A.J. Green - WRPosted 7/22/17 9:21am ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green saw a 32.3-percent target share in Weeks 1 through 10 before he was lost for the season with a hamstring injury.
Huddle Up: Much of Green's heavy involvement had to do with the prolonged absence of Tyler Eifert as well as the struggles of the running game and the departure of Marvin Jones as well as Mohamed Sanu. Owners should expect the target share to fall back down closer to the 25-percent range - more typical for elite receivers - following the return of Eifert as well as the additions of John Ross and Joe Mixon. He remains firmly in the WR1 conversation, however.
Joe Mixon - RBPosted 7/13/17 5:58pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis admitted that RB Joe Mixon is 'off the charts talent-wise,' just from the brief time they have spent together on the football field. 'Big, fast, catch, run, see, smart -- and he's 20-year-old kid. He's as smart as a whip. You know, I mean, those things are fun. And I keep reminding everybody, he's a 20-year-old kid. Keep understanding that. Let Joe continue to grow and develop as we go.'
Huddle Up: There's no question about Mixton's talent level, as it was only off-the-field issues that pushed him into the second round of this year's draft. However, it may be hard to lean on him for consistent production in his rookie season, considering the other talented running backs on Cincinnati's roster. At the same time, Giovani Bernard may miss the first few regular season games, which could provide a valuable opportunity for the former Oklahoma star.
Brandon LaFell - WRPosted 7/7/17 1:26pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell likely will make the 53-man roster this season because it would leave at least $3 million of dead money on the salary cap if he was released, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Katherine Terrell. The Bengals also like that LaFell has a mentor-like relationship with WR A.J. Green.
Huddle Up: LaFell should continue to be one of the starting receivers for the Bengals in 2017 but could lose some targets because of the younger receivers on the team. He posted 862 yards and six touchdowns this past season and could be a No. 4 or No. 5 fantasy receiver if he can post similar numbers.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 7/7/17 6:35pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill is 'going to get some carries' and will remain a factor near the goal line, according to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com.
Huddle Up: The assumption is that Joe Mixon will eventually take control of Cincinnati's backfield, but Hill could have something to say about that. Mixon is without a doubt the better long-term option, but Hill could still be a flex play this season.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 7/1/17 7:07pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green said he wouldn't mind seeing fewer targets this season if it means the other receivers are contributing and the team is winning.
Huddle Up: Even if Green does see a few less targets, his role as Andy Dalton's go-to receiver isn't changing any time soon. He is a safe bet to deliver WR1 production again in 2017.
John Ross - WRPosted 6/13/17 7:10pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (shoulder) said his surgically repaired shoulder is feeling great and expects to be ready for the start of training camp. Ross appeared to be doing some things with the receiver group during practice Tuesday, June 13, but did not have a helmet.
Huddle Up: Ross likely will be used as a deep threat for the Bengals this season and could also receive some short passes to allow him to use his speed. Ross can be a late-round option for owners because of his big-play ability and probably will be more valuable in keeper leagues.
Joe Mixon - RBPosted 6/10/17 11:05am ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon has dropped 10 pounds since the rookie minicamp and currently weighs 228 pounds.
Huddle Up: Mixon probably will not start right away but should have a decent role in the offense as a rookie. Owners in standard leagues should consider Mixon a No. 4 running back at this point, but he will have more value in keeper leagues since he could be the Bengals starting running back in a year or two.
Joe Mixon - RBPosted 6/6/17 5:16pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals second-round RB Joe Mixon intends to spend at least two weeks training with New Orleans Saints RB Adrian Peterson in Houston following the conclusion of Cincinnati's mini-camp next week.
Huddle Up: Peterson and Mixon both went to school at Oklahoma. One would imagine only good can come out of training with a physical freak such as Peterson, so we can only hope this is the first of many smart decisions Mixon makes as a pro. The rookie will likely begin the season in some kind of committee with Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard, but the odds are strong he'll take over the backfield around midseason and serve as a high-upside RB2 if/when he does.
