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Cincinnati Bengals

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The Bengals have extended a tender to Jake Browning. (Source: Jay Morrison on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Browning will remain on the team next season backing up Joe Burrow. He impressed in flashes across seven starts this past year, throwing 12 touchdowns to seven interceptions and leading them to a 4-3 record. He is someone the Bengals know they can trust if Burrow ever had to miss time.

Category: Transactions


Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin said the team doesn't plan on trading Tee Higgins. (Source: Charlie Goldsmith on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: "Really simple. He's a good player. We want to keep him. We have resources to do that," Tobin said. He added that they're a better team with Higgins. The Bengals will run it back with the trio of Higgins, Ja'Marr Chase and Joe Burrow.


The Bengals reportedly could let Tyler Boyd walk this offseason. (Source: ESPN.com)

Fantasy Impact: Boyd is coming off arguably his worst season since his second year in the league back in 2017. He'll likely look to land a No. 3 wide receiver role with a new team in free agency.

Category: Rumors


The Cincinnati Bengals are releasing veteran backup QB AJ McCarron ahead of the new league year. (Source: bengals.com)

Fantasy Impact: McCarron appeared in two games after being signed to the team's active roster on Dec. 4 to provide further depth following QB Joe Burrow's injury. The 33-year-old McCarron was originally drafted by the Bengals as a fifth-rounder out of Alabama in 2014. This was his second stint with Cincinnati and came after a year with the XFL's St. Louis Battlehawks.

Category: Transactions


The Bengals D/ST allowed 14 points while notching three sacks and forcing two turnovers in a 31-14 win over the Browns in Week 18.

Fantasy Impact: The Bengals played well against Jeff Driskel and a host of Cleveland backups in the win. The Bengals head into the offseason with most of their key defensive players under contract for at least another year as they look to improve the unit heading into 2024.

Category: Game Recaps


Evan McPherson made his lone field goal and added four extra points in a 31-14 win over the Browns in Week 18.

Fantasy Impact: McPherson caps off his third NFL season with 26 field goals on 31 attempts while going a perfect 40-for-40 on extra points. He is under contract for one more season so he will be back as the team's kicker in 2024.

Category: Game Recaps


Tanner Hudson caught both of his targets for 11 yards in a 31-14 win over the Browns in Week 18.

Fantasy Impact: Hudson showed some skills as a pass catcher for the Bengals this season. Even though he wasn't active on gameday until September 25, Hudson finishes the season with 352 receiving yards and one touchdown on 39 catches. He is a restricted free agent heading into the offseason.

Category: Game Recaps


Andrei Iosivas caught five of his seven targets for 36 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-14 win over the Browns in Week 18.

Fantasy Impact: Iosivas showed a good nose for the end zone in his rookie season as he finished with four touchdowns on just 15 catches. With Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd both slated to become free agents, Iosivas could ascend to the No. 2 receiver chair in Cincinnati depending on what moves they make this offseason. He is a quality stash in dynasty formats this offseason.

Category: Game Recaps


Ja'Marr Chase caught four of his six targets for 19 yards in a 31-14 win over the Browns in Week 18.

Fantasy Impact: Chase finished his third season on a quiet note, although he did get to exactly 100 catches, the first 100-catch season of his career. That being said, the seven touchdowns he hauled in were the worst mark of his career. The star wideout should have an even bigger season in 2024 as he will get Joe Burrow (wrist) back from a wrist injury.

Category: Game Recaps


Chase Brown carried the ball 11 times for 43 yards and added a 10-yard catch in a 31-14 win over the Browns in Week 18.

Fantasy Impact: Brown showed well as the No. 2 back behind Joe Mixon over the last portion of the season. The rookie finishes his debut campaign with 179 rushing yards, 14 catches, 156 receiving yards, and a touchdown. He should be back as the chief backup to Mixon in 2024.

Category: Game Recaps


Joe Mixon carried the ball 14 times for 111 yards and a touchdown while adding a six-yard touchdown reception in a 31-14 win over the Browns in Week 18.

