Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals
AFC North | 2-14-0
Rank: 32nd
Avg Yds
Rank: 25th
Avg PYds
Rank: 18th
Avg RYds
Rank: 24th
Posted 5/12/2020 3:25 am UTC
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon broke 61 tackles in 2019, making him one of four backs last season and one of seven backs since 2015 to top 60 in a single season.
Huddle Up: Once the Bengals committed to feeding Mixon in Week 8, his season really took off. From that point on until the end of the season, he ranked third in the league with 883 rushing yards. While it is entirely possible Cincinnati takes it easy on him early again in 2020, the returns of left tackle Jonah Williams and receiver A.J. Green should go a long way to helping him enjoy a career year. Mixon should be a strong RB1 option in fantasy this season.
Posted 5/10/2020 1:10 am UTC
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon is 'the type of guy you want to lock up to a long-term deal,' according to director of player personnel Duke Tobin.
Huddle Up: Mixon has been a workhorse back for the Bengals the last two years, and his role isn't going to change in 2020. He should be a low-end RB1 in standard formats regardless of his contract situation, but an extension would bolster Mixon's value in dynasty leagues a bit.
Posted 5/08/2020 7:47 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green said he has been in communication with rookie QB Joe Burrow about working out together whenever the pandemic guidelines permit. 'We've been talking back and forth. We were talking (texting?) yesterday and I know he wants to get together and throw somewhere,' Green said. 'I told him wherever he is, we'll come to him. I don't know where, when, how. It's all who can fly where and when. He's the quarterback. He makes his location and we have to get there.' When asked about a timeline, Green said, ''We'll see,' before pivoting to speak on his health. 'Whatever happens is going to happen. When the time comes, I'll be in the best shape to play my best ball this year no matter what happens. The best shape of my life.'
Huddle Up: It's hard to remain fully optimistic about Green staying healthy, but he has earned the benefit of the doubt for a WR2 gamble. His fantasy football value is dicey for reasons in addition to the ankle injury. An offseason with a major question mark of whether there even will be a true training camp -- more in terms of stunting Burrow's development -- is as frightening as Green's durability prospects.
Posted 5/08/2020 5:44 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon is the only NFL running back with 500-plus carries and no fumbles since 2018, according to Pro Football Focus data.
Huddle Up: Mixon had a stellar second half last season to finish as fantasy's 12th-ranked running back. Avoiding negative-two-point fumbles only helps the cause, and look for him to finish a little higher in the RB1 ranks with a better offensive supporting cast this season.
Posted 5/08/2020 1:11 am UTC
Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow and his team opened as five-point underdogs against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 1, according to Caesars Sportsbook. Since 1989, quarterbacks selected first overall in the NFL draft have gone 3-16 against the spread in their first start.
Huddle Up: The Bengals will likely lean heavily on RB Joe Mixon early in the 2020 season while Burrow gets his feet under him. WR Tee Higgins was selected in the second round of the draft and joins a fairly strong receiving corps with A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd and John Ross III, so Burrow will have weapons at his disposal if he's able to form chemistry during the condensed offseason programs.
Posted 5/02/2020 9:50 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross will not have his fifth-year option exercised this offseason, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Ross is scheduled to be a free agent next offseason since his option will not be picked up. He probably will compete with Tee Higgins for the No. 3 receiver job during training camp. He could be a late round option in deeper leagues but likely will not have a lot of fantasy value.
Posted 4/30/2020 1:49 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow has been officially anointed the starter after the team released QB Andy Dalton Thursday, April 30.
Huddle Up: Burrow has polish and moxie, and there are a few decent weapons around him - depending on the health of WR A.J. Green. Burrow will be a high-upside QB2 in fantasy.
Posted 4/28/2020 4:26 am UTC
Cincinnati Bengals rookie WR Tee Higgins becomes an interesting option on offense due to his versatility. While at Clemson, Higgins played all three receiver positions, which allowed the team to utilize him all over the field. 'Higgins is as complete a receiver as we've had come out of Clemson,' said Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney.
Huddle Up: The Bengals are deep at receiver, which might slow the second-round pick from making a quick impact. However, with rookie QB Joe Burrow, the future is bright. Consider him a WR6, with higher upside in dynasty leagues.
