Player News - Bengals

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Tyler Eifert will miss "multiple weeks" with a back injury.

The good news is he does not need surgery. The bad news is Eifert's back is acting up again after an injury cost him Weeks 16-17 last season, then he underwent surgery after the year. Tyler Kroft will take over as the Bengals' starting tight end. Eifert looks droppable in 12-team fantasy leagues.
Sep 25 - 5:57 PM

Tyler Eifert (back, knee) is uncertain when he will return.

Eifert isn't looking likely to be on the field in Week 4. Eifert's upside is tantalizing, but the downside is too prevalent. He's not a must hold in 10-12 team leagues if you're hurting for a roster spot.
Sep 25 - 3:28 PM

Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict's three-game suspension is over.

Burfict should rejoin the team early this week and be active for the Bengals' Week 4 matchup against the Browns. With Burfict back, Vinny Rey or Nick Vigil will return to the bench.
Sep 25 - 11:08 AM

Tyler Kroft caught 3-of-4 targets for 28 yards in the Bengals' Week 3 loss to the Packers.

Kroft was the No. 1 tight end with Tyler Eifert (back, knee) out. Even if Eifert continues to miss time, Kroft won't be a fantasy starter against the Browns.
Sep 24 - 8:22 PM

Brandon LaFell caught 1-of-2 targets for five yards in the Bengals' Week 3 loss to the Packers.

He wasn't even targeted in the first half. Even with Tyler Eifert and John Ross out, LaFell was nowhere to be found. New OC Bill Lazor was making it a point to get the ball in A.J. Green and Joe Mixon's hands.
Sep 24 - 8:20 PM

Tyler Boyd caught his lone target for 11 yards in the Bengals' Week 3 loss to the Packers.

Boyd was a healthy scratch last week but was back in there Sunday. He still didn't see much work and isn't a big part of the offense. Under new OC Bill Lazor, the ball is going to A.J. Green or Joe Mixon.
Sep 24 - 8:19 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed three times for 27 yards and caught both of his targets for 12 yards and one touchdown in the Bengals' Week 3 loss to the Packers.

Bernard touched the ball just five times, compared to 21 for Joe Mixon and eight for Jeremy Hill. But it was Bernard who found the end zone after being left uncovered on a short touchdown pass from Andy Dalton. Bernard's floor is far too low to be considered a fantasy asset in 12-team leagues.
Sep 24 - 8:14 PM

Jeremy Hill rushed seven times for 23 yards in the Bengals' Week 3 loss to the Packers.

He's seen six or seven carries in all three games to open the year. Despite being the "starter," Hill is the most useless of the three Bengals running backs in fantasy. He'll get some goal-line looks this season, but Joe Mixon was given 21 touches on Sunday and is quickly passing Hill on the depth chart.
Sep 24 - 8:10 PM

Andy Dalton completed 21-of-27 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns in the Bengals' Week 3 loss to the Packers.

Under new OC Bill Lazor, it was pretty evident that the plan was to get the ball out of Dalton's hand quickly as a way to mask a terrible offensive line. The plan worked early, with the Bengals taking a 21-7 lead into halftime, but they were unable to find the end zone after the break and lost in overtime. Dalton's first touchdown was a 10-yard strike to A.J. Green, and the second was a wide-open quick-hitter to Giovani Bernard who walked into the end zone. Dalton will be in the QB2 mix next week at the Browns.
Sep 24 - 8:05 PM

Joe Mixon rushed 18 times for 62 yards in the Bengals' Week 3 loss to the Packers.

He caught all three of his targets for an additional 39 yards. After seeing touch totals of 11 and 10 in Weeks 1 and 2, new OC Bill Lazor committed to Mixon in this one. Jeremy Hill got eight touches, and Giovani Bernard only five but scored a touchdown. The three mixed and matched early on, but Mixon was the one in the backfield most of the second half. He wasn't able to break any big plays, but Mixon showed his patience and make-them-miss skills a number of times. It's safe to say Mixon is a comfortable RB2 moving forward under Lazor. The Browns are next on the schedule.
Sep 24 - 7:54 PM

A.J. Green caught 10-of-13 targets for 111 yards and one touchdown in the Bengals' 27-24, Week 3, overtime loss to the Packers.

The squeaky wheel got the grease in predictable fashion. Green's words after the Week 2 loss to the Texans at home played a large part in the firing of OC Ken Zampese. New play-caller Bill Lazor made it a point to scheme the ball to Green with quick passes. Green's 10-yard touchdown got the scoring started in the first quarter. It was a perfect dart from Andy Dalton. Green started slow but should be in for a big rest of the season. He gets the Browns on the road in Week 4.
Sep 24 - 7:50 PM

Bengals declared TE Tyler Eifert, WR John Ross, WR Josh Malone, S Derron Smith, OL Christian Westerman, OL Trey Hopkins, and CB KeiVarae Russell inactive for Week 3 against the Packers.

No surprises here. Ross and Eifert are again injured.
Sep 24 - 3:04 PM

According to Jason La Canfora, the Bengals "anticipate a bigger role" for Joe Mixon going forward.

La Canfora expects Mixon to be one of the "primary beneficiaries" of Bill Lazor's promotion to OC and believes the "division of labor" in Cincinnati's backfield will soon "skew further in his direction." Mixon leads the team with 17 carries, though he's been significantly out-snapped by passing-down back Giovani Bernard. If Mixon's role does increase, it will likely come at the expense of Jeremy Hill, who has shown little in the early going (12 carries for 43 yards).
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 24 - 9:23 AM

Bengals TE Tyler Kroft is in line for an expanded Week 3 role.

Kroft is expected to see more snaps with Tyler Eifert sidelined. He should play in two tight end sets with C.J. Uzomah, who was taken off the injury report this week. Kroft is a red-zone threat, but doesn’t project for more than a few targets.
Source: ESPN
Sep 23 - 9:05 PM

John Ross (knee) is out for Week 3 against the Packers.

It was the expected outcome after Ross missed practice on both Thursday and Friday. With Tyler Eifert (back, knee) also sidelined for Week 3, A.J. Green should dominate targets and Brandon LaFell makes for an intriguing deep sleeper.
Sep 22 - 1:09 PM

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