Description: Bengals wideout Dane Sanzenbacher could see his targets take a jump in Week 3 if A.J. Green's toe keeps him out of the lineup.
Insight: Sanzenbacher would only be a one-game option as the Bengals have a bye in Week 4 and by Week 5 Green is likely to be fully ready to play again. Sanzenbacher caught two balls for 42 yards in a substitute role last Sunday.
Description: Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu will likely play a major role in Week 3 with A.J. Green likely joining Marvin Jones on the sidelines.
Insight: Sanu produced a 76-yard touchdown catch against the Falcons to produce double-digits fantasy points, a big jump from Week 1. He's a solid fantasy option if A.J. Green is not ready to play in Week 3.
Description: Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has played mistake-free football over the first two games this season, but hasn't posted great fantasy numbers.
Insight: He's thrown for just one touchdown in each game while averaging 276.5 ypg. He could be without A.J. Green (toe) in Week 3 in addition to already sidelined Marvin Jones (foot) which may force the Bengals to feature the ground game.
Description: Bengals receiver A.J. Green left Sunday's game against the Falcons with a strained toe ligament and is doubtful for Week 3.
Insight: Green could sit Week 3 and then with a Week 4 bye get three weeks until he has to test the toe. Dane Sanzenbacher and Brandon Tate would play opposite Mohamed Sanu if Green sits. It's a huge blow to fantasy owners and the Bengals.
Description: Bengals running back Jeremy Hill gained 94 yards from scrimmage on 17 touches in Week 2 against the Falcons.
Insight: Hill did not get much playing time in Week 1, so it was great to see him get on the field. With a huge lead, the Bengals featured both Bernard, who had 32 touches, and Hill. The rookie will likely continue to improve as the season goes and clearly has more value than just a handcuff back.
Description: Bengals running back Giovani Bernard gained 169 yards from scrimmage and scored a rushing touchdown on 32 touches.
Insight: Bernard had an incredible 19 touchdowns in the first half with 16 carries for 52 yards. The running back was not exactly efficient as that averages out to 3.25 yards per carry, but fantasy owners love the fact Bernard has turned into a work horse. He mostly maintained that pace in the second half. Bernard is a top fantasy running back in any format.
When Tucker asked Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis about how touches would be split, Lewis said, "A smart guy would say Gio gets a little bit more." Good news for both Bernard and Hill fans, who are curious as to how the workload will be shared. We expect Bernard to get about 16-18 touches a game, which puts him close to 300 on the season, and Hill will get between 10 and 14 carries. Bernard will be featured much more in the passing game.
Description: Bengals receiver A.J. Green left Sunday's game against the Falcons with a toe injury and is questionable to return. UPDATE: Green will not return on Sunday.
Insight: Green headed to the locker room about halfway though the first quarter. It now appears that this was the injury that put Green on the injury report this week even though he was officially listed with a foot injury. Dane Sanzenbacher will play opposite Mohamed Sanu until Green returns if he does.
Early week missing of practice is never that important as we see here. He's a fantasy stud who has improved each season and off his 131-yard, one-touchdown season opener appears to be continuing the trend.
Description: Bengals receiver A.J. Green will play Week 2 according to coach Marvin Lewis.
Insight: Early week missing of practice is never that important as we see here. He's a fantasy stud who has improved each season and off his 131-yard, one-touchdown season opener appears to be continuing the trend.
Description: Bengals receiver A.J. Green did not practice on Thursday due to a foot injury.
Insight: It's somewhat of a concern as Green was listed as limited in practice on Wednesday. Cincinnati is probably just taking it easy on their star wide out, but we will check back on his status Friday afternoon.
Description: Bengals running back Jeremy Hill played just 10-of-67 offensive snaps in the Bengals' Week 1 victory to the Ravens.
Insight: The widely heralded rookie running back from LSU was not as involved with the offense as anticipated. Cincinnati played a pass-first approach on Sunday, which was surprising and led to fewer opportunities for Hill. Meanwhile, Gio Bernard owners are extremely pleased as he played on the other 57 snaps. Hill should see more time as the season progresses, but owners will have to take the wait-and-see approach.
