Bengals Fantasy News

Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (back) placed on preseason PUP
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 6:55pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Bengals added tight end Jermaine Gresham to the active physically unable to perform list.

The Bengals said Gresham had a back injury. Gresham's injury appears to be unrelated to an issue from earlier this offseason that required him to have hernia surgery. That particular injury forced Gresham to miss all of the minicamp and organized team activity practices, even though he had participated in voluntary workouts earlier in the offseason calendar.

Fantasy Impact:

Gresham's injury could open the door for second-year TE Tyler Eifert. He's expected to see more snaps as the Bengals run more two-TE sets, but perhaps he can win the starting job outright with Gresham on the shelf.

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Bengals WR Marvin Jones suffers minor ankle injury
Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 12:27pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Bengals’ list of players on the non-football injury list surprisingly included receiver Marvin Jones, with an ankle injury.

Per a league source, Jones is day-to-day due to a tweaking of the ankle that happened at the post-OTA passing camp arranged by quarterback Andy Dalton. Jones had an issue with the ankle in 2013.

Fantasy Impact:

He finished as the #21 WR in 2013, racking up 51 catches for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns on just 80 targets. What gives Jones upside is the fact that he played just 48% of the snaps, sharing time with the far-less-effective Mohamed Sanu. In that limited playing time, he posted the #4 FP/snap (.25) of all wideouts who played at least 20% of their team’s snaps. All indications are that Jones is going to start opposite A.J. Green, and even though new OC Hue Jackson likes to run it more than Jay Gruden did, Jones’ new role should ensure that he has plenty of opportunity to make plays in his third year.

Bengals WR Marvin Jones headed for 'massive spike in production'
Thursday, July 17, 2014, 10:34am

Cincinnati Enquirer - [Full Article]

Bengals Marvin Jones may have been the most efficient receiver in football last year. Of the 22 receivers with at least six touchdowns, Jones (10 TDs) did it in the fewest snaps (555). In fact, only two others on the list accumulated less than 725 total snaps. A full year of Jones on the field most plays and a burgeoning relationship with Andy Dalton could mean a massive spike in production from his 51 receptions for 712 yards.

Fantasy Impact:

He finished as the #21 WR in 2013, racking up 51 catches for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns on just 80 targets. What gives Jones upside is the fact that he played just 48% of the snaps, sharing time with the far-less-effective Mohamed Sanu. In that limited playing time, he posted the #4 FP/snap (.25) of all wideouts who played at least 20% of their team’s snaps. All indications are that Jones is going to start opposite A.J. Green, and even though new OC Hue Jackson likes to run it more than Jay Gruden did, Jones’ new role should ensure that he has plenty of opportunity to make plays in his third year. He is shaping up to be a terrific value in the 9th-11th rounds.

Giovani Bernard can crack 300-touch mark
Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 6:17pm

Cincinnati Enquirer - [Full Article]

His ability won't be new this year and much talk early will revolve around new offensive toy Jeremy Hill. But the Bengals will feature Giovani Bernard early and often. His expansion as a receiver will only help create a scenario where he can crack 70 receptions and 230 carries for 300-plus total touches. Buckle up.

Fantasy Impact:

We currently have Bernard projected for 236 carries and 61 receptions for 297 total touches. Bernard was the #16 RB in 2013, but his touches weren’t truly consistent until Week 9. Jay Gruden is gone, so the Bengals have turned to Hue Jackson, who was the team’s RB coach last season. Jackson likes to run the ball, so the team's total carries should increase. BenJarvus Green-Ellis was serviceable as a between-the-tackles grinder and the team picked Jeremy Hill to be the Law Firm’s eventual (or immediate?) replacement. Bernard’s carries are still under pressure, but it sounds like he’ll see an increased role in the passing game. 300 touches are not out of the question.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 5:59pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

If you've been following along the past two months you know quite well that RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis' future in Cincinnati looks extraordinarily cloudy. Ever since the Bengals picked Jeremy Hill in the second round of May's draft, conventional logic has said that the veteran Green-Ellis no longer has a place on the team. Hill's drafting coincides with Green-Ellis entering the final year of a three-year deal. After lacking production last season, it stands to reason the Bengals are more willing to build for their future, instead of giving a vet like Green-Ellis an opportunity to continue playing. That's the signal Hill's selection sent, at least. Publicly, the Bengals maintain Green-Ellis has a place on this team and that they believe he can contribute. During minicamps and organized team activity practices, though, he was relegated in some cases to third- and fourth-back status, playing behind the likes of Hill, Giovani Bernard and a combination of Cedric Peerman and Rex Burkhead. Green-Ellis has been playing for his job since May, and he'll continue to do so when the Bengals return next week.

