Week 7
October 21, 2016

Cincinnati Bengals

AFC North

2016 Schedule

  • Week 1

    CIN @ NYJ


    1:00 pm

  • Week 2

    CIN @ PIT


    1:00 pm

  • Week 3

    DEN @ CIN


    1:00 pm

  • Week 3

    MIA @ CIN


    9:30 pm

  • Week 5

    CIN @ DAL


    4:30 pm

  • Week 6

    CIN @ NE


    1:00 pm

  • Week 7

    CLE @ CIN


    1:00 pm

  • Week 8

    WAS @ CIN


    9:30 am

  • Week 9


  • Week 10

    CIN @ NYG


    8:30 pm

  • Week 11

    BUF @ CIN


    1:00 pm

  • Week 12

    CIN @ BAL


    1:00 pm

  • Week 13

    PHI @ CIN


    1:00 pm

  • Week 14

    CIN @ CLE


    1:00 pm

  • Week 15

    PIT @ CIN


    8:30 pm

  • Week 16

    CIN @ HOU


    8:30 pm

  • Week 17

    BAL @ CIN


    1:00 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

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“Leave the gun, take the cannoli”. If you cannot place these famous words, you need to turn in your man card, sorry, but your representation of the gender is not making the cut. For the rest of us, we know this line from The Godfather shows a callousness, a certain necessary ambivalence. The murder of Paulie is done, finished, in the past. What’s important for Clemenza is the future, the cannoli he needs to bring home. Same thing with the Bengals, leave the quarterback, take the running backs.



The glory found by the Red Rifle, Dalton finished 5th amongst fantasy quarterbacks last year, is finished. A large part of his success came from Jay Gruden’s QB friendly system. Well, Gruden has moved on to Washington, and Hue Jackson, the Bengals former running backs coach, moves in to fill his shoes. The Bengals will most likely be moving to a run first approach. The Bengals have a tough schedule against the pass, coming in at number 25. As of mid July, Pyro is ranking him in th low 20’s for QBs. Even the douche canoe sites rank him in the high teens. On the whole, Dalton’s 2013 numbers look good. He passed for 4,293 yards, 33 TDs, and 20 INTs. The bottom line is with Jackson’s run heavy system, the opportunities to throw the ball are not going to be there. Dalton will be expected to “not lose games”. Mainly, they want him to hand the ball off. And why shouldn’t he?


Going back to my metaphor, Giovanni Bernard is not only the man in Cincinnati, he is the cannoli. As of mid July, he is in Pyro’s top 10 RBs for 2014. He averaged 4.1 yards per rush (4.6 on grass). He ran the ball 170 times and totaled 695 yards, and had 5 TDs. He is a great PPR guy, and if you are in a league that rewards for long TDs, Bernard is one to target, as the majority of his scores will come from outside the red zone. Bernard added 514 yards receiving, snagged 56 receptions on 71 targets, and crossed the end zone an additional 3 times. One of the more reliable catchers from the backfield, his catch rate is 78.9%. Not only is he sure handed, on average, he was targeted 7.24 yards down field. Out of backs that were targeted at least 20 times last year, only 4 other backs ran further down field for passes. Bernard was under used last year, something that should change this coming year. In their 6th game last year, he saw the most work, carrying it 15 times. There were 8 games last year were he only had 10 carries or less.  Again, don’t let this scare you, his work load will undoubtedly increase in this his sophomore season. He also gets help from the schedule. Last year, the Bengals had the 25th easiest run schedule. This year they are tied for 14th. This not only helps Gio, but with their second pick in this year’s draft, the Bengals selected LSU running back, Jeremy Hill.



The thunder to Gio’s Cannoli… Alright, so maybe I am mixing my metaphors a bit much, but regardless, Jeremy Hill is a powerful back that will add a new dimension to the Bengals backfield. Hill ran the ball 213 times for LSU last season. Incredibly, he averaged 7.03 yards per carry against stout SEC defenses. He crossed the goal line in all but 2 games, he amassed 16 TDs in 12 games. He rushed for at least 100 yards 50% of the time. Only one time, did his per game rushing average fall below 4 yards a carry. He should make an immediate difference on the field. There have been several reports that state Hill will see a significant amount of carries this year, as well as pick up the goal line work. As of mid-July his ADP of the early 9th round (in a 12 team league) would be considered a steal if indeed he is getting close to 175 carries. While you will never win or lose your draft with one pick, it is guys like this, guys that are undervalued that can be drafted in rounds 7-10 that can bring home the hardware at the end of the season. I took Hill in my dynasty rookie draft and will look to target him as early as round 7 as long as he is one of maybe 2 rookies on my team. As far as BenJarvus Green_Ellis, once the Bengals drafted Hill, they pretty much closed the doors on the Law Firm. Green_Ellis was given the rock 32 times in the red zone last year. Barring injury, those carries should go straight to Hill. This bodes well for his owners. Last year, the Bengals were 1 of 2 teams whose red zone scoring was over 70%.