Posted 4/08/2020 10:52 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals franchise free-agent WR A.J. Green (ankle) has completely recovered from his ankle injury and is working out in Atlanta, according to head coach Zac Taylor.
Huddle Up: Green has only played nine games over the last two seasons, but he appears to be on track for the 2020 season. He is a risky option because of his injury history but can be a weekly starting option in all leagues if he is healthy.
Posted 3/26/2020 12:29 pm UTC
Updating previous reports, Cincinnati Bengals SS Vonn Bell will receive $11.5 million of the $18 million in his deal during the first two years. Not all of it is guaranteed, but he'll see $7 million in the first year.
Huddle Up: He missed three games last year, and he still ended up as the seventh-ranked defensive back in fantasy points. He should remain a rock-solid DB1 with his new club.
Posted 3/16/2020 2:42 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green received the franchise tag Monday, March 16.
Huddle Up: Green will be 32 when the season begins, and he has had constant injury issues the last three of the last four years. He'll be a low-end WR2 in PPR at best, but the WR3 label is optimal.
Posted 3/12/2020 6:25 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals WR Auden Tate (knee) has been cleared to resume all football-related activities, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Tate posted 575 yards and one touchdown in 12 games this past season and likely will serve as the No. 3 receiver for the Bengals if A.J. Green returns. He can be considered a late round option in fantasy drafts.
Posted 2/29/2020 3:28 pm UTC
The Cincinnati Bengals are interested in extending the contract of WR A.J. Green, although ongoing discussions about a potential new collective bargaining agreement have stalled negotiations, according to multiple sources. If the team is unable to finalize a long-term deal by March 10, Green is likely to receive the franchise tag.
Huddle Up: Green, who will turn 32 in July, has expressed interest in remaining in Cincinnati and would be an elite receiving option for presumptive No. 1 draft pick Joe Burrow to work with, provided that he can stay healthy. However, the fact that he has played just 17 offensive snaps since October 2018 is a major concern, so he should be viewed as a low-end WR2 or high-end WR3 option for now.
Posted 2/29/2020 3:07 pm UTC
The Cincinnati Bengals are interested in signing RB Joe Mixon to a contract extension, although continuing discussions about a possible new collective bargaining agreement have stalled negotiations. He is entering the final year of his current contract.
Huddle Up: Mixon, who will turn 24 in July, rushed for 1,137 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground in 2019, along with 35 catches for 287 yards and three receiving touchdowns. He should be viewed as a high-end RB2 option for next season's fantasy drafts.
Posted 2/22/2020 5:35 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (foot) wasn't dealt at the trade deadline last fall, making it highly unlikely that the Bengals will let him walk in free agency, in the opinion of Pro Football Focus analyst Anthony Treash.
Huddle Up: It would certainly be a boon for presumptive No. 1 draft pick Joe Burrow to have Green as his top target, but also keep in mind that Green will turn 32 in July and has played a grand total of 17 offensive snaps since October of 2018. He's now a WR2/3 until proven otherwise on the field.
Posted 2/21/2020 4:03 am UTC
Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent WR A.J. Green (foot) 'wants out of Cincinnati,' in the opinion of an NFC executive, and the executive believes Green would be a 'good fit' for the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: Green has battled a variety of injuries in recent years, including last season's foot injury, but he has been one of the best receivers in the league when healthy. Despite the injury concerns, Green is worth a look as a high-end WR2.
Posted 2/07/2020 4:21 am UTC
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard could be a cap casualty this offseason, according to Joe Goodberry of The Athletic. The Bengals would save $2.8 million in cap space by releasing Bernard.
Huddle Up: There was a point in his career when Bernard was a true complementary piece in the Cincinnati backfield and a solid flex option in PPR formats. With Joe Mixon now monopolizing the touches, Bernard will be no more than a handcuff if he remains with the Bengals.
Posted 1/23/2020 6:22 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green, a pending free agent, could receive the franchise tag from the Bengals this offseason. 'The franchise tag is not the best thing,' Green said in a TV interview. 'But like I said, I'm not turning down 18 million dollars. It just happens. When you run a business, you have to make difficult decisions. But I feel like when you put that on me, then that's what you're showing me, you only want me for one year. And I always play with a chip on my shoulder.'
