Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 9/22/17 8:41am ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back, knee) is out of practice Friday, Sept. 22, and unlikely to play in Week 3.
Huddle Up: Tyler Kroft figures to take over, but the entire offense has been a mess this season. Look elsewhere for a tight end in fantasy.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 9/22/17 9:27am ET
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back, knee) has been ruled out for Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers.
Huddle Up: It's an expected outcome after missing practice all week, but that doesn't make it any less frustrating for his fantasy owners. Already one of the league's most injury-prone players, Eifert produced only four catches for 46 scoreless yards in his first two games. Owners should not hesitate moving on from him if they need the room on their roster or, at the very least, add a player like Benjamin Watson or Zach Miller to help them through Eifert's absence. Cincinnati will use C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Kroft to replace him.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 9/21/17 8:45am ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (knee, back) is out of practice Thursday, Sept. 21, and appears unlikely to play in Week 3, in the opinion of ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Huddle Up: The entire offense has sputtered, and Tyler Kroft looks like he'll be the starter against the Green Bay Packers. He's only a basement option in DFS formats.
John Ross - WRPosted 9/21/17 11:28pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (knee) 'tweaked' his knee during the team's practice Thursday, Sept. 21, and he'll likely require an MRI.
Huddle Up: Ross, who missed Week 1 with a knee injury and sat out Wednesday's practice due to illness, apparently walked off under his own power without a noticeable limp. Ross had 'lottery ticket' potential given Green Bay's secondary troubles in Atlanta, but this certainly throws his Week 3 status into serious doubt.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 9/20/17 11:05am ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (knee, back) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 20.
Huddle Up: Perhaps the league's most injury-prone tight end, Eifert has been a victim of the Bengals' woeful offense the first two weeks of the season, as Cincinnati has yet to score a touchdown. Perhaps the change at offensive coordinator to Bill Lazor will spark the offense, but Eifert can be benched in most leagues - assuming he can play in Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers - until the offense shows some signs of life.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 9/18/17 8:52am ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back, knee) is battling back and knee injuries, and his status for Week 3 is uncertain.
Huddle Up: Eifert has been less than durable for a few seasons now, and he, along with the entire offense, has struggled to open the season. If he suits up, you're still probably better off finding a different option for now.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 9/14/17 11:20am ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton has a 1-5 record and thrown three touchdowns and seven interceptions in six career games against the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Dalton is in dire need of a bounce-back game after a horrendous start in Week 1 in which he threw four interceptions and lost a fumble. Considering Dalton's history against Houston, this may not be the week to bet on that rebound. Keep him on the bench if you have a better option.
Tyler Boyd - WRPosted 9/14/17 4:27pm ET
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd (hamstring) is not playing in Week 2 because of a tight hamstring, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Owners should look for more on Boyd's injury after the game to see if he will miss more time. Brandon LaFell and John Ross should receive more playing time with Boyd out and could be flex options in some deeper leagues.
Tyler Boyd - WRPosted 9/14/17 4:15pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd has been declared inactive for the team's Week 2 game against the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: It is not known why Boyd is inactive, so owners should keep an eye on the situation. Brandon LaFell and Jos Ross may receive more targets with Boyd sitting and could be flex options in some deeper leagues, but owners should not expect big numbers from either player.
John Ross - WRPosted 9/14/17 4:28pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (knee) is officially active for the team's Week 2 game.
Huddle Up: Ross will be making his NFL debut against the Houston Texans and could see more time than expected with Tyler Boyd sidelined. He probably will be used as a deep threat and slot receiver which makes him a possible flex option in deeper leagues because of his touchdown potential.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 9/14/17 7:42pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (undisclosed) exited against the Houston Texans and is being worked on by trainers on the sidelines Thursday, Sept. 14.
Huddle Up: Eifert appeared to be having his leg and hip stretched, but stay tuned for updates. He is a TE1 candidate whenever he suits up, but injuries continue to be a problem.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 9/14/17 9:17pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton will remain the starting quarterback, according to head coach Marvin Lewis, who said Dalton's job was not in jeopardy.
