Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals
AFC North | 2-14-0
Rank: 32nd
Avg Yds
Rank: 25th
Avg PYds
Rank: 18th
Avg RYds
Rank: 24th
Posted 8/11/2020 2:42 am UTC
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green has dedicated much of his offseason training to injury avoidance, including working with a former acquaintance, Reza Hesam, who co-founded Adapt Physical Therapy, which focuses on injury prevention in addition to working on performance.
Huddle Up: Green just turned 32 and if he's able to finish the Bengals' Week 1 game, it'll be his first full contest in nearly two calendar years (October of 2018). With all of the current concerns, Green enters 2020 as a high-end WR3 with upside.
Posted 8/10/2020 5:48 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon 'could be as well-positioned as Christian McCaffrey was a year ago to explode,' according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora. According to La Canfora, head coach Zac Taylor 'truly began to understand and appreciate' Mixon's ability over the second half of last season and intends to lean on him heavily in 2020.
Huddle Up: This is obviously music to the ears of current fantasy owners of Mixon, whose talent has never been in question. Whether he is set up to be this year's McCaffrey is another story, but he is only one season removed from leading the AFC in rushing and has been generally been underutilized as a receiver for most of his pro career. Fantasy owners should not hesitate to select Mixon at the 1-2 turn of most drafts.
Posted 8/10/2020 3:41 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green impressed teammates with his athleticism last week. 'We're just running routes and haven't gone full speed against the defense,' said tight end C.J. Uzomah, who had to laugh at sophomore tight end Drew Sample's reaction when they ran routes. 'Drew only saw him last year for, what, that first practice? He said, 'I forgot how explosive he is.' I told him, 'You haven't seen the half of it yet.''
Huddle Up: Green has always been a super talented player, but injuries have dogged him three out of four years. He'll fly under the radar a bit at 32, and he's still worth the WR3 investment.
Posted 8/09/2020 3:06 am UTC
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green said his training regiment is designed to help him avoid the injuries he has dealt with the last couple of seasons. 'We did more stuff in testing those ankles, strengthen those ankles, strengthen these toes, learning how to land better,' Green said. 'Just little things like that I didn't do in previous years.'
Huddle Up: Even if Green is able to stay healthy in 2020, he will still be working with a rookie quarterback. He is worth grabbing as a WR3, but don't bank on Green rejoining the ranks of the elite fantasy receivers.
Posted 8/07/2020 10:16 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon may receive a bigger role in the passing game this season, according to offensive coordinator Brian Callahan.
Huddle Up: Mixon will see plenty of carries in the running game but may be a popular target for Joe Burrow out of the backfield. Mixon should already be considered a starting running back in all fantasy leagues but more catches would increase his value.
Posted 7/29/2020 11:21 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow is still on track to being the starting quarterback for the Bengals in Week 1 even though he did not practice during the offseason, according to head coach Zac Taylor.
Huddle Up: Burrow will not be able to play in any preseason games, so he probably will have struggles during the early part of the 2020 season. He should be selected in all keeper leagues but probably is more of a No. 2 fantasy quarterback in standard leagues.
Posted 7/28/2020 8:26 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals second-round pick WR Tee Higgins signed his four-year rookie contract Tuesday, July 28. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
Huddle Up: Higgins projects to be the future No. 1 receiver for the Bengals and has immense potential while working alongside QB Joe Burrow. The two may struggle early in 2020, however, due to limited offseason reps. He shouldn't be taken higher than a WR3 in redraft leagues.
Posted 7/28/2020 6:06 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow agreed to terms Tuesday, July 28, on a four-year, $36 million rookie contract. The deal is fully guaranteed, and he'll receive $23.9 million in signing bonus money. Cincinnati has a team option for a fifth year, per NFL rules.
Huddle Up: The top pick in the draft is locked in for 2020, which wasn't ever in doubt. The Bengals have plenty of weapons to help ease his transition, but the abbreviated offseason and lack of a preseason undoubtedly will stunt his growth in the short term. Burrow isn't worth owning as more than a fringe QB2 in conventional games or respectable third QB gamble in best-ball drafts.
Posted 7/25/2020 5:11 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green said recently he has yet to meet new Bengals QB Joe Burrow in person, but he was quick to add that he is excited about the team's offensive talent and says he doesn't expect it to take long for everyone to get on the same page. 'A lot of people play into the (narrative of) 'how long does it take to get clicking,' ' Green said. 'We're all football players doing this for a long time. (Andy Dalton) and I came in in 2011 and we went 9-7, and we didn't have any kind of expectations. I feel like when you have the No. 1 pick, and what we did in free agency and me coming back, (Tyler Boyd) is coming back, John (Ross), Tee (Higgins) and all these pieces that we added on defense, I feel like the talent level that we have now is way different than what we had in 2011.'
Huddle Up: The Cincy offense should definitely be a marked improvement over the 2019 unit which averaged only 17.4 points per contest (30th in the league), and Green's return figures to be a big part of that. But there are still so many questions (new offense/QB, hasn't played a full game since Oct. 2018, age 32) surrounding Green that he shouldn't be drafted much higher than a WR3 for now.
Posted 7/17/2020 6:30 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green said Friday, July 17, that he wants to 'play another four years, and I hope to retire as a Bengal.'
Huddle Up: To say that much will depend on Green's comeback 2020 season is an understatement after he failed to reach a long-term agreement with Cincy.
Posted 7/15/2020 8:20 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green did not reach a long-term agreement with the Bengals before the July 15 deadline and will play under the one-year franchise tag tender offer.
Huddle Up: Green did not play last season but appears to be on track to play in 2020. He should be a popular target for Joe Burrow and can be at least a No. 2 fantasy receiver if he can stay healthy.
Posted 6/22/2020 10:16 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green has not signed his one-year franchise tag tender offer at this point. The two sides have until July 15 to reach a long-term agreement.
Huddle Up: Green likely will sign the tender if he does not receive a new contract. He has dealt with injuries over the last several season but is one of the better receivers in the NFL when healthy. Fantasy players can monitor his situation during training camp and can consider him at least a No. 2 fantasy receiver.
Posted 6/22/2020 2:34 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals No. 1 overall draft pick QB Joe Burrow has impressed head coach Zac Taylor with his preparation for meetings and mental acumen. 'He's been great,' Taylor said. 'As advertised is the best way to put it. You can tell he spends a lot of time on his own being prepared with questions and he's doing a great job taking ownership, which is important for a quarterback to do, and he's doing everything he can to own this offense. Been really impressed with him, but not surprised.'
Huddle Up: Burrow looks the part, and he figures to have enough upside that he'll likely be one of the final QB1s or first QB2s taken.
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.
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