Bengals Fantasy News

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert says his back 'feels great'

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 3:00pm - [Full Article]

“I’m feeling good. I continue to get better. My back feels great,’ Bengals TE Tyler Eifert assured on Monday.

Eifert doesn’t know when he’ll be cleared to resume regular workouts or work in the May and June camps, but he says he’ll ready for training camp. He isn’t running full steam yet, but he’s been running enough that he feels he’s close to being in tip-top shape.

“I’ll be ready and healthy and strong and be ready to go by the time it’s go time,” Eifert said. “I’m close.”

“It will be nice to have somewhat of an offseason to get ready for the year,” Eifert said. “Instead of coming into camp straight off of injury.”

When Eifert is healthy, well, the numbers say it.

There is that .650 winning percentage and those .54 TDs per game. That’s what eight-time Pro Bowler Antonio Gates has in 204 games. No one is near Rob Gronkowksi’s .77 TDs per game, but consider that Jimmy Graham is at .56, Jordan Reed at .43, one-time Pro Bowl MVP Kyle Rudolph at .36, Greg Olsen at .34, Travis Kelce at .29, 10-time Pro Bowler Jason Witten at .28, and Delanie Walker at .19, and you’re looking at a guy that scores with the best of them.

Fantasy Impact:

In 21 games over the last two seasons, Eifert has averaged 3.9 catches for 48 yards and 0.86 TD per game (on 5.8 T/G). That equates to 13.8 PPG (PPR), which is what Travis Kelce averaged last season as fantasy’s #1 tight end. It will be tough for Eifert to maintain that touchdown rate, though he did manage 0.82 TD per game in the 17 games over the last two seasons that A.J. Green also played, which underlines Eifert’s red zone role in the passing game. If his touchdowns regress, he’ll be hard-pressed to make up the difference in receptions or yards, since his targets are low, relatively speaking.

Patriots sign RB Rex Burkhead

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 5:16pm

247 Sports - [Full Article]

The New England Patriots announced the signing of the free agent running back, who joins the team after four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. Burkhead represents the seventh addition to the Patriots' roster this offseason.

A former sixth-round pick out of Nebraska, Burkhead proved himself as a third option for the Bengals during his four years with the team. Burkhead rushed for 344 rushing yards and two touchdowns in 2016, despite sharing time with Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. The running back also added 145 yards receiving out of the backfield.

The 26-year-old posted a breakout game against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 17, rushing for 119 yards on 27 carried to go along with two touchdowns.

Related players: Dion Lewis, James White

Fantasy Impact:

With Giovani Bernard sidelined, Burkhead averaged 10.8 touches for 56 yards as the change-of-pace back. Then, in Week 17 with Jeremy Hill also out, Burkhead turned in an epic 29-touch, 144-yard, two-touchdown effort against the Ravens. As a junior at Nebraska, Burkhead rushed for 1,357 yards and scored 17 total touchdowns. Burkhead is similar in skillset to Dion Lewis and James White, though he's bigger. Even though LeGarrette Blount is 40 lbs heavier, Burkhead could assume some of Blount's work on early downs.

Bengals re-sign WR Brandon LaFell

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 5:04pm

Adam Caplan - [Full Article]

Bengals agreed to terms with WR Brandon LaFell per his agents.

Fantasy Impact:

LaFell finished the year as the #35 receiver (PPR), though he was significantly more productive in the six games that A.J. Green missed (5.2-74-.33 on 8.7 targets per game) than he was in the 10 games in which Green played (3.3-42-.40 on 5.5 targets per game). LaFell is more of a fantasy WR4/WR5 with a healthy Green on the field.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert facing another offseason of rehab

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 9:21am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert looked no worse for wear as he made his way out of the facility on Monday morning. Dressed in sweats and carrying a bag from his locker, he didn't look like a person who had just gone through back surgery mere days before. But while Eifert may be only 26, surgery and rehab have become a routine part of his life.

That's what he's facing again this offseason. It's frustrating for Eifert, who hates the "injury prone" label but can't escape it lately.

"I can’t control when I get hurt. it’s annoying when I get labeled 'injury prone' because I just go out and play," Eifert said. "I play hard and, you know, I’ve had some bad breaks."

Fantasy Impact:

The story outlines all of Eifert's injuries in his short career. Eifert missed eight games this year and missed 27 regular-season games due to injury to start his career. The back injury that ultimately ended his season early was one he had been fighting all year. Eifert thought he could push off surgery, but as the season went on, the pain became too much. There's no doubt Eifert is a red zone threat and one of the better fantasy TE plays week-to-week, but injuries are a concern.

