A.J. Green - WRPosted 8/28/16 6:38pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (knee) limped off the field with a right knee injury against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Aug. 28, but the team is reporting the injury is not serious.
Huddle Up: The initial news is encouraging, and as long as the knee issue is indeed minor, Green is a reliable WR1 in all formats.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 8/28/16 9:11pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton completed six of his 10 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown in a 26-21 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Aug. 28.
Huddle Up: Turnover among his receiving corps and an injury to Tyler Eifert could hurt his numbers a bit, but Dalton should still be one of the better QB2 options and a potential starter against friendly matchups.
Giovani Bernard - RBPosted 8/28/16 9:02pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard had three carries for 27 yards and two catches for 25 yards and a touchdown in a 26-21 preseason loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Aug. 28.
Huddle Up: Sharing the backfield with Jeremy Hill caps Bernard's upside, but his ability as a pass-catcher makes Bernard a viable RB3 in PPR formats.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 8/26/16 11:32am ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) is targeting Weeks 4-6 for his return from ankle surgery. He is hopeful it will come in Week 4.
Huddle Up: Eifert only just started jogging, so that estimate sounds about right pertaining to when the former Notre Dame product will be back on the field. With Eifert still out and Tyler Kroft sidelined for about a month, second-year tight end C.J. Uzomah will get a brief opportunity to step up and could be a decent placeholder.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 8/25/16 4:29pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green said there is 'no way' he is missing the birth of his first child, and he would miss a regular season game if it comes to that. His first child is due in about a month.
Huddle Up: That's a perfectly understandable reason to sit out a game, and at least he's giving his owners fair warning a month in advance. That projects to about Week 3, so owners who still have to draft should take that into account, as well as Cincinnati's bye week in Week 9. Nonetheless, Green is still a valid WR1 option and should continue to be treated as such.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 8/22/16 9:34am ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) said he'll try to jog for the first time Monday, Aug. 22. Eifert said he has been running on a treadmill in the pool, and his ankle feels good. He has been lifting and receiving multiple treatments per day without setbacks.
Huddle Up: Eifert is one of the top tight ends in fantasy despite his potential to miss a game or two. He could come at a discount in drafts because of the injury.
Tyler Boyd - WRPosted 8/19/16 8:46am ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd is turning heads this preseason and has begun to separate himself from the pack behind WR A.J. Green. Boyd had two catches for 38 yards and a touchdown in the second preseason game. '(He) does an awesome job of being in the right place, knowing what to do and how to do it and you can't say enough good things about T.B.,' QB A.J. McCarron said. 'If I have anything to say he's always all ears and doesn't question it. He's awesome, can't say enough good things about him.'
Huddle Up: Boyd has a good chance to make his presence felt in fantasy with Brandon LaFell's status iffy with a torn ligament in his hand. That could force Boyd into the second spot on the depth chart. Boyd is one of the tricks to have up your sleeve later in drafts in the WR4 territory.
Tyler Boyd - WRPosted 8/18/16 7:59pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd caught two passes for 38 yards and a touchdown in a 30-14 preseason win over the Detroit Lions Thursday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Injuries and offseason departures have Boyd primed for a big role in Cincinnati's offense. Grab him as a midrange WR4.
Brandon LaFell - WRPosted 8/16/16 12:25pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell (hand) has a torn ligament in his hand, and he could require surgery. The surgery isn't expected to be of the season-ending variety.
Huddle Up: This opens the door for Tyler Boyd to seize command of the No. 2 job in Cincy. LaFell's fantasy worth depends on his prognosis, but he is no longer draftable. Nab Boyd as a WR4 with upside.
Brandon LaFell - WRPosted 8/16/16 2:33pm ET
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell (hand) is still expected to be ready by Week 1 despite a torn ligament in his hand, according to head coach Marvin Lewis.
Huddle Up: This is the best-case scenario for LaFell and even Andy Dalton fantasy owners, but then again if you listen to the optimistic team-speak, most every player dealing with an injury in Mid-August is "expected to be ready for Week 1." We'll see ...
