NFL DFS Projections and Analysis - The Big Game: Bengals vs. Rams

Welcome to the RotoGrinders NFL Grind Down, a fantasy football advice article for DraftKings, FanDuel, and Yahoo. This DFS breakdown is an all-encompassing preview of the week ahead in the NFL from a daily fantasy sports perspective. We’ll provide all the projections, projected ownership, picks, targets, and analysis you need to set your lineups for this week’s contests.

Every game will be broken down with a DFS-first mentality. Betting lines are shown with projected team totals, spreads, and moneyline to give you an idea of the game environment. Each contest is then analyzed team-by-team, with a focus on finding matchups to exploit and trends to follow. At the end of each section, we’ll deliver a DFS cheat sheet of stacks to build, players to target, and low projected ownership plays that can make an impact on your weekly success.

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Sports Betting Lines and Overview

Cincinnati Bengals DFS Breakdown

Team Projections

QB Team DKSal FDSal Proj Rank ProjAtt ProjYds
Joe Burrow CIN $10,600 $15,000 18.7 QB2 41.15 305.76
RB Team DKSal FDSal Proj Rank ProjRu% ProjTar%
Joe Mixon CIN $9,600 $12,500 18.9 RB1 73.01% 13.38%
Samaje Perine CIN $2,400 $7,000 3.8 RB4 9.90% 3.79%
Chris Evans CIN $400 $5,500 1.1 RB5 3.42% 1.04%
WR/TE Team DKSal FDSal Proj Rank ProjTar% ProjTar
Ja’Marr Chase CIN $10,400 $12,000 17.2 WR2 22.36% 8.74
Tee Higgins CIN $7,600 $10,500 15.4 WR3 22.75% 8.89
Tyler Boyd CIN $5,400 $8,500 12 WR5 19.07% 7.46
Mike Thomas CIN $200 $5,000 1 WR8 1.85% 0.72
Trent Taylor CIN $1,000 $5,500 0.2 WR10 0.35% 0.14
C.J. Uzomah CIN $4,400 $7,500 7.4 TE2 14.32% 5.60
Drew Sample CIN $4,200 $6,500 1.2 TE3 0.83% 0.32
NFL DFS Analysis

It’s always strange having a week of no football before the Super Bowl. We grind each and every week of the entire season and it honestly feels like the culmination of the playoffs is the Conference Championships. Make no mistake about it, I love the Super Bowl and will be heavily invested both from DFS and betting perspectives, but I feel a bit rusty after a two-week layoff. We often see the same from the teams in the Super Bowl, as the first quarters can be a little lackluster at times. I’ll do my best to cover all angles of this game from a DFS front, but don’t be afraid to take chances on this slate if you are chasing some of these massive prize pools.

The Bengals are truly an amazing story. Very few gave them a shot to make the playoffs when the season started and even fewer gave them any chance of winning a talented AFC North division. When they pulled off the seemingly impossible, everyone was quick to congratulate them and said making the playoffs would be big for their Super Bowl chances in years to come. They narrowly beat Raiders at home in the first round, they narrowly beat the Titans in Tennessee, and then they pulled off a huge comeback win against the Chiefs in Kansas City. I saw a probability chart that gave the Chiefs a 99% chance of winning at one point in that game. The Bengals are now a single win away from becoming a true Cinderella story in sports lore.

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About the Author

  • Derek Farnsworth (Notorious)

  • Derek Farnsworth, aka Notorious, is one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of DFS, thanks in large part to the great advice he gives on a daily basis in’s Grind Down for NBA and MLB as well as the First Look column that gives a preview of the day’s games from a DFS perspective. Before joining the RotoGrinders team, Derek received a Masters Degree from the University of Utah. When he’s not busy providing content, he’s dominating the industry as evidenced by his consistent top rankings in multiple sports. Farnsworth provides expert analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members on a daily basis during the NBA season and has also been nominated for five different Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards.

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