Texans QB change seems to be good news for WR DeAndre Hopkins

Saturday, December 31, 2016, 5:26pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

As the Texans head toward an unexpected postseason appearance with an unexpected name leading the offense, receiver DeAndre Hopkins has offered praise for the man who replaced $72 million quarterback Brock Osweiler.

Hopkins said that Tom Savage maintained a sense of humor and a steady demeanor throughout last Saturday’s game against the Bengals, despite plenty of adversity.

“Oh, yeah, that’s one thing about him that you have to love,” Hopkins said, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “He’s always even-keeled throughout. Even when he was getting sacked he would come back to the sideline he was the same guy. ‘Let’s go out and do better next drive.’ I didn’t see him get frustrated, and I don’t think anybody saw him get frustrated during that.”

Fantasy Impact:

Savage and Hopkins seem to have better chemistry than Osweiler and Hopkins. Since Savage took over, Hopkins has 11 catches for 130 yards. With Osweiler, Hopkins had a sluggish output as he has tried to prove to the team that a large second contract is warranted.

Bengals place WR A.J. Green on IR

Saturday, December 31, 2016, 2:28pm - [Full Article]

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis ruled All-Pro wide receiver A.J. Green out for Sunday's regular season finale against Baltimore earlier in the week, but on Saturday the team offered no room for speculation when it finally placed Green on injured reserve.

On Friday, Lewis said Green was around the facility, happy, smiling -- and the receiver issued a short statement addressing any rumor that he was unhappy with the club for not allowing him to play as "not true."

"He's a rare person, yes," Lewis said. "He's a very rare, rare person. As I told him, we're going to need to call on his rare abilities as we move forward, for him to bring everybody to his level all the time, being what he is, how he does things."

Fantasy Impact:

The move officially ends Green's season, though he has not played since the second snap of the game against Buffalo on Nov. 20. He was elected to the Pro Bowl despite playing in nine full games. He caught 66 passes for 964 yards and four touchdowns.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (knee, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 17. There’s no reason for Jeremy Hill to play other than to tough it out. The team promoted Tra Carson from the practice squad, so it looks like Rex Burkhead will serve as the lead back against the Ravens.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Bengals WR A.J. Green (hamstring, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17. Brandon LaFell has been the main beneficiary with Green sidelined.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Bengals TE Tyler Kroft (knee, ankle, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 17.

Bengals WR A.J. Green won't play this week

Wednesday, December 28, 2016, 12:42pm

Katherine Terrell - [Full Article]

Bengals WR A.J. Green is still on the active roster but he will not play this week, according to Marvin Lewis.

Fantasy Impact:

It's a bump for Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) goes on IR

Monday, December 26, 2016, 4:31pm - [Full Article]

The IR designations of tight end Tyler Eifert (back) and left guard Clint Boling (shoulder), who both missed Saturday night’s game in Houston, leave two open spots on the 53-man roster for the game against the Ravens (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) at Paul Brown Stadium.

Both have been hurt for much of the year. Eifert didn’t play the first six games with torn ankle ligaments and a back issue.

Fantasy Impact:

It’s a tough break for Eifert. It means his break-out year of 2015 with 13 touchdown catches is bracketed by two seasons he missed 23 of 32 games with injury. He still has five TD catches in eight games this season, one behind club-leader Brandon LaFell’s six.

Jeremy Hill IN, A.J. Green OUT for Bengals

Saturday, December 24, 2016, 7:07pm

Bengals Inactives
Clint Boling G
Vontaze Burfict OLB
Jeff Driskel QB
Tyler Eifert TE
A.J. Green WR
Tyler Kroft TE
KeiVarae Russell CB

Fantasy Impact:

RB Jeremy Hill is active and set to carry a heavy workload, as usual. A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert are both out though, making things difficult for the Bengals offense as a whole.

Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm

Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (knee, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 16. Hill is expected to start despite the questionable tag. He should be a high-volume RB2 against the Texans, though he may not crack the 4.0 YPC-mark.

Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm

Bengals WR Alex Erickson (not injury related) was removed from the injury report Friday.

Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm

Bengals WR A.J. Green (hamstring, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 16. Green plans to return so barring a setback, we expect he’ll be out there against the Texans. The Bengals only have pride to play for at this point. It’s a tough matchup and it’s difficult to trust Green after such a long layoff, but he’s one of the best receivers in the league for a reason. Here’s what ESPN’s Bob Holtzman had to say: “He still hasn't had a full practice, but I'm told he did more this week than last week, that he lobbied to play tomorrow night, and that he will play. Tough spot though after more than a month off to return versus one of the NFL's best pass defenses.”

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