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NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Cincinnati Bengals have signed their 2022 1st round pick, S Daxton Hill to a rookie contract. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Hill, who was selected with the 31st overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, is a versatile safety who can contribute in run and pass defense. Hill has elite speed for the safety position, posting a 4.38 40-yard dash time at the NFL Scouting Combine, and he has used that speed to make plays all over the field while playing at deep safety. Hill has a slender frame, measuring in at 6’0” and 191lbs, but he is a willing tackler who isn’t afraid of contact. Hill joins a Bengals team that made a surprising run to the Super Bowl in 2021, and a major part of their playoff run can be attributed to an impressive and difficult to duplicate +7 turnover differential in 4 postseason games. The addition of Hill helps solidify a secondary for a Bengals team that hopes to continue their ascension into perennial contenders.

Category: Transactions


According to Tom Pelissero, Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins was seen in a sling at a Cincinnati Reds game on Tuesday. (Source: Tom Pelissero)

Fantasy Impact: Despite having offseason shoulder surgery, Higgins should be ready to go before the start of training camp. The third-year wideout is an integral part of the Bengals' offense, having accumulated 1,091 receiving yards and six touchdowns in 2021. In Super Bowl LVI, Higgins finished with four catches for 100 yards and two scores. Playing opposite of star wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase will afford Higgins the opportunity to continue to flourish next season.

Category: Injury Updates


Auden Tate signs with Falcons

Mon, Mar 28th 4:58pm EDT
By Kyle Williams

According to Mike Garafolo, WR Auden Tate has signed with the Atlanta Falcons. (Source: Mike Garafolo)

Fantasy Impact: Tate, who has served as the WR4 on the loaded Bengals team over the past several seasons, has decided to take his talents to Atlanta. With a receiving core of Olamide Zaccheaus, Frank Darby, and KhaDarel Hodge, Tate could volt into fantasy relevance from the jump. With both Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage gone for the 2022 season, Tate could post WR3 type numbers.

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Trae Waynes released by Bengals

Mon, Mar 21st 4:03pm EDT
By Kelly Kirby

The Cincinnati Bengals released cornerback Trae Waynes today. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The former first-round pick played five games for Cincinnati last season. In 79 career games, he has collected seven interceptions, 43 pass deflections, one sack, and 259 tackles.

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Eli Apple is re-signing with the Cincinnati Bengals on a one year deal worth $4 million. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Apple, while being heavily criticized for his play during the postseason, was generally a solid starter for Cincinnati this season. He is signing to a one-year prove-it deal, and he will look to earn himself a big contract for 2023.

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Darius Phillips and Las Vegas have agreed to terms for a one-year deal worth $2.25 million. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The former fifth round draft pick of Cincinnati played in 47 games for them before dealing with an injury after 12 games last year. In his tenure there, he tallied five interceptions, three forced fumbles, and 73 tackles. Opposing quarterbacks did feast on him a bit last season to the tune of a 137.7 rating when targeting him. He will join a team that finished in the bottom ten in defensive rating last season.

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C.J. Uzomah and the Jets are expected to agree on a three year deal worth $24 million. (Source: Jeff Howe on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Uzomah is set to leave the defending AFC champs after being one of the key players down the stretch. He should step into the starting role in New York and should see some increased volume. Uzomah will get an opportunity to grow with QB Zach Wilson.

Category: Transactions


B.J. Hill is resigning with the Bengals on a three year deal worth $30 million. The deal include $15 million in year one. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Bengals defense returns one of their key contributors from the super bowl run in Hill. The big man should provide some good help on the interior for the young Bengals.

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Ian Rapoport is reporting that Larry Ogunjobi is close to a three-year deal with the Bears. (Source: Ian Rapoport)

Fantasy Impact: The contract is reported to be for $40.5 million, $26.35 million of which is guaranteed. The former third round draft pick for Cleveland played 16 games for Cincinnati last year before getting injured in the playoffs. He did tally seven sacks and 49 tackles while healthy.

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The Bengals will apply their franchise tag to safety Jessie Bates, III. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bates was hoping for a new contract following his stellar defensive play and a new contract could still be in the works. For now, the safety will head into his fifth season under contract for $13.5 million.


