Young Bengals showing fantasy promise

Updated: September 22, 2011, 7:05 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Chances are, fantasy owners aren't too invested in Sunday's San Francisco 49ers-Cincinnati Bengals game; it's likely neither starting quarterback is owned in your league, just one of the running backs probably is starting, and between the two teams, only two wide receivers even made our staff's top 50, both from the Bengals and neither as recommended starters.

But I have my eye on these Bengals for a variety of reasons, and a few of them have to do with the 49ers' defense. As in, it's not good. In fact, it has been pretty awful so far. No defense has allowed more fantasy points to wide receivers. The Dallas Cowboys' Miles Austin was hurt in Week 2, and still he strafed it. And nobody bothered to cover Jesse Holley on the Cowboys' first snap of overtime. The Bengals are going to enjoy Sunday's game, a sleeper offense if you will, but it also helps that this is a fresh, young and exciting offense that seems to be getting better quickly.