John Ross - WRPosted 4/16/19 6:11pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross will get a clean slate to prove himself under new head coach Zac Taylor, who called Ross 'electric' during his college days.
Huddle Up: Ross has battled injuries for most of his two seasons in the NFL, although he was available much more often in 2018. On one hand, it speaks to his playmaking ability that he turned 21 catches into seven touchdowns last season. On the other hand, he only corralled 36.2 percent of his 58 targets, which is an abysmal catch rate at any competitive level. There's still a chance he could experience a post-hype breakout, but fantasy owners would be wise to play the wait-and-see game at this point with him.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 4/13/19 6:39pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) will likely be eased into action during OTAs, according to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com.
Huddle Up: Green has dealt with some injuries the last couple of seasons, but when healthy, he's a good bet for 80-plus grabs and 1,000-plus yards as the go-to weapon for the Cincinnati passing attack. He has WR1 upside, but you may be able to grab him for a WR2 price in drafts.
C.J. Uzomah - TEPosted 4/12/19 9:47am ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE C.J. Uzomah was an offseason re-signing priority for the team as a highly-versatile player, and one beat reporter believe he could 'thrive' under the team's new coaching staff.
Huddle Up: Uzomah took advantage of another injury-shortened season for Tyler Eifert in 2018 to post career receiving highs across the board and finish as a low-end TE2 in fantasy. If Eifert continues to battle health issues, don't be surprised if Uzomah makes a push for TE1 status.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 4/11/19 6:59pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton (thumb) said he will be ready to go when practices begin, and he has already been practicing the formations for head coach Zac Taylor's offense.
Huddle Up: Dalton will have a few QB1 performances over the course of the year, but he's a QB2 overall.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 4/11/19 6:54pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) participated in the start of voluntary workouts.
Huddle Up: Green has been one of the steadiest receivers since entering the NFL, and if he can stay healthy, there is no reason he can't return to WR1 form in 2019 as the centerpiece of the Cincinnati passing attack.
Joe Mixon - RBPosted 4/7/19 8:23pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon finished second in the NFL with 23 runs of 15 or more yards in 2018, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Mixon finished fourth in the NFL in rushing, adding 43 catches and finishing with nine total touchdowns. He should remain the centerpiece of the Cincinnati backfield and RB1 candidate in 2019.
Mark Walton - RBPosted 4/4/19 9:18am ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Mark Walton surrendered to North Miami-Dade police on Thursday, April 4, and will face felony charges of carrying a concealed weapon, marijuana possession and reckless driving, according to a Miami Herald report. The arrest stemmed from a high-speed car chase that occurred March 12 and ended with Walton fleeing from the police on foot. It's the third time Walton has been arrested this year.
Huddle Up: Walton, a fourth-round pick last season, received only 18 touches as a rookie, and that total may wind up standing for awhile given his growing list of offseason troubles.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 3/27/19 5:07pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton will not receive a contract extension this offseason because the team wants to see how he plays in 2019, according to owner Mike Brown.
Huddle Up: Dalton was limited to 11 games this past season and threw for only 2,566 yards. He will be playing in a new offensive scheme next season and will have a solid receiving group to work with on offense. He should be considered a No. 2 quarterback in fantasy leagues.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 3/27/19 5:10pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green is a candidate for a contract extension if the two sides are able to agree on his price range, according to owner Mike Brown.
Huddle Up: Green was only also to play in nine games this past season but finished with 694 yards and six touchdowns. He has posted at least 1,000 yards in six of his eight seasons in the NFL and will be a No. 1 fantasy receiver in 2019 as long as he can stay healthy.
Joe Mixon - RBPosted 3/26/19 9:17am ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon will need to be kept fresh and healthy for later in the season, and that likely will entail some early-season rest and platoon work, new head coach Zac Taylor said Tuesday, March 25, at the NFL owners' meetings. Taylor's experience on the Los Angeles Rams' staff last season and seeing lead back Todd Gurley wear down late could be instructive for Taylor's handling of Mixon, according to one NFL beat reporter.
Huddle Up: Things were the opposite last season for Mixon, who missed two games early with a knee issue and then finished with some of his higher touch-count games late in the year. It sounds like, though, Gio Bernard and second-year back Mark Walton, provided off-field issues don't get in the way, could be spelling Mixon thoughout the season, casting some doubt on his early projection as a solid RB1.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 3/19/19 8:41am ET
Updating previous reports, Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert's one-year deal is worth up to $6.5 million. He received a $1.2 million signing bonus and a $4 million base salary with $2.5 million in incentives.
