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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2020 Draft Rankings
Joe Mixon Note
Joe Mixon photo 10. Joe Mixon RB - (vs . BAL)
It's one thing to project a breakout for a player due to an increase in opportunity. It's another thing to project a breakout due to an increase in offensive production. Mixon got the opportunity last year under Zac Taylor, as he totaled 18-plus touches on 10 different occasions. But he'll need the offense to take a step forward in 2020 if he wants to ascend into stardom, as he's been an RB2 or better in just 57 percent of his games over the last two years. You must pay attention to his contract status as you approach drafts because Mixon has stated he'll hold out without an extension. This is a real thing with running backs, as they're trying to preserve their health while cashing in on a second contract. Stay tuned.
10 weeks ago
A.J. Green Note
A.J. Green photo 63. A.J. Green WR - (vs . BAL)
It's amazing to see so many fantasy analysts down on Green, like he hasn't been a top-12 receiver every year he's been on the field. Sure, he's got some injury concerns and is aging, but I'll always side with the surefire producer. He's also never played with a quarterback as good as Joe Burrow. Don't sleep on Green this season.
10 weeks ago
Tyler Boyd Note
Tyler Boyd photo 70. Tyler Boyd WR - (vs . BAL)
Do you believe the Bengals will be a better football team in 2020? If you do, that could be harmful to Boyd's output. He totaled 60-plus yards in nine games last year, with all of them being losses where he racked up some targets. Granted, the Bengals didn't win many games in 2019, but the return of A.J. Green will also cap his target share. Still, there is some reason for optimism, as Boyd has now finished with 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons, and will get an upgrade at quarterback. He's best viewed as a WR3 with upside to make it into the top 15.
10 weeks ago
Joe Burrow Note
Joe Burrow photo 141. Joe Burrow QB - (vs . BAL)
I don't often want any part of rookie quarterbacks in year one, but Burrow is an exception to the rule. Zac Taylor's offense never had a chance to succeed last year with the injuries they had. Burrow will have A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, John Ross, Tee Higgins, and Auden Tate at his disposal, while having a plus-receiving back in Joe Mixon. You also can't forget that he'll get first-round left tackle Jonah Williams back from injury. This offense should surprise some people.
9 weeks ago
John Ross Note
John Ross photo 194. John Ross WR - (vs . BAL)
We saw flashes of what could be a great player in 2019 with Ross, as he racked up 270 yards and three touchdowns over the first two weeks of the season in Zac Taylor's offense. Sure, A.J. Green is back to take a lot of targets but adding Joe Burrow's arm to the offense will help deliver the ball down the field to the speedy Ross. He's not going to be consistent, but we aren't looking for consistency in this range.
9 weeks ago
Giovani Bernard Note
Giovani Bernard photo 213. Giovani Bernard RB - (vs . BAL)
It's kind of crazy how fast everyone fell off the Bernard bandwagon, as he was once considered a borderline RB1. He is obviously behind Joe Mixon on the depth chart, but that's the only player standing between him and a 15-touch role. Mixon is also in a contract year and has threatened a holdout without a new contract. If we get closer to the NFL season and Mixon still hasn't been locked up long term, Bernard should be someone you consider in the late rounds.
4 days ago
Tee Higgins Note
Tee Higgins photo 216. Tee Higgins WR - (vs . BAL)
This was a questionable draft pick, only because I don't see him getting on the field right away. The Bengals have A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, and John Ross who figure to be the starters, while Auden Tate showed the ability to be competent last year. This could be more of a "beyond 2020" selection, as Green is currently being franchise tagged. Unless the Bengals trade someone, Higgins doesn't have much redraft appeal.
11 weeks ago
Auden Tate Note
Auden Tate photo 291. Auden Tate WR - (vs . BAL)
I'm not going to pretend that Tate had a ton of value pre-draft, but he definitely had some considering A.J. Green was likely gone after 2020. Well, the Bengals snagged his replacement in Tee Higgins with the first pick in the second round. Tate is once again multiple injuries away from fantasy relevance.
10 weeks ago
C.J. Uzomah Note
C.J. Uzomah photo 338. C.J. Uzomah TE - (vs . BAL)
Randy Bullock Note
Randy Bullock photo 348. Randy Bullock K - (vs . BAL)
Cincinnati Bengals Note
Cincinnati Bengals photo 378. Cincinnati Bengals DST - (vs . BAL)
Trayveon Williams Note
Trayveon Williams photo 384. Trayveon Williams RB - (vs . BAL)
Drew Sample Note
Drew Sample photo 411. Drew Sample TE - (vs . BAL)
Rodney Anderson Note
Rodney Anderson photo 422. Rodney Anderson RB - (vs . BAL)
Alex Erickson Note
Alex Erickson photo 491. Alex Erickson WR - (vs . BAL)