Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals
AFC North | 4-11-1
Rank: 29th
Avg Yds
Rank: 28th
Avg PYds
Rank: 23rd
Avg RYds
Rank: 22nd
Posted 7/27/2021 2:38 am GMT
Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow (knee) has been cleared to all practice drills and will participate in team drills during practice, according to head coach Zac Taylor.
Huddle Up: Burrow missed a majority of the 2020 season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament but is on track for Week 1. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 or a high-end No. 2 quarterback in fantasy leagues because the Bengals could be one of the higher-scoring offenses in the NFL.
Posted 7/26/2021 4:21 pm GMT
Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow (knee) isn't likely to play until the start of the season as a precaution, according to team president Mike Brown.
Huddle Up: Burrow will be an intriguing fantasy option this year as he was projecting toward a midrange QB1 before his knee injury. In the lower-middle QB1 range is good spot to take him. Don't overdraft him with all the depth and dual-threat QBs.
Posted 7/25/2021 6:02 pm GMT
Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow (knee) was not placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list or the Active/Non-Football Injury list before the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: Burrow probably will be limited during the first week or two of training camp but will be ready for Week 1 at the latest. He posted good numbers before his injury last season and will have a terrific group of receivers to work with. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 or a high-end No. 2 fantasy quarterback depending on the size of the league.
Posted 7/23/2021 1:56 am GMT
Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow ranked 34th among qualified players on throws of more than 20 yards in 2020, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: While Burrow struggled with deeper throws, he was accurate at other levels and was enjoying a productive rookie season before suffering a knee injury. He has the weapons around him to deliver QB1 numbers in 2021l.
Posted 7/03/2021 4:28 pm GMT
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon is in line to receive more than 300 touches (with more targets in the passing game) in 2021 for the second time in five pro seasons, and 'the stage is set for a potential leap into The Superstar Club,' in the opinion of analyst Dan Hanzus.
Huddle Up: Mixon was limited to six games a season ago due to injury, and now with a Giovani Bernard gone and a talent-laden passing attack to take the pressure off, Hanzus says the table is set for Mixon to the be Bengals' MVP. Fantasy owners will simply settle for a solid RB1 showing after last season, and Mixon certainly has the potential and opportunity to exceed his current second-round ADP.
Posted 6/28/2021 1:24 am GMT
Cincinnati Bengals RB Chris Evans has impressed offensive coordinator Brian Callahan with his receiving skills. 'He's got the most natural hands for a running back that I've ever been around,' Callahan said. 'He's so natural at catching the ball and he can track the ball down the field. A lot of times, running backs struggle down the field. He doesn't. So he could be a unique piece for us.'
Huddle Up: There has been nothing but praise for the receiving skills of Evans since the Bengals selected him in the sixth round. Throw in the departure of Giovani Bernard, and Evans has an immediate path to playing time as a third-down back. Keep him on your radar in deeper PPR formats.
Posted 6/25/2021 1:40 am GMT
Cincinnati Bengals WR Tee Higgins is going to 'play a huge role' in the passing attack, according to offensive coordinator Brian Callahan. 'He's got every trait to be a top-level receiver in this league,' Callahan said.
Huddle Up: The Bengals added Ja'Marr Chase to the receiving corps with the No. 5 pick in the draft, but Higgins has already flashed his potential, topping 900 yards and scoring six times as a rookie. His size makes him a matchup problem in the red zone, and he can be viewed as a WR3 with upside for a Cincinnati offense that will throw it plenty in 2021.
Posted 6/20/2021 1:13 am GMT
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon was on pace for 373 touches in 2020 before suffering a foot injury, and his 21 touches inside the 5-yard line in 2019 were tied for the league lead.
Huddle Up: With little competition in the Cincinnati backfield, Mixon is once again positioned for a heavy workload. The volume alone should allow him to deliver RB1 production, and a career year isn't out of the question if the offense makes strides in Joe Burrow's second year under center.
Posted 6/16/2021 8:57 pm GMT
Cincinnati Bengals WR Tee Higgins has become 'markedly more explosive' this offseason, according to offensive coordinator Brian Callahan.
Huddle Up: This comes on the heels of Joe Burrow talking about how "completely different" Higgins looks physically this season. The second-year receiver will almost certainly continue to come at a slight discount as fantasy owners use the selection of Ja'Marr Chase as their rationale to bump him down, but there should be room for Chase, Higgins and Tyler Boyd to eat in this offense. Higgins should continue to be viewed as a fantasy WR2 receiver with upside.
Posted 6/15/2021 10:15 pm GMT
Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow (knee) said he is happy with how his knee has felt this offseason and that he is still on track for the start of the regular season.
Huddle Up: Burrow played well before his injury and will have a great group of receivers to throw to this season. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback in deeper leagues if he can stay healthy.
