If you’re competing in a DFS tournament or 50/50 competition for today’s Bengals vs. Raiders game, then you’ve come to the right place for picks. We’ve run through dozens of potential game scripts to arrive at the most likely scenarios and determined how these scenarios would impact fantasy football performances. Here are our two recommended Bengals vs. Raiders DFS lineups, based on FanDuel pricing.
Top NFL DFS picks for Bengals vs. Raiders | Lineup No. 1
This DFS lineup assumes a blowout victory for Cincinnati, led by a strong running game and a fierce defensive performance. It also assumes the Bengals’ top two wideouts will lead all receivers in fantasy points.
Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals ($14,000)
The first thing to know about Joe Mixon is that he has more 24+ point fantasy performances (seven) this season than any running back since Christian McCaffrey in 2019. The second thing to know is that he has thrived despite running a fairly pedestrian 4.1 yards per carry, in large part because he’s been utilized as a bell cow (334 touches).
Additionally, 7 of his touchdowns have come from the 1- or 2-yard line. As a key part of a high-functioning offense, Mixon should see multiple scoring opportunities Saturday. If you have a DFS MVP slot, he belongs there.
Ja’Marr Chase, WR, Cincinnati Bengals ($13,500)
One of the three or four highest-upside fantasy wideouts, and he’s still only a rookie. Ja’Marr Chase has far exceeded expectations this year, and it’s scary to think how much better he’ll get. In the meantime, despite a painfully low floor, Chase is a must-start DFS play, given his nearly unparalleled ceiling.
He’s No. 3 in the league in yards after the catch (645), and he leads the team with 6 first-half touchdowns. If this game gets out of hand by the third quarter, there’s a good chance Chase already will have secured WR2+ production.
Hunter Renfrow, WR, Las Vegas Raiders ($12,500)
Which Raiders wideout can we trust most in fantasy? Easily Hunter Renfrow, and it’s not even close. The 2019 fifth-round draft pick took his game to another level this season, particularly after the Henry Ruggs tragedy. Renfrow’s 103-1,038-9 receiving line doesn’t tell the whole story. His 80.5% catch rate is the second-highest by a starting WR in the last 30 years (Michael Thomas finished less than 0.1% higher in 2019).
Renfrow has also been one of the best red-zone receivers, with all 9 of his scores coming inside the 12-yard line. He’s done more than 50% of his damage with his team trailing. The stars are aligned for a Renfrow-heavy game script.
Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals ($11,500)
In Weeks 14 and 16, Chase and Tee Higgins both had good games. That’s notable because before that, whenever one had stepped up, the other fell back into the fantasy abyss. Stacking two WRs in a single-game DFS slate makes sense if we believe these are the two best WRs.
Given who else will be on the field, this is a reasonable conclusion. And since 4 of Higgins’ 6 TDs have occurred in the first half, understanding that this lineup is designed around a comfortable Bengals victory, we’re betting on Higgins (along with Chase) to rack up most of his production before halftime.
C.J. Uzomah, TE, Cincinnati Bengals ($8,500)
With $8,500 remaining, C.J. Uzomah wins the prize as “last player in.” No doubt, his low floor makes this starting tight end risky. He hasn’t exceeded 9 fantasy points in any of his last nine games. Ah, but he cracked 20+ points in two of his first seven contests. And that’s what should interest us in this otherwise top-heavy DFS lineup. It’s a big “if,” but if Uzomah once again becomes a favored red-zone target, he could make this slate a big winner.
Top NFL DFS picks for Bengals vs. Raiders | Lineup No. 2
This DFS lineup assumes a more narrow Bengals victory led more by Joe Burrow than Mixon. In this lineup, Burrow would slide into the DFS MVP slot. The following are the two additions, replacing Mixon and Higgins.
Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals ($16,500)
There are times when Burrow plays like the best QB in the NFL. There are other times when he takes a backseat — or when the defense forces him to take a backseat. The middling Raiders defense could go either way today. So this second lineup hedges our bets. Instead of Mixon posting huge numbers, Burrow reaps the rewards. Cincinnati’s franchise QB has nearly 1,000 total yards and 8 touchdowns in his last two games. Clearly, his injured finger from a few weeks ago is fine.
Zay Jones, WR, Las Vegas Raiders ($9,000)
The 37th overall pick of the 2017 draft, Zay Jones was expected to do great things at the outset of his career. But as a rookie with the Bills, he caught only 27 of 74 targets, producing one of the worst catch rates (36.5%) for a starter in modern NFL history. Four years later, he’s come into his own as a weekly contributor in a WR-needy Las Vegas aerial attack.
Jones has 5+ receptions in each of his last five games. While touchdowns are few and far between (he has only 2 in his last 48 games), Jones should be a good bet for 8+ points, with some added pop when the Raiders are playing catchup.