Bengals Fantasy News
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.
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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.
Andre Ellington to get more work, but won't be 'featured'
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 12:08pm
Ellington should see a bump in touches if the Cardinals don’t re-sign Rashard Mendenhall or bring in another established RB via free agency. 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 Keim confirmed that Ellington will get more work in 2014 -- expect 12-15 touches per game.
Jordan Reed fully recovered from concussion symptoms
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 10:07am
Redskins TE Jordan Reed has recovered from the concussion symptoms that ended his rookie season prematurely, and he is back to training in preparation for his second NFL season. He very well could take over as the starting tight end, although Logan Paulsen also is no slouch. While Reed is a versatile pass catcher, Paulsen is more complete as a blocker, and also has the ability to line up at fullback. We can probably expect to see a number of formations that feature both of them on the field at the same time, just as we did last season. Remember, former tight ends coach Sean McVay is now the offensive coordinator, so if anyone knows how to maximize Reed and Paulsen’s talents, it’s him. Jay Gruden obviously will be heavily involved in the running of the offense, but his schemes in the passing game had a lot of similarities to Washington’s under Kyle Shanahan. Gruden’s playbook did play well to the strengths of tight end Jermaine Gresham, who last season recorded 46 catches for 461 yards (fourth on the Bengals’ roster) and four touchdowns.
Reed was on pace for 80-887-5.3 (#7 TE-type numbers) prior to his injury, but didn't even crack the 50% snaps played mark until Week 6. In the five games where he played at least 50% of his team's snaps, he averaged 6.2-76-.40 or #3 TE-type numbers. The main concern with Reed is his injury history, specifically with concussions. According to NBC Washington, Reed suffered two concussions while at Florida. If he can stay healthy, he's a likely top 5 fantasy TE, but that's no sure thing.
Alfred Morris will anchor Redskins' running game
Saturday, February 8, 2014, 11:31am
Are the Redskins better off giving some more of Alfred Morris’ workload to Roy Helu? Maybe a few carries per game to keep Morris fresher in the fourth quarter. But in the big picture it doesn’t make much sense to move a lot of carries from a back who averages 4.7 yards per carry to one who averages almost half a yard less.
New HC Jay Gruden ran a two-back system in Cincinnati, but Morris is quite a bit better than BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Helu does not have the talent of Giovani Bernard. We're expecting Morris to be the lead back, though his inactivity on third down puts a dent in his value in PPR formats.
Pettine: Brian Hoyer is 'a winner' with 'off the chart' intangibles
Thursday, January 23, 2014, 6:27pm
Gruden: "I'm going to let [RG3] be himself."
Monday, January 20, 2014, 1:09pm
“I worked with Andy Dalton for three years in Cincinnati, and built a foundation of concepts and protections that I think worked well with him,” Gruden said. “With Robert, we’ll obviously use his skill set differently. When it comes to the quarterback position, my job is to make him comfortable and productive. I’m not going to try to turn RG3 into Andy Dalton or Drew Brees. He isn’t them. They’re not him. I would be foolish to try to turn RG3 into a pocket passer. It would be foolish. The way he is as a runner, we have to take advantage of that. He strikes fear into defensive coordinators when he runs outside. I’m going to let him be himself.”
Griffin's fantasy value will be a hotly debated topic heading into 2014 drafts. On a per game basis he was the #3 QB in his rookie season, but finished #17 in the same category in 2013. If he's healthy, he should be a fantasy QB1.
Vikings hire Mike Zimmer as head coach
Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 11:07am
Vikings are hiring Mike Zimmer as their HC, per league source.
Zimmer spent the last six seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Bengals, who have posted three straight top 10 seasons in points allowed and yards allowed. He should be able to improve the Vikings defensively. Minnesota was last in the league in points allowed and 31st in yards allowed in 2013.
Redskins hire Jay Gruden as HC
Thursday, January 9, 2014, 10:38am
Hue Jackson is expected to be promoted to OC of the Bengals.
It hasn't ended well for Gruden's predecessors in D.C., but he's going to jump on the opportunity for a head coaching job after three seasons as the Bengals' offensive coordinator. Despite an ugly flameout against the Chargers on Sunday, the Bengals offense has improved under Gruden's guidance. However, some fantasy owners were frustrated by his (lack of) usage of rookie RB Giovanni Bernard and second-year WR Marvin Jones. As for Jackson, he has run productive offenses before, including the Raiders in 2010 and 2011. Oakland was top 10 in yards gained in those two seasons under Jackson's guidance.
Marvin Jones's playing time increased in stretch run
Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 11:56am
Bengals WR Marvin Jones played on an average of 43 percent of his teams snaps in his first 13 games of the season. Over his final four games, including a Wild Card playoff loss to the Chargers, he played on an average of 68 percent of snaps.
As his snaps increased, so did his targets. He averaged 4.4 targets through 13 games compared to 8.8 targets in the final four games of the season, including 12 targets against the Chargers in the playoffs. After a season of frustrating usage, it appears that the Cincinnati coaching staff has finally recognized that Jones deserves to play starter's snaps. Entering his third season, he's going to be an intriguing middle round pick in 2014 fantasy drafts.
Marvin Lewis defends Andy Dalton
Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 11:35am
“He’s won big games for us and he’ll continue to win big games. We ask a lot out of him, there’s no doubt about it. He just finished his third season of doing it. I believe in his abilities, I believe in his makeup, I believe in his maturity and I believe in his ability to let the last play go and move on to the next play. That’s probably one of his best attributes along with his abilities,” Lewis said. "He had another very good season. He’s progressed well. We need to continue to do things to make his job just easier and easier to do, and make sure to continue to be repetitive with what we do for him, and continue to let the players around him continue to get better, and they continue to get better and that’s all we have to work at."
Apparently Dalton was looking for that assurance. After taking part in three turnovers in his third straight poor postseason performance, Dalton is under terrific heat from fans and pundits despite his three-year starting record in the regular season of 30-18 as one of four quarterbacks in NFL history to lead his team to the postseason in his first three years as a pro.
It sounds as if the Bengals will not make a change at QB this offseason.
Sunday, January 5, 2014, 12:17pm