Bengals Fantasy News
RG3 starting to look like his old self
Thursday, April 17, 2014, 10:53am
“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.’ ”
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).
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Bengals want to run the ball more
Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 1:26pm
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.
"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.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 9:16pm
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 12:27pm
"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.
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
"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."
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
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
Andre Roberts says the Redskins will be pass-heavy
Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 10:58am
“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.
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
Packers re-sign TE Andrew Quarless
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 2:28pm
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 Rodgers. According 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
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
Rashard Mendenhall retires at 26
Monday, March 10, 2014, 12:03pm
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.
Beat: Gio Bernard to push 300 touches
Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 8:30pm
Bernard saw 226 touches in 2013 and finished as the #16 RB in standard formats. If he produces fantasy points at the same rate, 280 touches would put him in Eddie Lacy territory (and in the top 10). We're skeptical that the diminutive Bernard will see 300-plus touches, but 260-280 seems reasonable.
Arians: Cards will 'build offense around' Andre Ellington
Friday, February 21, 2014, 11:20am
This paints a different picture of Ellington's potential usage than the comments from GM Steve Keim yesterday. Ellington is probably in the same boat as Giovani Bernard — considered “too small” to be an every-down workhorse, though Arians will have the final say on playing time. Ellington 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.