Bengals Fantasy News

Marvin Lewis: A.J. Green's return 'up in the air'

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:21am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Bengals still aren't exactly sure when injured Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green will be rejoining their ranks, coach Marvin Lewis said Friday afternoon.

After Green's visit to a foot specialist last week in Cincinnati, the hope was that the third-year star wideout would be back after this week. But the possibility exists his return could take a little longer.

Asked Friday about a more defined timetable for Green's return from a big toe injury that kept him out of last week's game and will do the same this Sunday, Lewis simply said "the time is up in the air."

Fantasy Impact:

As we've stated before, the Colts are not a favorable matchup for wide receivers. Mohamed Sanu is a strong WR2, while Brandon Tate is one of our Sneaky Starts with Green out of the lineup.

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Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion, questionable) took full practice reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 7. Benjamin returned to Week 6’s game against the Bengals after taking a big hit from Vontaze Burfict. He apparently showed up with a headache early in the week and is now going through the league’s concussion protocol. HC Ron Rivera says he was pleased with how Benjamin worked on Friday and that the wideout “practiced well” and “looked sharp.” He still has to be cleared by an independent doctor, but that appears to be the final step towards playing in Week 7. The Panthers play early on Sunday, but we should know his status by Saturday. His absence would be a downgrade for Cam Newton and an upgrade for Greg Olsen and Jerricho Cotchery.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 7. We’re not expecting Green to play in a big game against the Colts. Mohamed Sanu is a strong WR2, while Brandon Tate is a Sneaky Start with Green out of the lineup. The Colts are not a favorable matchup for wide receivers.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Bengals WR Marvin Jones (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 7. The 4for4 preseason favorite has been placed on season-ending IR. Mohamed Sanu holds WR2 value at this point.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related) took full practice reps again Friday. Wayne will be fine to face the Bengals.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) missed practice again Thursday. Benjamin returned to Week 6’s game against the Bengals after taking a big hit from Vontaze Burfict. He apparently showed up with a headache early in the week and is now going through the league’s concussion protocol. We’re worried about his Week 7 availability, though the team seems optimistic. The Panthers play early on Sunday, but we should know his status by Saturday. His absence would be a downgrade for Cam Newton and an upgrade for Greg Olsen and Jerricho Cotchery.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) missed practice again Thursday. We’re not expecting Green to play in a big game against the Colts. Mohamed Sanu is a strong WR2, while Brandon Tate is a Sneaky Start with Green out of the lineup.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Bengals WR Marvin Jones (ankle) was ruled out for Week 7. The 4for4 preseason favorite has been placed on season-ending IR. Mohamed Sanu holds WR2 value at this point.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:35pm

Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) did not practice Wednesday. Benjamin returned to Week 6’s game against the Bengals after taking a big hit from Vontaze Burfict. He should be fine to face the Packers, who may be down their top two cornerbacks.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:35pm

Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) did not practice Wednesday. We’re not expecting Green to play in a big game against the Colts. Mohamed Sanu is a strong WR2, while Brandon Tate is a Sneaky Start with Green out of the lineup.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:35pm

Bengals WR Marvin Jones (ankle) was ruled out for Week 7. The 4for4 preseason favorite has been placed on season-ending IR. Mohamed Sanu holds WR2 value at this point.

Bengals put Marvin Jones on IR

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 6:11pm

Bengals.com - [Full Article]

The Bengals lost their 10-touchdown man for the season Tuesday when they put wide receiver Marvin Jones on season-ending injured reserve.

It looks like Jones is headed for surgery on his troublesome ankle that has bothered him since the spring. It’s believed that both he and wide receiver A.J. Green (toe) visited foot and ankle specialist Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C. Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact:

The loss of Jones is a blow, but not altogether surprising, given that he hasn’t been able to practice since re-aggravating his ankle Sept. 29 in his first practice back since missing 45 days with a broken foot, the story said. In his second season last year, Jones opened up things for Green with his speed and finished his break-out year with 10 touchdowns and 712 yards on 51 catches. Mohamad Sanu, starting in Jones’ place, is on pace to have 86 catches for 1,132 yards and 10 touchdowns, the story said, and looks to be worth a roster spot going foward. The team also signed Little to provide help in case Green misses more time.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 1:58pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Returning from reconstructive knee surgery, Pats TE Rob Gronkowski wasn't running a full route tree, couldn't separate from coverage and failed to make defenders miss after the catch.

We started to see signs that Gronk was recapturing pre-injury form when he racked up 100 yards on six receptions in a tight-end centric offense versus the Bengals in Week 5.

After the two-time All-Pro selection caught seven more passes for 94 yards -- including a go route down the right sideline -- in Sunday's victory at Buffalo, Tom Brady was convinced his difference-making go-to target was back.

"Oh yeah, he's back," Brady said after Sunday's game, via ESPN.com. "Absolutely."

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to point out that the last few weeks Gronkowski ran intermediate and deep routes, made sharp cuts, forced missed tackles and absorbed crushing hits. In short, he looked like the player who led the league in red-zone touchdowns, quarterback-to-receiver completion percentage and yards after catch over his first three NFL seasons. Hopefully for owners, you stuck with him through a slow start and limited snaps that was expected as he went through recovery. Gronkowski's matchups for the rest of the season look pretty favorable with currently no top-10 defenses against TEs.

Panthers unleash Cam Newton

Monday, October 13, 2014, 6:01pm

WRAL.com - [Full Article]

Panthers QB Cam Newton has given Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers a little more to think about this week when drawing up his game plan.

Newton could be more of a factor running the ball on Sunday when Green Bay hosts Carolina than he was earlier in the season.

After being used sparingly in the run game during his first four starts, Newton carried a career-high 17 times for 107 yards and scored his first touchdown Sunday, helping the Panthers put up a season-high 37 points against the Bengals in a game that ended in a tie. Ankle and rib injuries limited Newton to 42 yards on 14 carries prior to Sunday.

"I'm not going to say he was a 100 percent healthy, but he's a lot healthier than he was at the beginning of the year," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "He's feeling more comfortable and confident in himself — and because of that it allowed us to open up our game plan."

Newton was unavailable for comment Monday, but said after the game he never expected to be that big of a factor in the run game.

Fantasy Impact:

The Bengals basically dared Newton to run and the fourth-year quarterback took advantage on designed read options — a play where he fakes the ball to a running back and keeps it. Newton proved he was feeling better when he kept the ball on a read option and ran through two Bengals for a 12-yard touchdown run, the story pointed out. We had a news item a few weeks ago where Rivera said he was waiting for the right time to unleash Newton and Week 6 looked to be the time. His potential rushing yardage certainly increases the fantasy value of Newton going forward, but keep in mind he continues to recover from ankle and rib injuries so we may not see 17 attempts and 100 yards every game.

Marvin Jones (ankle) could need surgery

Monday, October 13, 2014, 10:44am

Bengals.com - [Full Article]

There is also the unknown about when WR Marvin Jones (ankle) is going to return. As in, there is no time frame and there is some talk that the Bengals may think about surgery for Jones.

Fantasy Impact:

Things are now not looking good for Jones who was supposed to be back Week 5 and was one of our 2014 sleepers. With A.J. Green also out, Mohamed Sanu is now the clear WR1 and is coming off a monster game in Week 6. It's also good news for TE Jermaine Gresham and RBs Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill. Gresham had six catches in Week 6. Bernard could see more work in the passing game with Hill spelling him for some carries.