Huddle Up: A lot of people liked Cincinnati to bounce back after a disappointing 2016, but through two games they look like one of the NFL's worst teams, and a lot of that starts with Dalton, who has gone consecutive games without passing for a TD since October of 2014. Lewis offered a vote of confidence, but we'll see how long that lasts because if the Bengals don't play better, Lewis' job will be on the line as well. At that point, all bets are off. Dalton, who entered 2017 as a midrange QB2, should stay mired to your bench until further notice.
Joe Mixon - RBPosted 9/14/17 9:36pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon gained 36 yards on nine carries against the Houston Texans Thursday, Sept. 14, both of which led the team. He added one reception for five yards.
Huddle Up: Mixon's modest 4.0 YPC in Week 2 dwarfed those of Gio Bernard (2.0 YPC) and Jeremy Hill (2.8), though a long gain of seven yards tells you there was nothing explosive about Cincy's offense Thursday night. The Bengals will have a few extra days to regroup before Week 3, so we'll see if they solider on with their three-headed approach to the running game. Mixon's upside is too high to cut him loose at this juncture.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 9/14/17 9:21pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill carried six times for 17 yards and caught a two-yard pass against the Houston Texans in Week 2.
Huddle Up: Make it two weeks in a row for Hill with exactly six carries and one reception -- hardly the stuff of fantasy relevance. Even with backfield mates Gio Bernard and Joe Mixon failing to distinguish themselves, Hill's prospects seem the bleakest of the bunch going forward. At best he can be stashed on your bench, but don't go out of your way to keep him there.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 9/14/17 9:50pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green tallied 67 yards on five receptions (13.4 yards per reception) against the Houston Texans in Week 2. He was targeted eight times in the loss.
Huddle Up: Green's final line isn't terrible, but 50 of those 67 yards came on one catch, leaving just 17 for the other five (3.4 YPC). He'll get his next chance to break out against a revamped yet unproven Green Bay Packers secondary in Week 3. He's too talented to keep out of your lineup, and you certainly wouldn't want to sell low on him now. Stay the course.
Giovani Bernard - RBPosted 9/14/17 9:42pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard managed just 10 yards on five carries Thursday, Sept. 14, against the Houston Texans. Bernard was targeted four times in the passing game, which led to two catches for 16 yards.
Huddle Up: On some level it makes sense to ease Bernard, who tore his ACL last November, back into action, but it's unclear that's what's happening as all three of Cincinnati's RBs are getting just a handful of touches each game. Bernard offers a unique skill set and should eventually hold value in PPR leagues, however, so don't cut bait just yet.
John Ross - WRPosted 9/14/17 9:59pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (knee) had one carry for 12 yards against the Houston Texans on Thursday, Sept. 14. He was not targeted as a receiver and fumbled his lone carry, which was recovered by Houston.
Huddle Up: It was surprising that Ross was active, but any plans to use him apparently went up in smoke when he put the ball on the ground on his first official NFL touch. While brighter days are certainly ahead there's no pressing reason to get Ross in your lineup.
Tyler Boyd - WRPosted 9/14/17 10:24pm ET
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd was not inactive for medical reasons, according to head coach Marvin Lewis. It was originally believed Boyd was suffering from a hamstring injury.
Huddle Up: The plot thickens. Boyd, a second-round pick last year, was down after the team chose to activate John Ross, but it's at least somewhat surprising Boyd was the casualty instead of Alex Erickson. Already a marginal option, Boyd is currently of no interest outside deep leagues.
John Ross - WRPosted 9/11/17 3:11pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (knee) fully participated in the team's walkthrough Monday, Sept. 11.
Huddle Up: Ross missed the first game of the season but may have a chance to play against the Houston Texans. He probably would receive limited snaps if he is active for the game and can be avoided in most leagues.
John Ross - WRPosted 9/10/17 6:45am ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (knee) is not expected to play in Week 1's game against the Baltimore Ravens, although he may try to test out the injury during pregame warmups, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Ross was a limited participant in practice during the week but could be held out until Week 3 due to a sprained knee that he suffered in the final preseason game. Seasonal owners should continue to keep him stashed on their roster. WRs Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd should see more targets in Ross' absence.
