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The Cincinnati Bengals are heading to Baltimore to take on the Ravens as 3.5-point underdogs. The total is set at 46.
Sitting at just $10,800, Lamar Jackson is the most likely optimal captain, and he is easy to stack with his top two pass catchers as well as one of a long list of tertiary options.
Joe Burrow is also affordable, coming in $1,000 behind Ja’Marr Chase.
With Tee Higgins out and Tyler Boyd‘s price at just $6,800, he looks like the best value on the slate.
Tee Higgins – Hamstring – Out
Cincinnati Bengals Offense
Tier 1 DFS Showdown Plays:
Ja’Marr Chase $11,000 –
There was concern going into last week that Chase would be on a snap count after his Week 9 back injury. Not only did he play nearly 90% of the snaps, but he managed 124 yards and a touchdown on 5 catches. He appears to have no limitations and is well worth the price tag.
Joe Burrow $10,000 –
Burrow had perhaps his worst quarter of football at the end of Week 10, but he hit the 300-yard-bonus once again. As bad as he struggled to finish last week, he faces a much tougher opponent this week. With all the value on this slate, it’s easy to afford Lamar Jackson or Chase at aptain while comfortably affording Burrow in the flex.