Cincinnati Bengals

AFC North

Dianna Russini of ESPN reports the Bengals have released linebacker Vontaze Burfict. (Source: Dianna Russini on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The move will save the Bengals over $5 million against the cap. The 28-year-old linebacker should find a job with another team soon enough but has been hampered by injuries and suspensions in recent seasons. Burfict is known as being one of the dirtiest players in football so it’ll be interesting to see what his market is like.

Category: Transactions

Tyler Eifert has re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on a one-year deal. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 28-year-old played in just four games last year before being lost for the season with a broken ankle. His size and speed would translate to big time fantasy production if he could ever stay healthy, but right now fantasy players can't count on that.

Category: Transactions

C.J. Uzomah has agreed to a three-year, $18 million deal to remain the Bengals. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Bengals had three intriguing free agent TEs this offseason, also including Tyler Eifert and Tyler Kroft. Eifert remains a free agent while Kroft has reached an agreement with the Bills. That leaves Uzomah as the team's current top option at TE, though they could re-sign Eifert or address the position elsewhere this offseason. Uzomah had a chance to really showcase his ability in 2018 with injuries to Eifert and Kroft, but he wasn't able to do much with the opportunity. He'll be a name to watch this offseason, but he's more likely to be a streaming TE in favorable matchups or TE2 to start 2019.

Category: Transactions

The Bengals have shot down rumors saying they are shopping former first-round pick and WR John Ross. (Source: Paul Dehner Jr. on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's been a slow start to Ross' career, but he showed signs of improvement in 2019. While Tyler Boyd stepped into the WR2 role in Cincy, Ross is still an intriguing prospect given his speed and the prowess he showed in the end zone in 2018. It will be interesting to see how he's utilized and what value he's able to return under the new regime in Cincinnati.

Category: Rumors

A.J. Green (toe) has removed his walking boot for good. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: It’s a step in the right direction for Green after he finished the 2018 season on IR. Green might not be ready to practice until early this summer, but as of now it looks like he’ll be ready for training camp. There’s reason to believe the Bengals offense can turn it around under new head coach Zac Taylor. Green will play next season at 31 years old.

Category: Injury Updates

The Cincinnati Bengals are hiring Rams QB coach Zac Taylor to be their next head coach. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The hiring was delayed until the Rams' post-season run came to an end. The 35-year-old Taylor is a bit of a risky hiring considering he doesn't have much top level experience. He'll be tasked with getting the most out of Andy Dalton in 2019.

Cincinnati Bengals kicker Randy Bullock made both of his field goal attempts and his lone extra point in a 16-13 loss to the Steelers in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Bullock's longest field goal went for 49 yards. The veteran kicker hit 19-of-23 attempts and missed just three of 41 extra points in 2018. He is signed through the 2020 season.

Category: Game Recaps

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Alex Erickson caught all six of his targets for 63 yards in a 16-13 loss to the Steelers in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: With A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd sidelined, Erickson was Jeff Driskel's favorite target in the game. Erickson will go back to a reserve role in 2019 when Green and Boyd return to health.

Category: Game Recaps

Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard rushed three times for seven yards and added another eight yards on two catches in a 16-13 loss to the Steelers in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Bernard saw his workload dissipate in 2018 with the Bengals utilizing Joe Mixon as a true workhorse. Bernard finishes 2018 with 56 rushes for 211 yards and three touchdowns while chipping in 35 catches for 218 yards. Those numbers, outside of the touchdowns, go down as career-lows. He is under contract with the Bengals for one more season and might need a change of scenery to regain fantasy relevance.

Category: Game Recaps

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon rushed 13 times for 105 yards in a 16-13 loss to the Steelers in Week 17. He also added a two-yard reception in the game.

Fantasy Impact: Despite a weak supporting cast which lost starting quarterback Andy Dalton after Week 12, Mixon showed well in his sophomore campaign. He finishes 2018 with 1,168 rushing yards, 43 catches, 296 receiving yards, and nine total touchdowns in 14 games. Mixon will be a low-end RB1 in 2019 with the potential for top-six numbers if the Bengals improve the offense around him.

Category: Game Recaps

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jeff Driskel struggled again in a 16-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 17. Driskel completed just 12-of-24 passes for 95 yards while taking four sacks.

