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Bengals QB Joe Burrow threw for 270 yards and 1 TD on 59.5% completions in Sunday's win at Tennessee. WR Tee Higgins snagged that lone TD, en route to easily leading the team with 7 catches for 114 yards. TE Hayden Hurst tied Higgins for the target lead (9) and caught 6 for 57 yards. WR Tyler Boyd added just 2 catches for 16 yards. WR Ja'Marr Chase seems to be trending toward a Week 13 return against Kansas City. That would likely push Boyd out of fantasy-starter consideration.

Bengals WR Tee Higgins set season highs in targets (13), receptions (9) and receiving yards (148) in Sunday's win over the Steelers. He accounted for 33.3% of QB Joe Burrow's pass attempts, 37.5% of the completions and 41.7% of the receiving yardage. RB Samaje Perine was the only other Bengal to catch more than 3 passes. WR Tyler Boyd finished 2nd on the team with 7 targets but caught only 2 for 42 yards. TE Hayden Hurst caught 2 of 3 targets for 28 yards. Week 12 presents a Titans matchup that should further motivate the Bengals to go pass-heavy -- especially if RB Joe Mixon (concussion) is out. The team reportedly hopes to have WR Ja'Marr Chase (hip) back for that game. His return would hurt the fantasy outlook for Boyd more than Higgins.

11:37am EDT 10/16/22

Bengals TE Hayden Hurst (groin) is active for today’s game vs. the Saints. He was listed as questionable – but was also questionable last week before posting a 6-53-1 line on an 81% snap rate.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that there's "optimism" Bengals WR Tee Higgins (ankle) will play today against the Saints but that the team wants to "make sure he's ready" during pre-game warmups. Higgins will carry some risk even if active after leaving last week's game early with the ankle aggravation. TE Hayden Hurst (groin) is expected to play through his questionable tag.

Bengals TE Hayden Hurst (groin) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Saints. Hurst has been battling this groin issue since Week 2. He was listed as questionable last week before posting a 6-53-1 line on an 81% snap rate. Assuming he's active, we'd feel comfortable using Hurst as a low-end TE1 this week.

Bengals QB Joe Burrow managed just 217 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT in Sunday night's meeting with a Ravens defense he slaughtered last year. Granted, this Baltimore D is healthier and Tee Higgins left early after aggravating his sprained ankle. But Burrow can't blame the protection this time. According to Pro Football Focus, no QB faced a lower rate of pressure in Week 5. Burrow took only 2 sacks among 38 dropbacks. He targeted WR Ja'Marr Chase a team-high 12 times but connected on just 7 for 50 yards. TE Hayden Hurst ranked 2nd in targets (7) and receptions (6), led the team with 53 receiving yards and caught Cincinnati's only TD pass. Burrow added a 1-yard TD on the ground. Week 6 brings a decent matchup with New Orleans, and Burrow sits a nice 7th among QBs in fantasy points per game for the year so far.

Bengals TE Hayden Hurst found the end zone and led the team with 53 yards on 6 catches. Hurst scored on an awesome individual effort where he was able to extend the ball right at the goal line. Missing Tee Higgins (ankle, 10 snaps played) helped, but the former Raven has now seen 7+ targets in 3 of 5 appearances. Hurst will get another boost if Higgins is unable to suit up for Sunday’s game at New Orleans.

6:53pm EDT 10/9/22

Bengals TE Hayden Hurst (groin) is active for tonight's game vs. the Ravens. He went from limited practices on Wednesday and Thursday to no practice on Friday, so he figures to be operating at less than 100% tonight.

Bengals TE Hayden Hurst (groin) is expected to play vs. the Ravens tonight, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Hurst went from limited practices on Wednesday and Thursday to no practice on Friday, so he seemingly won't be operating at 100% tonight.

Bengals TE Hayden Hurst (groin) is questionable for Sunday night's game vs. the Ravens. He went from limited practices on Wednesday and Thursday to no practice on Friday. HC Zay Taylor "sounded optimistic" Friday that Hurst will play, per The Athletic's Jay Morrison. But we'd try to stay away from him in fantasy lineups at less than 100%.

