Bengals Fantasy News

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski a full participant in practice for first time this season

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 9:48pm

Boston Herald - [Full Article]

The Patriots just released their practice report. The biggest news was seeing Rob Gronkowski as a full participant for the first time as he continues to get back to full strength from ACL surgery.

Fantasy Impact:

It's a good sign that Gronkowski's practice activity is trending upward. He played a season high 62% of the snaps in Week 4, and with the Patriots struggling to move the ball, he may see an increased workload against the Bengals in Week 5.

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Bengals WR Marvin Jones (ankle) misses Wednesday practice, not limping

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:49pm

Bengals.com - [Full Article]

It’s believed that Bengals WR Marvin Jones tweaked his ankle when he returned to work in Monday’s practice, so it’s not related to the broken foot that has taken him out of action since Aug. 9.

Jones didn’t look like he was limping when he went on the field in sweats early in practice.

Fantasy Impact:

Jones’ Week 5 status is now up in the air after tweaking his ankle on Monday. He wouldn't be a good start this week regardless of the injury, but hopefully he'll be able to play on Sunday.

Bengals WR Marvin Jones expected to return Week 5

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 10:56am

Cincinnati Enquirer - [Full Article]

Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones missed all but one practice in the preseason and every regular season game rehabbing a broken foot. He caught 10 touchdowns and ranked 21st in the league in yards per route run last season. He finished second on the Bengals with 712 receiving yards while also running eight reverses for 65 yards.

He's expected to return Sunday night against New England.

Likely somewhere in the halls of the Paul Brown Stadium offices the ominous laughter of a mad scientist bounces off the walls.

"Oh yes, I can't wait," Hue Jackson said. "He can run and catch. Not only does he take the top off, he scores a lot of touchdowns, too. This is a fun part about our guys. We have a multitude of different guys that you can use."

Fantasy Impact:

The big question is how much does he play, especially with Mohamed Sanu playing pretty well in his place. Jones took part in two practices last week and should practice Monday. Easing him back into practice time comes easier than figuring out his contribution on game day, the story pointed out. The piece also said the Bengals have attempted 11 field goals so far this season, more than any other team, and that Jones quickly developed into a favorite red zone target last season for QB Andy Dalton. It's probably best to wait-and-see but given the state of the Pat's defense coming off Week 4, Jones may have some value in deeper leagues if you need a starter.

Panthers want to unleash Cam Newton 'the right way'

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 10:24am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Panthers QB Cam Newton had ankle surgery in the spring and a rib injury to start the regular season, causing some wraps to be thrown on his game but the team’s facing questions about when those wraps are going to come off.

Coach Ron Rivera said that the team wants to “unleash” Newton and move him from being one percent of the rushing offense closer to his customary 30 percent, but that they need to make sure the time is right before cutting loose.

“It’s very hard,” Rivera said, via ESPN.com. “You can see it. You just know he wants to cut loose and do certain things. You can feel it, and a lot of times you see him start to do it, but it’s coming. We’ve got to do this the right way.”

Fantasy Impact:

The Panthers may have no choice as their backfield is depleted due to injury. Newton has just four rushes for 14 yards this season, but has 28 rushing TDs over the last three years. As the story points out, the offensive line is no help either so if he's going to take hits in the pocket, why not turn him loose, especially at a time when it looks like they need him the most. The Panthers host the Bears this week, and after a tough Week 6 matchup vs. the Bengals, things look like they ease up a bit schedule-wise for the running game.

Marvin Jones back at practice

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 5:59pm

Cincinnati.com - [Full Article]

Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones returned to practice on Tuesday for the first time since breaking his foot in a controlled scrimmage on Aug. 9.

He looked good and was moving well running through a series of position drills during the one-hour practice, which is the only one scheduled this week. The Bengals have a bye this week.

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis had said following Sunday's 33-7 win over Tennessee that he expected Jones to return following the bye, which means he will likely be ready to play on Oct. 5 in New England (8:30 p.m.).

Jones was third on the team in receptions last season (51), second in receiving yards (712) and second in touchdown receptions (10).

Fantasy Impact:

Jones was one of John Paulsen's sleepers heading into drafts this season, but his injury might mean he's a forgotten man in your league. If he's still on your wire, he may be worth adding now if you're looking for WR help. While the Bengals have a bye Week 4, Jones appears to be on track to play in Week 5.

Titans Beat: Bishop Sankey could get more looks

Monday, September 22, 2014, 4:54pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

In a game that provided little to be encouraged about, one good development for the Tennessee Titans in Sunday’s loss at Cincinnati was the second-half play of running back Bishop Sankey.

We saw six carries for 20 yards in Kansas City, and against Dallas he carried just twice for 3 yards. But against the Bengals, he received 10 carries for 61 yards, an effort that should get him more looks in games to come.

He was especially impressive on the Titans' first drive of the third quarter, when he gained 18, 4, 9, 9, 2 and 22 yards on consecutive plays. The last of those was erased because of a hold by left guard Andy Levitre. The Titans looked to pass on the next three plays, starting with first-and-20, and got a 6-yard gain from Justin Hunter, an incompletion for Delanie Walker and a 5-yard sack of quarterback Jake Locker.

Sankey said a quicker pace for the offense helped.

