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The Bengals and Steelers are set to have a very important divisional matchup Authentic Geno Atkins Jersey , but even more importantly is your fantasy team. Luckily, both of these teams love giving up fantasy points to opposing teams. Here are the players to start when the Bengals host the Steelers:Must startA.J. Green (Bengals WR): Green had his first 100-yard receiving game of the season last week against the Dolphins. He has five touchdowns on the season, and he was targeted in the red zone again last week. The Steelers also give up the fourth most points to opposing receivers, according to Fantasy Pros. Don’t think twice, keep Green in your lineup.Antonio Brown (Steelers WR): William Jackson smothered Brown last year, but the Steelers should find plenty of opportunities to find Brown on Dre Kirkpatrick. It is a matter of Ben Roethlisberger hitting him. It still just isn’t smart to not start Brown.Favorable MatchupsTyler Boyd (Bengals WR): Following the trend of the Steelers giving up a ton of points to opposing receivers, Boyd should be in line for a pretty productive PPR game. This is assuming John Ross is active as well. Boyd has proven to be a talented asset to this team either way, but if the opposing defense has to worry about Green and Ross as well, Boyd becomes pretty much unstoppable.James Conner (Steelers RB): Surprisingly Conner has been a pretty big boom or bust player so far this season. Twice he has managed to get over 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns in a game, but he has also failed to rush for at least 20 yards twice as well. The Bengals have allowed just over 20 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, which has them allowing the 10th most. Joe Mixon (Bengals RB): I toyed with putting Mixon in good but not great, but the amount the Bengals use Mixon elevates him pretty comfortably. He will be facing a Steelers’ defense that allows the fifth fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs, so there is reason to be cautious. Regardless, he was on track for two big games against the Steelers last year before Cincinnati stopped giving him the ball in the first game and he suffered a concussion in the second.Andy Dalton (Bengals QB): Dalton should be pretty much owned in every league at this point Youth Carlos Dunlap Jersey , but he may have been dropped after a disappointing game last week against the Dolphins going into a game against Pittsburgh. Outside of last week he has thrown at least two touchdowns in every game so far this season, and the Steelers have allowed the second most points to opposing quarterbacks so far this season.Good but not greatSteelers tight ends: Whether it is Jesse James or Vance McDonald, one or both of these guys should be heavily involved against the Bengals. James has only caught four passes the past three weeks though, and McDonald has caught six passes in the past two weeks since his huge game against the Bucs. It isn’t ideal to rely on either of these guys, but the position is in a terrible place as far as fantasy goes.C.J. Uzomah (Bengals TE): With there being no Tylers at tight end this week with Tyler Kroft in a walking boot, Uzomah should be in line for all the work he can handle at tight end. Unfortunately, the same could’ve been said about last week’s game since he played a majority of the snaps, but he only came away with two catches.Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers QB): Roethlisberger’s been known to struggle on the road, but we all know he’s almost always won in Cincinnati. This year he had a three-touchdown game against the Bucs, but seriously who doesn’t burn the Bucs at this point? Against the Browns he only had on touchdown in Week 1, but weather was a huge issue as well. In any case, I’d be willing to say he doesn’t have a two touchdown game against the Bengals, which is what you are looking for from a starter, but there are worse bets to make.JuJu Smith-Schuster (Steelers WR): At this point it looks like Smith-Schuster burns bad defenses. He had 22 catches for 237 and a touchdown against the Bucs and Chiefs. However , he only has eight catches for 94 yards and a touchdown the past two weeks. He is very capable of ending up with a touchdown in any game, but I have a hard time viewing him as more than a flex this week.Just sit themThe defenses: Both defenses are likely to get burned fairly bad one way or the other. Neither offense is especially prone to committing turnovers either. There should be better options on your waiver wire, but if you put a gun to my head I’d take the Bengals defense just because they have shown that knack for coming up with sacks and turnovers in key situations.Marvin Lewis encouraged by the progress of A.J. Green, Joe Mixon and Billy Price Marvin Lewis addressed the media prior to the team’s Wednesday practice, and he shared some news that many Bengals players were hoping to hear.A.J. Green is going to be fine and it sounds like he will play on Sunday, though nothing is certain.“A.J. will be fine. It was a little bit of an aggregation of an injury he had in college,” Lewis said. “He’s seemed to come around quickly with the anti-inflammatories. We’re very fortunate with that. I didn’t know what he had injured — he was complaining about both sides (of his pelvis).”The main headline there is Green being (hopefully) healthy enough to play in Atlanta. He suffered a groin/hip/shoulder injury last Sunday against the Panthers that held him out for a good chunk of the game. The Bengals are referring to the injury as a pelvis injury, though Lewis elaborated a bit more.“Both hips, and that he landed awkwardly on his shoulder. Sometimes football is ugly,” Lewis said laughing.You never really know how severe an injury like that can be, but it seems like it’s a bruise more than a real injury.Green had five catches for 58 yards on the day before getting injured. He has four touchdowns on the season, so his presence would be huge Sunday.Green was also able to do some work on the rehab field on Wednesday. Preston Brown is also on the mend, which is music to fans’ ears. He hasn’t played since Week 1. He suffered an ankle injury during the game, but he ended up returning to finish the game. However Kevin Huber Jersey , he wasn’t able to go for the following two weeks. After the Bengals allowed 230 yards rushing last week, Brown’s return could be just what the Bengals need.However these weren’t the only Bengals to get some good news about their injuries. “Joe is doing great,” Lewis said of Joe Mixon on Wednesday. “I don’t know where he’ll be listed (on the injury report) this week (laughs), but we’re happy with his and Billy’s (Price) progress. We have a chance to have all hands on deck soon, which is exciting. Joe’s youth is playing a big part, and Billy’s youth is playing a big part (in their progress). We’ll keep the glass half-full and keep moving on.”It’s unlikely Mixon plays against the Falcons and Price will not play against the Falcons, but they both could return at home against the Dolphins in Week 5. Either way it is great news to hear they’re doing well. Mixon was originally given a two to four week timetable for his recovery from a minor knee surgery, so the idea he could only miss two games is as good as it gets there.Price’s injury was more of an enigma. He also suffered his injury on Thursday Night Football against the Ravens, but his timetable was more up in the air as it was supposed to be reevaluated after two weeks. Clearly though his foot injury is heading in the right direction.All in all, it sounds like Cincinnati will be fully healthy, or as close as possible, for their game against Pittsburgh in Week 6. Vontaze Burfict also returns from his suspension in Week 5.