Posted 6/15/2021 8:55 pm GMT
Cincinnati Bengals WR Tee Higgins is going to have 'a big year' and looks 'completely different' than he did last season, according to teammate Joe Burrow.
Huddle Up: Higgins' stock took a bit of a hit in the eyes of fantasy owners following the selection of Ja'Marr Chase this spring, but the Bengals are still going to have problems on defense and will need their offense to compensate. It is well within the realm of possibility that Cincinnati could push to have three 1,000-yard receivers in 2021, so it would be a mistake to let Higgins fall too far in drafts.
Posted 6/11/2021 2:19 am GMT
Cincinnati Bengals WR Ja'Marr Chase will give the offense more versatility than it had with Arizona Cardinals WR A.J. Green, who lined up exclusively outside, according to WR Tyler Boyd. 'I think we got a lot more balance and can just call anything now,' Boyd said. 'We don't gotta worry about guys being in certain spots.'
Huddle Up: Chase is expected to spend time outside and in the slot, and he should slide into a major role in the passing attack from Day 1. He should at least provide WR3 production as a rookie, and he is a candidate for the top pick in rookie drafts.
Posted 6/11/2021 2:07 am GMT
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon will share some third-down responsibilities this season, according to head coach Zac Taylor. 'Having Joe Mixon on the field makes us better,' Taylor said. 'At the same time, you don't need him on the field for 75 snaps a game.'
Huddle Up: Mixon typically handles one of the bigger workloads among running backs, and even if he takes a few less snaps on third down, he should still pile up touches. He is a RB1 candidate in all formats.
Posted 6/02/2021 4:25 pm GMT
Cincinnati Bengals first-round pick WR Ja'Marr Chase agreed to terms on a four-year deal with an option for a fifth year. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
Huddle Up: Joe Burrow appears to be ahead of schedule, and Chase could grow a rapport with him quickly. It's best to target a Bengals rookie as a WR3 in fantasy, but it may be tough to take him there.
Posted 5/31/2021 2:25 pm GMT
Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow (knee) said he refined some things mechanically to help with deep throws in his rehabilitation. He also strengthened his hips to get more behind his throws. 'I just started running and throwing a few weeks ago, so standing and throwing, and focusing on the fundamentals helped,' Burrow said.
Huddle Up: Burrow is going as a low-end QB1, and he could have some upside if he is healthy to start the year.
Posted 5/25/2021 11:02 pm GMT
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (foot) is 'full-go' at team workouts, according to head coach Zac Taylor Tuesday, May 25.
Huddle Up: The Bengals did little to add RB depth behind Mixon after RB Gio Bernard left this offseason and offensive coordinator Brian Callahan previously said he envisions Mixon playing a three-down role. He should be selected as a mid-tier RB1 in early fantasy drafts.
Posted 5/25/2021 10:56 pm GMT
Updating a previous story, Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow (knee) said Tuesday, May 25, 'I should be full go for camp,' after doing some work on the field with a brace on his knee.
Huddle Up: Anytime Burrow is able to give a positive update after being on the field this offseason will boost his 2021 fantasy stock. He's currently going off the board as QB12, but there's plenty of upside in that spot.
Posted 5/25/2021 2:51 pm GMT
Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow (knee) arrived at Bengals organized team activities with a helmet and a brace on his knee Tuesday, May 25.
Huddle Up: Burrow looks like he may be ahead of schedule if he's ready to do work at OTAs. He'll be a mid-to-low QB1 in fantasy.
Posted 5/24/2021 12:12 am GMT
Cincinnati Bengals RB Chris Evans impressed the coaching staff with his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. 'Chris's trait that is different than a lot of other running backs in the league is his ability to catch the ball and he's a very natural route runner out of the backfield,' head coach Zac Taylor said. 'He can split out.'
Huddle Up: It is still early, but Evans has been generating some buzz as a third-down specialist. If the hype continues to build during training camp, he could be worth a late-round flier in deeper PPR formats.
Posted 5/18/2021 6:13 pm GMT
Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow (knee) is 'all systems go' for the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings, according to Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who performed the surgery on his torn anterior cruciate ligament on Dec. 2. 'He's on track for full go for the start of the season. He's doing all the work. He's worked his tail off and been an amazingly mature participant in his recovery. He's focused and great to work with. ... We are very happy with his recovery to say the least. Notwithstanding the nature of his injury and extent of his reconstruction, his knee is performing perfectly. We just had him tested out here with a high-tech video and biomechanical evaluation and he was ahead of where we anticipated and well into the return to performance phase of his recovery. With him already performing this way, it's 'all systems go' for the start of the season,' ElAttrache told ESPN's Adam's Schefter via text Tuesday, May 18.