Bengals TE Hayden Hurst (groin) is not listed on the final injury report for Thursday night's game vs. Miami after putting in full practices on Tuesday and Wednesday. He was limited to a 51% route rate last week, but it looks like he's healthier heading into this one. Hurst has a plus matchup against the league's 32nd-ranked TE defense.

11:37am EDT 9/25/22

Bengals TE Hayden Hurst (groin) is active for today’s game vs. the Jets. He practiced all week but was limited on Wednesday and Friday. The groin issue adds a bit of risk to his Week 3 fantasy profile.

Bengals TE Hayden Hurst (groin) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game vs. the Jets. He went from a limited practice on Wednesday to a full workout on Thursday and then limited again on Friday. It’s unclear if that was planned or a sign of a setback. A healthy Hurst looks like a fringe TE1, but this groin issue adds risk to his Week 3 profile.

Bengals HC Zac Taylor confirmed Monday that WR Tee Higgins is in the concussion protocol. Taylor said "the conversations are encouraging" -- whatever that means. Consider Higgins no better than 50/50 to be cleared in time for Sunday's game vs. the Cowboys. His absence would be a boost to WR Tyler Boyd and TE Hayden Hurst.

Bengals TE Hayden Hurst ran well ahead of #2 TE Drew Sample in Sunday's OT loss to the Steelers, playing 75% of the team's offensive snaps to Sample's 29%. More importantly, Hurst ran a route on 78.8% of Joe Burrow dropbacks, compared with Sample's rate of just 15.2%. Burrow's 53 pass attempts inflated volume for everyone, but Hurst's 8 targets ranked 3rd on the team and accounted for a solid 15.1% of total attempts. He caught 5 for 46 yards. Hurst looks like he belongs among the top 20 fantasy TEs going forward. Beyond that, we'll see -- including what Tee Higgins' return from a Week 1 concussion means for target shares.

Bengals HC Zac Taylor gave his assessment on new TE Hayden Hurst. “Hayden has a really good catch radius,” Taylor said. “He has got good burst. He has got a good understanding and feel for some of these concepts in the red zone. He’s a really good weapon for us on the field.” Hurst will fill the role left by C.J. Uzomah, who ended 2021 with 49-493-5. Consider Hurst a streaming option in opportune matchups.

The Bengals agreed to a 1-year deal with TE Hayden Hurst. It's a solid landing spot for the former 1st-round pick. Hurst figures to step into C.J. Uzomah's role, which produced a 49-493-5 line in 16 games last season. Uzomah finished 19th among TEs in PPR points while seeing 12% of Bengals targets. Hurst will likely struggle to reach every-week TE1 status without injuries to Cincinnati's WR corps. But he should bring intriguing upside as a spot-start option in lineup-setting leagues and is a fine TE2 target in best ball.

Falcons TE Hayden Hurst (ankle) is out for Thursday night's game vs. the Patriots. Hurst has played 52% of Atlanta's offensive snaps this season but averaged just 2.8 targets per game, so there's not much fantasy impact here.

It was easy to write off Falcons TE Hayden Hurst after the team drafted Kyle Pitts 4th overall and declined the 5th-year option on Hurst's rookie contract (making this the final year on his deal). But Matt Urben of Falcons Wire says to "look for Hurst to be a featured player" in the offense this year, which is expected to deploy multiple TEs as part of the plan to replace WR Julio Jones' production. We'll have to see just what Hurst's role looks like, but we saw HC Arthur Smith use Jonnu Smith and Anthony Firkser simultaneously with last year's Titans. The biggest draw to Hurst is an ADP that will find him undrafted in most fantasy football leagues.

Tori McElhaney of The Athletic reports that Falcons TE Hayden Hurst has shed 18 pounds vs. last year's playing weight (down to 250). Hurst -- who had his 5th-year option declined by the team this offseason -- still appears headed for a significant role in the offense. McElhaney writes: "Because of [Arthur] Smith's scheme, there are just as many opportunities for Hurst as [Kyle] Pitts. And if training camp is any indicator, we'll see both of them on the field together a lot." That's worth keeping in mind as you navigate reserve TE territory in best-ball drafts. Hurst sits just 27th among TEs in current FFPC best-ball ADP.

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