A.J. Green, while undoubtedly an amazing talent, is a potential bust candidate. Again, this is only due to his draft position. As of mid-July, Green is going at the end of the first round. He was just behind Garcon for most targets last year with 178. This will undoubtedly fall. With heavy emphasis placed on the running game, and Dalton becoming more of a game manager, Green will not have the production he did last year. Dawgmatica would not be surprised to see him fall out of the top 10 for scoring this year. Clearly, if you draft a guy in the first, or second round, that is precisely what you are betting will not happen, hence, the bust call. Dawg goes on to point out, it is really not that far of a fall out of the top ten. If Green scored just one less touch down last year, and lost 10 receiving yards a game, that would be enough to knock him out of top 10 contention. Looking at the writing on the coaches wall, that is likely to happen with Hue at the helm.


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The other Bengals receivers in the mix are Marvin Jones, and Mohamed Sanu. Jones had something of a breakout season in 2013. He scored 10 TDs, and racked up 712 yards, snagging 51 of 80 targets. Jones was targeted 14 times in the red zone. He came in at number 20 for total scoring at the wide receiver position (137.7 fantasy points in 2013). Sanu should be assigned the slot role, along with Sanzenbacher, which will increase play opportunity for Jones. Last year, Jones was in on just 48% of the snaps. This year should see that increase a great deal. While his TD’s will most likely come back down to earth, his yardage should increase with a greater number of targets expected his way this year. Jones has solid hands. In fact, when comparing Jones and Sanu, Jones had a higher catch rate, even though his average target was further downfield. Jones caught 64.6% of his passes and his average target per pass was 9.01 yards down field. Whereas Sanu’s average target was only 5.91 yards downfield and only caught 61% of his passes. As of mid-July, Marvin Jones is going in the 10th round for 12 team leagues.


As far as the tight end position, the Bengals often run with two: Tyler Eifert and Jermaine Gresham. Neither guy will be much of a factor with Hue Jackson implementing a run oriented offense. Gresham will miss some camp time due to hernia surgery. Eifert is expected to be healthy for training camp after an early injury in OTAs. While Gresham should begin the year as the starter, Eifert could very well eclipse him if his progression continues. Out of the two, Eifert is more of a red zone threat and Pyro has him rated higher. Eifert averaged 3.77 fantasy points per game in his rookie season. Once every coon’s age does a rookie tight end emerge to fantasy relevance, so he has nowhere to go but up. This just may not be the offense to really provide much of a spring board for him.


Defensively, the Bengals are a top 5 contender as of mid-July. In 2013, the Bengals defense ended the year ranked 5th for both opponents rushing yards and passing yards. The Bengals had 5 defensive scores last year, just 2 less than the Chiefs who had the most defensive touchdowns. With names like Atkins (keep your eyes on his recovery during camp), Hunt, and Burfict they are a force to be reckoned with. Not only that, they have arguably the best group of cornerbacks in the NFL. Last year, the Bengals had 20 interceptions, good enough for 5th best in the NFL. The Bengals were 10th in the sack department with 43. The Bengals continue to be a safe defensive pick. 





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Carl Pickens

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Carl Pickens was one of the most dominating receivers in the NFL from 1994-1996. Pickens came out of Tennessee after his Junior season to enter the 1992 NFL Draft, where he was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round. Carl had some attitude issues in the Cincinnati, which tarnished his time with the Bengals, but he is still one of the best receivers in their history.

