Bengals Fantasy News

A.J. Green has gained 6-10 lbs to become more physical
Monday, April 21, 2014, 3:04pm

Joe Danneman - [Full Article]

Bengals WR A.J. Green says he's 6-10 pounds heavier at the start of off-season work outs. Says he wanted a stronger upper body to be more physical.

Fantasy Impact:

Green has finished as the #4 WR in each of the last four seasons, but may have a tough time finishing that high if new OC Hue Jackson installs a run-heavy offense. The Bengals threw the ball 55.0% of the time last season (which was below the league average of 56.6%) under supposed 'pass-happy' Jay Gruden, so the Bengals were already a tad run-heavy on offense. We're expecting a bit more running, so Green deserves a slight downgrade. He's still a very solid WR1.


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Cordarrelle Patterson should see more downfield targets
Monday, April 21, 2014, 2:54pm

Minneapolis Star-Tribune - [Full Article]

It’s convenient to say that Cordarrelle Patterson will become the next Josh Gordon, but Patterson and Gordon were used much differently in 2013.

Nearly two-thirds of Patterson’s targets came within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, and a whopping 22 of them came on passes behind the line.

But Gordon did most of his damage downfield in Norv Turner’s vertical passing attack. More than 55 percent of his targets came when he was 10 yards or more past the line of scrimmage, and only Torrey Smith and A.J. Green were targeted beyond 20 yards more often. With just two targets behind the line of scrimmage, Gordon was rarely utilized in the screen game.

Patterson has the size and speeded needed to thrive in a vertical passing attack, so it’s going to be fun to watch him attempt to develop into an all-around receiver like Gordon. It will be also interesting to see how often Turner tries to take advantage of what Patterson already can do.

Fantasy Impact:

All arrows are pointing up for Patterson, who was the #10 WR from Week 10 to Week 17 in his rookie season. He scored seven touchdowns in that span (three rush, four receiving) while racking up 29 catches for 323 yards to go along with 10 carries for 156 rushing yards. With Josh Gordon coming off of a breakout season under new Vikings OC Norv Turner, Patterson should be a fantasy starter sooner rather than later. His TD rate will be difficult to maintain, but he should see a jump in touches in 2014. Patterson is very raw as a route runner and needs to develop quickly in that facet of the game if he's to have the type of season that many are predicting.

RG3 starting to look like his old self
Thursday, April 17, 2014, 10:53am

Washington Post - [Full Article]

A couple days back, Santana Moss appeared on a podcast with ESPN’s John Clayton, and the topic of Robert Griffin III’s health came up. Clayton asked for a status report.

“He looks more comfortable, because he don’t have to worry about that brace,” Moss said. “I think the brace was the big discomfort last year. You know, he’s a young guy with those fiery legs that want to do so much, and that brace probably gave him a little pinch in the behind, because he couldn’t do the things that he was normally accustomed to doing. You can already see, when we’re out there in conditioning and stuff, he’s running around, looking like the old Robert Griffin.”

Which reminded me that Chris Cooley recently hit a local field with Griffin, and had a similarly rave review. This was before Griffin was permitted to work out with his teammates at Redskins Park; Cooley instead took the QB to his own gym, Lifetime Fitness near Ashburn. The men took turns running routes and throwing passes to each other.

“It’s unbelievable,” Cooley reported. “He’s another person right now. I was like, ‘you’re running unbelievably well.’ It was silly to watch….When you watch him run, you’re like ‘You’re a freak. You’re seriously a freak.’ ”

Fantasy Impact:

Griffin is a bounce back candidate now that he's another year removed from his ACL surgery and is able to discard the knee brace which obviously limited his mobility in 2013. Jay Gruden coaxed top 5 fantasy numbers out of Andy Dalton, so it's not inconceivable that he could do the same with RG3. It doesn't hurt that the Redskins have plenty of weapons in the passing game (e.g. Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts and Jordan Reed).

Bengals want to run the ball more
Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 1:26pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Hue Jackson is taking over as offensive coordinator after spending the 2013 season coaching Bengals running backs. In 2010, he was the offensive coordinator in Oakland before getting promoted to head coach in '11. The Bengals signed his quarterback from those two teams, Jason Campbell, last month in part to give Andy Dalton a veteran voice at the position that he hasn't really had throughout his career.

The hallmark of Jackson's Raiders scheme was running, and he has already vowed to do more of that in his new role with the Bengals in an effort of easing the pressure on Dalton.

"You have to have the threat of running the ball and the threat of being a physical unit in order to last for the duration of the season," Jackson said on the radio interview.

Fantasy Impact:

This is good news for Giovani Bernard and not so good news for the fantasy prospects of Dalton, A.J. Green and Marvin Jones. The Bengals were 12th in pass attempts in 2013 and it sounds as if that number (587) is going to drop in 2014.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 9:16pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Cincinnati Bengals reached an agreement with their last restricted free agent Tuesday, re-signing receiver Dane Sanzenbacher.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 12:27pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

ESPN's Matt Williamson talked about Chargers WR Keenan Allen:

"As much as I like Allen, to ask him to improve dramatically in one season may be asking too much. He's a really good receiver, but he does not have the athletic ability of an A.J. Green or a Julio Jones. He could be close to his ceiling already.

