John Ross - WRPosted 8/14/17 1:03pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (shoulder) was a full participant in practice Monday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: Unfortunately for Ross, he's a one-trick pony; a deep threat. Plus, he'll be competing for targets behind at least A.J. Green, Brandon LaFell and Tyler Eifert. The rookie speedster is a stash in standard leagues.
Giovani Bernard - RBPosted 8/11/17 3:39pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee) and WR John Ross (shoulder) will not play in the preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday, Aug. 11.
Huddle Up: Both players are coming back from surgeries and likely will play later in the preseason. Bernard will be part of a committee at running back and may be used as more of a receiver out of the backfield. He could be considered a No. 4 running back in point-per-reception leagues. Ross should be used as a deep threat in the passing game this season and could be a No. 5 receiver in some leagues.
Joe Mixon - RBPosted 8/11/17 8:56pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon had six carries for 31 yards and one catch for 11 yards in a 23-12 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday, Aug. 11. 'Once I got that first carry and got the first-game jitters out of the way, I adjusted,' Mixon said.
Huddle Up: Mixon will have to compete with Jeremy Hill for playing time on early downs, but if he keeps playing well, he could grab the reins of the backfield. He has enough upside to consider as a low-end RB2.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 8/10/17 10:34am ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill will start all season unless he's injured or 'absolutely terrible,' in the opinion of The Cincinnati Enquirer's Jim Owczarski. Hill was listed as the starting running back on the Bengals' initial depth chart.
Huddle Up: There's lots of smoke blowing this time of year. It remains to be seen whether or not Cincinnati is swirling in smoke or if the air is the clear. Joe Mixon is the most talented and valuable running back on the Bengals' roster, but if Cincinnati wants to die on Hill's hill then so be it. For now, Hill provides late-round value, while Mixon remains an RB2 candidate.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 8/8/17 11:31am ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill is listed with the first-team offense on the Bengals' initial depth chart.
Huddle Up: There has been growing speculation that Hill would be the Week 1 starter for the Bengals. Joe Mixon is expected to be hot on his heels, though, and has the most fantasy upside of any Bengal back. As such, Hill is more of a mid- to late-round flex option.
Joe Mixon - RBPosted 8/8/17 11:25am ET
Cincinnati Bengals rookie RB Joe Mixon is listed with the third-team offense on the Bengals' initial depth chart.
Huddle Up: Mixon possesses the most talent and upside in Cincy's backfield, but he is part of a committee right now. Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard will stunt his ceiling as long as they are healthy. Still, Mixon is capable of earning the starting job and managing an RB2 campaign.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 8/4/17 9:52am ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill will likely exit training camp as the starting running back over Joe Mixon if history is any indication, according to ESPN.com's Katherine Terrell.
Huddle Up: Mixon has been creating buzz virtually from the time he was drafted, but the Bengals do have some extensive history of making their rookies 'earn it,' so Hill serving as a nominal starter throughout September is a distinct possibility. It's a reminder Mixon has nothing locked up yet, even if he is the overwhelming favorite to lead the backfield in touches. The rookie should be considered a midrange fantasy RB2 with RB1 upside if he is able to become the featured back at any point this season.
Joe Mixon - RBPosted 8/4/17 4:49pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (heel) was able to participate in practice Friday, Aug. 4.
Huddle Up: Mixon is competing for the starting job but should have a solid role in the offense even if he does not start. Owners should keep an eye on Mixon during the preseason to have a better understanding of his role. He can be at least a No. 3 running back in fantasy leagues.
Joe Mixon - RBPosted 8/3/17 2:35pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (heel) was kicked in the heel and cut during practice Thursday, Aug. 3, according to a source. The injury is not considered serious, however.
Huddle Up: The Bengals need to see what Mixon can do in his first preseason, but they also want to preserve their prized possession. As was said earlier, Mixon has RB2 upside if he can win and maintain the Bengals' starting running back job.
Joe Mixon - RBPosted 7/29/17 8:56pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon was used in a variety of scenarios and saw some first-team reps during practice Saturday, July 29.
Huddle Up: Mixon will likely battle Jeremy Hill for work on early downs, and given his superior athleticism, Mixon could have the edge. He is a high-upside RB4 in redraft leagues, and he is worthy of a top-five pick in rookie drafts.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 7/28/17 10:00am ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert claims he has been healthy for a 'couple months' and is cleared the start of training camp after undergoing back surgery in December.
Huddle Up: Good news for the oft-injured tight end, who has missed 26 of 48 games over the last three seasons. When healthy, Eifert is on par with Rob Gronkowski in terms of his ability to find the end zone. Consider him a high-risk, high-reward TE1 in fantasy.
John Ross - WRPosted 7/28/17 4:42pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (shoulder) was not placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list but will be limited during the early part of training camp.
Huddle Up: Ross probably will miss a few preseason games but appears to be on track for the start of the regular season. Ross probably will be used in the slot and will be a deep threat in the passing game. He could be a No. 5 receiver in some fantasy leagues because of his big-play potential.
Giovani Bernard - RBPosted 7/28/17 5:00pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee) looked very impressive during practice Friday, July 28, in the opinion of The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner Jr. Bernard is eight months recovered from suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Huddle Up: It appears Bernard is close to full strength but probably will receives some days off during camp. He will be part of a committee with Jeremy Hill and Joe Mixon but should be used as a receiver out of the backfield. Owners should keep an eye on during the preseason to see what his role will be in the offense. He probably will be more valuable in point-per-reception leagues and could be a No. 4 running back in some leagues.
John Ross - WRPosted 7/26/17 3:29pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (shoulder) is expected to miss a few weeks of practice because of his surgically repaired shoulder.
Huddle Up: Ross should be ready for the start of the regular season but likely will be limited during training camp and the preseason. He may be used as a slot receiver and likely will be a deep threat for the Bengals during his rookie season. Ross could be a No. 5 receiver in fantasy leagues because of his big play ability.
Giovani Bernard - RBPosted 7/24/17 6:53am ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee) is likely to be cleared for the beginning of training camp. Bernard is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Huddle Up: Joe Mixon has been the talk of camp, and Bernard could be used sparingly behind Mixon and Jeremy Hill. There is still some PPR luster, but the upside isn't what it once was. Look at him as an RB4 in fantasy.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 7/24/17 6:52am ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) is expected to be ready for training camp.
Huddle Up: Despite a 13-touchdown performance in 2015, Eifert has struggled with the injury bug. He has played in just 22 games over the last three years. With the depth of the position on the come up, there is ample risk taking him in the midrange TE1 portion of fantasy. Monitor him throughout camp.
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.
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