"We picked the tempo up coming out at halftime, picked the tempo up with no huddle," he said. "We were just getting some good blocks with good creases and we [were] just rolling with it. We had some momentum and it seemed like we had a drive there for a second there. Unfortunately we stalled out in the end. So that’s pretty much how the success went coming out in the second half."

Fantasy Impact:

Shonn Greene received the bulk of the early work, and he turned his 10 carries into only 33 yards. We're still hopeful Sankey eventually comes away with the bulk of the carries, but a news item last week pointed out that the team is happy using a committee. However the team invested a second round pick in Sankey back in May and many feel he has the tools to be used a lot more than he has been. If owners can afford to continue to be patient, it could work out and maybe we're starting to see some signs. However as roster spots become more and more valuable, Sankey is starting to hit waiver wires...

Monday, September 22, 2014, 8:57am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Titans quarterback Jake Locker played poorly for the second straight week as the Titans fell to the Bengals, leading to postgame questions for coach Ken Whisenhunt about whether or not he contemplated making a move to Charlie Whitehurst in an attempt to rally a struggling offense.

Locker was 17-of-34 for 185 yards and two interceptions. He also fumbled twice, although the Titans didn’t lose either of them, and has generally displayed little growth over the early part of this season.

Whisenhunt said after the game that such a move was never on the table. He also cited his own history running a quarterback carousel in Arizona as part of the reason why his focus is on fixing things rather than finding a new starter.

“Jake is still our quarterback. … One of the things that you asked me when I first go here was what would I do differently,” Whisenhunt said, via 247Sports.com. “One of the things was patience with the quarterback. Jake has to play better. Once again, we all have to play better.”

Fantasy Impact:

Locker’s set to be a free agent after this season and the Titans owe it to themselves to find out about rookie Zach Mettenberger if they know Locker’s not going to be back next season, the story points out. Mettenberger showed flashes during the preseason so of course becomes a popular name. The Titan offense isn't showing a whole lot for fantasy owners right now.

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 2:30pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said he'd like to see more from second-year pro WR Justin Hunter, per The Tennessean. The coaching staff has challenged Hunter several times this year -- most notably placing "JAG" (Just Another Guy) on his jersey.

"Justin is a talented, young receiver, and I think that is part of it, being young,'' Whisenhunt said. "He has made strides since he has been with us and I think he'll continue to do that. I think that is part of the process of growing up in the NFL."

The Titans will need to create big plays against one of the NFL's stingiest secondaries if they have designs on keeping up with the Bengals on the road.

Fantasy Impact:

The Tennessee passing game has struggled and Hunter was supposed to be a guy who took snaps away from Nate Washington while being a deep ball threat.

Bengals Beat: Team not concerned with Gio Bernard's touches

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:29am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Bengals beat writer Cole Harvey answered a question about Giovanni Bernard getting too many touches through this point in the season:

Actually, the question reminded of something now OC Hue Jackson (who remember, was Bernard's running backs coach last year) said to a few reporters earlier this week. Asked if he was tentative about drawing up runs into the interior of the line for the smallish Bernard, Jackson was quick to say that Bernard would get mad at him if he ever took those physical carries away. That's the way the coaches would answer the question here.

They aren't worried about him wearing down, and neither is he. That's something he spoke about in the offseason and relayed even then that he had no reservations about being "the" player at running back. Besides, coaches want Bernard to be their bell cow, even if the bigger and younger Jeremy Hill is in the rotation, too.

The design is to try to get Bernard more than 300 touches -- both rushing and receiving -- if possible this season. We've already seen with some of the injuries to receivers and tight ends where his role has expanded in the passing game. So I'd say that mid-20s touches figure might not be so far off. Is it a little higher than I anticipated? Maybe, but not by much.

Still, don't rule out Hill. He's going to help relieve the stresses on Bernard's legs just enough.

Fantasy Impact:

It's good news for Bernard owners and falls right in line with what we heard in the offesason - 300-plus touches is very possible for Bernard. Hill is a probably worth owning, especially for Bernard owners, but even as a potential flex or RB3 option in certain matchups for any owner. Bernard and Hill could be in for another big day in Week 3 with the WR injuries, so this could be another one of those matchups...

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 3. The “probable” tag is encouraging. Green should be in all lineups unless owners have a great option on the bench.

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Bengals WR Marvin Jones (foot, out) has been ruled out for Week 3. Jones is supposed to return in Week 5, so owners in need of WR help might want to pick him up in the next week or two.

Bengals Beat: A.J. Green feeling good, intends to play in Week 3

Friday, September 19, 2014, 10:14am

Paul Dehner, Twitter - [Full Article]

Beat writer Paul Dehner: A.J. Green says he will be full go at practice today. Feels much better than Sunday. If stays same, he’ll play vs Titans.

Fantasy Impact:

Green is certainly startable whenever he's active, but owners need to be aware of the risks of starting a player with a toe injury. The Titans are giving up the 6th-fewest YPA through two weeks.

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

Titans RB Dexter McCluster (foot) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Bishop Sankey owners are doing their best voodoo treatment on McCluster, but it looks like he’s on track to suit up against the Bengals.

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. It appears that Green may be able to play in Week 3 against the Titans. Friday’s practice will be key.

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

Bengals WR Marvin Jones (foot) was ruled out for Week 3. Jones is supposed to return in Week 5, so owners in need of WR help might want to pick him up in the next week or two.