Fantasy Impact:

Williamson added that Allen is an advanced route runner and has good hands, just lacks speed. He pointed out that teams will have another year to study him, too. Still, Allen was really the only WR threat on the Bolts last year, but put up nice numbers despite getting the full attention of defenses. He should fall in the WR2 or 3 zone with potential to exceed that in certain matchups.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 8:34pm

Cincinnati Enquirer - [Full Article]

Bengals HC Marvin Lewis believes in QB Andy Dalton. And he'd prefer an extension done. Soon.

"We are hopeful we can get a deal done that works and Andy can put it behind him," Lewis said. "He can get back focusing on football. He doesn't have to go into the season and worry about this contract thing, every week someone is going to ask him a question … all those things that come into play later on. Let's get it behind us."

Fantasy Impact:

Despite some early playoff exits, the Bengals are committed to keeping Dalton around. However, he's still a QB2/committee-type of fantasy QB.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 2:25pm

Paul Dehner Jr. on Twitter - [Full Article]

Bengals HC Marvin Lewis also said he envisions a second-year growth similar to Ray Rice from RB Giovani Bernard. Says offseason big for growth.

Fantasy Impact:

We currently have Bernard as an RB2 ranked 14th, so we think there will be progress, too. But the concern will be getting him consistent touches, something that didn't happen until about halfway through the season.

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 3:23pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Former Browns QB Jason Campbell reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Bengals. Now reunited with Hue Jackson.

Fantasy Impact:

The Bengals made it clear that Campbell is not a threat to starter Andy Dalton.

Andre Roberts says the Redskins will be pass-heavy
Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 10:58am

ESPN - [Full Article]

WR Andre Roberts said that QB Robert Griffin III was one of the main reasons he signed with the Redskins:

“When you have a guy that talented, that’s that motivated and willing to work, the sky’s the limit. Being a receiver, having a quarterback like that, that’s what you want, especially in a passing offense which we will be in now for the most part. When you have a quarterback that’s motivated and coming off the year he had with a chip on his shoulder, that’s what you want as a receiver.”

A passing offense? The Redskins were more run-oriented the past two years (or wanted to be; trailing so often last season altered those plans). Roberts said he based that comment on knowing Gruden’s style with Cincinnati and also after talking with former Arizona quarterback John Skelton, who spent last offseason and preseason with the Bengals.

Fantasy Impact:

We know Gruden likes to throw the ball, so Alfred Morris's stock is taking a hit. He'll still be a solid RB2 in standard formats, but since he doesn't do much in the passing game, he'll need a heavy rushing workload to reach RB1 status again.

Bengals don't match Browns' offer sheet to Andrew Hawkins
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 3:38pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bengals not matching Browns offer sheet for WR Andrew Hawkins.

Fantasy Impact:

Hawkins is good in the slot and he'll likely start there since Davone Bess is no longer with the Browns.

Packers re-sign TE Andrew Quarless
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 2:28pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Packers announced they officially have re-signed LB/DE Mike Neal and TE Andrew Quarless.

Fantasy Impact:

Quarless took over for Jermichael Finley after Finley went down in Week 7. From Week 8 through the Packers' playoff loss to the 49ers, Quarless averaged 2.6 catches for 27 yards and 0.20 TD, or 3.9 fantasy points per game. That's about what Brandon Pettigrew and Tyler Eifert scored in 2013, so it's not terribly promising. Moreover, his two best games -- back to back 6-66-1 outings against the Falcons and Cowboys -- came with Matt Flynn under center, so it's not clear what kind of rapport he has with Aaron RodgersAccording to Mockdraftable, he most resembles Todd Heap athletically, though it's tough to make that case using the eye test. Still, if he's starting, Quarless will be an intriguing TE2 option playing in Green Bay's high-octane offense. 

Bengals plan to match Browns' offer to Andrew Hawkins
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 11:09am

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bengals plan to match 4-yr, $12.2M offer sheet that includes $5.3M guaranteed that Cincinnati RFA WR Andrew Hawkins signed with Cleveland.

Fantasy Impact:

It sounds as if Hawkins will be returning to the slot in Cincinnati. He showed playmaking ability in his second year (51-533-4), but struggled with a foot injury in 2013. He's already 28 years old.

Browns sign RFA Andrew Hawkins to offer sheet
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 9:29pm

Nate Ulrich, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Browns have struck 4-year deal on an offer sheet with Bengals WR Andrew Hawkins, source says. He's a restricted free agent, so Bengals can match.

Fantasy Impact:

Hawkins is good in the slot and he'll replace Davone Bess there, assuming the Bengals don't match the Browns' offer. He may be a factor in PPR formats.

Rashard Mendenhall retires at 26
Monday, March 10, 2014, 12:03pm

Huffington Post - [Full Article]

In a piece for The Huffington Post, former Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall explains why he has retired from football.

Fantasy Impact:

Mendenhall's retirement is somewhat surprising. If the Cardinals do not sign or draft another legitimate running back, then Andre Ellington's stock may be out of control by the time 2014 fantasy drafts are in full swing. Ellington is probably in the same boat as Giovani Bernard — considered “too small” to be an every-down workhorse. He was the #25 RB in 2013 on 10.4 touches per game, but averaged 12.4 touches in his last 11 games. In that span, he averaged 9.3 FP, which are low-end RB2 numbers. It's a good sign that GM Steve Keim confirmed that Ellington will get more work in 2014 -- expect around 15 touches per game, though a bigger workload is possible.