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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.

Category: Rumors


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.

Category: Transactions


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.

Category: Transactions


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.

Category: Transactions


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.

Category: Transactions


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.

Category: Transactions


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.

Category: Transactions


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.

Category: Transactions


Bengals coach Zac Taylor says RB Joe Mixon (foot) is healthy and "feels really good right now." (Source: Ben Baby on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mixon missed the final 10 games of 2020 with the foot injury. It continuously seemed as if he would return, but it never happened. The star RB was a lot more involved in the passing game before going down last season, which is a great sign for his fantasy prospects moving forward. A healthy Joe Burrow should only improve the entire Cincinnati offense in 2021.

Category: Injury Updates


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.

Category: Transactions


Bengals QB Joe Burrow (ACL) will resume running next week. (Source: Cincinnati Enquirer)

Fantasy Impact: 10 weeks removed from his ACL surgery, Burrow has been cleared for light running as he enters the next phase of his rehab. The No. 1 overall pick from last year's draft remains on pace for Week 1 if he can avoid setbacks throughout the offseason.

Category: Injury Updates


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.

Category: Game Recaps


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.

Category: Game Recaps


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.

Category: Game Recaps


Cincinnati Bengals running back Trayveon Williams carried the ball four times for 74 yards and added a three-yard reception in a 38-3 loss to the Ravens in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Williams ripped off a 55-yard run in the blowout loss. Now heading into this third year, Williams should be Joe Mixon's primary early-down backup in 2021.

Category: Game Recaps


Tee Higgins has been ruled out for the remainder of the Bengals' Week 17 game against the Ravens due to a hamstring injury. (Source: Tyler Dragon on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The rookie wideout came up lame following a long catch-and-run. Higgins emerged as Cincinnati's No. 1 wideout over the course of the season, and he could be a second-year breakout candidate if Joe Burrow (knee) comes back healthy in 2021.

Category: Injury Updates


Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Alex Erickson caught all six of his targets for 88 yards in a 37-31 win over the Texans in Week 16.

Fantasy Impact: Erickson took over slot duties with Tyler Boyd missing the game with a concussion. The veteran wideout took advantage of the opportunities, finishing second on the team in receiving. Erickson will be a low-end flex in Week 17 against the Ravens if Boyd doesn't play.

Category: Game Recaps


Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson has been ruled out for Monday Night Football against the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Source: Steelers.com)

Fantasy Impact: Wilson missed practice all week with the ankle injury and is set to miss Monday Night Football against the Steelers. Wilson had consistently seen over 50 percent of the snaps for three games straight prior to his injury in Week 14, so his loss will be felt by an already shaky defense. Germaine Pratt and Josh Bynes should see near every snap role in his absence. Both Bynes and Pratt have high-end LB2 upside with Wilson sidelined.

Category: Injury Updates


The Bengals have placed T Jonah Williams on injured reserve with a knee injury. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: NFL's Ian Rapoport states that Williams is likely done for the remainder of the 2020 season. Williams, an athletic T and former first-round pick out of Alabama, has had trouble staying on the field. The current knee injury follows up a torn labrum that cost him his entire rookie campaign. Hopefully, the extended offseason will help this promising young talent get back on track for 2021.

Category: Injury Updates