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New Bengals CB Trae Waynes was advised by his agent not to partake in any football activities that could put his new three-year, $42M with Cincinnati in jeopardy prior to taking and passing his physical. (Source: SI.com)

Fantasy Impact: Waynes has yet to take and pass a physical for the Bengals, and hasn’t been paid his $15M signing bonus yet. It’s an unusual situation, but Waynes has been advised to tread lightly in case of a freak injury prior to receiving the signing bonus he’ll get when he puts pen to paper. Waynes played four years in Minnesota prior to joining the Bengals this offseason and has become one of the best cover corners in the NFL.


Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan says quarterback Joe Burrow has been impressive during offseason meetings. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Specifically, Callahan has been impressed by Burrow's ability to understand the adjustments that need to be made for each play call. It's worth noting that these meetings have taken place over zoom and it's not as if Callahan was likely to say anything negative about the number-one overall pick from this year's draft. Still, it's an encouraging update. Burrow is very likely to be the Bengals' starting QB come Week 1.


William Jackson played with a torn labrum in his shoulder the entire 2019 season. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Jackson announced that “he’s fully healthy and ready to go.” He spent the entire 2019 season playing with a torn labrum. “I don’t know how I did it, but I did it,” Jackson said. “It was painful every game.” Despite playing through an injury, he managed to rack up 37 tackles three defended passes and one interception across 14 games. Jackson is entering the final year of his rookie deal and is currently outside the top-125 defensive backs in the latest expert consensus rankings.

Category: Injury Updates


Bengals seventh-round pick LB Markus Bailey told Charles Davis on SiriusXM that he is 7 1/2 months removed from ACL surgery and that he should be ready to go in time for live training camp later this summer. (Source: Alex Marvez on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bailey played five seasons at Purdue, recording 301 tackles, 13.5 sacks, and six interceptions. His 2019 ended abruptly after suffering a torn ACL. He had surgery late in 2019 and seems to be recovering well. Bailey is a much needed upgrade to Cincinnati’s weak linebacker corps. He’ll have a great chance to make the team this season even as a seventh-round draft pick.

Category: Injury Updates


Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin says the team has "visited with" Joe Mixon about a long-term deal. (Source: Pro Football Talk)

Fantasy Impact: It was reported back in April that Mixon is prepared to hold out this year if an extension isn't reached. "Joe’s obviously a guy that’s shown a lot of ability ... He’s in a year that he can be extended, and he is a guy that we visited with. We’ll go through those discussions and see if there is a fit or a match for a long-term contract with him" Tobin said. If the 23-year-old suits up for Cincinnati this season he should be a legitimate RB1 in what expects to be a greatly improved offense. This will be an important story to monitor this summer, for obvious reasons.

Category: Rumors


The Bengals are declining John Ross’ fifth-year option and he should become a free agent after the 2020 season. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As expected, the Bengals have declined picking up Ross’ fifth-year option. He has only played 24 games since being drafted ninth overall by the Bengals in 2017. Ross will most likely be fourth on depth chart behind AJ Green, Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins. He is currently 65th among all wide receivers in the latest expert consensus rankings. Ross is mainly a flyer in all league formats.

Category: Transactions


According to NFL Network, the Jacksonville Jaguars have interest in former Bengals QB Andy Dalton. (Source: Steve Wyche on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Between trading Nick Foles to the Bears and not taking a quarterback in this year’s Draft until round six (Jake Luton), Jacksonville looked set on heading into the season with Gardner Minshew II as their starting quarterback. Not so fast, reports have surfaced that the Jaguars are interested in the nine-year vet. Before rumors of Dalton in Jacksonville made headway, many believed he would be a good fit in New England with Bill Belichick. Now it looks like Dalton is being eyed by both the Jaguars and the Patriots. Stay tuned for further updates on the Andy Dalton front as they unfold, but he should be employed sooner rather than later.

Category: Rumors


Jay Morrison of The Athletic believes Tee Higgins will open the 2020 season in the Bengals' starting lineup. (Source: Jay Morrison on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: "Even with a truncated offseason limiting how quickly Higgins can get up to speed, I fully expect the rookie second-round pick to be in the starting lineup when the season opens," Morrison writes. The rookie joins a crowded receiver group in Cincinnati as A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, and John Ross are all still around. Even if Higgins opens the year as a starter he is likely to begin the season as a boom-bust fantasy option.


According to sources, the Cincinnati Bengals are “actively exploring” trading down from the 33rd overall pick. (Source: Albert Breer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although there are guys Cincinnati is reportedly targeting available, there may be a number of guys they want, and they would rather have more draft capital than have to choose between two guys they have graded similarly. The Indianapolis Colts at pick No. 34 have also expressed interest in moving down, so look for some potential fireworks at the very beginning of the 2nd round.