Tyler Boyd - WRPosted 8/12/16 9:16pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd has been performing very well during training camp and has exceeded head coach Marvin Lewis' expectations. 'He's really entered training camp and come back and worked and done the things we expected him to do and be able to do. He's taken it and he's grasped it and ran with it,' Lewis said. Boyd likely will be the No. 3 receiver this season because of his ability to play on the outside and in the slot.
Huddle Up: Boyd will begin the year as the Bengals slot receiver with Brandon LaFell starting opposite A.J. Green but that could change over time. LaFell has just one season with 50+ receptions in his career and that's with Cam Newton and Tom Brady as his quarterbacks. If LaFell struggles early and Boyd continues to impress, the rookie's playing time will only increase as the year goes on. Boyd is an intriguing late-round fantasy pick in a high-powered offense.
Mike Nugent - PKPosted 8/9/16 9:05am ET
Cincinnati Bengals PK Mike Nugent was 6-for-6 on his field goal attempts Monday, Aug. 8, hitting all of his attempts from between 44 and 50 yards.
Huddle Up: Nugent could be a valuable fantasy option if he maintains that kind of consistency into the regular season. Cincy's offense is just powerful enough to give a quality kicker a nudge into the midrange PK1 conversation.
Brandon LaFell - WRPosted 8/9/16 9:05am ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell has struggled at times in camp with drops and getting open, but he showed improvement Monday, Aug. 8. Beat writer Geoff Hobson says LaFell has been flashing more and more each practice lately.
Huddle Up: LaFell is expected to start opposite A.J. Green, and he could reemerged as a legitimate WR3 or flex option in PPR, especially if he is forced to step up his game with teams electing to double Green or concentrate their better coverage on Green and Tyler Eifert. Drops are a concern with LaFell, but he is being criminally undervalued as a routinely undrafted player.
Brandon LaFell - WRPosted 8/8/16 6:25pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell is listed ahead of rookie WR Tyler Boyd on the Begnals' initial depth chart.
Huddle Up: No shocker that the veteran is ahead of the rookie at this point, but expect a tight competition in the first three preseason games.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 8/6/16 12:41am ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) ran on the side field for the first time during training camp Thursday, Aug. 4.
Huddle Up: It's good news for Eifert who had ankle surgery this offseason. Still, most reports have Eifert missing the start of the regular season. If Eifert misses time, A.J. Green should be targeted heavily early in the year.
Tyler Kroft - TEPosted 8/4/16 2:58pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Kroft (knee) will miss four to six weeks due to a sprained knee. However, he is expected to be ready for Week 1.
Huddle Up: It's most definitely wait and see regarding the Cincy TE Tylers, leaving part-time FB Ryan Hewitt and 2015 fifth-round pick CJ Uzomah among the very-realistic candidates to serve as Bengals' opening-game tight end.
Tyler Boyd - WRPosted 8/2/16 7:59am ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd has improved dramatically from spring practices to training camp, according to his quarterback. 'He's taken a huge jump from OTAs to camp, he's made some tough catches and has been impressive,' QB Andy Dalton said Monday, Aug. 1.
Huddle Up: Boyd is expected to serve as the starter in the slot, and he is likely in line for plenty of playing time right off the bat. Look to Boyd as a late-round WR5 or with flex-play upside in PPR fantasy formats.
Ryan Hewitt - RBPosted 8/2/16 3:26pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals FB/TE Ryan Hewitt signed a three-year extension Tuesday, Aug. 2. Financial terms weren't immediately disclosed.
Huddle Up: It was a move to lock up a hard-working "glue guy," but the fantasy impact remains nil as Hewitt has all of 18 catches and one rushing attempt in two pro seasons.
Tyler Kroft - TEPosted 8/2/16 10:55pm ET
The injury suffered by Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Kroft (knee) on Tuesday, Aug. 2 is not serious, a source said. Kroft left practice Tuesday due to a hyperextended knee.
Huddle Up: Good news for Kroft and the Bengals as the second-year tight end is in line to start if the recovering Tyler Eifert can't make it back by Week 1.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 7/26/16 10:45pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday, July 26. Eifert underwent right ankle surgery in late May.
Huddle Up: Certainly no shocker here as Eifert is in real danger of missing early-season games as well. Stay tuned ...