Joe Mixon - RBPosted 6/2/17 8:57am ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon, a second-round pick, signed his rookie four-year contract Friday, June 2.
Huddle Up: Mixon could be the third-down back to open the season and should find his way into the offense despite Gionvani Bernard and Jeremy Hill's presence. Mixon is a speculative RB4 or a good RB5.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 5/30/17 12:11pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green wants to play seven more years in the NFL, according to Geoff Hobson of bengals.com.
Huddle Up: Playing seven more seasons would put Green at a total of 13 seasons. That would be quite a career for one of the game's top receivers. Green has dealt with injuries over the course of his six seasons so far, especially last year, but he remains a top five fantasy receiver and deserves to be selected in the late-first or early-second round.
Giovani Bernard - RBPosted 5/28/17 5:35pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon could serve as the third-down back for the first few games as RB Giovani Bernard (knee) works his way back from knee surgery, according to beat writer Geoff Hobson, and Hobson believes Mixon will be a big part of the running back rotation even when Bernard is healthy.
Huddle Up: The Bengals drafted Mixon to add some explosiveness to the running game, so he is going to be worked into the offense one way or another. He is a high-upside RB4 in redraft leagues and a first-round pick in rookie drafts.
Giovani Bernard - RBPosted 5/22/17 12:50pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee) will be a limited participant when organized team activities begin Tuesday, May 23. He continues to recover from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered last season.
Huddle Up: Bernard should be healthy enough to play by the time the regular season rolls around, but the Bengals may take it easy with him for starters. The presence of rookie Joe Mixon and Jeremy Hill make it easier for Bernard to recover. Considering the serious injury and the competition at the position, Bernard is best drafted as an RB4 in PPR formats.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 5/18/17 6:34pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon's versatility will make it harder for defenses to know what the offense is doing, according to QB Andy Dalton.
Huddle Up: Mixon could displace Jeremy Hill for touches sooner rather than later, and he could become a solid flex play by the end of the year. Draft him as a high-upside RB4, and grab him in the first round in rookie drafts.
Joshua Malone - WRPosted 5/12/17 10:23am ET
Cincinnati Bengals fourth-round WR Joshua Malone is not expected to be a big contributor right away, but new teammate A.J. Green says the rookie reminds him of a young Marvin Jones.
Huddle Up: Unlike Jones, Malone's breakout season is unlikely to happen in his first two years, as Green and No. 9 overall pick John Ross figure to be the long-term starters in Cincinnati. Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd also stand in his way, meaning the Tennessee product may be limited to special teams for the foreseeable future.
Joe Mixon - RBPosted 5/7/17 8:35pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Ken Zampese said he is excited about everything RB Joe Mixon brings to the offense. 'I think he has a very, very bright future,' Zampese said.
Huddle Up: Mixon could overtake Jeremy Hill on early downs before the end of the year, and he will likely headline the backfield in 2018. Grab him as a low-end RB4 in redraft leagues, and he should be one of the first players off the board in rookie drafts.
Joe Mixon - RBPosted 5/5/17 4:07pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon will need to get back into football shape after spending the offseason making pre-draft visits, according to head coach Marvin Lewis.
Huddle Up: Mixon should have a decent role in the offense this season but will have to share playing time with Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. He could be a late-round option in standard leagues but should be a popular pick in keeper leagues because he could be a starting running back as soon as 2018.
John Ross - WRPosted 5/5/17 4:04pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (shoulder) will not be medically cleared by the team's June minicamp because he is recovering from shoulder surgery, according to head coach Marvin Lewis.
Huddle Up: Ross probably will not do much until training camp because of his offseason surgery. Ross could be used as a deep threat in the passing game as a rookie but probably can be avoided in most fantasy leagues. Ross should be a decent option in keeper leagues because of his big-play potential.
A.J. McCarron - QBPosted 4/28/17 11:54am ET
The Cleveland Browns have 'touched base' with the Cincinnati Bengals in regards to trading for QB AJ McCarron, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, who acknowledged talks do not 'sound like they've gotten too far'.
