Bengals Fantasy News

Bengals Beat: Expect 8-11 touches for Giovani Bernard in 2015

Sunday, February 8, 2015, 11:46am - [Full Article] writer Geoff Hobson on the team's running back situation: Jeremy Hill may be the bell cow next year, but Giovani Bernard is still going to get a lot of key touches as the change-of-pace guy. If Hill gets 15-to-20 touches a game, Gio gets 8-11. The only question is how. I think Hue Jackson uses him a lot more in the pass game this year. With Jermaine Gresham expected to be gone, I’m going to write in Gio for 60 catches.

Fantasy Impact:

Over the first seven weeks, Bernard averaged 18.7 touches compared to 9.0 for rookie Jeremy Hill. The script flipped once Bernard missed three games in the middle of the season due to injury. Hill averaged 22.0 touches for nearly 130 yards during that span and took over as the team's primary runner. Then, over the final six games, Hill averaged 20.0 touches for 104 total yards, while Bernard saw 13.3 touches for 67 total yards. Bernard averaged 12.2 PPR FP in that span, so he should still be a solid RB2 in PPR formats, even in a reduced role.

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'Very good possibility' Bengals move on from TE Jermaine Gresham

Sunday, February 8, 2015, 11:26am - [Full Article] writer Geoff Hobson on the team's TE situation: It looks like there is a very good possibility they won’t re-sign Jermaine Gresham, but it’s not a pass catcher they need to replace. They’ve got that in Tyler Eifert. They’re going to need a big guy that can block the tall, lean, big pass rushers like Terrell Suggs. Gresham did a good job with that and I suspect they’ll have an easier time finding that guy in free agency rather than the draft. The guy won’t be the target that Gresham is, but they’ll still be able to play double tight end sets.

Fantasy Impact:

If Gresham is out of the way, Eifert should be a nice late-round pick provided he can stay healthy. He has good size and speed, and showed pretty good hands as a rookie. He only played about 60 percent of the snaps in 2013, and averaged 0.14 FP (PPR) per snap. Extrapolate the same production to 90 percent of the snaps (which is typical for a starting tight end), and Eifert shouldn't have any problem posting top 15 numbers. With solid improvement, he could very well be this year's Jordan Cameron (2013) or Travis Kelce (2014).

Bengals WR Marvin Jones has the 'green light to do anything and everything' in recovery

Friday, February 6, 2015, 1:53pm - [Full Article]

“I’ve got the green light to do anything and everything I need to do to get back to where I need to be,” Bengals WR Marvin Jones texted Thursday after another workout. “I’ve been surprised at the progress I’ve made in only going on my second week training and at the rate I’m going I’m sure I will be in game shape very soon.”

Fantasy Impact:

Jones was one of our favorite sleepers heading into the season, but ankle and foot injuries made it a "lost year" for the talented wideout. Mohamed Sanu stepped in and shined as the team's WR2 opposite A.J. Green. If Jones and TE Tyler Eifert make a full recovery, Andy Dalton will have a nice group of receivers to target in 2015.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (elbow/shoulder) will be ready for training camp

Monday, January 5, 2015, 6:13pm

Geoff Hobson, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert says he'll be ready for training camp.

Fantasy Impact:

We'd like to hear that he'll be available for minicamp, but this is the next best thing. He was a breakout candidate coming into the 2014 season and could be a prime late-round value pick in 2015 drafts if Jermaine Gresham moves on. (Gresham is a free agent.)

Colts won't reduce Dan Herron's touches due to fumbles

Monday, January 5, 2015, 6:10pm

Stephen Holder, Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts are going to stay the course with Dan Herron in spite of the fumbles per HC Chuck Pagano. Reducing touches might kill a guy’s confidence.

Fantasy Impact:

Herron finished with 22 touches for 141 yards and a touchdown against the Bengals, but fumbled twice, losing one. Zurlon Tipton played more snaps after Herron's first fumble, but Herron was in for all of the passing down work, which led to 10 catches for 85 yards. Herron should be a good play in what might be a high-scoring game against Denver.

Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (back) INACTIVE

Sunday, January 4, 2015, 11:36am

Bengals Inactives

QB AJ McCarron
WR A.J. Green
DB Chris Lewis-Harris
OL Tanner Hawkinson
DL Devon Still
TE Jermaine Gresham
WR James Wright

Fantasy Impact:

A.J. Green was ruled out yesterday, so look for Mohamed Sanu to lead the team in targets, while Brandon Tate is likely to see a big increase in snaps. The Bengals are likely to go run heavy and try to play keep away from the Colts.

