Giovani Bernard - RBPosted 2/19/17 8:16am ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee) is making solid progress in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and could avoid landing on the PUP list, according to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com. However, Hobson believes there is still a possibility that he could miss the first game or two of the 2017 regular season.
Huddle Up: With RBs Cedric Peerman and Rex Burkhead set to become free agents, Jeremy Hill could open the 2017 campaign as the starting running back in Cincinnati, although the Bengals could target someone during the early rounds of the draft. In the event that Bernard is available for the season opener, Hill is still worthy of consideration as a flex option in many fantasy formats because the team is likely to use him as a goal-line specialist.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 2/19/17 7:05pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert had five touchdowns in eight games in 2016, and he has 18 touchdowns in 21 games over the last two seasons combined.
Huddle Up: Injuries keep derailing Eifert, but when he is on the field, he is a monster in the red zone. Even with the injury risk, he is worth the gamble as a midrange TE1.
Tyler Boyd - WRPosted 1/26/17 9:12pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd was mentioned by head coach Marvin Lewis as a player who needs to contribute more in 2017.
Huddle Up: Boyd caught 54 passes for 603 yards in his rookie year, and he could emerge as the No. 2 receiver in Cincinnati in 2017. Grab him as a depth option in the later rounds of drafts and hope he flips the switch.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 1/5/17 5:40pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill will likely serve as the backup running back and goal-line specialist in 2017, according to beat writer Paul Dehner Jr.
Huddle Up: Hill's value would take a hit if he becomes the backup, but as long as he is handling carries around the goal line, he will remain a viable flex option for fantasy owners.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 1/2/17 8:33am ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) said the prognosis on his back is good, and he'll definitely be back for training camp. He has a meeting with a doctor in a couple of days.
Huddle Up: Eifert was productive when he was on the field after ankle surgery kept him out for the start of the season. He's an injury risk, but no doubt he'll be among the midrange TE1 area in next year's drafts.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 1/1/17 8:47am ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (knee) is inactive for Week 17's game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: Hill was a limited participant in practice Friday, Dec. 30, and had been listed as questionable on the injury report. He will finish the season with 839 rushing yards, 174 receiving yards and nine touchdowns through 15 games. Rex Burkhead is expected to see the bulk of the carries for the Bengals this afternoon and is worthy of consideration as a flex option in many leagues.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 12/31/16 8:19am ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (hamstring) was placed on season-ending injured reserve Saturday, Dec. 31.
Huddle Up: The 28-year-old Green had 66 receptions, 964 receiving yards and four touchdowns through 10 games this season. He will be completely healthy for the start of the 2017 campaign and should be viewed as a high-end WR1 in all fantasy formats.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 12/30/16 1:38pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 30, and is listed as questionable for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Hill probably will be a game-time decision, so owners will need to check the inactive list before deciding on their lineups. He probably would be limited if he plays, so owners may want to look for healthier options to use and avoid Hill. Rex Burkhead would receive most of the work if Hill is ruled out and could be a flex option in leagues.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 12/29/16 6:10am ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) underwent back surgery Tuesday, Dec. 28, according to head coach Marvin Lewis.
Huddle Up: Eifert was productive in his injury-shortened season. The back surgery isn't expected to cut into the 2017 season, but his inability to stay healthy gives him some questions as a high-end TE1.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 12/29/16 12:17pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 29.
Huddle Up: Hill's status for Week 17 is uncertain at this point, but owners will know more about his availability after practice Friday, Dec. 30. Hill can be a No. 2 running back if he plays, but owners should have other options in case he is ruled out.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 12/29/16 8:36pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (knee) is unlikely to play against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 17.
Huddle Up: Rex Burkhead would likely lead the backfield if Hill sits, but he would still just be a flex option against a stout Baltimore run defense.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 12/29/16 8:45pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green hasn't been around much and hasn't been attending team meetings this week, according to players.
Huddle Up: Green declared himself ready to return from a hamstring injury prior to the Week 16 contest, so he is likely unhappy about being held out the final two games and missing out on a chance to reach 1,000 yards. The decision is understandable considering the Bengals have nothing to play for, and Green will still be a WR1 when 2017 rolls around.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 12/28/16 1:16pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 28.
Huddle Up: Hill was able to play in Week 16 despite the injury but was limited to eight yards on seven carries. Owners should check on his status later in the week but he should be considered a No. 2 running back if he is active.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 12/27/16 8:05am ET
Updating previous reports, Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) had surgery recommended to correct a disc problem in his back, which has become more uncomfortable in recent weeks, according to multiple sources. The 2017 season isn't in jeopardy.
Huddle Up: Eifert performed well in spurts, but it was mostly a lost season plagued by injuries. He'll be a high-end tight end to target next season with another caution label.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 12/27/16 5:58pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green can become the second wide receiver in NFL history to attain 1,000 yards receiving in his first six seasons. Green needs 36 yards in Week 17 to accomplish the feat.