Category: Rumors


TE Cethan Carter has signed his one-year restricted free agent tender with the Cincinnati Bengals. (Source: Adam Caplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The third-year pro out of Nebraska has played 31 games with the Bengals in two full seasons. In those 31 games, Carter only has two catches for 13 yards and one TD. He’s mostly utilized on special teams and the occasionally goal-line set.

Category: Transactions


After missing the 2019 season due to an ankle injury, Bengals WR A.J. Green is “fully healthy and working hard” according to head coach Zac Taylor. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Taylor mentioned, “Everything’s been positive with A.J” coming off the ankle injury that forced him to miss the entire 2019 campaign. Green should be in for a bounce-back year if he can stay healthy given the most likely addition of LSU QB Joe Burrow come April 23. He’s currently listed as WR26 in FantasyPros consensus rankings.

Category: Injury Updates


Paul Dehner of The Athletics writes that the Bengals expect to see a "significant jump" from second-year tight end Drew Sample. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Sample was considered a "blocking tight end" when he was taken 52nd overall in last year's draft. The 23-year-old wound up catching just five passes for 30 scoreless yards before landing on injured reserve with an ankle injury. Tyler Eifert's departure for Jacksonville has opened up some opportunity at the tight end position in Cincinnati. However, C.J. Uzomah is still considered a better pass catcher than Sample.


As reported at the start of free agency, DT D.J. Reader has now officially signed a four-year, $53M deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, making him the highest paid nose tackle in the NFL. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Reader is due $22.25M in the first year and $31.75M over the first two years of his new contract. The stud nose tackle out of Clemson played his first four seasons with the Texans, and now will join forces with Pro-Bowler Geno Atkins to create a very formidable 1-2 punch on the defensive line in Cincinnati.

Category: Transactions


Veteran CB Dre Kirkpatrick is being released by the Cincinnati Bengals, per sources. (Source: Tyler Dragon on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cincinnati’s former 2012 first-round pick out of Alabama is being released by the Bengals after eight productive years with the team. Kirkpatrick finishes his career in Cincinnati with 302 tackles and 10 interceptions in 99 games with the Bengals. Look for another team in need of secondary help to reach out to the veteran corner.

Category: Transactions


Former Bengals LB Nick Vigil is signing a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Chargers. (Source: Adam Caplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Vigil, a 2016 third-round pick out of Utah State, played four seasons with Cincinnati. He’s increased his production each year, and in 2019 he started all 16 games, recording 111 tackles. He’ll look to start at linebacker for the Chargers this upcoming season.

Category: Transactions


Former Cincinnati CB Darqueze Dennard agrees to a one-year deal with the Jaguars. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The former 2014 first-round pick out of Michigan State has played all six seasons in the NFL with Cincinnati, but he’ll be moving on to Jacksonville to bolster up their secondary in 2020.

Category: Transactions


Rodney Anderson is hoping to return from the ACL injury that ended his rookie season before it began by the middle of August. (Source: Bengals.com)

Fantasy Impact: Anderson was an intriguing running back prospect ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft, but he was buried on the depth chart before sustaining his injury. Now, if he's able to return to health, he could compete for the backup role behind Joe Mixon. He will likely not enter the season with fantasy value beyond that of a handcuff, but he could find a fantasy-relevant role during the season if there's an injury to Mixon.

Category: Injury Updates


Carlos Dunlap had a monster outing in 33-23 win over the Browns, tallying four solo tackles, one assisted tackle, 2.5 TFLs, 2.5 sacks, three QB hits, one pass defended, and one forced fumble.

Fantasy Impact: Dunlap showed troubling signs to begin his tenth year in the league, amassing one sack over his first seven games and missing two games to injury. Over his last seven games, though, he reminded us just how dominant he could be by recording eight sacks and 16 TFLs. Dunlap will be a key veteran presence for a team trying to claw its way out of the AFC North basement next year.

Category: Game Recaps


Cincinnati Bengals kicker Randy Bullock made both of his field goals and 3-of-4 extra points in a 33-23 win over the Browns in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Bullock finishes the season having hit 27-of-31 field goals and all 24-of-25 extra points. Bullock is under contract through the end of the 2020 season.

Category: Game Recaps


C.J. Uzomah finds end zone

Sun, Dec 29th 8:42pm EST
By Matthew Terelle

Cincinnati Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah caught 5-of-6 targets for 25 yards and a touchdown in a 33-23 win over the Browns in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Uzomah found the end zone for the second time all season. He finishes the year with 27 catches for 242 yards.

Category: Game Recaps