Description: The Bengals are hopeful tight end Tyler Eifert will only miss a few weeks according to FOX's Jay Glazer.
Insight: Eifert dislocated his right elbow after making a catch in the first quarter against the Ravens on Sunday. Reportedly, the elbow "popped right back in" but the ligaments have to heal before he can return. Jermaine Gersham will play tight end on every down until Eifert gets back, but Gresham will not produce the same kind of receiving numbers as Eifert could.
Description: Bengals receiver Marvin Jones is inactive for Sunday's game against the Ravens.
Insight: According to Albert Breer of NFL.com, the Bengals hope to have receiver Marvin Jones (foot) back for Week 5. A.J. Green and Mohamed Sanu will get most of targets at receiver, but the Bengals will likely deploy a heavy running attack with Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill.
Description: Bengals running back Giovani Bernard is still expected to get more touches than rookie running back Jeremy Hill according to Ross Tucker of NBC Sports.
Insight: When Tucker asked Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis about how touches would be split, Lewis said, "A smart guy would say Gio gets a little bit more." Good news for both Bernard and Hill fans, who are curious as to how the workload will be shared. We expect Bernard to get about 16-18 touches a game, which puts him close to 300 on the season, and Hill will get between 10 and 14 carries. Bernard will be featured much more in the passing game.
Description: Fantasy owners don't have to worry about BenJarvus Green-Ellis taking carries from Giovani Bernard or Jeremy Hill as he was cut Friday from the 53-man roster.
Insight: Giovani Bernard and rookie Jeremy Hill have shown in preseason they can get the job done and both have solid fantasy value. Bernard is the starter and is even more valuable in PPR leagues, but Hill is going to get plenty of work.
Description: Bengals running back Jeremy Hill rushed 20 times for 90 yards and caught all six of his targets for 70 yards in Cincinnati's preseason finale Thursday.
Insight: Hill was impressive as the every-down back with Gio Bernard resting. He did leave the game with an elbow injury but returned to action. We are still unsure how Hill will be used, so he is not worth starting Week 1, but he looks to be at least a very capable handcuff.
Description: Bengals running back Jeremy Hill left Thursday's preseason finale with an elbow injury.
Insight: Hill saw a somewhat surprising 20 touches in two quarters of action Thursday. Hill generated 123 all-purpose yards, while catching all five of his targets. His one bad play was a blown blocking assignment that resulted in a quarterback sack. The elbow injury is believed to be minor, and it continues to look like Hill will see more touches than originally forecast.
Description: Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson wrote "it looks like (Giovani) Bernard and (Jeremy) Hill could both get about 200 attempts" on the ground this season.
Insight: Hill ran very well in the Bengals' third preseason game. Hobson speculated that BenJarvus Green-Ellis would not make the roster and thus leave Hill with the change-of-pace back role this year. The rookie is certainly the best between-the-tackles runner Cincinnati has and he could steal a few touchdowns from Bernard. Hill is a great pick at his current ADP of the 10th round and Bernard's value takes a bit of a hit as many thought he would reach 300 touches. That will be tough if Hill really gets 200 carries.
Description: Bengals rookie running back Jeremy Hill (shoulder) returned to practice Tuesday.
Insight: He left Saturday's preseason game with a shoulder injury. Hill is expected to fill the BenJarvus Green-Ellis role this season, but Giovani Bernard is going to see a bump in touches and could also get goal-line carries so Hill's value will be limited to the flex spot.
Description: Bengals rookie running back Jeremy Hill left Saturday's preseason game with a right shoulder injury, but tweeted "I'm fine" late Saturday night.
Insight: Hill is expected to fill the BenJarvus Green-Ellis role this season, but Giovani Bernard is going to see a bump in touches and could also get goal-line carries so Hill's value will be limited to the flex spot.
Description: Bengals rookie running back Jeremy Hill left Saturday's preseason game with a right shoulder injury, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.com.
Insight: BenJarvus Green-Ellis saw 220 carries and rushed for seven touchdowns as the Bengals' power back last year, but he gained just 3.4 ypc. Hill is expected to fill that role this season, but Giovani Bernard is going to see a bump in touches and could also get goal-line carries so Hill's value will be limited to the flex spot.
