Originally written on The Fantasy Fix  |  Last updated 9/3/13

CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 08: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers breaks free from Geno Atkins of the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 8, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Steelers defeated the Bengals 27-21. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
News and Notes Bengals sign DT Geno Atkins to five-year, $55 million extension (per @AdamSchefter) Geno’s contract extension doesn’t have any fantasy impact, but it does provide an excuse to talk about how good Cincinnati’s defense is. They finished 5th in fantasy points last year, and they were the 3rd best defense according to ProFootballFocus.com’s grades. They were also a good defense in terms of being a bad matchup for position players. They allowed the 5th fewest points per game to opposing quarterbacks, 11th fewest to running backs, and 3rd fewest to wide receivers. Most of you have probably completed your drafts, but if you’re drafting today or tomorrow, Cincy is the one defense I would consider taking before the last two rounds. In a 12-team draft I was in last night, the Bengals fell to the 13th round. If they’re still there in the 13th or even the 12th, it’s OK to grab a defense a little early at that point. It’s crazy to take the 49ers and Seahawks defenses in the 7th ...
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