Huddle Up: Green's situation will be one of the intriguing offseason storylines -- in fantasy and reality -- to follow, but keep in mind he'll turn 31 in July and, more importantly, has played a total of 17 actual snaps since Week 8 of the 2018 season. That sets up a fantasy sleeper situation, rife with boom or bust potential.
Posted 12/30/2019 5:33 pm UTC
Impending free-agent WR A.J. Green (ankle) made it clear Monday, Dec. 30, that his preference is to remain with the Cincinnati Bengals. 'If something should get done, then I'm here. I want to be here. I think they want me here. We'll see what happens,' Green told reporters.
Huddle Up: Green has played a total of nine games over the last two seasons, including none in 2019 after suffering an ankle injury during the team's first training camp practice. He showed the ability to play at a high level when he was on the field in 2018, but there's also plenty of recent evidence to suggest his body may not be able to withstand the rigors of an NFL season anymore. Considering Green wants to return, expect Cincinnati to get a somewhat highly incentivized deal done with him before the start of free agency.
Posted 12/26/2019 7:46 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals CB William Jackson III (shoulder) and WR Stanley Morgan (concussion) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 26. DT Geno Atkins (rest), TE Tyler Eifert (rest), CB Darqueze Dennard (knee), CB Tony McRae (concussion) and OG John Miller (concussion) practiced in full.
Posted 12/23/2019 6:03 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (ankle) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Dec. 23.
Huddle Up: The Bengals have carried him on the roster all season long even though he has yet to play a snap. Cincinnati will close the season out against the Cleveland Browns with Tyler Boyd, John Ross and Alex Erickson soaking up the bulk of the reps at receiver.
Posted 12/23/2019 12:30 am UTC
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross ended up with six receptions for 84 yards on 13 targets in Week 16 against the Miami Dolphins.
Huddle Up: Ross had his most receiving yardage since Sept. 15, and his most catches since Week 1. He certainly picked a good time to break back out. He'll look to finish up strong in Week 17 against the Cleveland Browns.
Posted 12/23/2019 12:25 am UTC
Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd rolled up nine receptions for 128 yards and two touchdowns on 15 targets in Week 16 against the Miami Dolphins.
Huddle Up: Boyd was outstanding in this one, and surprisingly helped people to a fantasy championship. He had several big performances this season, but none bigger than this one. The Bengals wrap up their season in Week 17 against the visiting Cleveland Browns.
Posted 12/23/2019 12:23 am UTC
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon rushed 21 times for just 50 yards in Week 16 against the Miami Dolphins while adding two grabs for 23 yards.
Huddle Up: Mixon was disappointing in what should have been a favorable fantasy matchup, but instead it was the passing game that shined through instead. Mixon will look to finish up strong in Week 17 against the visiting Cleveland Browns.
Posted 12/22/2019 5:14 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (illness) is active for the team's Week 16 game, but his role is uncertain since he has been dealing with an illness, according to's Marisa Contipelli.
Huddle Up: Mixon has been playing well over the last few weeks but may be a risky option since he may not receive his normal workload. He probably should still be a starting option in leagues, but fantasy players could consider other options if available.
Posted 12/21/2019 3:42 am UTC
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon has rushed for 136 yards and a 146 yards, respectively, in his last two games. He faces the Miami Dolphins in Week 16, and the Dolphins are allowing the second-most rushing yards per game this season.
Huddle Up: Mixon has been a different back in the second half of the season, and he has run for at least 79 yards in five of his last six games. He will have RB1 upside against one of the worst run defenses in the league.
Posted 12/20/2019 10:41 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 20, and has been ruled out for Week 16.
Huddle Up: Green probably will miss the entire 2019 season because of the ankle injury and is a disappointment to fantasy players. Tyler Boyd should be a starting option in fantasy leagues, while John Ross could be a possible flex option in deeper leagues.
Posted 12/20/2019 7:11 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (calf) was a full participant in practice Friday, Dec. 20, and will carry no injury designation into Week 16.
Huddle Up: After averaging 23.8 touches per game over his last six outings and topping 100 rushing yards three times in that span, Mixon has been an RB1 over the season's second half and is a no-doubt starter Sunday in Miami.
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