The Bengals have waived MLB Preston Brown. It's an overdue move on a guy who has never been particularly good. Pro Football Focus grades Brown 81st this season among 90 off-ball LBs who have played at least 140 snaps. Rookie Germaine Pratt should see more playing time going forward. We'll have to see him get enough to be IDP relevant before we can use Pratt in fantasy lineups, though. The 3rd-round pick played a season-high 49% of Cincinnati's defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Ravens.
Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (hip) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens after missing the past 2 games. He put in limited practices all week, and we'd bet on the veteran playing. He's still a risky fantasy option even if active, though. Burfict played just 53%, 84% and 63% of Cincinnati's defensive snaps in his 3 appearances so far this season. Burfict has also averaged just 6.6 total tackles per game since the start of last season. Cincinnati will remain without LB Nick Vigil (knee), and MLB Preston Brown (knee) has also been ruled out.
The Bengals have ruled LB Vontaze Burfict (hip) out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. It's not clear exactly how the snaps will be aligned at the OLB spots. MLB Preston Brown looks like the best bet for playing time among Bengals LBs this week. He hasn't been a strong tackle producer, though, and the matchup is nothing special for LB scoring. You should look elsewhere for IDP value this week.
The Bengals on Friday signed LB Preston Brown to a 1-year deal. That’s a surprisingly small commitment for a guy who has started since entering the league, given the money flying to other LBs early in free agency. Brown should be the favorite to start in the middle for Cincinnati this season but might not be in on all sub packages. We’ll see, too, how Vontaze Burfict’s PED suspension impacts Brown’s role.
Bills OLB Ramon Humber is believed to have suffered a broken right hand in Sunday's win over the Falcons. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that he "will miss time." Such an injury doesn't normally keep defensive players out for long, so we'll wait to see a more specific timeline before moving Humber down our Rest of the Season rankings. Any missed games, though, would likely give MLB Preston Brown a bit more tackle upside. The Bills get Cincinnati in Week 5 and then their bye.
Bills DE Kyle Williams (back) and LBs Preston Brown (foot) and Zach Brown (illness) are active for today's game against the Jets. All 3 entered the day questionable but are good to go in your IDP lineups.
Bills LB Preston Brown (foot) and DE Kyle Williams (back) are both active for today's game against the Dolphins. Each is OK to use at his normal level in IDP lineups. Williams carries significant upside for DL slots. The Bills team D also carries upside at home against Matt Moore and a stuttering Miami run game.
Bills LB Preston Brown (foot) and DE Kyle Williams (back) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. Both put in limited practices Thursday and Friday. Williams played through a questionable tag last week. We'll check on their statuses Saturday.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Bills LB Reggie Ragland will miss the entire season with the partial ACL tear he suffered last week. That will leave Buffalo without its top 2 draft picks until at least October, with DE Shaq Lawson recovering from shoulder surgery. Zach Brown is expected to start in place of Ragland at ILB, next to Preston Brown. His speed has always added fantasy intrigue even while Zach Brown failed to hold down a starting gig in Tennessee. Preston Brown gains tackle upside for your IDP league with Ragland out. Losing Ragland doesn't significantly alter the fantasy outlook for the Buffalo team D.
The Bills have listed DT Kyle Williams and OLB Nigel Bradham as doubtful for Sunday's clash with the Lions. Both defenders are dealing with knee injuries suffered in Week 4 and missed practice all week. Rookie Preston Brown will start in Bradham's place and continue to carry intriguing IDP upside. He's worth starting in most fantasy leagues with defensive players. We moved him way up the Week 5 IDP rankings.
The Bills might need to go without 2 key defensive starters Sunday at Detroit. DT Kyle Williams and OLB Nigel Bradham have missed practice Wednesday and Thursday because of the knee injuries they suffered in Week 4. Williams' absence would hurt the overall D more, as he's 1 of the best interior linemen in the league. Bradham has performed well in his 1st shot as a full-time player. But if he's out Sunday, rookie Preston Brown looks like a capable replacement. Make sure you get some insurance if you're hoping to have Williams or Bradham in your IDP lineup.
Bills LB Nigel Bradham and DT Kyle Williams left Sunday's loss at Houston with knee injuries. The Buffalo News reports that a "team source" believes neither injury is too serious, but both starters are due for Monday MRIs. We'll keep an eye out for official diagnoses, especially considering that each player has been an IDP factor. If Bradham misses any further time, it would clear room for impressive rookie Preston Brown to remain on the field. If Bradham's OK, though, it could render Brown a part-timer. He wasn't in the starting lineup in Week 4.
The Buffalo News reports that rookie Bills LB Preston Brown will get the 1st shot to replace Kiko Alonso on the weak side. Brown reportedly impressed his coaches through OTA work but did so at MLB, his college position. He'll be in for significant transition this summer and might not be headed for 3-down duty even if he wins the job. Brown projects similarly to MLB Brandon Spikes as a thumping run-stuffer with limited range in coverage. Of course, Brown and the Bills might disagree with that. We'll see how the team plans to arrange its LBs in passing sub packages, but for now we're betting on the veteran Spikes to claim the 3rd-down role that eluded him through most of his Patriots seasons. Check out our 2014 IDP rankings to see how high we project him.
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