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Bengals HC Marvin Lewis confirmed Wednesday that WR A.J. Green (hamstring) won't play in this weekend's finale against the Ravens. So he'll fall 36 yards short of his 6th straight 1,000-yard season. Brandon LaFell, Tyler Boyd and Cody Core will serve as Cincinnati's top 3 WRs vs. Baltimore.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) has been placed on IR. He'll miss Sunday's finale vs. the Ravens, bringing him up to 8 missed games on the season. Eifert has still never played a full 16-game slate and has been sidelined for a total of 27 games through 4 seasons. He'll be a risk/reward pick in 2017 fantasy football drafts.

Bengals DE Michael Johnson (shoulder) is active for tonight's game against the Texans. He doesn't make for a strong IDP play against Houston, though.

7:18pm EST 12/24/16

As expected, Bengals WR A.J. Green is inactive for tonight's game against the Texans. That leaves more targets on the field for WRs Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd, especially with TE Tyler Eifert also out.

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reports that the Bengals' doctors won't let WR A.J. Green play tonight. He's been practicing for a couple of weeks now but evidently hasn't received full clearance. The fact that Cincinnati has nothing to play for probably has something to do with the decision, too. Green needs to head back to fantasy benches. With TE Tyler Eifert also out for tonight's game vs. Houston, WRs Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd should dominate targets.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms Glazer's reports and adds that Green isn't expected to play Week 17, either.

The Bengals might hold WR A.J. Green (hamstring) out of Saturday night's game against the Texans, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Green has said all week that he'll play, so it's unclear what's changed. Of course, he's returning from a significant injury, and Cincinnati has nothing to play for. The situation is complicated by the fact that Bengals-Texans doesn't kick off until 8:25 pm ET tonight. You need to have an alternative lined up if you plan on starting Green. He'll be a risk/reward WR2 if active.

The Bengals have ruled OLB Vontaze Burfict out for Saturday's game against the Texans because of his concussion. Vincent Rey should start in his place and carries some IDP upside.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) has been ruled out for Saturday night's game against the Texans. We don't have any details on his injury -- or whether he'll be back for Week 17. C.J. Uzomah will step in as Cincinnati's lead TE but would be a desperation fantasy play. Eifert's absence keeps Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd on the WR3 radar, despite the return of A.J. Green.

The Bengals listed WR A.J. Green (hamstring) as questionable for Saturday night's game against the Texans. He was limited in practice all week but said Thursday that he'll play this weekend. We haven't heard that he'll be limited, but that's certainly possible coming off a 4-week absence. Consider Green a risk/reward WR2 for Week 16.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert has yet to practice this week due to a back issue. We don't have any details, but he missed time earlier this season with a back injury. Consider him questionable for Saturday night's game against the Texans -- and check back tomorrow for another update.

Bengals WR A.J. Green (hamstring) told reporters on Thursday that he'll play against the Texans on Saturday night. Considering Cincinnati has nothing to play for, the fact that they're allowing Green to play tells us that they're not worried about the hammy. We'd feel comfy getting him back into fantasy lineups, even against the league's 4th-ranked WR defense.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that a "team source" said OLB Vontaze Burfict looks unlikely to play against Houston on Saturday night because of his concussion symptoms following last Sunday's game. As we mentioned previously, Burfict passed concussion tests during the loss to the Steelers and returned to action but then self-reported symptoms in the days following the game. He'll need to pass through the protocol before playing again, and the shortened week leaves less time. IDP owners should make sure to have a replacement on hand and plan on not having Burfict in the lineup.

Bengals OLB Vontaze Burfict will need to clear the league concussion protocol in order to play Saturday night against Houston. The team website reports that Burfict got cleared Sunday to return to the game after a 2nd-quarter collision sent him to the locker room for concussion testing. Burfict also reportedly passed several other checks during the game, but then reported symptoms some time over the following 2 days. Wednesday was the only full practice of the week, so we'll keep an eye on reports of Burfict's status. He's a top-level IDP option if available. If Burfict can't go, Vincent Rey would likely start in his place and bring fantasy upside. Rey's dealing with a hamstring injury this week, though, that limited his practice time Wednesday.

11:34am EST 12/18/16

Bengals WR A.J. Green (hamstring) is inactive for today’s game against the Steelers. We’ll see if he can make it back for Week 16.

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that Bengals WR A.J. Green (hamstring) will not play against the Steelers today. He returned to limited practices this week and seemingly has a shot to play against the Texans next weekend. Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd will again serve as Cincinnati's top 2 WRs today.

Bengals WR A.J. Green (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Week 15. He returned to limited practices this week but won’t play against the Steelers on Sunday. A Week 16 return looks possible, so Green is still worth stashing. Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd will again serve as Cincinnati’s top 2 WRs this Sunday.

Bengals WR A.J. Green is "probably not going to play" against the Steelers this weekend, according to ESPN's Katherine Terrell. This sounds like more opinion than report, but it makes sense. Green is returning from a serious hamstring injury and has been limited in practice this week. We'll get an official update from the team later today.

Bengals WR A.J. Green (hamstring) is expected to return to practice on Wednesday, according to HC Marvin Lewis. Lewis went on to call Green's Week 15 outlook "partly sunny" -- whatever that means. It at least looks like he has a shot to play against the Steelers on Sunday. An active Green would be a must-start in fantasy and also give QB Andy Dalton a nice boost.

4:22pm EST 12/11/16

Bengals WR Tyler Boyd contributed both through the air and on the ground in Sunday's win over the Browns. He led the team with 6 catches and 49 receiving yards and also carried twice for 40 yards. The majority of that came on a 39-yarder early in the game. Boyd is now averaging 5.3 catches and 57.8 yards with WR A.J. Green out for all or most of the past 4 games. The rookie will be a viable WR3 against the Steelers next weekend.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert took advantage of Sunday's matchup against the Browns' 30th-ranked TE defense, hauling in 5 of 6 targets for 48 yards and 2 TDs. Both scores came in the red zone, where the 6'6 Eifert is clearly QB Andy Dalton's favorite target. (At least while WR A.J. Green is out.) Eifert has now scored 4 TDs in his last 3 games and 5 in 7 games overall. His next 3 games all come against top 16 TE defenses -- but he'll remain an obvious fantasy starter at a weak position.

 
 
 

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