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Jermaine Gresham secured 4-of-6 targets for 33 yards in the Bengals' Week 12 win over the Texans.

Gresham was barely a factor one week removed from his two-TD outing against New Orleans. The contract-year tight end is likely in his final season with the Bengals, and should be left on waiver wires for the fantasy stretch run.
Nov 23 - 5:16 PM

Mohamed Sanu secured 5-of-7 targets for 48 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' Week 12 win over the Texans.

Sanu caught an early pass for a ten-yard gain, then gave Cincinnati the lead on a six-yard TD catch in the first quarter. With A.J. Green back healthy, Sanu has primarily worked underneath the coverage. His big-play potential has taken a hit, but Sanu will remain on the WR3 radar in Week 13 against the Bucs.
Nov 23 - 5:07 PM

Andy Dalton completed 24-of-35 passes for 233 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in the Bengals' Week 12 win over the Texans.

Managed and controlled by Cincinnati's high-volume run game (43 rushing attempts), Dalton continued to perform well in the caretaker role. His touchdown was good to Mohamed Sanu from six yards out in the first quarter. Dalton's big error was a third-quarter 60-yard pick six by Johnathan Joseph that briefly changed the tide of Sunday's game. It was Dalton's first turnover in a road game this season. The Bengals' offense rebounded and put the game away with their fourth-quarter rushing attack. A clear game manager this season, Dalton will be a two-quarterback-league option only in Week 13 against the Bucs.
Nov 23 - 4:21 PM

A.J. Green caught 12 balls for 121 yards in the Bengals' Week 12 win over the Texans.

The Texans did Green a favor by keeping top CB Johnathan Joseph away from his side, and letting Green go to work on second-year UDFA A.J. Bouye. Bouye got such a good whipping that DC Romeo Crennel benched him for Darryl Morris early in the second half. AJG went on to whip Morris repeatedly for first-down catches. Green now has four career games of double-digit receptions, and his dozen on Sunday were a single-game career high. With stat lines of 6-127-1 and 12-121 over his last two games, Green will be a top-shelf fantasy WR1 when the Bengals take on the Buccaneers next.
Nov 23 - 4:18 PM

Giovani Bernard was held to 45 yards on 17 carries and caught two passes for 22 yards in the Bengals' Week 12 win over Houston.

Bernard got the start in his first game back from a four-week absence. Aside from a 19-yard gain Gio busted on his fourth rushing attempt, he was held to 26 yards on 16 carries. Bernard was bottled up while mixing and matching with Jeremy Hill. From a fantasy standpoint, it's especially notable that Hill consistently played ahead of Gio in scoring position, executing a two-yard touchdown early in the third quarter. Both backs finished with 19 touches, but Hill was far more effective. Bernard will be a low-end RB2/flex play in Week 13 against the Buccaneers.
Nov 23 - 4:15 PM

Jeremy Hill rushed 18 times for 87 yards and a touchdown and caught a nine-yard pass in the Bengals' Week 12 win over the Texans.

Gio Bernard got the start, but Hill entered on Cincinnati's second possession and the two mixed and matched from that point on. It's worth noting that Hill was inserted ahead of Gio on an early fourth-and-goal play at the Texans' one-yard line, although Cincinnati unsuccessfully threw a fade, turning the ball over on downs. Hill opened the second half with a two-yard walk-in touchdown, once again playing ahead of Bernard in scoring position. Hill iced the game with a fourth-quarter scamper of 30 yards. Hill and Gio both finished with 19 touches, but the rookie was far more effective as he's been all year. Hill remains an RB2 with RB1 upside entering a Week 13 date with the Buccaneers.
Nov 23 - 4:09 PM

Bengals RT Andre Smith (arm) is done for the day in Week 12.

He suffered a left arm injury in the first quarter, which FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo later reported is believed to be a torn triceps. It's a big blow to Cincy's offensive line, which has dealt with myriad injuries this season.
Nov 23 - 1:28 PM

Despite the fact that Gio Bernard is "starting" on Sunday, the Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner is "still seeing" a 65:35 split in favor of Jeremy Hill against the Texans.