Description: According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Bengals running back Giovani Bernard could get a "good share" of the goal-line carries as well as 300 total touches.
Insight: Even if he doesn't get all of the goal-line carries, Bernard still has RB1 upside this season due to his expected workload spike and explosiveness in the receiving game. The team drafted bruising back Jeremy Hill to replace ineffective BenJarvus Green-Ellis, but it sounds like Bernard could get a crack at some short TDs too.
Description: According to Albert Breer of NFL.com, the Bengals hope to have receiver Marvin Jones (foot) back for Week 5.
Insight: Jones, who had 712 yards and 10 touchdowns on 80 targets last season, had to get a pin inserted into his fifth metatarsal for a broken foot. Coach Marvin Lewis' assertion that Jones would be out "a couple of weeks" was wildly unrealistic. Mohamed Sanu will take over as the team's No. 2 receiver.
Description: While Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said receiver Marvin Jones (foot) will miss "a couple of weeks" with a broken foot, Geoff Hobson of bengals.com says the receiver will likely be out 5-6 weeks.
Insight: Jones, who had 712 yards and 10 touchdowns on 80 targets last season, had to get a pin inserted into his fifth metatarsal. A similar injury kept Mohamed Sanu out for the last five weeks of the 2012 regular season as well as the playoffs. Sanu will take Jones' place as the No. 2 receiver.
Description: Bengals receiver Marvin Jones has been activated from the NFI list.
Insight: He rolled his ankle at a passing camp organized by Andy Dalton after OTAs. Mohamed Sanu has reportedly looked good in training camp, but Jones was listed as the No. 2 wideout on the first depth chart. The 24-year-old played limited snaps last season but was a red-zone monster who caught 10 touchdowns. He's expected to get more playing time this year, but the Bengals are also expected to cut down on their passing attempts under new OC Hue Jackson. Consider him a WR4.
Description: Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has agreed to a deal to keep him in Cincinnati through 2020.
Insight: While other quarterbacks garnered lots of attention, Dalton put up sneaky good numbers last season - 4,296 yards, 33 passing TDs, 2 rushing TDs. He's still yet to win an NFL playoff game, but he was very good to fantasy owners, particularly his Week 16 effort (27-for-38, 366 yards, 4 TDs) in what for many was the fantasy championship round.
Description: Rookie running back Jeremy Hill has been playing ahead of BenJarvus Green-Ellis in training camp, according to ESPN.com.
Insight: Green-Ellis seemingly is closer to losing his third-string job to Cedric Peerman or Rex Burkhead than he is to catching Hill. The Bengals drafted Hill (6-1, 238 lbs) out of LSU in the second round to serve as the team's between-the-tackles rusher. Green-Ellis carried the ball 220 times and scored seven touchdowns last season but ran for 3.4 yards per carry. Giovani Bernard is going to get more than 170 carries in 2014, but Cincinnati is also going to run the ball more often under new OC Hue Jackson so Hill could see 200 carries.
Description: Bengals RBs coach Kyle Caskey is thinking 260-300 touches for new starter RB Giovani Bernard in 2014.
Insight: Bernard had 695 rushing yards on 170 carries, 514 receiving yards on 56 catches and eight total touchdowns as a rookie while splitting time with BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Now a starter with a more run-heavy gameplan expected, it's certainly not unreasonable. In our projections we are expecting 264 touches, 1,437 total yards and 10 touchdowns.
Description: The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner Jr. expects BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Rex Burkhead to battle for one roster spot in camp.
Insight: Giovani Bernard and rookie Jeremy Hill are guaranteed spots and Dehner thinks Cedric Peerman is as well because he plays on special teams. Even if Green-Ellis makes the team, he won't see the field much and shouldn't be drafted in any leagues.
Description: Cincinnati tight end Tyler Eifert won't participate in OTAs. SOURCE: Bengals.com
Insight: He's dealing with a shoulder injury though the severity is unknown. Eifert (39 catches, 445 yards, 2 TD in 2013) was unable to distance himself from Jermaine Gresham last season and the two figure to split playing time again in 2014.