According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Bengals LB Logan Wilson had surgery last week to fix his torn labrum. He is expected to be ready for the beginning of next season. (Source: Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: A healthy Wilson is a huge boost for a Bengals defense that lacked playmakers in the middle of the defense. Wilson has shown that he can be a difference maker when he is healthy, and will help Cincinnati try to reach another Super Bowl.

Category: Injury Updates


Cincinnati Bengals head coach, Zac Taylor, has agreed to a four-year extension with the team through the 2026 season. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is great news for Bengals fans after Taylor led the team to a Superbowl appearance. Taylor had his deal set to expire after next season, but he will now be locked up for the next five seasons should the Bengals want. Zac Taylor and the team will have to build on this year to create an annual contender.

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Adam Schefter confirmed that Joe Burrow player through the Superbowl with a sprained MCL injury. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It was clear Burrow was not playing at 100% after continuously taking hits. He lost a lot of his threat as a runner and it certainly hurt the Bengals down the stretch. However, this is good news when it comes to Burrow's 2022 status. A sprained MCL should be sorted out with plenty of time for Burrow to be ready for next season. He will look to build an outstanding season.

Category: Injury Updates


Bengals TE Drew Sample was very quiet in the Bengals disappointed loss to the Rams in Super Bowl 56. No targets or catches for Sample. According to Nathan Jahnke of PFF, Sample only saw 19 snaps out of a possible 61 plays for Cincinnati.

Fantasy Impact: Sample was outplayed by pending free agent C.J. Uzomah, who saw more snaps and targets. With Uzomah potentially out the door, Sample could be a sleeper pick next season if the Bengals don’t add a tight end.

Category: Game Recaps


Cincinnati Bengals kicker Evan McPherson made both of his field goals and added two extra points in a 23-20 loss to the Rams in Super Bowl LVI.

Fantasy Impact: McPherson made field goals from 29 and 38 yards out in the loss. The rookie kicker was impressive in the playoffs as he did not miss an attempt. He should be a top-12 fantasy kicker in 2022 thanks to being tethered to an explosive Cincy offense that should only get better next year.

Category: Game Recaps


Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd caught 5-of-6 targets for 48 yards in a 23-20 loss to the Rams in Super Bowl LVI.

Fantasy Impact: Boyd turned in a decent game as the No. 3 option in the Cincy passing attack. The veteran wideout saw much of his work siphoned away in 2021 by standout rookie Ja'Marr Chase. Once a steady, high-end WR3 in PPR leagues, Boyd is now a boom/bust flex option thanks to the crowded wide receiver room in Cincinnati. The slot receiver is under contract through the end of the 2023 season.

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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase caught 5-of-8 targets for 89 yards in a 23-20 loss to the Rams in Super Bowl LVI.

Fantasy Impact: Chase made several impressive plays, including a diving, one-handed grab that went for 46 yards in the first half. The rookie wideout was even better than most expected after the Bengals used the No. 5 overall pick on him in the 2021 NFL draft. With a year of experience under his belt and plenty of room to grow, Chase will be a sure-fire WR1 in fantasy drafts this summer.

Category: Game Recaps


Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon carried the ball 15 times for 72 yards and added one yard on five receptions in a 23-20 loss to the Rams in Super Bowl LVI. Mixon also threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Tee Higgins in the second quarter.

Fantasy Impact: Mixon pieced together a decent game but wasn't on the field for Cincy's final two plays of the contest as the Bengals instead turned to Samaje Perine. His evening was salvaged by his touchdown pass, which came on a trick play in the second quarter. Mixon's 2021 will be remembered as the season where he finally capitalized on all of his potential. Locked into a workhorse role for the Bengals, Mixon will be a solid RB1 in 2022.

Category: Game Recaps


Vernon Hargreaves III is put on the inactive list for the Super Bowl. (Source: Doug Kyed via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hargreaves hasn't played in one game during the postseason so him being inactive isn't a surprise.

Category: Injury Updates


According to Ian Rapoport, the Bengals have announced that WR Trent Taylor is being activated from the practice squad in preparation for the Super Bowl tomorrow. (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Taylor’s snaps, if any, will be relegated to special teams, as the Bengals have an elite trio of wide receivers in Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd.

Category: Transactions