John Ross - WRPosted 9/10/17 9:18am ET
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (knee) is not active for Week 1's game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: Ross could also be held out of Week 2's game against the Houston Texans because of the sprained left knee he suffered in the preseason finale. Once he returns to action, WRs Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd could see a reduced number of snaps. Seasonal owners, particularly those in dynasty leagues, should continue to be patient.
Tyler Boyd - WRPosted 9/10/17 6:23pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd snared just one reception for 11 yards in Week 1 against the Ravens. He was targeted four times.
Huddle Up: Boyd didn't do much behind A.J. Green and Brandon LaFell, and it didn't help that Andy Dalton was a complete train wreck in the opener. Boyd has some upside, but for now he is more of a receiver to stash for later use rather than use in active fantasy lineups right now.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 9/10/17 6:22pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert was targeted just once in Week 1 against the Ravens, posting a four-yard reception.
Huddle Up: Eifert has had some difficulty staying on the field in recent seasons, but all indications are he is 100 percent heading into this season. It was a disappointing start for a tight end with TE1 ability, especially as a red zone threat. He'll try to bounce back in Week 2 against Houston on Thursday.
Brandon LaFell - WRPosted 9/10/17 6:21pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell racked up three catches for 24 yards on five targets in Week 1 against Baltimore.
Huddle Up: LaFell is second in the pecking order in Cincinnati for receptions and that's exactly where he slotted behind A.J. Green. It was an ugly game all around for the Bengals offense. Expect some improvement from LaFell heading into Week 2 against the Texans.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 9/10/17 6:21pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green posted five receptions for 74 yards on a game-high 10 targets in Week 1 against the Ravens.
Huddle Up: A couple of times Andy Dalton got in trouble trying to force it into his favorite receiver and the results weren't terribly favorable. The Cincinnati offense was terrible, getting shut out in the loss, but Green still wasn't a total disaster from a fantasy perspective.
Joe Mixon - RBPosted 9/10/17 6:20pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals rookie RB Joe Mixon rushed eight times for just nine yards in Week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens, and he added three grabs for 15 yards.
Huddle Up: Mixon, Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard each split the tailback duties fairly evenly in the opener, but Bernard did the most with his opportunities. Mixon has a ton of upside and will be a fantasy stud before too long, but avoid using him in Week 2 against Houston on a short week.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 9/10/17 6:19pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill rushed six times for 26 yards with one grab for minus-2 yards in Week 1 against Baltimore.
Huddle Up: Hill had a total of seven touches to eight total touches for Giovani Bernard and 11 touches for Joe Mixon. The distribution was fairly even among the triumvirate with Bernard perhaps the most attractive from a fantasy perspective. The Bengals host the Texans in Week 2 on Thursday night.
Giovani Bernard - RBPosted 9/10/17 6:19pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard rushed seven times for 40 yards in Week 1 against Baltimore and he added one catch for 39 yards.
Huddle Up: Bernard, Jeremy Hill and Joe Mixon nearly split the carries evenly, but Bernard had the most production with 79 total yards. As such, Bernard looks like the more attractive of the trio from a fantasy perspective heading into Week 2 against the Texans on Thursday night.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 9/10/17 6:18pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton completed 16 of his 31 pass attempts for 170 yards, no touchdowns and four interceptions in the Week 1 loss against the Ravens.
Huddle Up: The Red Rifle finished with a quarterback rating of just 28.4, which is not exactly the type of start he or his fantasy owners envisioned. He is a borderline fantasy play heading into Week 2 against the Texans on a short week.
Giovani Bernard - RBPosted 9/8/17 9:17am ET
Cincinnati Bengals RBs Jeremy Hill, Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard are expected to begin the season in a committee, according to running backs coach Kyle Caskey. 'You plan initially for it and try to put guys in the right places for what their talents can do and once the game gets going there is a flow to it. If a guy does have a little juice to him at that time then you stick with him,' Caskey said.
Huddle Up: The Bengals have a history of taking it easy on their rookie running backs, but it seems a bit ridiculous in this case, as Hill hasn't been very effective or efficient since his rookie season in 2014. Mixon is the superior talent, so owners need to remain patient. About the only near-certainties in Cincinnati's backfield are that Bernard is expected to see most of the third-down work and Hill is likely to get the bulk of the work at the goal line. It's up to Mixon to make it obvious he needs to be playing the rest of the time.
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