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Cincinnati Bengals

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Bengals president Mike Brown said they "probably" won't play Joe Burrow until the start of the regular season to limit risk. (Source: Ben Baby on twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Burrow is still recovering from his knee injury he suffered last season. This move makes sense to keep Burrow out of harm's way in the preseason to ensure his health to start week one. Burrow has a fantastic array of weapons at his disposal, and he could grow into fantasy stardom this season.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the Bengals and DE Sam Hubbard reached agreement on a four-year, $40 million extension. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is an important signing for the Bengals and their defensive unit. Hubbard will play opposite of Trey Hendrickson, who led all defensive ends in sacks with 13.5 last season. The two will be a force to be reckoned with this coming season.

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Paul Dehner Jr. of the Athletic writes Joe Mixon could play 80% of the snaps, which is something only five running backs have been able to do in the last four years. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: With Giovani Bernard no longer on the roster, Mixon could be looking at setting career highs in both receptions and receiving yards. Such a development could push the former Sooner into a true three-down role, which is something he has not had due to Bernard's role in the passing game. If Mixon is able to stay healthy, he could have the opportunity to have a career-defining season. The Bengals' offense looks to be much improved with the return of quarterback, Joe Burrow. The four-year pro has disappointed in the past, but that could all change this season. Fantasy managers should be excited about Mixon's potential bell-cow role in an exciting, young offense. He has the upside of a top-10 running back for the 2021 season.

Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan stated that Chris Evans has the most natural hands for a running back he has ever seen. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy managers have been hoping for a three-down workload for Joe Mixon for several years and with the release of Giovani Bernard earlier this off-season, it appeared as if that would finally come to fruition in 2021. Evans was selected in the sixth-round largely because of his receiving ability and it has already caught the attention of his new coaches in Cincinnati. If the rookie is able to carve out a role as the Bengals pass-catching back, he could provide value to fantasy managers in full-PPR leagues. This is not certain yet and the most likely scenario still involves Mixon being the primary, three-down back for Cincinnati. However, the Bengals have been reluctant to utilize the four-year pro in that kind of capacity thus far in his career, and it has led to Bernard racking up 155 catches over the past four seasons. Fantasy managers should continue to monitor how the Bengals assign backfield duties throughout this off-season.

Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow says he believes WR Tee Higgins is going to have a big year. (Source: Ben Baby on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Higgins had a fantastic rookie season. He caught 67 passes for 908 yards and six touchdowns. It would've been an even bigger campaign if Burrow didn't have a season-ending injury. The Bengals also drafted Ja'Marr Chase with their first-round selection, who was a star at LSU. Chase and Higgins will form a dynamic duo with Tyler Boyd operating the slot. Higgins' ceiling is now somewhat capped with Chase coming in, but will still demand a large role in the offense. He is a great WR2/3 in all fantasy options this season.

Bengals No. 5 overall pick Ja'Marr Chase has officially signed his rookie contract with the team. (Source: NFL Network)

Fantasy Impact: Chase has been touted as a generational talent at the wide receiver position as a prospect, and now that he's teamed back up with his college QB it's time to prove it. Chase should see a large amount of opportunity in his rookie season, and fantasy managers can expect him to compete as a top-20 fantasy WR.

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Jay Morrison of The Athletic is reporting that Bengals WR Auden Tate could see time in four-wide sets. (Source: Jay Morrison of the Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Tate is progressing well in his recovery from surgery to repair a torn labrum in December. He will serve as the Bengals No.4 WR behind Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, and Ja’Marr Chase. Tate is expected to have a drop in production and targets but could see time in four-wide sets. “It’s not as though Chase, Higgins or Tyler Boyd will be coming off the field all that often to work in some opportunities for Tate, but head coach Zac Taylor and Callahan used a lot of four-wide sets last year with increasing effectiveness before Burrow went down with the knee injury, per Morrison. Tate hauled in 14 receptions for 150 yards and no touchdowns over nine appearances in 2020. The 24-year-old is mainly a stash in dynasty and deep-league formats.

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The Buccaneers reportedly signed RB Giovani Bernard because Tampa Bay running backs struggled with drops in 2020. (Source: Greg Auman of the Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Bernard signed a one-year deal with the Buccaneers on Tuesday. “The Bucs were easily the worst team in the NFL in drops by running backs last season,” per Greg Auman of The Athletic. “Bucs running backs had 17 drops last year. No other team had more than 12 from their backs. Fournette had seven drops on 47 targets, Jones had five on 42, and rookie Ke’Shawn Vaughn had three drops in 10 passes. Together, those 17 drops are as many as the Jets, Titans, Colts, Cardinals, and Seahawks backs combined for last season.” Bernard gives QB Tom Brady another receiving weapon and is considered one of the best pass-catching backs in the NFL. The 29-year-old rushed for 416 yards on 124 attempts and three rushing touchdowns along with 47 receptions on 59 targets for 355 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns across 16 games for the Bengals in 2020. Bernard has more value in PPR formats and is currently 62nd among all running backs in the latest expert consensus draft rankings.

