Shark Bites

The Bengals have reached a 4-year, $60 million deal with DE Trey Hendrickson that includes $32 million for the 1st 2 seasons, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Hendrickson exploded for 13.5 sacks in 2020, tying for 2nd in the league after collecting just 6.5 total over his 1st 3 pro seasons. Hendrickson was a productive college player, though, including 23 sacks and 30 tackles for loss over his final 2 campaigns at Florida Atlantic. He's also a superior athlete, delivering the 3rd-best speed score among DEs in his 2017 draft class (behind Myles Garrett and ahead of Haason Reddick). Hendrickson figures to take over the void left by Carl Lawson hitting free agency. We'll see how the 26-year-old builds on his 2020 breakout.

6:03am EST 3/13/21

According to HC Zac Taylor, Bengals QB Joe Burrow is "on pace to do all the things that we were hoping he'd do." The 2nd-year QB underwent left knee surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL on December 2. Bottom line: Week 1 still looks like a realistic return date for Burrow. He's a top-15 guy in our 2021 QB rankings.

Bengals QB Joe Burrow (ACL) said Tuesday that he hopes to be ready for Week 1 of the 2021 campaign. "That's been the goal for me from the beginning," he said. "They say it's a nine-to-12-month recovery, and the first game is exactly nine months from my injury. We are on pace to do it right now. There is obviously a long road ahead and there are opportunities for setbacks along the road, but as far as right now, it's looking as good as it could for where I am at in the rehab process." Burrow is scheduled to start throwing again in mid-February, 12 weeks after surgery. His recovery will be 1 of the more important fantasy storylines to track this offseason.

The Saints have ruled DE Trey Hendrickson (neck) out for Sunday's game against the Bears. That leaves New Orleans without its season sack leader. The matchup for the Saints defense still looks good, though, against the 2nd-worst offense in the playoffs (behind Washington), according to Football Outsiders DVOA.

Bengals WR Tee Higgins suffered a hamstring injury early in Sunday's game vs. the Ravens. He's officially questionable to return, but don't expect to see him back out there in this meaningless finale. Higgins' rookie campaign ends 92 yards shy of 1,000.

Update: Higgins has been ruled out for the game.

Bengals WR Tyler Boyd (concussion) has been cleared to play in this weekend's finale vs. the Ravens, HC Zac Taylor Friday. Boyd has played just 2 full games without QB Joe Burrow, totaling 15 targets, 8 catches and 58 scoreless yards. He's a low-upside Week 17 fantasy play.

Bengals WR Tyler Boyd (concussion) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday, giving him a shot to play vs. the Ravens this weekend. We'll monitor his progress over the next couple of days.

The Bengals have ruled WR Tyler Boyd (concussion) out for Sunday's game against the Texans. That positions Tee Higgins as the clear #1 WR against a bad Houston secondary. Cincinnati will also get QB Brandon Allen back. The Bengals left him off the final injury report for the week after Allen missed Week 15 with a knee injury. Allen is nothing special but raises the passing-volume ceiling. Higgins looks like a decent WR3 for Week 16.

Saints DE Trey Hendrickson (neck) is inactive for today's game against the Vikings. That could leave more snaps available for DE Marcus Davenport, who ramped up to a season high in total snaps last week against the Chiefs. Davenport carries sneaky upside against a Minnesota offense that allowed 13 sacks over the past 3 games. But there's also risk to a guy with just 1.5 sacks for the season and 2 total QB hits since Week 8. New Orleans will also miss FS Marcus Williams, which improves the passing matchup for the Vikings.

Saints DE Trey Hendrickson is questionable for Friday's game against the Vikings with a neck injury. He put in limited practices Tuesday and Wednesday but closed by missing Thursday's practice. We'll see about his status Friday afternoon.

Bengals WR Tyler Boyd (concussion) did not practice on Wednesday. He seems like a long shot to be cleared in time for Sunday's game vs. the Texans. Boyd's absence would boost WR Tee Higgins' target projection -- but he'd remain a shaky fantasy play given Cincinnati's QB situation.

10:12pm EST 12/21/20

Bengals WR Tyler Boyd left Monday night's game against the Steelers with a concussion. He'll need to pass through the league protocol to be eligible to play Sunday at Houston. Having 1 less day than the normal week certainly won't help. Fortunately for fantasy decisions, Boyd has been a shaky option since QB Joe Burrow went down.

Bengals QB Brandon Allen (knee) has been ruled out for Monday night's game vs. the Steelers. QB Ryan Finley gets the start. Cincinnati is currently implied for 13 points.

Bengals QB Brandon Allen (knee) did not practice on Thursday. The team is still hoping he's able to play against the Steelers on Monday night, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Tyler Dragon. QB Ryan Finley will be thrown to the wolves if Allen can't go.

11:12am EST 12/13/20

Bengals WR Tee Higgins (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Cowboys. The hammy and Cincinnati's QB play leave the rookie as a shaky fantasy play.

Bengals WR Tee Higgins (hamstring) is expected to play against the Cowboys today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The rookie was limited in practice all week. Between the hammy and Cincinnati's QB situation, Higgins is a risky fantasy play.

Bengals WR Tee Higgins (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys after a limited week of practice. We're expecting the rookie to play. But between the hammy and Cincinnati's QB play, Higgins isn't a recommended Week 14 fantasy starter.

Bengals HC Zac Taylor ruled RB Joe Mixon (foot) out for Sunday's game against the Cowboys. Taylor said there's a "possibility" Mixon plays again this season -- but fantasy owners shouldn't be banking on it. Gio Bernard gets another game as Cincinnati's lead back this weekend and creeps toward RB2 territory vs. a crumbling Dallas defense.

Bengals QB Brandon Allen was knocked out of Sunday’s game against the Dolphins in the 4th quarter with a chest injury. QB Ryan Finley mopped up, completing 6 of 7 passes for 40 yards and an INT. Continue to ignore this situation in fantasy.

2:12pm EST 12/6/20

Bengals WR Tyler Boyd was ejected with about a minute left in the 1st half of Sunday's game against Miami after getting in a fight with CB Xavien Howard, who was also tossed. Boyd caught 1 of 4 targets before exiting -- but it went for a 72-yard TD. We don't expect Boyd to be suspended for Week 14.

 
 
 

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