Shark Bites

3:12pm EST 12/10/19

The Bengals have placed WR Auden Tate on IR with his sprained MCL. It's not a serious injury, but there are only 3 weeks left in Cincinnati's season. Tate turned in an encouraging 2nd season, currently ranking 2nd on the Bengals with 40 catches and 575 receiving yards. We'll see what the team does at the position this offseason, but Tate could be among the top 3 on the depth chart in 2020. It'll be Tyler Boyd, John Ross and Alex Erickson as the top 3 WRs for the rest of this year.

Bengals WR Auden Tate has been diagnosed with a sprained left MCL, according to ESPN'S Ben Baby. There's no timeline yet for Tate's return, but consider him unlikely to play against the Patriots this weekend. That should mean more action for WR John Ross, but he's not a fantasy option vs. New England. That could change in a Week 16 matchup against the Dolphins.

Bengals WR Auden Tate injured his knee in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game in Cleveland and is officially doubtful to return. That could mean more action for WR John Ross, who returned from his collarbone injury today. We'll update Tate's status when we learn more.

The Bengals have ruled DE Sam Hubbard (knee) out for Sunday's game against the Browns.

Bengals WR John Ross (clavicle) is expected to return for Sunday's game against the Browns, HC Zac Taylor said. Ross exploded for 7-158-2 and 4-112-1 lines in the first 2 weeks of the season but totaled just 58 scoreless yards over the next 2. He can't be trusted in Week 14 fantasy lineups -- but his return does upgrade QB Andy Dalton's weaponry.

Bengals LB Nick Vigil (ankle) is active for today's game against the Jets. He managed just 1 limited practice this week, so there's obviously risk of re-injury. But Vigil also brings a high tackle floor and ceiling as long as he stays on the field. He belongs in most IDP lineups where he would have otherwise been in line to start.

Bengals LB Nick Vigil (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets. He missed practice Wednesday and Thursday before returning to a limited Friday workout. We'll check his status Sunday morning.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the Bengals have decided to return QB Andy Dalton to the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Jets. Amid a lost season, it probably made sense to take a look at what Ryan Finley had. The answer was not much. Dalton's return stabilizes the outlook for WR Tyler Boyd, who enjoyed an impressive outing in Week 12 even with Finley. Dalton could be a fantasy option for some against the Jets this weekend and at Miami in Week 16. If you're really hard up -- or in a 2-QB or superflex league -- his Week 14 trip to Cleveland also isn't a bad matchup. Dalton sits 14th in fantasy points per game among QBs for the season, tied with Drew Brees and ahead of Tom Brady.

11:11am EST 11/24/19

Bengals WR Auden Tate (concussion) is active for today’s game against the Steelers. He’ll continue to serve as Cincinnati’s #2 WR but isn’t a recommended fantasy play in this tough matchup.

Bengals WR Auden Tate (concussion) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Steelers after returning to a limited practice on Friday. We'll see if he can get full clearance before Sunday, but Tate isn't much of a fantasy option in this tough matchup.

Bengals HC Zac Taylor said Monday that WR Auden Tate has been diagnosed with a concussion and a cervical strain. We'll keep an eye on him this week, but consider him unlikely to play against the Steelers on Sunday.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the Bengals believe WR Auden Tate avoided a serious injury when he took a shot to the head in the loss to Oakland. He flew back with the team to Cincinnati and will be re-evaluated on Monday. We should get another update then.

7:11pm EST 11/17/19

Bengals WR Auden Tate was carted off the field in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Raiders after taking a hit to the head. We'll pass along an update on his status as soon as we get one.

Bengals DT Geno Atkins (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders. He put in a full practice Wednesday before sitting out Thursday and then returning to a limited workout Friday. We'll check his status Sunday afternoon.

Bengals WR A.J. Green (ankle) is out for Sunday’s game against the Raiders. The swelling in that ankle has reportedly subsided, but Green didn’t practice at all this week. Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate will continue to serve as Cincinnati’s top 2 WRs vs. Oakland’s burnable secondary.

Bengals WR John Ross (collarbone) has been designated to return from IR and will practice on Wednesday. He's still not eligible to play until Week 14, so we wouldn't bother adding Ross to fantasy rosters outside of the deepest of leagues. He opened the season with big 7-158-2 and 4-112-1 lines but totaled just 5 catches for 58 scoreless yards the next 2 weeks.

Bengals RB Gio Bernard is doubtful to return to Sunday's game against the Ravens after injuring his knee in the 1st half. Bernard has been playing quite a bit on passing downs this season, so his absence is a boost to RB Joe Mixon.

Update: Bernard returned in the 2nd half.

Bengals WR A.J. Green is out "indefinitely" after experiencing a setback with his injured ankle, according to ESPN's Ben Baby. Green doesn't sound particularly interested in pushing through the injury for the 0-8 Bengals. "For me, just gotta make sure I feel comfortable going out there and pushing it," Green said Thursday. "For me, just gotta make sure I gotta take care of me first before anything else." Green did add that he's still hoping to play in 2019, but that seems weeks away now. He's droppable if you need the roster spot.

Bengals WR A.J. Green told reporters on Thursday that his ankle is swollen and said "probably not" when asked if he'll play against the Ravens this weekend. So we'll need to wait at least another week for Green's 2019 debut. His continued absence keeps WRs Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate in play as lower-end fantasy options.

Shortly after Bengals HC Zac Taylor said WR A.J. Green (ankle) was on track to return for this weekend's game against the Ravens, Green missed Wednesday's practice. Taylor said afterward that Green didn't feel well enough to participate and is considered "day to day." His Week 10 status is now completely up in the air. Check back tomorrow for another update.

 
 
 

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