When Pickens joined the Bengals, he came with rookie first round quarterback David Klinger, who would go one to be one of the many first round quarterback busts for the Bengals. Klingler was the backup to Boomer Esiason, who was playing in his final season with Cincinnati, and the Bengals were not a very dynamic team in 1992, as they only threw for 2,284 yards as a team. The leading receiver that season was Tim McGee who had 35 catches for 408 yards and three touchdowns, but Carl Pickens was starting to turn heads in his rookie season. Pickens started 10 games and finished the year with 26 catches for 326 yards and one score. Those numbers don’t look special, but they were good enough for Carl to be named Rookie of the Year. Pickens would continue to improve, but what he did between 1994-1996 was truly special.

The Bengals entered 1994 with David Klinger clinging to his starting job, and after going 0-7 to start the season he was replaced by Jeff Blake. Blake brought more excitement and a big arm to the offense, and Carl Pickens quickly became his favorite target. The Bengals only won three games this season, but Pickens finished with 71 catches for 1,127 yards and 11 touchdowns, which was the third most by a receiver. Blake liked to throw the deep pass, and he connected with Pickens on six pass plays of 50 yards or more this season. The stage was set for Carl to dominate, and he had his best season in 1995.

Personally, I will never forget Pickens 1995 season. I was playing in my second year of Fantasy Football, and I had fallen in love with Pickens the season earlier watching his highlights on George Michael’s Sports Machine. I grabbed Pickens as the third receiver off the board that year in the third round, and he led me to my first championship. Jeff Blake was the starter full time, and the Bengals began to play better football and Pickens led the way. He finished the season with 99 catches for 1,234 yards, which was tops in the AFC, but led the NFL with 17 touchdowns.  Carl was dominant, but he lacked the longer catches this season, as Darney Scott came on to take over that role.

In 1996 Carl showed that he might take a step back after his career season, but not by that much. Once again, the longer catches eluded Pickens in 1996, but he finished the season with 100 catches (3rd in NFL) for 1,180 yards (8th in NFL) with 12 touchdowns (3rd in NFL). Blake to Pickens was becoming normality in Cincinnati, although the two were never able to take the next step to make the Bengals a playoff team.

Pickens dominated the NFL during this span with 270 catches for 3,541 yards and 40 touchdowns. Unfortunately, Pickens was not the best locker room guy, and had issues with the front office. An injury in 1997 allowed the team to start planning for life without Pickens, and even after a resurgent 1998 season, he was no longer looked at as the answer in Cincinnati, and he was shown the door after the 1999 season. Pickens still ranks second all-time in receiving for the Bengals with 530 catches for 6,887 yards and 75 scores.


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The Ickey Shuffle

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Its players knew the NFL as the No Fun League during the 1980’s. The Ickey Shuffle came front and center to that debate in 1988.

Ickey Woods was a rookie running back from UNLV, taken at the top of the second round by the Cincinnati Bengals. He had a fantastic rookie campaign rushing for 1,066 yards, with a 5.3 YPC average. That was not what made Ickey so special. Woods had a knack for scoring touchdowns, and finished with 15 during his rookie year. It was what Woods would do after scoring that raised the ire of the league.

It is crazy to think back that they made such a big deal about this dance that was so easy anyone could do it. All he did was hold the ball in his right hand and take two shuffles to the right, shift the ball to his left hand for two shuffles left, followed by two more to the right, two hops and a spike of the ball. That was followed by twirling your finger around like an umpire signaling a home run, but grooving while doing it. Ickey would shuffle on in the endzone until Nov. 27, 1988.

On that day, against Buffalo, Woods scored a touchdown and did his shuffle. As he did the referee threw a penalty flag for delay of game, and a five-yard penalty. After that, Woods did his shuffling on the sidelines. The question I always had was; where did this big man find the passion for dancing?

According to an interview Ickey did back then, this is what he had to say.

At high school dances, Elbert ``Ickey`` Woods was never the smooth mover in the spotlight.

``I was never really hot on the big dances,`` he says. ``But I went to a lot of parties and I was not opposed to getting a little wild.``

But later in life, while sitting at home with his mom watching TV, the idea for the Shuffle burst into his head.

``I just got up and started going crazy,`` he said. ``My mother was yelling at me to sit down.``

He decided that if he scored a touchdown in the game the next day, he`d dance. And dance he did.

You have to give the guy credit for creating something that became bigger than he ever dreamed it could be. Woods football career was all-downhill after that, but he will always be remembered for the Ickey Shuffle. The Shuffle has also reached cult icon status as it now has a meaning in the Urban Dictionary.

