Bengals Fantasy News

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 9:57am

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

The NFL is copycat league and the Falcons needs to steal a few pages out of the Eagles playbook and use RBs Antone Smith and/or Devonta Freeman like the Eagles are using Darren Sproles.

If the Falcons can make those blocks, Antone Smith has shown that can rip off those big plays. Freeman showed his power in the opener against Saints when he barreled through defenders to pick up an extra five yards after contact.

Coach Mike Smith seem to regret that neither player received in opportunities in 24-10 the mauling by the Bengals.

“We did not get (through) rotation because we had some three-and-outs,” Smith said. “Rotating our backs didn’t go like it did in the first week. That’s something that again, when you’ve got four running backs it’s a challenge every game to get the numbers that you’d like for them to have.”

Fantasy Impact:

It's just one opinion but his point makes a lot of sense in a copycat league. We'll see if the Falcons take his advice... The team has four backs with some potential, however Smith and Freeman are younger guys with a lot of ability who are trying to get more touches behind vets Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers. So far Jackson has 23 carries for 98 yards and Rodgers 11 carries for 57 yards and a TD, but both backs haven't been involved in the passing game. Meanwhile, Smith and Freeman have combined for 7 catches and 113 yards.

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A.J. Green believed to have sprained ligament in foot

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 7:25pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

An initial league source told PFT that Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green suffered a turf toe injury Sunday.

He left the game early, and did not return.

An update later in the day said Green is now believed to have a sprained ligament in his foot.

Fantasy Impact:

It's also considered turf toe, and the Sunday night reports say Green could be back by Week 5, according to the Bengals Web site. Mohamed Sanu had a big day in Green's absence and Brandon Tate and Dane Sanzenbacher are next up on the depth chart. With Marvin Jones already out, it's a hit to QB Andy Dalton's value as well. The Bengals may end up leaning a little more on RB Giovani Bernard in the passing game with RB Jeremy Hill getting more carries. Both stood out vs. Atlanta in Week 2. Sanu appears to be poised for a busy Week 3 and makes for a sneaky pickup and start. If you pick up Sanu, keep in mind both Jones and Green are now on track to be back Week 5.

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 1:43pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

It's been a quiet two games for Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro since leading the NFL in preseason rushing yards.

With zero carries so far with one pass thrown in his direction for an incompletion against the Cincinnati Bengals, the fourth-round draft pick from Coastal Carolina says he's remaining patient and waiting his turn.

Taliaferro ranks third on the depth chart behind starting running back Bernard Pierce and backup Justin Forsett and has been active for each game, primarily operating on special teams. Pierce rushed for a game-high 96 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Forsett scored a touchdown against the Bengals as he gained 70 yards and had a 41-yard run against the Steelers.

"I don't know what my role is going to be," said Taliaferro who rushed for 243 yards and one touchdown on 65 carries during the preseason. "I just know I'm ready for whatever it is. I can't control any of that. All I can control is what I do when my number is called in that moment."

Fantasy Impact:

Taliaferro is a power runner with a fairly upright running style at 6-foot, 226 yards. Taliaferro was the Big South Offensive Player of the Year last season when he rushed for 1,729 yards and 27 touchdowns, the story says. One has to think his time is coming with Ray Rice now out of the picture. Pierce was much improved Thursday night against the Steelers but a lot of questions still remain with this Raven RB group.

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm

Bengals WR A.J. Green (foot, probable) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is probable for Week 2. Crisis averted. Green is good to go for a great matchup against the Falcons.

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm

Bengals WR Marvin Jones (foot, out) has been ruled out for Week 2. Jones’ foot is still healing. He’s expected back in Week 5.

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm

Falcons WR Roddy White (knee, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 2. White is good to go for a tough matchup with the Bengals, though it’s a little concerning that he’s having knee problems this early in the season.

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (elbow) has been ruled out for Week 2. Eifert isn’t eligible to return before Week 10, so it’s Jermaine Gresham’s show now. Gresham was #14 and #10 in 2011 and 2012, before Eifert’s arrival. He doesn’t hold much upside, but he offers baseline production.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Bengals WR A.J. Green (foot) missed practice Thursday after taking limited reps Wednesday. This could be a maintenance day, but his practice activity on Friday will be important.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Bengals WR Marvin Jones (foot) was ruled out for Week 2. Jones’ foot is still healing. He’s expected back in Week 5.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (elbow) was ruled out for Week 2. Eifert isn’t eligible to return before Week 10, so it’s Jermaine Gresham’s show now. Gresham was #14 and #10 in 2011 and 2012, before Eifert’s arrival. He doesn’t hold much upside, but he offers baseline production.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:02pm

Bengals WR A.J. Green (foot) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Green’s injury doesn’t appear to be serious, but we’ll monitor his practice activity this week. It’s a good sign that he was even limited at this point in the week.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:02pm

Bengals WR Marvin Jones (foot) was ruled out for Week 2. Jones’ foot is still healing. He’s expected back in Week 5.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:02pm

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (elbow) was ruled out for Week 2. Eifert isn’t eligible to return before Week 10, so it’s Jermaine Gresham’s show now. Gresham was #14 and #10 in 2011 and 2012, before Eifert’s arrival. He doesn’t hold much upside, but he offers baseline production.

Bengals Beat: RB Jeremy Hill will surpass 170 carries

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 12:30pm

Bengals.com - [Full Article]

Bengals.com writer Geoff Hobson: OC Hue Jackson said he didn’t play Jeremy Hill a lot Sunday because he didn’t want to throw a rookie in there in a hostile environment on the road against a good defense. The No. 1 thing you have to do to beat Baltimore at home is not turn it over and stay away from mistakes and so it was a veteran’s game. But don’t worry. Hue knows Hill is around. My guess is he’ll end up with more carries than the rookie Giovani Bernard got with 170 last year. And he’ll get more when the Ravens are at Paul Brown Stadium Oct. 26.

Fantasy Impact:

Hill was reportedly told after the game that he would get more work going forward, so we're still looking for a Bernard/Hill combination backfield with Bernard getting most of the touches. Owners weak at running back should not part ways with Hill just yet.

Bengals send Tyler Eifert (elbow) to IR, can return Week 10

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 11:39am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Cincinnati Bengals placed tight end Tyler Eifert on injured reserve with a designation to return due to the elbow injury he suffered in Sunday's game, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

NFL teams are allowed to use the IR designation in just one case each season. Under the guidelines of the rule, Eifert won't be eligible to practice for six weeks and can't return to game action for eight weeks after he is officially put on short-term IR.

Fantasy Impact:

Eifert was poised for a breakout season prior to the injury. He can be safely dropped in virtually all formats. Jermaine Gresham finished #14 and #10 in PPR formats in 2011 and 2012 before Eifert's arrival. He doesn't have much upside, but he offers consistent baseline-type production at the position. Delanie Walker, Travis Kelce, Larry Donnell, Tim Wright and Marcedes Lewis are other good-to-decent fallback options.