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K Randy Bullock has finalized a one-year deal worth up to $1.75 million, per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bullock's deal guarantees $750K with a maximum of $1.75 million while in Detroit for the upcoming 2021 season. The Lions suffered from multiple blown kicks down the stretch by former K Matt Prater in 2020 and will look for Bullock to bring stability entering his 12th season in the league. Bullock converted 21-of-26 FGs and 24-of-25 XPs for the Bengals in 2020 and will try to replicate a similar performance for the Lions in 2021.

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Geno Atkins released by Bengals

Fri, Mar 19th 11:37am EDT
By Brendan Tuma

The Bengals released DT Geno Atkins. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Atkins has spent his entire 11-year career with the Bengals and was an important piece of some of their playoff-caliber teams from the early 2010s. He turns 33 before the end of March and will likely seek a short-term contract for a team in need of some defensive line help.

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Ryan Finley is being released by the Bengals, according to Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Finley appeared in five games last season, starting in one. He completed 53.1% of his passes for 164 yards, posting a 1:2 TD-To-Interception ratio.

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WR A.J. Green officially signed his one-year, $8.5 million contract with the Cardinals on Thursday. (Source: Arizona Cardinals on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Green’s deal includes up to $6 million guaranteed. Green will look to bounce back in Arizona after coming off a down year in 2020. The 32-year-old hauled in 47 receptions for 523 yards and two touchdowns across 16 games for the Bengals. He will most likely be the third option in the Cardinals passing game behind DeAndre Hopkins and Christian Kirk. Green could be a good fit in Arizona as he’ll face easier matchups and isn’t expected to be the Cardinals’ No. 1 receiver. Green is currently 70th among all wideouts in the latest expert consensus draft rankings, but that number could rise with the latest news.

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The Bengals re-signed RB Samaje Perine to a two-year deal on Wednesday. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Perine played all 16 games for the Bengals and drew one start in 2020. He logged 74 carries for 367 yards and three touchdowns. Perine will compete with Giovani Bernard for the Bengals RB2 role behind starter Joe Mixon.

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The Washington Football Team is signing free agent cornerback William Jackson to a three-year, $42 million deal with $26 million guaranteed. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's a big payday for Jackson, who was arguably the top remaining cornerback on the market. Through 14 games last season, he tallied one interception, 11 passes defended, and 45 tackles. He'll now join a Washington defense that came on strong to end the 2020 season.

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The New York Giants have agreed to terms with wide receiver John Ross on a one-year, $2.5 million deal that includes $1 million guaranteed, according to NFL insider Mike Garafolo. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ross was the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft after running a 4.22 40-yard dash but has dealt with a number of injuries over the last four years. In 2020, he fell out of favor in Cincinnati before eventually landing on injured reserve with a foot injury after appearing in three games and catching two of his seven targets for 17 yards. Ross gets a fresh start in New Jersey while the Giants take a low-risk gamble on a wide receiver who has the ability to take the top off of opposing defenses.

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Cincinnati Bengals QB Brandon Allen has been re-signed to a one-year deal with his current team, as reported by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Allen earned five starts in 2020 following Joe Burrow's ACL tear, throwing for 925 yards and five touchdowns with a 1-4 record in that span. He will continue to play a back-up role to Burrow in Cincinnati but is familiar with the system ran by head coach Zac Taylor. Therefore, Allen provides insurance and experience should the Bengals fail to improve their bottom-tier offensive line this offseason.

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The Cincinnati Bengals defense struggled in a 38-3 loss to the Ravens in Week 17. The were unable to register a sack and forced one turnover in the blowout loss.

Fantasy Impact: The Bengals were demolished by the Ravens on the ground in the loss. Cincinnati heads into the offseason with a lot of work to do on the defensive side of the ball.

Category: Game Recaps

Cincinnati Bengals kicker Austin Seibert made a 38-yard field goal in a 38-3 loss to the Ravens in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Seibert managed the only points on the afternoon for Cincy. The kicker performed well after taking over for the injured Randy Bullock.

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Cincinnati Bengals tight end Drew Sample caught 2-of-3 targets for 15 yards in a 38-3 loss to the Ravens in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: It was a brutal day for the Cincy offense, with Brandon Allen completing just six passes. Sample's 15 receiving yards were good enough for second on the team in receiving. Sample is a low-upside fantasy tight end heading into his third season.

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Tyler Boyd makes one catch

Sun, Jan 3rd 11:16pm EST
By Matthew Terelle

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd caught one pass for a one-yard gain in a 38-3 loss to the Ravens in Week 17. He added an 11-yard rush.

Fantasy Impact: Boyd missed the previous week with a concussion. The veteran slot man finishes the year with 79 receptions for 841 yards and four TDs. He should have a big year in 2021 if Joe Burrow is able to return to form after his knee injury.

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