Urban Dictionary – The Ickey Shuffle

When you finish taking a dump in an empty public restroom then realize there is no toilet paper and no one to help you, you are forced to stand up and shuffle over to the next stall with your pants down by your ankles. The cold crap swishing between you buns is nothing if not "ickey" - you're doing the Ickey Shuffle.

So Ickey Woods and his shuffle will live on in infamy for the rest of time. So the next time you are stuck with no toilet paper, do your best to shuffle like Ickey.



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Eddie Brown

Eddie Lee Brown was born on December 18th in 1962.  He played for the University of Miami.  At Miami he was part of the 1984 winning Orange Bowl team that shocked Nebraska for the National Championship.  He was also named the consensus All-American, and the first wide receiver to gain over 1,000 yards. Upon his departure into the NFL he set career school records for receptions, yards, and touchdowns.

In 1985 he was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals, with the 13th pick of the NFL draft and was the second wide receiver chosen after Al Toon. He was also three picks ahead of the G.O.A.T. Jerry Rice.  Eddie Brown went on to win Rookie of the Year honors, after he recorded 53 receptions for 942 yards and eight touchdowns.  Three years later in 1988, he caught 53 passes for 1,273 yards at a franchise best 24 yards per catch average, and is still a NFL record for receivers with 50+ receptions. Brown finished his career with the Bengals, and the top 10 in receptions (363), yards (6,134), and touchdowns (41).

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Boyd close to overtaking LaFell

Pyro's take: Waiver Wire after Week 6: Boyd finally had more catches than Brandon LaFell this week with four for 79 yards, but he was held out of the endzone while LaFell had a score on only two catches for 13 yards. Boyd will take this role over, and it may only be a week away from happening.

10/17/16, 08:39 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Eifert still keeping owners waiting

@BobHoltzmanESPN Bengals TE Tyler Eifert has hinted he may play Thursday vs Miami, but I'm told he is not expected to return this week.

Pyro's take: @BobHoltzmanESPN Bengals TE Tyler Eifert has hinted he may play Thursday vs Miami, but I'm told he is not expected to return this week.

Fantasy Goo: Tyler will be a great piece to your lineup sooner or later. You might consider grabbing him from your waiver wire now and holding tight if he is available. Andy Dalton could sure use him back as Dalton only has 2 touchdowns through the three games so far. The first week he returns he will surely be limited in regards to snaps.

09/27/16, 06:13 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: twitter.com

Keep Waiting on Eifert


Pyro's take: Tyler Eifert is expected to wait at least one more week before returning to action. The team hasn't explicitly stated that Eifert will remain on the sideline for this Thursday's contest versus the Dolphins, but reports from various beat writers aren't hopeful. ESPN's Bob Holtzman reported earlier today that he's been informed Eifert will in fact miss Thursday's game.

Fantasy goo: Eifert was an amazingly efficient touchdown scorer in 2015... so much so that hes a prime candidate for some touchdown regression. Regardless, he's easily the second-best receiving option in Cincinnati and the team looks like they could use his unique skillset sooner rather than later.

09/27/16, 04:09 PM CDT by Itchy
Source: www.cincyjungle.com

Green Looking to Lengthen the Mean Streak


Pyro's take: In his last four meetings with the Pittsburgh Steelers, AJ Green has 3 TDs and 556 yards.

Fantasy Goo: I fully expect the streak to continue. In Week #1, he led all WRs with .95 FF Points per route run. This week, he should face Ross Cockrell. According to PFF, this is the 2nd most favorable WR/CB matchup this week.

09/17/16, 07:40 PM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Boyd Behind Brandon LaFell but Poised for a Depth Chart Jump Sooner than Later


Pyro's take: While LaFell is technically listed as the Bengals #2 WR, Boyd is the one to own. Boyd flashed his talent in the preseason as LaFell was hampered with an injury. The team held him out for the most part in an attempt to keep him healthy. Boyd on the other hand, recorded 5 catches, racked up 92 yards and crossed the paint.

Fantasy Goo: You are certainly keeping Boyd on the bench in Week #1, but have patience. The Bengals have 152 vacated targets from Sanu and Jones. Plus, Eiffert is on ice for the early part of the season. This spells opportunity for the rookie. Keep him stashed and ready,

09/10/16, 01:21 PM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.cincyjungle.com

The Waiting Game

#Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said Tyler Eifert won't practice with the team this week.