Fantasy Impact: Driskel added two rushes for 13 yards and fumbled twice, although Cincinnati recovered both. The third-year signal-caller is likely to return to a backup role in 2019 once Andy Dalton is fully healed from a thumb injury.

Category: Game Recaps

Tyler Boyd placed on IR

Fri, Dec 28th 7:04pm EST
By Blaine Blontz

Tyler Boyd has been placed on IR and will be out Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Boyd has missed the last few weeks with a knee injury, and he'll remain out through the rest of the season. Boyd came on strong this year as the team's No. 2 WR, and he'll enter 2019 as a potential WR2 for fantasy purposes assuming A.J. Green returns healthy.

Category: Injury Updates

Dre Kirkpatrick placed on IR

Fri, Dec 28th 1:51pm EST
By Alex Johnson

The Bengals placed cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (shoulder) on season-ending injured reserve Friday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Kirkpatrick sustained an injury to his right shoulder in last Sunday’s loss to the Browns. The details of the injury have not been disclosed. Kirkpatrick battled several injuries throughout the year and finishes with 41 tackles and nine passes defensed in 13 games. The Bengals also placed receiver Tyler Boyd (knee) and linebacker Jordan Evans (ankle) on IR, giving them 18 on the list entering the final week of the season. Running back Quinton Flowers, offensive tackle Kent Perkins, and wide receiver Hunter Sharp were promoted from the practice squad to take their place.

Category: Injury Updates

Bengals safety Jessie Bates led the team with nine tackles (six solo) in Sunday’s 26-18 loss to the Browns.

Fantasy Impact: The rookie is now up to 107 tackles and three interceptions (one returned for TD) in 15 games this season. Cincinnati’s disappointing 2018 season comes to a close next week in Pittsburgh.

Category: Game Recaps

Bengals safety Shawn Williams recorded seven tackles (six solo) in Sunday’s 26-18 loss to the Browns.

Fantasy Impact: Williams is now up to 101 tackles, one sack, four interceptions, one forced fumble, and six passes defensed in 15 games this season. The Bengals will close out the season with a Week 17 road game in Pittsburgh.

Category: Game Recaps

Cincinnati Bengals wideout Cody Core caught two passes for 36 yards in a 26-18 loss to the Browns in Week 16.

Fantasy Impact: Core finished second on the team in receiving on a day where the Bengals completed just 13 passes. The wideout will look to finish the year on a high note against the Steelers in Week 17.

Category: Game Recaps

Malik Jefferson placed on IR

Wed, Dec 19th 12:52am EST
By Alex Johnson

The Bengals placed rookie linebacker Malik Jefferson (foot) on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season. Undrafted free agent linebacker Chris Worley was promoted from the practice squad to fill his roster spot. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Jefferson injured his foot in last Sunday’s win over the Raiders. The 2018 third-rounder played mostly special teams this season with only 11 snaps on defense. He finishes with 10 tackles.

Category: Injury Updates

Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap recorded three tackles (one solo) and 1.5 tackles for loss in Sunday’s 24-10 loss to the Broncos.

Fantasy Impact: This makes four straight games without a sack for Dunlap after recording seven over the first eight weeks. He will look to break the drought next week against the Chargers.

Category: Game Recaps

Nick Vigil will return Week 13

Sat, Dec 1st 12:00am EST
By Alex Johnson

Bengals linebacker Nick Vigil was not on the team’s final injury report Friday, an indication he will play in Sunday’s game against the Broncos. (Source: Katherine Terrell on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Vigil returned to practice this week for the first time since sustaining an MCL sprain Week 6 against the Steelers. He had 51 tackles in six games (five starts) before the injury.

Category: Injury Updates

Andy Dalton (thumb) placed on IR

Mon, Nov 26th 4:29pm EST
By Dan Harris

The Bengals have placed Andy Dalton (thumb) on IR. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There's no word on the actual extent of the injury, but with the Bengals still on the fringes of the playoff hunt, it's likely that Dalton needs surgery. Jeff Driskel played adequately in relief of Dalton on Sunday, but this move is likely a downgrade to the Cincinnati offense.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions