RB - CIN
Week 8 Outlook
Cincinnati Bengals running back Samaje Perine carried the ball 11 times for 52 yards and a touchdown in a 41-17 win over the Ravens in Week 7. He also added a 23-yard reception in the contest.
Perine ended up seeing the same amount of touches that starter Joe Mixon did and posted a very similar stat line to Mixon's. Perine will continue to be a flex-worthy option in fantasy if he continues to see double-digit carries, even when Mixon is active. The Bengals face the Jets in Week 8.
The Bengals activated RB Samaje Perine from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Joe Mixon was a three-down workhorse in Week 6 against the Lions, so it'll be interesting to note whether or not Perine usurps any work from him. However, Perine lacks any standalone fantasy value. He's just a handcuff for managers in deeper leagues.
The Bengals announce they have placed running back Samaje Perine on Reserve/COVID-19.
Depending on Perine's vaccination status, symptoms, and upcoming test results, there is a chance he could miss next Sunday's game. With Joe Mixon less than 100 percent, Perine took the bulk of the snaps at running back in Week 5, logging 15 touches for 84 total yards and a touchdown. Mixon seems to be trending in the right direction, but regardless of his status, Perine's absence would lead to an increased workload for rookie Chris Evans, who had two catches against the Packers.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Samaje Perine carried the ball 11 times for 59 yards and added four catches for 24 yards and a touchdown in a 25-22 overtime loss to the Packers in Week 5.
Perine did not start the game but he wound up seeing four more touches than starter Joe Mixon (ankle). Perine found the end zone on a four-yard pass from Joe Burrow to give the Bengals their first score of the afternoon. The veteran running back will be in the RB3 mix against Detroit in Week 6 if Mixon continues to deal with his ankle injury.
Per Ben Baby of ESPN, Bengals OC Brian Callahan said that if RB Joe Mixon (ankle) is out the team will use a committee approach with Samaje Perine and Chris Evans.
Whether it's Perine or Evans it seems like neither will be given the full Mixon workload if the Cincinnati starting RB misses any time. Ultimately this is why neither Perine or Evans can be reliable fantasy options and will be in the RB 2/RB 3 range as volume will not be guaranteed. It is worth noting however that Perine has out-touched Evans 12-3 so far on the year and does have the higher upside but will be limited in PPR formats as Evans is expected to handle pass-catching duties.
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