Description: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Bengals are leaning toward keeping veteran running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis despite drafting Jeremy Hill in the second round.
Insight: Green-Ellis will be third on Cincinnati's halfback depth chart behind Hill and last year's second round pick Giovani Bernard. Green-Ellis could still vulture a handful of touchdowns for the Bengals but we're not counting on a breakout year for the 28-year-old.
Description: The Cincinnati Bengals took RB Jeremy Hill 55th overall in the 2014 draft.
Insight: Cincinnati also took a running back in the second round last year (Giovani Bernard). At 6-foot-1, 233 pounds, Hill will provide a big-bodied complement to Bernard and may take away fantasy value from Bernard if he gets goal-line carries. BenJarvus Green-Ellis' days in Cincinnati are probably numbered.
Description: Bengals wideout Andrew Hawkins has agreed to a four-year offer sheet with the Browns. SOURCE: Nate Ulrich, Akron Beacon Journal
Insight: Now Cincinnati has ten days to match Cleveland's offer. Hawkins is likely to be dealing with a rookie quarterback in Cleveland, which is always a risk. He'll probably go undrafted in most fantasy leagues.
Description: Geoff Hobson of bengals.com writes that RB Giovani Bernard "no doubt" will near 300 touches in 2014.
Insight: Former Cincinnati offensive coordinator and committee proponent Jay Gruden is now the head coach in Washington, so Bernard should have a chance to control the backfield in his second season. He had 695 rushing yards on 170 carries, 514 receiving yards on 56 catches and eight total touchdowns as a rookie while splitting time with BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Gruden stubbornly stuck with the "Law Firm" even though he rushed for just 3.4 ypc.
Description: Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton wasn't able to exorcise his playoff demons Sunday in an embarrassing loss to the Chargers.
Insight: Dalton was picked off twice and lost a fumble. He was also sacked three times and finished with a 67.0 QB rating. Dalton (29-for-51, 334 yards) is 0-3 in his career in the postseason. Cincinnati hasn't won a playoff game since 1991.
Description: Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert returned to practice Thursday and is active for Sunday's game against San Diego after dealing with a shoulder stinger.
Insight: Jermaine Gresham (46-461-4) and Eifert (39-445-2) both missed the Week 17 matchup. Both are healthy enough to be active and they cancel each other out and make it difficult to start either one.
Description: Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert returned to practice Thursday and is probable for Sunday's game against San Diego after dealing with a shoulder stinger.
Insight: Jermaine Gresham (46-461-4) and Eifert (39-445-2) both missed the Week 17 matchup. If one of them can make it back they will have solid fantasy value. If both are healthy they cancel each other out and make it difficult to start either one.
Description: The Bengals will go with Zoltan Mesko at punter this week against San Diego. Mesko signed with the Bengals on Tuesday.
Insight: It's a roll of the dice but Cincinnati doesn't have many other options now that Kevin Huber is out with a broken jaw. Mesko was cut by Pittsburgh earlier this season. In his seven games for the black and gold, Mesko averaged 42.5 yards per punt with a long of 65 yards.
Description: Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert is questionable for Sunday's game against San Diego with a shoulder injury, though early expectations are that he will return.
Insight: Jermaine Gresham (46-461-4) and Eifert (39-445-2) both missed the Week 17 matchup. If one of them can make it back they will have solid fantasy value. If both are healthy they cancel each other out and make it difficult to start either one.
Description: Cincinnati tight end Jermaine Gresham was inactive for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh and is questionable for the first round of the playoffs due to a hamstring injury.
Insight: Gresham (46-461-4) and Tyler Eifert (39-445-2) both missed the Week 17 matchup. If one of them can make it back they will have solid fantasy value. If both are healthy they cancel each other out and make it difficult to start either one.
Description: Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green has collected 260 catches in his first three seasons. That's a new NFL record.
Insight: The old record belonged to Anquan Boldin who Green passed earlier today. Green's 1,426 receiving yards this season were the most by a Bengal since 2007 when Chad Johnson had 1,440 on 93 catches.