Huddle Up: Eifert is oft-injured, but he could be worth the lottery ticket as a TE2.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 3/16/19 10:34am ET
Free-agent TE Tyler Eifert (Bengals) agreed to terms on a new one-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday, March 16, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Eifert has been limited to only 14 games over the last three seasons because of injuries but likely will be the starter if he is healthy for 2019. He is a risky option in fantasy leagues because of his injury history but could be a No. 2 tight end in leagues.
Tyler Kroft - TEPosted 3/11/19 2:39pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent TE Tyler Kroft plans to sign a three-year contract with the Buffalo Bills worth $18.75 million, according to a source. The deal could be worth as much as $21 million.
Huddle Up: Kroft was limited to only five games this past season because of injuries but did post 404 yards and seven touchdowns in 2017. He likely will take over as the starting tight end for the Bills and could be a No. 2 fantasy tight end.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 2/27/19 2:20pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent TE Tyler Eifert will have talks with the Bengals about a possible return, but director of player personnel Duke Tobin said he is not sure if Eifert will re-sign with the team.
Huddle Up: Eifert has been limited to only 14 games over the last three seasons because of injuries but has been productive when he is healthy. He could receive interest from teams if he hits the free-agent market but will be a risky fantasy option because of his injury history. He probably can be considered a No. 2 tight end next season if he finds a starting job.
John Ross - WRPosted 2/26/19 11:09am ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross is being shopped around the NFL, according to sources. Ross was the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. According to NFL media insider Ian Rapoport, a fresh start will be welcomed by both parties.
Huddle Up: After Ross was held to exactly zero catches in three games as a rookie, he managed to score seven times over just 21 grabs in 2018. A change in regime may be the impetus for this move, and it will be interesting to see where he ends up in 2019. There are several teams in need of a burner, and Ross only helped his case by proving to be a capable weapon in the red zone last year. He could be as valuable as a low-tier WR2 in the right setting, but gamers should safely treat him as a WR3 or flex, depending on the size of their league.
Joe Mixon - RBPosted 2/25/19 6:45pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon said he wants to be in the best shape of his career because he believes he can handle 400 carries in 2019 if needed. 'I'm trying to be in the best shape to be able to handle that load because it's not easy. I know I could do it,' said Mixon. 'You always have to expect it. Even if it doesn't happen, you have to always expect it. And I always try to do whatever I can to maximize my ability. I feel like with what I can do, I should be able to do that easily.'
Huddle Up: Mixon rushed for 1,168 yards and eight touchdowns this past season even though he missed two games. He should continue to be a focal point on offense next season and can be at least a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 2/15/19 6:20pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton (thumb) was able to begin throwing a football a couple of weeks ago.
Huddle Up: Dalton should be ready to go for the start of the season, and while he can deliver some big games against the right opponents, his overall ceiling is in the QB2 range.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 2/6/19 10:48am ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton drew praise from new Bengals head coach Zac Taylor Tuesday, Feb. 5, saying the veteran quarterback is a 'great fit' for the coaching staff's offensive system. 'I've seen Andy do all of the things we've asked (Jared Goff) to do (in Los Angeles),' Taylor said. 'He's great under center, great in play action, great on the perimeter and the nakeds (bootlegs), and he's been an accurate passer when asked to drop back.'
Huddle Up: Dalton is capable of posting a few notable stat lines with the right matchups, but gamers would be taking an unnecessary risk to make him anything more than a midrange reserve.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 2/5/19 11:21am ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) has shed the walking boot he's worn since undergoing surgery on his big toe in December. Green said it will take four to five months to get range of motion back, but he is expected to be fine entering the 2019 season. Furthermore, Green is excited to learn and play in Cincinnati's new offense under new head coach Zac Taylor.
Huddle Up: The injury bug has paid Green a visit a few times over his career, but the 2018 season was especially frustrating as Green missed seven games. When healthy, Green has WR1 upside, even at 31 years old.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 1/29/19 9:30am ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) said Tuesday, Jan. 29, that he hopes to be out of his walking boot in a week as he recovers from his December toe surgery. Green's recovery was estimated to be at least a four-month process when he had surgery , and he said he'll be ready when it counts. 'Whenever the first game is I'll be 100 percent,' he said. 'The first regular season game.'
