two weeks while he gets as close to 100 percent as possible means Cincinnati will have him available for most of the season, then that is the best course of action. The alternative being he pushes himself too hard too soon and he ends up aggravating something, and as a result, Cincinnati will miss him for even longer.Mixon’s spirit and work ethic is exactly what you want from your starting running back, though. It is clear that Mixon could possibly end up being the leader of this team eventually Cincinnati Bengals T-Shirt , and him wanting to get out there as soon as possible after his first surgery is a great way to show your teammates that you are here for them.Of course, Mixon’s presence on the field will be missed. He has 179 rushing yards, six receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown on the season so far. He has looked unstoppable at times on the field, and that is really scary is he has been a few shoestring tackles away from some big gains.The way Mixon is talking, though, it seems like the team will only have to rely on Bernard for a game or two rather than up to four weeks like the original timetable that was established.Hopefully, Mixon is back out there soon to keep his breakout season going strong.