Fantasy Impact:

Hill is shaping up to be an intriguing middle round pick if he is indeed going to serve as Bernard's backfield partner. BJGE was the #31 RB in standard formats last season, but Bernard's role is expected to expand, so that might be Hill's ceiling, unless he's considerably more productive on a per touch basis.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 5:51pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Redskins beat writer John Keim discusses the team's backfield split:

"Roy Helu can catch the ball and perhaps he’ll run better out of a shotgun spread formation than in the outside zone. But I can’t imagine him in a Giovani Bernard role; the Bengals’ back had 226 touches from scrimmage last season. Though Helu averaged 4.4 yards per carry, he’s not a move-the-chains runner (eight carries against an eight-man front resulted in a total of 14 yards). Even against seven-man fronts Helu averaged 4.06 yards, which is fine but is much less than Morris (4.96, with an NFL-best 937 rushing yards against that type of front).

"The point? Helu will be able to handle the third-down duties again, but there’s little reason to take a whole lot away from Alfred Morris."

Fantasy Impact:

Morris’s stock has taken a bit of a hit after the coaching regime change in Washington, but new HC Jay Gruden intends to keep the same running game (one reason they retained O-line coach Chris Foerster), so Morris’s outlook doesn’t change too much. He still isn’t much of a player in the pass game, so his PPR value is on the low side, though he’s a fairly safe start in any format given his steady workload.

DeSean Jackson 'probably won't' match 2013 production
Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 1:14pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

Whether it’s by getting open deep or by snagging a pass in stride on a crossing pattern, the Redskins want WR DeSean Jackson to eat up big chunks of yards on a regular basis. So while he has the ability to catch 80+ passes for 1,300 yards, he probably won’t. With Garçon on the other side and Jordan Reed roaming in the middle, he won’t need to. The goal will be to make his touches count in a big way.

Fantasy Impact:

He's changing teams, which is rarely a good thing for a wideout unless he's moving into a larger role. In this case, he's joining a team with a proven target-hog (Pierre Garcon) and an up-and-coming tight end (Jordan Reed). New HC Jay Gruden does have a reputation for being pass-happy, but the Redskins actually attempted more passes (611) than the Bengals did (587) last season, so the pie may not grow as expected. In Cincinnati, Marvin Jones was the WR2 and saw 80 targets while playing just 48% of the snaps. If Jackson plays 80% of the snaps and sees the ball at the same rate, he would be targeted roughly 133 times. That’s plenty of work for D-Jax to post top 20 numbers, though Reed demands more targets than Cincinnati's Jermaine Gresham/Tyler Eifert combo last season.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 12:12pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

Mark Bullock of The Washington Post believes Redskins WR DeSean Jackson will play the "Z" position in Jay Gruden's offense, which was A.J. Green's spot under Gruden in Cincinnati. Pierre Garcon will play the "X" receiver (Marvin Jones's position), while Andre Roberts will play "Zebra" (Mohamed Sanu's position in the slot).

Fantasy Impact:

The article does a nice job of using snapshots to illustrate how each receiver might be used.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 8:26pm

Cincinnati Enquirer - [Full Article]

Bengals beat writer Paul Dehner looked at the team's TEs and offered the following:

This will be the year Tyler Eifert becomes a difference-maker and the two-tight-end offense truly pays dividends. Assuming Jermaine Gresham continues along the line of his career averages, a breakout from Eifert brings a combined 95 catches and 1,000-plus yards into the realm of possibility.

Fantasy Impact:

He also mentioned in the story that if a typical increase from year one to two holds true, Eifert could be looking at 700 of those 1,000 yards. Our projections aren't quite as high, and we see Eifert just shy of 500 yards and Gresham around 400. Neither are getting drafted in early drafts and both sit outside our top-20.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 6:19pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

It's been nearly two years since Bengals rookie WR James Wright caught a pass in a game.

Those who call Paul Brown Stadium their place of employment couldn't care less. They believe that Wright could have a real impact in their offense, even if it's been a while since he directly contributed to someone else's. When training camp opens next week and the battle for spots on the 53-man roster begins in earnest, Wright could be one to watch.

Fantasy Impact:

If Wright makes the team, he'll be expected to do a lot on special teams, but it sounds like the Bengals are hoping he plays on offense too. He stood out a little on deep passes at OTAs, but camp will be a different animal.

Monday, July 14, 2014, 8:38am

Cincinnati Enquirer - [Full Article]

Bengals beat writer Paul Dehner Jr. thinks BenJarvus Green-Ellis' spot on the roster may be in jeopardy.

Giovani Bernard will lock down the starting position with Jeremy Hill assuming the secondary, power role. Cedric Peerman will be kept because of his invaluable special teams experience and success at back in a pinch. The competition ends up being between Rex Burkhead, 24, and Green-Ellis, 29, with youth winning out, as it often does in the NFL.