Pyro's take: #Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said Tyler Eifert won't practice with the team this week.

Fantasy Goo: IF Tyler Eifert is on your leagues waiver wire you will want to grab him before someone else does. The question is when. It is better to be early than to be late. Last year’s 13 touchdowns are worth chasing even if he will not reach quite that level this season. If you are lucky to have deep rosters I recommend keeping two tight ends and Tyler being one of them. Dalton will need assistance as A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd will still leave receptions for Eifert. The worry for Tyler would be is Gio Bernard gets hot and grabs 6 per game. Regardless, Eifert produced just this past season and is still a stud. Pick him up and listen to the news coming out of Cincy.

09/05/16, 05:29 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: twitter.com

Another Crapshoot for RapSheet?

#Bengals TE Tyler Eifert, who just started jogging, is targeting Weeks 4-6 for his return from ankle surgery, per source.

Pyro's take: #Bengals TE Tyler Eifert, who just started jogging, is targeting Weeks 4-6 for his return from ankle surgery, per source. His hope is Week 4

Fantasy Goo: Among the big-time NFL insiders Ian Rapoport has the weakest track record for estimating time to be missed due to injury. He nails the other stuff but, I cannot take his word as gold. RapSheet envisions Tyler to be back for week 4 and I will have to accept his word. For draft day I am going to let someone else draft Eifert who may miss 25% of the season. TE is very deep. You can take a tight end very late and end up with Ertz, Gates or maybe even Barnidge. 2016 appears to be the year of the WR so stock up those bad boys first.

08/26/16, 01:32 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: twitter.com

Not over the Hill?

Jeremy Hill. Just think he's going to have a huge year. Serious focus, drive coming off '15 disappointment.

Pyro's take: Jeremy Hill. Just think he's going to have a huge year. Serious focus, drive coming off '15 disappointment.

Fantasy Goo: I really was impressed with Jeremy Hill’s game tape from Tennessee. Do yourself a favor and watch his highlights from his days with the Vols. Then watch his rookie year highlights. Reason why? I feel Hill has put his head on straight and looks hungry. Not out of shape hungry but, in a way that shows he wants to give it his all in 2016. In 2015 his last 7 games were satisfying with Jeremy scoring 6 touchdowns. His yards per carry fell from 5.1 to 3.6 but his touchdowns increased from 9 to 12. After the big-time runners go off your draft board do not sweat it. Hill will provide a solid value for his current ADP being the 4th round and as the 19th running back. If Hill becomes your RB2 you will be in good shape for 2016.

08/23/16, 01:55 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: twitter.com

Brandon LaFell Has A Torn Ligament In His Hand

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Pyro's take: Mike Garafolo reports that Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell has a torn ligament in his hand that may require surgery. There is no official timetable as to how long LaFell will be out but the injury is not considered season-ending. LaFell is currently the starting WR next to AJ Green.

Fantasy Goo: Cincinnati is having a pretty rough offseason at the pass catching positions. First, Pro Bowl TE Tyler Eifert suffered an ankle injury that he is still recovering from that may sideline him for the start of the regular season. Then the Bengals lost WRs Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu during free agency. Now WR Brandon LaFell may miss some time with a hand injury. This injury clearly benefits rookie WR Tyler Boyd. Drafted in the second round, Boyd is currently second-string on the depth chart; but with LaFell out, will probably start getting some reps with the first team. If Boyd can make the most of his opportunities and impress, he could have an opportunity to move up the depth chart and start opposite AJ Green permanently

08/19/16, 09:03 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: twitter.com

Eifert to miss early season games

Do the Bengals have any interest in Anquan Boldin?

Pyro's take: Do the Bengals have any interest in Anquan Boldin? I don’t like to proclaim yes or no on anybody that’s out there, but we have not had any discussions with him. We feel pretty good about some young guys that we have in that position group. It’s a position group that’s in flux, and it’s a position group that’s going to have to step up – particularly with Eifert out early in the year.