The Bengals know they need both backs fully bought in as they prepare for a playoff push, so they are keeping Gio as the nominal starter, and probably will for the rest of the season. Hill is the better bet for a higher workload after dominating during Bernard's absence. Gio is coming off a hip pointer, the same injury that torpedoed Ray Rice's 2013 season. Hill is an RB2 play with RB1 upside against Houston. Bernard is a dice-roll flex.
Nov 23 - 11:50 AM

Giovani Bernard is listed as the Bengals' starting running back for Week 12 against the Texans.

This was expected. Bernard gets veteran deference despite being outplayed by Jeremy Hill all season. Despite Gio getting the technical "start," beat writers anticipate Hill handling more work against Houston. The Bengals' Week 12 inactives are WR Dane Sanzenbacher, RB Rex Burkhead, CB Chris Lewis-Harris, LB Vontaze Burfict, OT Tanner Hawkinson, WR Greg Little, DE Margus Hunt.
Nov 23 - 11:31 AM

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis believes WLB Vontaze Burfict (knee scope) is "progressing" toward a return.

Naturally, Lewis didn't disclose when Burfict might actually suit up. Sunday's tilt with the Texans will mark the fourth straight game he's missed. Going by his timetable, there's a chance Burfict will be ready for Week 13, but that should not be taken for granted.
Nov 21 - 2:06 PM

Speaking after Friday's practice, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said TE Tyler Eifert (elbow, injured reserve/designated for return) is "progressing" toward returning this season.

Lewis, however, was vague on when exactly Eifert might be back. He doesn't appear particularly likely to suit up in Week 13. Despite the down year at tight end, Eifert is not worth stashing in 12-14 team re-draft leagues.
Nov 21 - 2:03 PM

Gio Bernard (hip) is listed as probable for Week 12.

He practiced in full on both Thursday and Friday. Bernard's workload is unclear after he missed a month with hip and collarbone injuries. Jeremy Hill excelled in Gio's absence, averaging 5.73 YPC over the Bengals' last three games.
Nov 21 - 1:42 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner expects a 65:35 split favoring Jeremy Hill in the Bengals backfield Week 12 against the Texans.

Sounds about right. Hill has severely outplayed Bernard this season, averaging 5.73 YPC in his three starts compared to 4.09 for Gio. Earlier this week, OC Hue Jackson hinted at easing Bernard back into the mix after his three-game absence. Bernard also worked with the receivers last week, suggesting he'll be featured more as a pass-catcher out of the backfield while Hill hammers it between the tackles. Hill is a strong RB2 with RB1 upside. Bernard is merely a FLEX.
Nov 21 - 9:43 AM

Giovani Bernard (hip) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.

According to ESPN's Coley Harvey, Bernard was "was back at No. 1 (duty) during open portion of practice." Bernard is perhaps fantasy's biggest wild card for Week 12, but it's beginning to appear as if he'll be returning to a workload resembling the one he was handling before going down. We still expect Jeremy Hill to maintain a bigger role on early downs, however. With the situation uncertain, both backs can be utilized as RB2s for Week 12.
Nov 20 - 2:59 PM's Geoff Hobson expects Jeremy Hill to handle "the bulk of the carries until (Gio) Bernard’s hip and shoulder click back into place."

Playcaller Hue Jackson isn't naming a Week 12 starter, which leaves the door open for Hill to take over as the Bengals' primary runner, even with Bernard all set to play against the Texans. "I think my concern is keeping him healthy,’ Jackson said of Bernard, who missed the last three games. Asked if Hill has earned a bigger role, Jackson replied "I think he deserves it. ... I think Jeremy has done a tremendous job and he earns the right to play, there's no question about that. But it's always good to have two really good runners." Expect Hill to lead the Bengals in carries against Houston, and possibly carry the bulk of the workload the rest of the way. In fantasy, he's a borderline RB1.
Nov 19 - 8:54 PM

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