Description: Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict finished with 14 tackles on Sunday.
Insight: Burfict will end the season with 171 tackles, a career-high and the most we've seen in the NFL since Jerod Mayo had 175 in 2010. The Arizona State alum was invited to his first Pro Bowl earlier this week.
Description: Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton set two team records Sunday in a win over Baltimore.
Insight: Dalton now holds the Bengals' records for touchdowns (33) and yards (4,296) in a season. Unfortunately, he also threw four interceptions on Sunday, a new career-high. Dalton will finish the year with an 88.8 rating on 586 passing attempts.
Description: The Bengals will be without tight ends Tyler Eifert and Jermaine Gresham Sunday against Baltimore. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Eifert is out with a shoulder issue while Gresham is battling a hamstring injury. Alex Smith will get the start at tight end. With just two catches this season, it's hard to envision Smith having a big game this week against a highly motivated Ravens secondary.
Description: Bengals WR A.J. Green had 97 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches Sunday against the Vikings.
Insight: Green just missed hitting the 100-yard bonus for the first time since Week 10 after getting it in five straight games up to that point. He's pulled down four scores over his last four games and 10 on the season.
Description: Cleveland cornerback Joe Haden locked Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green up and threw away the key Sunday afternoon.
Insight: Green had just two catches for seven yards on five targets, and Haden also picked off two passes. Green had produced 100-plus yards in five straight games. Haden also limited him to seven catches for 51 yards on 15 targets in Week 4.
Description: Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis has been playing through a broken thumb since Week 2, according to the team's site.
Insight: Green-Ellis has been losing ground to the more talented Giovani Bernard, but he'll still do the heavy lifting for this team. Bernard isn't built for 25 carries a game. Its a nice combination of power and speed.
Description: Cincinnati wideout A.J. Green stunned the Ravens by snagging a hail mary touchdown at the end of regulation Sunday in Baltimore.
Insight: Unfortunately for Green, the Bengals would eventually lose in overtime. The 51-yard catch was Green's longest reception of the game. Overall, he finished with 151 yards on eight catches. He's the NFL's leading receiver this season with 1,013 yards in ten contests.
Description: Cincinnati halfback Giovani Bernard will play through a rib injury Sunday against division rival Baltimore.
Insight: Bernard, who practiced in a limited capacity on Friday, was never in any danger or missing this game. Of the two Bengals halfbacks (BenJarvus Green-Ellis being the other), the rookie Bernard is clearly the superior fantasy option (six touchdowns in nine games this season).
Description: Bengals running back Giovani Bernard was limited in Friday's practice though he is expected to play Sunday.
Insight: The coaching staff has made the decision that Bernard will continue in his role as change of pace and part-time back with BenJarvus Green-Ellis to take a lot of the hard inside yards. They hope it will keep Bernard fresh, but it also limits his fantasy value.
Description: Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden indicated that running back Giovani Bernard will not get more touches despite vastly outperforming BenJarvus Green-Ellis. SOURCE: Joe Reedy, Cincinnati Enquirer
Insight: "Some of these guys, it's important for them to be fresh, fast," Gruden said. "That's the way (Bernard) is. He needs to have full stamina and be fresh coming out of the backfield running fast because that's what he is. If he's tired after his 17th, 18th carry and all of a sudden he becomes a 4.8 guy and tired, he becomes an ordinary guy." Bernard is averaging 12.3 touches per game, and fantasy owners should expect his workload to remain in that territory. That keeps him in low-end RB2 territory.
Description: Bengals rookie running back Giovani Bernard suffered injured ribs in the fourth quarter of Thursday night's game with Miami.
Insight: Bernard had already posted 104 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. Outside of A.J. Green he's the team's most explosive weapon and will only get better as he takes more of the workload from BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
Description: Cincinnati DT Geno Atkins will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. SOURCE: Joe Reedy, Cincinnati Enquirer
Insight: Atkins has made himself into one of the most dominent defensive tackles in the league. He amassed 12.5 sacks and 54 tackles last season and had six sacks this season before his injury. The Bengals' defense is reeling from the loss of Atkins, Leon Hall and Taylor Mays all in the last week.