Fantasy Impact: Mixon finished off his seventh NFL season in style as he scored a pair of TDs in the finale. The veteran running back finishes with 1,034 rushing yards, 376 receiving yards, and 12 all-purpose touchdowns. Mixon signed a restructured deal with the Bengals before the season and still has one more year to go on his contract so he should be in line for one more go-around as the team's No. 1 back.

Category: Game Recaps


Drew Sample caught three of his four targets for 21 yards in the Bengals' 25-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Sample has seen modest involvement in the Cincinnati passing offense of late, finishing with two or more receptions in three of the last five games for the Bengals. The tight end remains a risky option for fantasy managers ahead of a Week 18 clash with the Cleveland Browns.

Category: Game Recaps


Trenton Irwin caught one of his two targets for four yards in the Bengals' 25-17 Week 17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Irwin has yet to see consistent involvement in the Cincinnati passing attack of late, finishing with one reception or less in four of the last five games for the Bengals. The 28-year-old should remain off rosters ahead of a Week 18 home divisional matchup against the Cleveland Browns.

Category: Game Recaps


Trayveon Williams carried the ball once for two yards in the Bengals' 25-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Williams has remained minimally involved in the Bengals offensive attack, seeing three touches or less in each of his 13 games this season for the Bengals. Fantasy managers can leave the running back off rosters in all formats ahead of a Week 18 contest against the Cleveland Browns.

Category: Game Recaps


Cam Taylor-Britt (ankle) was designated to return from IR on Wednesday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Taylor-Britt has missed each of the Bengals' last five games due to an ankle issue, but he had his 21-day window to return from IR opened Wednesday. The second-year DB has recorded 46 combined tackles with four interceptions over 10 games this season.

Category: Injury Updates


Cincinnati Bengals RB Chris Evans is inactive for their Week 16 Saturday game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Source: Cincinnati Bengals on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Evans, who saw some limited action from Weeks 4-10, will now be inactive for the fifth game in a row and seventh this season. The third-year back out of Michigan has not had a carry or target since Week 1. He is inactive alongside WR Ja'Marr Chase, LB Devin Harper, C Trey Hill, OT D'Ante Smith, TE Irv Smith Jr. and DT Travis Bell.

Category: Transactions


Cincinnati Bengals TE Irv Smith Jr. is inactive for their Week 16 Saturday game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Source: Cincinnati Bengals on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smith being inactive comes as a surprise, as he is a healthy scratch. The fourth-year TE has struggled in 2023, only catching 18 passes in 12 games. He has also fallen behind in the TE rotation, seeing less than 25% of the snaps in his last two games. He is inactive alongside WR Ja'Marr Chase, HB Chris Evans, LB Devin Harper, C Trey Hill, OT D'Ante Smith and DT Travis Bell.

Category: Transactions


D.J. Reader (quad) placed on IR

Mon, Dec 18th 5:09pm EST
By Ari Koslow

The Bengals placed D.J. Reader on the injured reserve. (Source: Cincinnati Bengals on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Reader reportedly suffered a torn quad in the first quarter of Saturday's game against the Vikings. He will miss the rest of the season.

Category: Injury Updates


Joe Burrow (wrist) placed on IR

Sat, Nov 25th 12:25pm EST
By Ari Koslow

The Bengals placed QB Joe Burrow on Injured Reserve with a right wrist injury. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Burrow was already out for the season and now it is official. It will be Jake Browning undercenter for the Bengals the rest of this season with AJ McCarron also elevated to the active roster.

Category: Injury Updates


Bengals coach Zac Taylor said it’s “tough, short week” regarding Sam Hubbard being able to play on Thursday against the Ravens. (Source: Paul Dehner Jr. on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hubbard did not play on Sunday and figures to have a tough time returning on a short week on Thursday. Taylor did not make any declarations, but he will have to practice in some form by Tuesday or Wednesday to have a chance.

Category: Injury Updates