Huddle Up: It would be even more impressive if Green gets to 1,000 yards this year considering the fact that he has only played in 10 games so far. He's a perennial WR1 and should be drafted as such for the 2017 season.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 12/26/16 11:55am ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Dec. 26.
Huddle Up: It's not a big surprise when players go to the IR this late in the season with one game left to play. Cody Core played a huge role in the Bengals' offense last week with Eifert out. He should be a factor again in Week 17 for those still in contention and want to replace Eifert.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 12/25/16 12:45am ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton threw 28-for-41 for 268 yards, one touchdown and one interception in a 12-10 loss to the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Dalton's completion numbers early on were excellent, but he wasn't getting much yardage. The bulk of his effective work came in the second half. It's only fair to note Houston wasn't much better, but Dalton's struggles have kind of removed the QB1 label for the time being. If you start Dalton, you better have another very effective QB on your roster.
Brandon LaFell - WRPosted 12/25/16 3:36am ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell caught six of his 10 targeted passes for 130 yards and a touchdown in a 12-10 loss to the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: One of those passes was an 86-yard touchdown effort from Andy Dalton. Take that away and LaFell still has five catches for 44 yards. Not the best numbers, but no slouch either. Keep an eye on LaFell because he and Andy Dalton seem to have developed a rapport in A.J. Green's absence.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 12/24/16 6:50am ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (hamstring) will not play in Week 16's game against the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Green was a limited participant in the team's first two practice sessions during the week before practicing fully Friday, Dec. 23. However, the Bengals have decided to hold him out of action as a precautionary measure. WRs Tyler Boyd and Brandon LaFell will continue to see a decent number of targets and should be viewed as low-end flex options for deep seasonal leagues.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 12/24/16 9:15am ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (hamstring) is not expected to play in the team's Week 17 game, according to a source. He has already been ruled out for Week 16.
Huddle Up: It appears that the Bengals are being cautious with Green even though he thinks he can play. Owners can keep an eye on the story next week but should look for other options to use in their lineups.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 12/24/16 9:31am ET
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (hamstring) is not playing in Week 16 because the ownership decided to hold him out, according to sources. Green was not happy with the decision and it is not known known if he is still with the team or if he flew back to Cincinnati.
Huddle Up: Green is not expected to play again this season, so owners should look for other options to use in their lineups. Green should be fine for next season and will be a No. 1 receiver in all leagues.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 12/24/16 4:03pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (knee) is active for the Week 16 game against the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Hill will be a busy guy in the Cincinnati offense, as the Houston pass defense is strong and their run defense is simply mediocre. That's good for Hill's fantasy prospects.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 12/23/16 10:55am ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) has been ruled out for Week 16 against the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: It's been a wasted season for Eifert, who missed the first six games of the season recovering from ankle surgery as well as a back injury. Tyler Kroft is also injured, leaving C.J. Uzomah as the last man standing at the position. He won't be worth using in fantasy, however, as the Texans have been stout against tight ends for most of the season.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 12/23/16 11:05am ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (hamstring) is listed as questionable on the team's injury report, although he has already confirmed he's been cleared to play in Week 16 versus the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: With so many key offensive players banged up, the Bengals certainly need him. However, he has been limited in practice all week and there's virtually no chance Cincinnati will push him to play full-time snaps in a meaningless contest after sitting out the previous four games. Owners who made it this far without Green probably have enough options at receiver to leave him on the bench during fantasy championship week.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 12/23/16 1:54pm ET
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (hamstring) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 23, and is listed as questionable for Week 16.
Huddle Up: Green expects to play in Week 16 but likely will receive limited snaps because he has missed multiple weeks. Owners can consider Green as a risky No. 3 receiver but should not count on a big game from him.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 12/23/16 1:44pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 23, and is listed as questionable for Week 16.
Huddle Up: Hill should be on track to play in Week 16 after having no restrictions during practice Friday, but owners should check on the inactive list to make sure of his status. He will continue to receive most of the work at running back and can be a No. 2 running back in leagues.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 12/23/16 8:01pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (knee) is listed as questionable to face the Houston Texans in Week 16, but he is expected to play, according to a team source.
Huddle Up: The Texans have a stout defense, but Hill's heavy workload and ability to find the end zone will keep him in the RB2 mix.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 12/22/16 9:34am ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (hamstring) said he believes he is healthy enough to play in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Green probably will see limited snaps if he is active for Week 16 because he has missed several games because of the injury. Green should still see some targets during the game, but owners should consider him as a No. 3 receiver.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 12/22/16 7:20pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 22.
Huddle Up: Eifert's status for Week 16 remains unclear, and fantasy owners need to have a backup plan in place.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 12/22/16 7:37pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (knee) returned to practice and was a limited participant Thursday, Dec. 22.
Huddle Up: Hill hasn't been an efficient runner, but he has nine touchdowns and has scored in three straight games. His ability to reach the end zone with regularity keeps him in the RB2 conversation in Week 16.
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