Fantasy Goo: Fantasy drafters will have a difficult decision placing a value on a tight end that pulled in 13 touchdowns in 2015 who is now recovering from ankle surgery. A tight end catching 13 touchdowns is similar to there being two Gronkowski’s in the NFL. We need to know how many games Tyler will miss. If he misses one or two then he can still be drafted close to his original draft projection. If Tyler is to miss more than two games he starts to become a player to possibly pass on. The tight end position is healthy with plenty of start worthy options you can take late such as Walker, Barnidge, Fleener, Gates and more. Make sure to follow the latest news on Eifert on your fantasy draft day to see where the Bengals are leaning so, you can possibly steal Tyler or save your season by passing on him.

07/11/16, 12:29 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.bengals.com

Bengals To Use Running Back Tandem On field Together In 2016

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Pyro's take: The Bengals have suffered a ton of losses on the offensive side of the ball this offseason. WRs Marvin Jones and Mohamad Sanu both left via free agency and ProBowl TE Tyler Eifert may not be ready for the season opener because of injuries. To make up for these losses, Cincinnati Bengals editor Geoff Hobson reports that the Bengals may use more two-back sets involving both Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill. (CincinnatiBengals.com )

Fantasy Goo: This would be great for the fantasy value of both Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill, who are both way too talented to split carries the way that they did last season. Bernard in particular, provides plenty of value in PPR leagues because of his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. If Eifert misses a significant period of time, I wouldn’t be surprised if Bernard was the second leading receiver in yards and receptions on the Bengals. The loss of Eifert also helps Hill’s value as well. Last year on the goal-line, QB Andy Dalton basically stared down TE Tyler Eifert on route to a league leading 13 TDs. If Eifert is out, those goal-line throws may turn into handoffs for Hill.

07/01/16, 08:49 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.cincinnatibengals.com

Jeremy Hill Star vs Dud

For all of the talk that 2015 was a down year for Hill, he still wound up being one of the best fantasy backs in terms of scoring...

Pyro's take: For all of the talk that 2015 was a down year for Hill, he still wound up being one of the best fantasy backs in terms of scoring... Just not on a consistent basis. But this is also a good example of how a good fantasy player doesn't always translate into an actual good player.

Fantasy Goo: A sophomore slump or sophomore jinx or sophomore jitters refers to an instance in which a second, or sophomore, effort fails to live up to the standards of the first effort. In 2014, Hill had 1,339 combined yards vs 873 in 2015. Oddly, Hill improved his touchdown numbers from a very nice 9 rookie touchdowns to an even better 12 touchdowns in 2015. I loved Jeremy Hills tape from Tennessee and believe the Bengals are still all-in on Hill for this upcoming season. Fantasy football is about touchdowns for most leagues and Hill could easily put up 10 in 2016. Jeremy Hill should get his 225 touches as well with no real goal line or between the tackles threat on the roster. Do not fear Giovani Bernard.

06/23/16, 08:44 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.cincyjungle.com

Gio gets 3-year Extension

The extension puts Bernard under contract through the 2019 season.

"It's great to be able to extend our commitment with Gio," coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement. "It's all a part of what I keep saying -- draft the right players, develop them and retain them. We're excited about the great things Gio will continue to add to our offense."

Pyro's take: The extension puts Bernard under contract through the 2019 season.

"It's great to be able to extend our commitment with Gio," coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement. "It's all a part of what I keep saying -- draft the right players, develop them and retain them. We're excited about the great things Gio will continue to add to our offense."

Fantasy Goo: The Bengals backfield will once again be a timeshare in 2016, with Gio doing dual work as the receiving threat. Jeremy Hill will once again frustrate his owners when Gio steps in if he struggles. Bernard had a 4.7 YPC average last season.

06/08/16, 09:06 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: espn.go.com

Bengals ink Bernard to 3-year, $15.5M extension

The Cincinnati Bengals singed running back Giovani Bernard to a three-year, $15.5 million contract extension, locking him down through 2019.

Pyro's take: The Cincinnati Bengals singed running back Giovani Bernard to a three-year, $15.5 million contract extension, locking him down through 2019.

Fantasy Goo: Giovani Bernard had a nice season for a backup running back in 2016 with 1,202 and 2 touchdowns. Jeremy Hill owners will want to handcuff Giovani Bernard sometime late in the draft after round 10 or so based on how fast running backs are going in your own draft. Jeremy Hill came out smoking his rookie season but, last year he did not seem to be mentally prepared for the lion’s share of the running duties. Jeremy Hill produced touchdowns but was not dependable especially considering his high draft spot. Gio is one of those guys nobody else will care much about unless they have Jeremy Hill. Gio is a very nice PPR play for a late rounder.

