2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Cincinnati Bengals
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

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.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
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.
FANTASY DUD
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

Oct 24, 06:52 PM Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (elbow) was eligible to practice this week but is not ready to return at this time. Eifert is currently on the Active/Reserve/Injured list.
Oct 24, 02:22 PM Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) did not practice again Friday, Oct. 24, and he's listed as doubtful for Week 8 against the Baltimore Ravens.

Fantasy Impact: Green is not expected to play this week.
Oct 24, 02:22 PM Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (ribs) practiced in full Friday, Oct. 24, and is probable for Week 8 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Oct 24, 02:12 PM Cincinnati Bengals DT Brandon Thompson (knee) is questionable for Week 8 against the Baltimore Ravens. TE Kevin Brock (neck), LB Vontaze Burfict (neck), DE Robert Geathers (toe), DE Wallace Gilberry (eye), CB Leon Hall (back), LB Emmanuel Lamur (shoulder), OT Marshall Newhouse (back), OG Mike Pollak (knee) and OT Andre Smith (shoulder) are probable. Thompson was questionable, while the others practiced in full.
Oct 24, 11:42 AM Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) is not practicing Friday, Oct. 24. It's the third straight day he has missed practice, making it unlikely that he'll be able to play in Week 8.
Oct 23, 04:52 PM Cincinnati Bengals OT Andrew Whitworth (rest) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. OG Clint Boling (rest) and CB Leon Hall (back) were limited, while TE Kevin Brock (neck), LB Vontaze Burfict (neck), DE Robert Geathers (toe), DE Wallace Gilberry (eye), LB Emmanuel Lamur (shoulder), OT Marshall Newhouse (back), OG Mike Pollak (knee), OT Andre Smith (shoulder) and DT Brandon Thompson (knee) practiced in full.
Oct 23, 04:52 PM Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (ribs) was limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 23.
Oct 23, 04:52 PM Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) sat out of practice for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 23.

Fantasy Impact: This doesn't bode well for Green to play this week. It doesn't look good right now.
Oct 22, 04:43 PM Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) wasn't feeling good enough to return to practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. Head coach Marvin Lewis said Green won't play in Week 8 against the Baltimore Ravens unless he's 'significantly healed,' but left the door open for Green to play. It's hard for me to put a guy out there Sunday that I don't think can last a full game, Lewis said. If we have A.J. for part of the game doing certain things, that would be great. I think we could operate offensively ? I guess we'll cross that bridge when the time comes.
Oct 22, 04:43 PM Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (ribs) was listed as limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Oct 22, 04:33 PM Cincinnati Bengals LB Rey Maualuga (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 8 against the Baltimore Ravens. DE Robert Geathers (toe), CB Leon Hall (back) and OG Mike Pollak (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. TE Kevin Brock (neck), LB Vontaze Burfict (neck), DE Wallace Gilberry (eye), LB Emmanuel Lamur (shoulder), OT Marshall Newhouse (back), OT Andre Smith (shoulder) and OT Brandon Thompson (knee) were limited.
Oct 21, 12:12 PM Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) said his return from a toe injury is 'still up in the air' heading into Week 8 against the Baltimore Ravens. However, Green said he's making nice progress, and his toe feels much better. Green hasn't played since Week 5 against the New England Patriots. 'It's probably not going to be 100 percent,' Green said. 'I hope it's just manageable and I can get through the season and be fine and still play at a high level.'
Oct 20, 10:33 PM Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) said he will play Sunday, Oct. 26, against the Baltimore Ravens, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Fantasy Impact: Things seem good for Green to play this week but nothing is 100 percent certain.
Oct 20, 06:03 PM Cincinnati Bengals LB Rey Maualuga (hamstring) is expected to miss a few weeks because of his hamstring injury.
Oct 20, 05:53 PM Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (neck) did not suffer a concussion in the team's Week 7 game but did suffer a neck injury, according to a team official. Burfict has suffered two concussions this season and has been able to finish only on game this season.
Oct 20, 04:23 PM Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (neck) will be fine despite the neck injury he suffered in Week 7, according to head coach Marvin Lewis.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Jason Campbell, QB; Danieal Manning, S. 

Losses:
Michael Johnson, DE; Anthony Collins, OT. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  24 Darqueze DennardDB
 # 2  23 Jeremy HillRB
 # 3  24 Will ClarkeDL
 # 4  11 Russell BodineOL
 # 4  26 Khairi ForttLB
 # 5  24 A.J. McCarronQB
 # 6  36 Marquis FlowersLB
 # 7  24 James WrightWR
 # 7  25 Tevin ReeseWR
 # 7  37 Lavelle WestbrooksDB

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
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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