Huddle Up: Although the expectation should be that the Bengals will take it easy on Burrow during the preseason, it sounds as though fantasy owners can proceed as if he will be ready to go once the games start counting. Especially following the addition of Ja'Marr Chase, Burrow should be considered a top-10 fantasy quarterback with top-five upside.
Posted 5/07/2021 2:06 pm GMT
Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow was third-to-last in the league when he held the ball more than four seconds, among quarterbacks that threw at least 200 passes last season. Through the end of Week 10 - Burrow's last complete game - he ranked fourth among qualifying passers in expected completion percentage on throws under four seconds, according to NFL Next Gen.
Huddle Up: Burrow was surprisingly solid fresh out of the gate as a rookie before he was lost with a torn ACL. He'll be in the glut of low-end QB1/high-end QB2 options in fantasy.
Posted 5/03/2021 12:46 am GMT
Cincinnati Bengals WR Ja'Marr Chase became the seventh receiver picked in the top six of the NFL Draft since 2009, and the previous six have averaged a target share of at least 19 percent. in their rookie season.
Huddle Up: Not only does recent history suggest that Chase will see his share of looks as a rookie, but the Bengals used three wide receivers in 82 percent of their offensive snaps in 2020, a rate that ranked second in the NFL. Chase should be an immediate flex option and a candidate for No. 1 overall pick in rookie drafts.
Posted 5/01/2021 9:00 pm GMT
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon is set for a big workload in 2021, according to offensive coordinator Brian Callahan Saturday, May 1. 'I don't want Joe (Mixon) to leave the field, and I think he's up for that challenge.'
Huddle Up: Mixon had 119 carries and 21 receptions in six games in 2020 before going down due to injury. He's in line to be a top-end RB1 if the Bengals' key offensive players can stay healthy this year.
Posted 4/30/2021 12:59 am GMT
Louisiana State WR Ja'Marr Chase was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with the fifth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Chase played with Joe Burrows in college, so they should have a good connection right away. He likely will be one of the starting receivers as a rookie and could be a No. 3 or No. 4 fantasy receiver.
Posted 4/23/2021 5:18 pm GMT
Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd leads all wide receivers with 1,515 receiving yards out of the slot since the start of the 2019 season, according to Pro Football Focus data. Boyd also is tied for second with 216 receptions and is tied for first with 15 receptions of 15-plus yards out of the slot.
Huddle Up: Boyd actually had a down year in 2020, finishing 30th among fantasy wideouts with 192.0 PPR points coming off seasons of 221.1 (2018) and 226.9 (2019) points. Even if the Bengals use the No. 5 pick on one of the draft's elite outside wideouts, his low-end WR2 production should still be reliable with opposing defenses forced to divert their attention.
Posted 4/21/2021 2:35 am GMT
Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow (knee) told The Cris Collinsworth Podcast on Tuesday, April 20, that he is 'feeling really good.' Burrow told Collinsworth that he began dropping back and throwing more than a week ago. 'I'm very optimistic about where I'm at and also where the team is at. Rehab is going very, very well and lifting is going very, very well. I'm in great shape. Legs feel good; knee feels good. There's still a long way to go, but I'm expecting to be there on the first snap of 2021. I'm expecting to play Game 1. I expect to take part in practice. I'm feeling really good. I'm ahead of schedule,' Burrow said.
Huddle Up: The same offensive line that contributed to Burrow's knee injury still needs to be addressed in a big way, but last year's No. 1 overall pick may be getting another electric playmaker if former LSU teammate Ja'Marr Chase ends up with the Bengals in the draft next week. Assuming Burrow is ready for Week 1, he will likely be a solid QB2 option with QB1 upside most weeks.
Posted 3/27/2021 1:27 am GMT
Cincinnati Bengals WR Tee Higgins (hamstring) is no longer bothered by the hamstring injury he suffered at the end of last season.
Huddle Up: Higgins topped 900 yards and caught six touchdowns as a rookie, and with A.J. Green no longer in the picture and Joe Burrow expected back under center, he could easily top those numbers in 2021. Consider him a WR3 with upside.
Posted 3/10/2021 6:17 pm GMT
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (foot) is working out and has recovered from his foot injury, according to head coach Zac Taylor.
Huddle Up: Mixon is a solid fantasy running back when healthy and should have a significant role in the offense next season. He should be at least a No. 2 back in all fantasy leagues next season.
Posted 2/10/2021 12:11 am GMT
Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow (knee) is on track to begin running with a soft target of Wednesday, Feb. 10, which would be exactly 10 weeks after the reconstructive surgery on his left knee. He could begin throwing Wednesday, Feb. 24.
Huddle Up: Each of these timelines will be important in Burrow's potential return in time for Week 1 of the 2021 season. So long as all progresses according to plan, he'll be a low- to mid-tier QB1 in 2021 fantasy drafts.
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