Description: Cincinnati receiver Marvin Jones had the game of his life Sunday against the Jets.
Insight: He tied a franchise mark by corralling four touchdown catches. That gives the second-year wideout seven scores in eight games this season. That's good for fifth in the league behind Jimmy Graham, Wes Welker, Dez Bryant and Julius Thomas. Jones should be a popular pickup on the waiver wire this week.
Description: Bengals QB Andy Dalton had a monster game Sunday versus the Jets.
Insight: Dalton torched New York for a season-high five touchdowns. Four of those touchdowns went to Marvin Jones. Dalton has now thrown for over 300 yards in each of his last three contests. That's how many times Dalton threw for 300 yards all of last season.
Description: Cincinnati wideout Mohamed Sanu injured his shoulder Sunday against the Jets and the team's Twitter page says he's questionable to return.
Insight: The Bengals have built an enormous lead (49-9 at the time of this post) so there's no need to risk re-injury by sending Sanu back into the game. Assuming his day is done, the former Rutgers receiver will finish with 24 yards receiving on just one catch.
Description: Bengals receiver Marvin Jones (shoulder) practice Friday and is probable for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Insight: Jones suffered a left shoulder injury during Sunday's game but was able to return. The receiver has pulled in seven of his 11 targets for 128 yards and two touchdowns the last two games and is a 12-team WR3 in a week when six teams have a bye.
Description: Bengals receiver Marvin Jones (shoulder) missed Wednesday's practice.
Insight: Jones suffered a left shoulder injury during Sunday's game but was able to return. He should be able to play in Week 8 against the Jets and is a 12-team WR3 option with six teams on a bye. Jones has pulled in seven of his 11 targets for 128 yards and two touchdowns the last two games.
Description: Cincinnati signal-caller Andy Dalton has thrown for 709 yards and six touchdowns over his last two games.
Insight: The inconsistent QB had zero touchdowns in the two weeks prior. He'll play the Jets in Week 8 and the Dolphins in Week 9; 12 teams -- Chicago, Indianapolis, Tennessee, San Diego, Baltimore, Houston, Denver, New York Giants, Arizona, San Francisco, Jacksonville and Detroit -- have byes over those two weeks, so fantasy owners may want to roll with Dalton as a fill-in.
Description: Bengals receiver A.J. Green grabbed six passes for 155 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Lions.
Insight: Green only saw eight targets, as Andy Dalton threw at least four passes for five different receivers. The 25-year-old has 43 receptions for 619 yards and five touchdowns on 78 targets in seven games this season.
Description: Fantasy owners who rolled with Andy Dalton on Sunday were rewarded with 337 passing yards and three touchdowns.
Insight: Sunday was Dalton's first 300-yard game in almost a year (October 14, 2012 versus Cleveland). We wouldn't expect him to have a performance like this every time out but Dalton is certainly capable of putting up big numbers.
Description: Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis had 67 rushing yards and a touchdown on 19 carries (3.5 ypc) Sunday against New England.
Insight: Green-Ellis has been losing ground to the more talented Giovani Bernard, but he may have made some of that up Sunday. Bernard had 13 carries for 62 yards (4.8 ypc) but lost a fumble. The Law Firm has just 209 yards on 71 carries (2.9 ypc) this season but he does have three scores.
Description: Bengals rookie running back Giovani Bernard continues to run circles around teammate BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Bernard had 99 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on 14 touches Sunday against the Packers.
Insight: Green-Ellis had 29 yards and a touchdown while losing a fumble on 10 carries. The workload should continue to move in Bernard's favor going forward.
Description: Bengals rookie running back Giovani Bernard was limited in practice over the last two days while dealing with a hamstring issue.
Insight: Coach Marvin Lewis said it was just precautionary, sitting Bernard, who posted fantasy-worthy numbers on Monday night against Pittsburgh. He rushed for 38 yards and a score on eight carries and caught a screen pass for 27 yards and a score. We expect him to play on Sunday despite the questionable tag.