Bengals Fantasy News

A.J. Green: 'The toe is 100 percent'

Monday, November 24, 2014, 1:00pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

A.J. Green has looked completely healthy again the last two weeks, pushing off both feet to make some of toughest contested, jumping catches and tip-toe sideline landings of his career.

He has looked like a Pro Bowl receiver who's just reaching midseason form. Actually, forget midseason form. On Sunday, he played his best game in a Cincinnati Bengals uniform.

So it really wasn't all that surprising after the 22-13 win over the Houston Texans that he said he felt as good as he has in the last two months.

"The toe is 100 percent," Green said, referencing the toe he originally tweaked during the season opener. "Last week was good, the couple games before that was all right, but now, I have no pain."

Fantasy Impact:

Green torched the Texans for a career-high 12 receptions, good for 121 yards. And perhaps the biggest key is that Green said there is no pain. As the story said, Green had been bothered by his right big toe from the moment he landed on it awkwardly in the first quarter of the opener at Baltimore. Although he finished that game, he was unable to make it past six plays the following week. He played again a week after that, and then three weeks later the pain became so unbearable that during the stretching portion of a practice, he stopped, took his shoe off and slammed it down in frustration before getting carted off the field.

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Report: Ryan Mallett's season in jeopardy

Monday, November 24, 2014, 10:03am

National Football Post - [Full Article]

The Texans turned to strong-armed quarterback Ryan Mallett two weeks ago to see if he could turn around a struggling offense in year one of coach Bill O'Brien's tenure.

After two games, his season might be over. According to NFL.com, Mallett may have sustained a torn pectoral muscle prior to Sunday's 22-13 loss to the Bengals. The report states that Mallett aggravated what was previously described as a strained chest during pre-game warmups. Mallett decided to play through the pain and did not have a great day.

He finished with 189 yards and an interception.

Fantasy Impact:

If this is the end of Mallett's season, the Texans will have to turn back to quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who opened the year as Houston's starter.

Texans Beat: 'Very, very low' chance Arian Foster (groin) plays

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 12:35pm

Tania Ganguli on Twitter - [Full Article]

Very, very low chance Arian Foster plays Week 12.

Fantasy Impact:

Ganguli also tweeted she'd expect another heavy workload for Alfred Blue. We didn't think Foster had much of a chance either after not practicing all week. It's a potentially very good matchup for Blue as the Bengals rank just 31st in allowing fantasy points to RBs. The Texans also play an early afternoon game so you'll have time to adjust your lineup if Foster doesn't play.

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 9:28am

Colts.com - [Full Article]

Leading 24-0 with 8:30 left in the Bengals game, the Colts turned to Daniel “Boom” Herron to milk the clock.

Herron’s drive of five carries for 37 yards ended in a field goal for the Colts and offered another glimpse of what the team’s third running back could provide the offense.

Now, with Ahmad Bradshaw placed on injured reserve, those mop-up carries could become much more meaningful.

“It’s time for Boom Herron to step up, which everybody on the team has full confidence in,” Reggie Waynesays.

The longest extended look Colts fans have gotten of Herron was at this year’s Training Camp in Anderson. With Bradshaw and Trent Richardson dealing with injuries, Herron got plenty of first team work throughout camp and the preseason.

“He’s done it in practice. He did it in the preseason. When he’s gotten his chances in the games this year, he’s done a heck of a job,” Andrew Luck says of his “110 percent” confidence in Herron.

Fantasy Impact:

In the preseason, Herron was the team’s leading rusher (22 carries for 112 yards) and leading receiver (11 catches for 55 yards). The hope his Herron slides right in as a result of learning the offense during the preseason and camp with all the injuries. Richardson hasn't been all that impressive, so it seems possible Herron has a decent chance to put up fantasy numbers, perhaps especially in the passing game. He's certainly worth grabbing, at least in a little deeper PPR leagues.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (hip, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 12. Bernard will likely make his return against the Texans, though we don’t know what type of workload he’ll see in his first game back. ESPN beat writer Coley Harvey reported that Bernard “went through drills as the No. 1 back, getting reps ahead of rookie Jeremy Hill” on Thursday. Hill has been running well (5.73 YPC in the last three games), so the team may still elect to ease Bernard back in as Hill’s backup. Beat writer Paul Dehner suggests a 65:35 split, with Hill leading the way.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Bengals RB Cedric Peerman (hip, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 12.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 12:05pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

It certainly would follow Ravens QB Joe Flacco's trend of exploiting bad secondaries this season. In four games against pass defenses ranked in the bottom 10, Flacco has completed 65.9 percent of his throws and has averaged 281.5 yards passing. He has thrown 10 touchdowns and three interceptions for a 112.0 passer rating. The Saints are the NFL's ninth-worst pass defense, and they looked even worse in allowing Andy Dalton to regain his confidence.