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 7/25/16 1:54am ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert is reportedly progressing as planned following right ankle surgery on May 27, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: Probably about as good as can be hoped for at this point, although that still likely means the tight end will miss some games early in the season. We'll know more as Cincy's camp and preseason progress.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 7/20/16 12:54am ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green said his mind is at ease entering the 2016 season. 'I don't have to worry about contracts or anything like that,' Green said. 'I just go in there free, [with a] clear head, just go out there, work and have fun.'
Huddle Up: Green was a low-end WR1 a year ago, even though he only posted his third-best year (86-1,297-10) of his career. A full season with QB Andy Dalton throwing passes, could nudge Green back up a notch or three.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 7/10/16 11:52pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) is expected to miss the early part of the season, according to director of player personnel Duke Tobin.
Huddle Up: A ding to the stock to be sure of fantasy's fifth-ranked tight end a year ago. It's far from a total surprise, though, as Eifert already has missed a combined 19 regular-season games over his first three seasons and fantasy GMs will have to adjust their rankings accordingly.
Giovani Bernard - RBPosted 6/30/16 1:21pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard could be used in more two-back sets with RB Jeremy Hill to make up for the loss of TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) early in the season.
Huddle Up: That will certainly be intriguing for the fantasy owners of either or both backs. Bernard actually played 123 more offensive snaps (580-457) than Hill last season, even though the latter had the better fantasy season courtesy of his 12 total TDs.
Brandon LaFell - WRPosted 6/22/16 9:47am ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell is feeling confident with QB Andy Dalton, and two continue to build rapport. 'I've been working with (Dalton) for a little over two months now so we've got the timing down and it's been showing in practice every day,' LaFell said Tuesday, June 21.
Huddle Up: With Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu gone and Tyler Eifert injured, Dalton is looking for a pass-catcher to step up alongside AJ Green. If LaFell becomes Dalton's security blanket it could translate into him being a solid value play in larger fantasy leagues.
Brandon LaFell - WRPosted 6/17/16 2:25pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell has picked up the offense quickly, QB Andy Dalton said, and LaFell said he is ready to take advantage if defenses double team WR A.J. Green.
Huddle Up: LaFell, the N.E. castoff, is filling the role filled in recent seasons by Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, and he could be in for a heavier early-season workload than expected if TE Tyler Eifert can't recover in time for the start of the season.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 5/29/16 9:35pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert's ankle injury didnít improve as expected following the initial evaluation, and surgery became the only option.
Huddle Up: Definitely a rough offseason break for Eifert, who ranked sixth among fantasy tight ends, and about the best hope right now is that the surgery recovery doesn't cut more than a game or two off his 2016 season. Stay tuned ...
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 5/25/16 10:18am ET
Updating previous reports, Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) will undergo surgery to repair a loose ligament on the side of his foot and could miss the first couple of games of the regular season, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Horrible news for the Bengals, who already lost their No. 2 and No. 2 receivers to free agency this offseason. And horrible news for the oft-injured Eifert, who blossomed as a top target last season. The situation provides an opportunity for rookie wideout Tyler Boyd and backup tight end Tyler Kroft. If only the Bengals had more guys named Tyler to fill the void.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 5/24/16 2:00pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) will undergo a 'minimal procedure' on his left ankle soon, and he is expected to need three months to recover, according to multiple sources. Eifert initially injured the ankle in the Pro Bowl and initial estimates for his recovery were promising, but his ankle hasn't responded since.
Huddle Up: Yikes: Three months will put the start of his regular season in jeopardy -- obviously not good news for the 2015 breakout player's early 2016 stock or Andy Dalton and the Cincy passing game which is already having to replace its No. 2 and 3 WRs. This is one of the first big fantasy injury issues of the offseason and will need to be monitored closely.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 5/22/16 3:56pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill's yards per carry dropped from 5.1 as a rookie to 3.6 last season, and he was missing running lanes that he hit quickly in his rookie year.
Huddle Up: Hill's total yardage also took a nearly-500-yard dip, but the saving grace was his 12 total TDs. Nevertheless, that can't be counted on again, so his between-the-20 production needs a steady bump this season.
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