06/08/16, 04:04 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.bengalsbulletin.com

Brandon LaFell Is The Early Favorite To Start Opposite A.J. Green

Early roster projections in Cincinnati

Pyro's take: Early roster projections in Cincinnati have Brandon LaFell listed as the No. 2 wide receiver opposite A.J. Green according to Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The Bengals' beat writer also has Tyler Boyd slated to be the team's slot receiver.

The Cincinnati Bengals lost two of their primary targets during the offseason as Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones both departed via free agency and brought in Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd to compete for the No. 2 and No. 3 spots on the depth chart. LaFell is the early favorite to start over Boyd as he is a six-year veteran in the NFL with starting experience coming from a winning franchise in New England. With A.J. Green commanding the double coverage out of the trio of wideouts, LaFell could find himself in one-on-one situations with the opposing defenses second corner while Boyd can create mismatches in the slot. Due to Boyd's inexperience, LaFell is the Cincinnati receiver to be selected after Green in the upcoming fantasy football campaign, but don't sleep on Boyd possibly having a better year come to the end of the season.

06/01/16, 11:44 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.cincinnatienquirer

Tyler Eifert To Miss A Few Months Due To Unjury

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert

Pyro's take: Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) is expected to miss three months due to a "minimal procedure" he is set to undergo on his left ankle that was injured in the Pro Bowl.

Tyler Eifert will finally have a procedure performed on the ankle that was injured during the Pro Bowl. The 25-year-old tight end is one of the NFL's biggest up and coming stars and could have his best season as a pro in 2016. Eifert is expected to be available for the start of the regular season.

05/24/16, 01:18 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: cincinnati.com

Bengals Rookie WR Expected To Play In The Slot

Rookie WR Tyler Boyd

Pyro's take: Rookie WR Tyler Boyd will have the opportunity to earn immediate playing time, according to the Bengals. He is expected to see a majority of his time as the team's slot receiver.

The team has been impressed with the rookie so far,and Boyd could provide an immediate impact considering his opportunity.

05/23/16, 10:05 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.bengals.com

Andy Dalton (thumb) has no issues throwing


Pyro's take: Andy Dalton was having his best season as a pro when he went down with his thumb injury.

He seems to have rebounded and has good zip on his passes, and has no restrictions. The only hold back maybe his lack of receivers this season as both Marvin Jones and Muhammad Sanu in free agency. The Bengals did acquire Brandon LaFell however.

Dalton finished the season completing 255 passes on 386 attempts (66.1%) for 3250 yards and four three-hundred yard games to go along with 25 touchdowns and just seven interceptions in 13 games.

04/07/16, 10:16 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.bengals.com

Dalton back throwing and comfortable with new cast

Andy Dalton is back to zipping the ball. He’s got no restrictions with his throwing thumb; he’s got one visit under his belt to passing specialist Dr. Tom House last month, and after watching two of his most established targets leave via free agency he got one back with a Super Bowl ring and knows Pro Bowlers A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert are already here.

Pyro's take: Andy Dalton is back to zipping the ball. He’s got no restrictions with his throwing thumb; he’s got one visit under his belt to passing specialist Dr. Tom House last month, and after watching two of his most established targets leave via free agency he got one back with a Super Bowl ring and knows Pro Bowlers A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert are already here.

With a revised supporting cast that saw losses of Marvin Jones and his 65 catches on 103 targets for 816 yards and 4 touchdowns as well as Mohamed Sanu and his 33 catches on 49 targets for 394 yards, Dalton will have to get used to a new supporting cast heading into his sixth NFL season.

The only addition so far has been Patriot and Carolina castoff Brandon LaFell who has one good season under his belt. With the draft still to come, expect a wide receiver to be in mix somewhere during the weekend extravaganza in Chicago.

04/06/16, 05:11 PM CDT by Stagg Party
Source: www.bengals.com

Tyler Eifert has been diagnosed with "just a sprained ankle."


Pyro's take: Paul Dehner via Twitter: "Tyler Eifert update: Just a sprained ankle. Rest is all that's required. Will be fine for all offseason activities. #Bengals"

02/03/16, 12:12 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com


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