Friday, January 2, 2015, 5:04pm

Bengals RB Cedric Peerman (concussion, shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 18.

Friday, January 2, 2015, 5:04pm

Bengals WR A.J. Green (concussion, doubtful) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is doubtful for Week 18. With Green doubtful, look for Mohamed Sanu to have a solid game against Indianapolis. He averaged 5.0-93-.60 in the five games Green missed (or was very limited) this season. He didn’t do much (3-54 on nine targets) against Indianapolis in Week 7, however.

Friday, January 2, 2015, 5:04pm

Bengals WR Dane Sanzenbacher (concussion, out) has been ruled out for Week 18.

Friday, January 2, 2015, 5:04pm

Bengals WR James Wright (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 18.

Friday, January 2, 2015, 5:04pm

Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (back, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 18. The Bengals may have to lean on Gresham with A.J. Green likely out. He’s not a safe start in daily due to the questionable tag, however.

Bengals WR A.J. Green (concussion) not practicing on Friday

Friday, January 2, 2015, 11:52am

Paul Dehner, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bengals WR A.J. Green not practicing today. In street clothes as he walks out.

Fantasy Impact:

It's not a good sign that Green isn't practicing today, though (for what it's worth) beat writer Coley Harvey said that he thinks he'll be cleared by Sunday. If Green can't play, then Mohamed Sanu should be a nice start. He averaged 5.5 catches for 96 yards and 0.5 TD in the four games that Green missed this season. He also posted a 3-84-1 in a game against Atlanta in which Green only played 7 percent of the snaps.

Steelers RB Josh Harris will start if Le'Veon Bell can't play

Thursday, January 1, 2015, 4:26pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Steelers RB Josh Harris is in line to start Saturday with LeVeon Bell probably still a couple of first downs shorts of questionable for the 8:15 p.m. ET game at Heinz Field.

Harris had just nine carries for 16 yards in five regular-season games, but the 5-11, 210-pounder ripped off a 59-yard run last Sunday night against the Cincinnati Bengals.

A holding penalty wiped out much of the gain. But the play goes down as one of the Steelers’ most significant 3-yard runs in recent memory given the role Harris might play against the Ravens.

"Josh is ready," said Bell, who did some light running and rode a stationary bike on Wednesday. "I’ve been watching him all year and I know what he’s capable of. You got a little glimpse of him (in) the Bengals game. He’s explosive. He knows all of his assignments. He’s not out there thinking any more. He’s just playing football. He’s only going to get better."

Fantasy Impact:

The Ravens are tough to run on, so we have Harris projected for about 74 yards on 18.7 touches.

Bengals WR A.J. Green (concussion) returns to limited practice, still in protocol

Thursday, January 1, 2015, 2:19pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Bengals Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green returned to practice Thursday morning in a limited capacity, but he remains under concussion protocol.

According to a Bengals official, Green still has to see a neuropsychologist and an independent neurologist before Sunday afternoon's wild-card-round playoff game at Indianapolis. Once he clears evaluations from both, he'll move beyond the protocol and will be allowed to play.

He will see the neuropsychologist Friday and the neurologist Saturday.

Fantasy Impact:

It sounds as if Green is on track to play, though he still has a few hurdles to clear.

Steelers Beat: LeVeon Bell could play vs. Ravens

Monday, December 29, 2014, 5:58pm

Tribune Review - [Full Article]

LeVeon Bell slowly hobbled to and from the Steelers locker room on Monday, a little more than 12 hours after hyperextending his right knee in the third quarter of the Steelers' 27-17 AFC North-clinching win over Cincinnati.

Coach Mike Tomlin said Bell suffered no structural damage to the knee from the hit from Bengals safety Reggie Nelson, meaning there is a possibility that the Steelers team MVP could be ready to play Saturday night against Baltimore in a wild card playoff game.

“If he suffered no structural damage (ACL, PCL), then yes, he can play,” said Dr. David Geier, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist in Charleston, S.C. “He would just have to work through discomfort, stiffness and weakness.”

Geier said pain killers toradol and cortisone are popular treatments to allow players to get back on the field quickly after suffering injuries similar to Bell's.

The Steelers won't have an update on Bell's status until Tuesday, and Bell's agent, Adisi Bakari, did not return a message.

Fantasy Impact:

It's going to be a short week for Bell, so he has that working against him. But according to the doctor quoted in the story, it's just a matter of playing through any discomfort. The Ravens don't present a great matchup, ranked third in allowing fantasy points to RBs. Bell had a 10-20-0 line in Week 9 when the teams last met and then an 11-59-0 line back in Week 2.