The biggest concern with Flacco's inconsistency is he typically has his "down" games on the road. Since the start of the 2013 season, Flacco's passer rating on the road is 73.1, the fifth worst in the NFL over that span.

Bengals Beat: Expect a 65/35 split between Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard

Friday, November 21, 2014, 10:38am

Cincinnati Enquirer - [Full Article]

Bengals beat writer Paul Dehner on the projected split between RBs Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard:

In my opinion, this Sunday you will see about at 65-35 split between the two, with Hill receiving the majority. As far as being a starter goes, I asked Hue specifically about that this week and he offered the "whoever goes out there first doesn't matter." He's right in that regard. He's acknowledged Hill deserves more work and that's the far more important point then who trots out there first.

The question for me will not be how the breakdown ends up, but the method in getting there. Will they alternate series? Will Bernard be the third-down back? Those are the questions we won't have answered until we see Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

Dehner doesn't specify if he's predicting carries or touches, but we would guess he's talking about the former. The Bengals RBs are getting 24.2 carries per game this season, so if only Hill and Bernard tote the ball, a 65/35 split would represent 15.7 carries for Hill and 8.5 carries for Bernard. Hill caught 13 passes in the seven games in which Bernard also played, so that is a projected workload of around 17-18 touches for Hill. In his recent stint as the starter, he has seen 22.0 touches per game. Due to the report that Bernard got the first reps with the starts in practice on Thursday, we currently have it as more of a 55/45 split between the two players, with Hill in a "lead" role. We feel that Hill is usable as a RB2, though his workload isn't as stable as it has been in the last few weeks. As for Bernard, he's shaping up as more of a RB3/flex. Common sense tells us that he will be limited in his first game back, but common sense doesn't always prevail in the NFL.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (hip) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Bernard will likely make his return against the Texans, though we don’t know what type of workload he’ll see in his first game back. ESPN beat writer Coley Harvey reported that Bernard “went through drills as the No. 1 back, getting reps ahead of rookie Jeremy Hill” on Thursday. Hill has been running well (5.73 YPC in the last three games), so the team may still elect to ease Bernard back in as Hill’s backup.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Bengals RB Cedric Peerman (hip) took limited practice reps again Thursday.

Bengals Beat: Team will use a 'heavy dose' of Jeremy Hill in Week 12

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 10:38am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Beat writer Coley Harvey on the role of Giovani Bernard if he makes his return in Week 12: With the Bengals taking his rehab slowly, I can't imagine he'll play his regular load, and I can't imagine he'll be taking the pounding up the middle that he had before. The Bengals have been able to absorb Bernard's loss quite well. Rookie Jeremy Hill has been better than advertised, ripping off a pair of 150-yard rushing performances in his absence. It's not far-fetched to make the claim right now that Hill is the best running back the Bengals have. That said, Bernard is the starter, and has ability in the pass-catching game that Hill and others don't. You'll see a heavy dose of Hill on Sunday. But if Bernard does play, it might not be the role Bengals fans are used to.

Fantasy Impact:

We currently have Hill ranked several spots ahead of Bernard, who will likely be limited in his first game back. Hill is a solid RB2 while Bernard is more of a RB3/flex-type this week.

Bengals OC: Jeremy Hill 'has earned the right to play'

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 11:11pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

This is one of those rare situations when fans, media and coaches are all on the same page. Even as starting back Giovani Bernard starts returning from a series of injuries, the ball clearly deserves to be in Jeremy Hill's hands more than before.

Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said Wednesday that it will be.

"He deserves it," Jackson said.

"Jeremy has done tremendous [work] and he has earned the right to play, there's no question about that," Jackson said.

"It's going to be hard for me to just say, 'Let's thrust him in there again and let him go again,'" Jackson said of Bernard. "We've got to work him back into our process and how we do things. What will determine that is just how fast and how we think he is ready to go. He had a tremendous practice [Wednesday] and we'll see where this thing goes."

Fantasy Impact:

Bernard averaged 18.7 touches per game in the first seven games, while Hill averaged 9.0 touches in the same span. We're expecting Hill to lead the team in touches in Week 12, and the duo will move a 50/50 split as Bernard gets fully healthy.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm

Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (hip) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Bernard will likely make his return against the Texans, though we don’t know what type of workload he’ll see in his first game back. Jeremy Hill has been running well (5.73 YPC in the last three games), so the team may elect to ease Bernard back in as Hill’s backup.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm

Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Foster is tentatively expected to return this week. If not, Alfred Blue would be a top 12 option against the Bengals.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm

Bengals RB Cedric Peerman (hip) took limited practice reps Wednesday.