Huddle Up: The Bengals reportedly were not willing to take anything less than a first-rounder for McCarron last week, so this is a deal that probably won't get done. Browns head coach Hue Jackson obviously knows and believes in McCarron from their time together in Cincinnati, but he isn't worth trading a 2018 first-round pick for, especially when that draft is projected to have anywhere from three to five potential blue-chip quarterbacks available.
Joe Mixon - RBPosted 4/28/17 5:34pm ET
The Cincinnati Bengals selected Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon with the No. 48 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Mixon has dealt with some off-field issues but was considered one of the better running back prospects in the draft. He probably will share playing time with Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard as a rookie and can be a late-round pick in fantasy drafts. He should be a solid pick in keeper leagues because he can be at least a No. 2 running back as soon as 2018 since Hill will be a free agent next offseason.
John Ross - WRPosted 4/27/17 10:06pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (shoulder), who underwent labrum surgery following the NFL Combine, indicated he'd be cleared to practice in July, and head coach Marvin Lewis said he should be ready to go near the start of the season.
Huddle Up: There were whispers that Ross' stock was sliding entering the draft due to a history of medical issues -- he missed all of 2015 with ACL and meniscus injuries, and he previously underwent microfracture surgery -- but the Bengals felt his speed and potential were too great to pass up. Now they'll cross their fingers and hope he can stay healthy. There's undeniable potential opposite A.J. Green, but it seems like a lot to ask for Ross to heal up and then beat out holdovers Tyler Boyd and Cody Core. Still, he has some late-round potential.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 4/17/17 7:04pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) said that while his back 'feels great' after offseason surgery, he doesn't know if he'll be ready in time for training camp. 'I don't know,' Eifert stated. 'I'll have to see how I'm feeling and go from there. I've still lost a lot of strength with the nerve issues and all of that stuff. Just working through some of that. Once I get my strength back I'll be fine.'
Huddle Up: Only about a week ago, it seemed Eifert would indeed be healthy enough by the time training camp rolls around, but now his status looks to be up in the air. It's definitely concerning, considering the 26-year-old missed eight games last season, but hopefully it doesn't affect his status going into Week 1. He's still worth the investment in drafts as a TE1 for his mega potential to lead all players at his position.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 4/13/17 7:56pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill said his goal for next season is to make his 'yards per carry higher' and to break more tackles.
Huddle Up: After a couple of down years, Hill could see a reduction in carries. However, he should still receive most of the work around the goal line and at least remain a quality flex option.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 4/10/17 9:46pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) said that he continues to get better and his back feels great. 'I'll be ready and healthy and strong and be ready to go by the time it's go time,' Eifert stated. 'I'm close.' The 26-year-old added that he doesn't know when he'll be cleared to resume regular workouts, but he did mention he'll be ready for training camp.
Huddle Up: It's good to see Eifert is progressing well, as it appears he'll be healthy for the start of the upcoming season, which wasn't the case a year ago, when he missed the first four games of the 2016 campaign. If the four-year veteran can just stay healthy, he has the potential to be arguably the most impactful TE1 in the league. For that type of upside, he's always worth the risk in drafting him.
Brandon LaFell - WRPosted 3/9/17 7:48pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell said he feels he will be even better in 2017 because he is already familiar with QB Andy Dalton and the offense.
Huddle Up: LaFell finished with 862 yards and six touchdowns in his first year in Cincinnati, and if the Bengals don't add any more receivers this offseason, he should be a useful WR4.
Giovani Bernard - RBPosted 3/3/17 2:44pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee) is making progress in his recovery from the torn anterior cruciate ligament injury he suffered during the season, according to head coach Marvin Lewis.
Huddle Up: Bernard likely will be sidelined for all of the offseason workouts but could be ready for training camp. Bernard will be part of a committee at the position once he is ready to play and may be used more in the passing game. Fantasy owners can consider Bernard a No. 3 or No. 4 running back if he is healthy next season.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 3/1/17 8:32am ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (hamstring) has been cleared for offseason work.
Huddle Up: Green is still firmly entrenched into the discussion of top-five receivers in fantasy. He should be off the board in the first couple of rounds.
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.
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