Team Grade:
Cincinnati Bengals
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The Bengals had a great season last year but struggled in the playoffs once again. They need to take that next step during the postseason. Could this be the year? Much of it will depend on Andy Dalton, who has struggled with his playoff chances. A move to a more run-first approach might be a good thing for Dalton, taking a little of the pressure off of him. The Bengals have an elite defense that can shut down the opposition and keep them in almost any game. This will be a very good team once again that could take a step forward in the playoffs this season.
Running back Giovani Bernard moves into the starting lineup his second season in the league. He had a very good rookie season but lost plenty of touches to BenJarvus Green-Ellis. That won't be the case this season but he will have Jeremy Hill to contend with for carries but Bernard should get more work than last season. Bernard is a complete back that does well as a runner and receiver. He lacks some size but has explosion and big-game ability. We expect plenty of big games from him this season and huge yardage numbers.
Tight end Jermaine Gresham saw his numbers dip last season and another dip wouldn't be a surprise with Tyler Eifert emerging as the big-play target at tight end for the Bengals. Gresham just doesn't bring much to the table anymore. He'll get some catches but his yards aren't very good and he has never been much of a red-zone threat. Gresham is no longer fantasy relevant in his current situation. Eifert is the tight end to own in Cincinnati.

Team Notes

Aug 30, 09:42 PM Cincinnati Bengals QB A.J. McCarron (shoulder) was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list Saturday, Aug. 30.
Aug 30, 03:52 PM Cincinnati Bengals TE Orson Charles, OG Dan France, WR Cobi Hamilton, CB Victor Hampton, DT David King, WR Colin Lockett, CB Onterio McCalebb, DE Dontay Moch, DE Sam Montgomery, OG Trevor Robinson, FB Nikita Whitlock and RB James Wilder Jr. were released Saturday, Aug. 30.
Aug 30, 03:52 PM Cincinnati Bengals CB Lavelle Westbrooks (thumb) was waived from the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Aug. 30, with an injury settlement.
Aug 30, 03:42 PM Cincinnati Bengals FS Danieal Manning and OT Will Svitek were released Saturday, Aug. 30.
Aug 30, 02:42 PM Cincinnati Bengals DT Devon Still was released Saturday, Aug. 30.
Aug 30, 11:32 AM Free-agent LB James Harrison (Bengals) announced his retirement from the NFL Saturday, Aug. 30.
Aug 29, 05:42 PM Free-agent LB James Harrison (Bengals) isn't expected to sign with the Arizona Cardinals, according to his agent, Bill Parise.
Aug 29, 04:32 PM Cincinnati Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick was fined $22,500 for unnecessary roughness Friday, Aug. 29, according to a league source. Kirkpatrick hit Arizona Cardinals WR Ted Ginn Jr. in the head and neck are in the team's preseason game last weekend.
Aug 29, 03:32 PM The Cincinnati Bengals cut QB Tyler Wilson, DT LaKendrick Ross and LB Brandon Joiner Friday, Aug. 29.
Aug 29, 03:12 PM The Cincinnati Bengals cut RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis Friday, Aug. 29.

Fantasy Impact: This isn't a surprise. He might catch on with another team but don't expect much if he does.
Aug 28, 11:52 PM Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (elbow) returned to the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28, after being evaluated in the locker room at halftime. He finished the game with 20 carries for 90 yards and six catches for 70 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Hill had a strong finish to his preseason. He'll be in the mix for carries all season long as the top backup to Gio Bernard.
Aug 28, 09:43 AM Free-agent LB James Harrison (Bengals) is taking a physical with the Arizona Cardinals and could sign Thursday, Aug. 28.
Aug 27, 06:23 PM The Cincinnati Bengals placed LB J.K. Schaffer (concussion) and CB Lavelle Westbrooks (thumb) on the Reserve/Injured list.
Aug 27, 09:53 AM Free-agent LB James Harrison (Bengals) is visiting with the Arizona Cardinals Wednesday, Aug. 27.
Aug 26, 02:53 PM Cincinnati Bengals LB J.K. Schaffer (concussion) and CB Lavelle Westbrooks (hip) were waived/injured Tuesday, Aug. 26.
Aug 26, 02:53 PM Cincinnati Bengals TE Kevin Brock, WR Jasper Collins, LB James Davidson and QB Matt Scott were waived Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Offseason Keys

Jason Campbell, QB; Danieal Manning, S. 

Michael Johnson, DE; Anthony Collins, OT. 

2014 Draft Class

 # 1  24 Darqueze DennardDB
 # 2  23 Jeremy HillRB
 # 3  24 Will ClarkeDL
 # 4  11 Russell BodineOL
 # 5  24 A.J. McCarronQB
 # 6  36 Marquis FlowersLB
 # 7  24 James WrightWR
 # 7  37 Lavelle WestbrooksDB

2014 Schedule

1     Sep 7 1:00PM     at Baltimore
2     Sep 14 1:00PM     Atlanta
3     Sep 21 1:00PM     Tennessee
-- Week 4 Bye --
5     Oct 5 8:30PM     at New England
6     Oct 12 1:00PM     Carolina
7     Oct 19 1:00PM     at Indianapolis
8     Oct 26 1:00PM     Baltimore
9     Nov 2 1:00PM     Jacksonville
10     Nov 6 8:25PM     Cleveland
11     Nov 16 1:00PM     at New Orleans
12     Nov 23 1:00PM     at Houston
13     Nov 30 1:00PM     at Tampa Bay
14     Dec 7 1:00PM     Pittsburgh
15     Dec 14 1:00PM     at Cleveland
16     Dec 22 8:30PM     Denver
17     Dec 28 1:00PM     at Pittsburgh
18     Jan 4 1:05PM     San Diego
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