Huddle Up: Green hit season career lows nearly across the board (nine games-77 targets-46 receptions-694 yards-six TDs) in 2018, but he averaged 5.6 catches, 85.9 yards and totaled six TDs over his first eight games for a top-six fantasy WR pace, and should be drafted as low-end WR1 this summer -- even at age 31 coming off a significant injury.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 1/24/19 8:14pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton has a 'number of years' left, according to director of player personnel Duke Tobin, and Tobin said the team is 'comfortable' with Dalton as the starting quarterback.
Huddle Up: With a new coaching regime coming to Cincinnati, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Bengals begin to search for their quarterback of the future sooner rather than later. That being said, Dalton should be under center in 2019, providing respectable QB2 production.
Tyler Boyd - WRPosted 1/19/19 6:46pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd's 21 receptions of 20-plus yards in 2018 were the seventh most in the NFL.
Huddle Up: Despite missing a couple of games, Boyd topped 1,000 yards for the first time in his career, emerging as a credible No. 2 option across from A.J. Green. Assuming Boyd, Green and Andy Dalton can all stay healthy in 2019, Boyd should at least deliver WR3 production for fantasy owners.
Joe Mixon - RBPosted 1/19/19 7:16pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon finished fourth in the NFL with 1,168 rushing yards in 2018, running for at least 50 yards in 13 of his 14 games and topping 80 rushing yards nine times.
Huddle Up: Mixon proved he was capable of headlining the Cincinnati backfield, and the promise of a heavy workload should safely keep him in RB1 territory in 2019.
Tyler Boyd - WRPosted 1/15/19 11:59am ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd (knee) is about two weeks away from being fully recovered from his sprained medial collateral ligament.
Huddle Up: When they're full go, Boyd and A.J. Green form one of the best wide receiver duos in the NFL. Boyd broke out in his third season to the tune of 1,028 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games. He's on the WR2 radar heading into the offseason.
Jeff Driskel - QBPosted 12/31/18 1:02am ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Jeff Driskel went 12-of-24 for 95 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Week 17 versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was sacked four times but ran for 13 yards on two carries.
Huddle Up: Injuries to A.J. Green and later to Tyler Boyd did not help his cause, but Driskel proved to be pretty much what most people thought he was in his first extended opportunity at NFL playing time following the season-ending injury to Andy Dalton back in Week 12. Assuming he remains on the roster in 2019, he'll go back to clipboard duty.
Joe Mixon - RBPosted 12/30/18 9:09pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon ran 13 times for 105 yards and caught his only target for two yards in Week 17 versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Huddle Up: The 100-yard rushing effort put Mixon over 1,000 for the season, making him the first Bengal since Jeremy Hill in 2014 to reach that mark. Perhaps most impressively, the second-year back ran for over 100 yards three times in the final four games when most of the established playmakers on offense were done for the season. Although he did miss a couple of early games due to injury, Mixon showed he can be counted on to carry a heavy workload. He should be considered a low-end RB1 in drafts next season.
Alex Erickson - WRPosted 12/30/18 9:36pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Alex Erickson hauled in all six of his targets for 63 yards in Week 17 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Huddle Up: With A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd already done for the season, it was the undrafted free agent - and not the ninth overall pick in the 2017 draft John Ross - who accounted for nearly two-thirds of the Bengals' receiving yards in the season finale. Erickson's performance in this contest speaks as much to Cincinnati's lack of depth at the position as it does anything. Erickson can be ignored for fantasy purposes in 2019 when Green and Boyd are back to 100 percent.
Tyler Boyd - WRPosted 12/27/18 11:25am ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 27.
Huddle Up: Boyd probably will miss the season finale, so he should be avoided in all fantasy leagues. John Ross and C.J. Uzomah likely will be the main targets in the passing game but would not be more than flex options.
Tyler Boyd - WRPosted 12/26/18 2:50pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 26.
Huddle Up: Boyd missed the Week 16 game in Cleveland, so he is a risky fantasy play in the regular-season finale in Pittsburgh. Circle back around and check Friday when the official injury designations are revealed.
Joe Mixon - RBPosted 12/23/18 1:09pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon rushed for 68 yards on 17 carries against the Cleveland Browns in Week 16. He also caught two passes for 10 yards during the game.
Huddle Up: Mixon has been playing well but ran into a tough Browns defense this week. He will continue to be a main part of the Bengals offense and can be a No. 2 fantasy running back next week.
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