Fantasy Impact:

There was a quote in the story by Marv Lewis that read "it's a young man's game," which is why Dehner, and many others, think Law Firm is let go at some point leading up to the season. Look for rookie Hill to be the change of pace back to Bernard and likely steal some short-yardage TDs. We rank Hill 39th and he's getting picked in the 11th round in early drafts.

Beat: Giovani Bernard will be featured 'early and often'
Monday, July 14, 2014, 8:29am

Cincinnati Enquirer - [Full Article]

Bengals beat writer Paul Dehner Jr. believes one of the underrated storylines of the team's RBs will be the use of Giovani Bernard.

His ability won't be new this year and much talk early will revolve around new offensive toy, rookie Jeremy Hill. But this team will feature Bernard early and often. His expansion as a receiver will only help create a scenario where he can crack 70 receptions and 230 carries for 300-plus total touches.

Buckle up.

Fantasy Impact:

The 300 touches is right on pace with our beliefs as well. We rank Bernard 9th among RBs in standard leagues, and he's got an ADP of the mid-to-late second round. If you can land Gio as your RB2, or your RB1 after getting a stud receiver, you should be off to a great start, especially in PPR leagues where we rank Bernard 7th. The only negative is that Hill will likely steal some short TDs.

Friday, July 11, 2014, 10:52am

National Football Post - [Full Article]

Cincinnati Bengals star wide receiver A.J. Green has stated his preference.

He only wants quarterback Andy Dalton throwing him passes.

Whether that continues will depend largely on whether the Bengals get a contract done with Dalton.

"We came in together and that is the great thing for me and him," Green told NFL Network. "I know he's my guy. I don't want any other quarterback throwing me the ball. I think he feels the same way about me. ..

Fantasy Impact:

Green's endorsement is good for Dalton as his camp negotiates a new contract.

Bengals WR Marvin Jones has sights set on Pro Bowl
Friday, July 11, 2014, 10:51am

Bengals.com - [Full Article]

Bengals WR Marvin Jones has high aspirations for himself:

“I’m not going to go out and just say, ‘Oh yeah, I’m definitely going to the Pro Bowl. I’m going to be an elite receiver,’’ Jones said. “I do believe that in my heart. But I’m not going to go out there and say it. I’m going to say it by what I do on the field. What I do on the field, it can’t be denied if I just take care of my opportunities. Whether it’s 15 targets, six targets or three targets. I want to make sure they’re all 100 percent when I go out there on the field.”

Elite may be just a few fingertips away.

Jones had 77 of those opportunities in his second season and caught 51 of them, making him 29th in the league in converting targets into catches, best on the Bengals, according to profotballfocus.com. That allowed Jones to join Green, Isaac Curtis, Cris Collinsworth, and Chad Johnson as the only Bengals to average at least 14 yards per catch while scoring at least 10 touchdowns.

Those guys have been to a total of 15 Pro Bowls.

Fantasy Impact:

He finished as the #21 WR in 2013, racking up 51 catches for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns on just 80 targets. What gives Jones upside is the fact that he played just 48% of the snaps, sharing time with the far-less-effective Mohamed Sanu. In that limited playing time, he posted the #4 FP/snap (.25) of all wideouts who played at least 20% of their team’s snaps. All indications are that Jones is going to start opposite A.J. Green, and even though new OC Hue Jackson likes to run it more than Jay Gruden did, Jones’ new role should ensure that he has plenty of opportunity to make plays in his third year.

Alfred Morris preparing for larger role in passing game
Thursday, July 10, 2014, 1:04pm

Redskins.com - [Full Article]

While Redskins RB Alfred Morris has proven fully capable of carrying a heavy workload on the ground, he has been preparing himself both mentally and physically for a larger role in the passing game.

“I’m just building that trust with the quarterbacks and the coaches to get that confidence that I can catch it to be a viable option in the passing game,” Morris said. “Even within myself, I’m building that confidence that I can handle the pressure of a 3rd and 5, and I’m running that choice route to win and catch the ball to keep us on the field.

“It comes down to confidence in myself, confidence of the coaches and quarterbacks in me. Just working hard, making sure I look the ball in before I catch it. I like to run before I secure the ball, but I just have to work on securing the ball before I run.”

Fantasy Impact:

We've heard this song before, but there's a new coaching staff in town, so Morris may get a chance to work into a larger role in the passing game. There has also been talk of Roy Helu seeing a bigger role since new HC Jay Gruden used two running backs last year while he was coordinating the Bengals' offense. We're projecting Morris for a career high 23 catches, which is still very below average for a starting running back.