Thursday, August 13, 2020

Cincinnati Bengals 2020 Fantasy Football Projections

In addition to viewing our 2020 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2020 fantasy football projections for the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Joe Burrow567.4354.64085.324.6815.641.9178.11.05255.04
Without a traditional offseason program, it will be more difficult than ever for rookies to transition into the NFL, but Burrow made it look easy at times last season by throwing an FBS-record 60 touchdowns in his Heisman-winning season. The Bengals have some talent at the skill positions (A.J. Green, Joe Mixon, Tyler Boyd, John Ross and fellow rookie Tee Higgins) and last year's first-rounder Jonah Williams returns from injury to improve the offensive line. Burrow enters 2020 as a streamer, but game script could lead to plenty of pass attempts for the rookie, who should improve as the season progresses.
Ryan Finley23.612.3134.50.660.573.990.048.02


Joe Mixon262.91130.57.2347.6390.31.67205.48
One of just three backs with 275-plus touches in each of the past two seasons, Mixon started slowly last year but finished strong -- RB4 over final eight weeks with 177/817/5 (4.62 YPC) rushing and 16/177 (11.06 Y/R) receiving. Both the offense overall and the offensive line should be better in 2020, which should help to carry over his second-half momentum into 2020.
Giovani Bernard46.7182.11.1228.7229.60.8653.05
Bernard set career lows in touches (83), targets (43) and receptions (30) in 2019 and has averaged just 6.21 touches per game since the Bengals drafted Mixon compared to 12.93 touches per game before Mixon (2013-17). At this point, he's nothing more than a handcuff.
Trayveon Williams12.752.70.255.338.20.0811.07
Rodney Anderson12.753.30.324.130.30.0810.76

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A.J. Green66953.76.44000134.01
Green has missed at least six games in three of the last four seasons including the entire 2019 season. The obvious risks are Green's durability history as well as the difficulty of establishing chemistry with a rookie quarterback in such an unorthodox offseason, but there is upside from his low-end WR2/high-end WR3 ADP as well. In 2018, Green averaged 5.1/77.1/0.7 per game, equivalent to a full-season pace of 82/1,234/11.
Tyler Boyd76908.24.752.916.50.03121.15
Posting back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, Boyd set career highs in targets (148), receptions (90) and yards (1,046) as A.J. Green sat the entire year out. If Green stays healthy in 2020, Boyd's target share will certainly drop from his 24.03% share last season, but he should bounce back from last year's 7.1 yards per target and a career-low 60.8% catch rate with Joe Burrow under center.
Tee Higgins42.1568.44.2100082.1
The 33rd pick in April's draft, Higgins likely supplants speedster John Ross in three-wide sets with Green and Boyd. Unlike Ross, Higgins isn't a burner, but he should be able to make an immediate impact in the red zone and in the vertical passing game.
John Ross24.6341.92.461.98.60.0249.93
It's been a disappointing start to his career as a former top-10 pick, but Ross began 2019 with a pair of big games (7/158/2 and 4/112/1). A broken collarbone sidelined him for eight games in the middle of the season, but he had his best season, by far, in 2019 (28/506/3, 18.07 Y/R). If AJG stays healthy, however, Ross is no better than the team's WR3 and more likely its WR4.
Auden Tate12.6167.60.7600021.32
Alex Erickson9.6109.40.433.921.50.0415.91


C.J. Uzomah36.2356.62.5300050.84
There are 63 tight end targets (56.25%) vacated from last season with Tyler Eifert now in Jacksonville. While Uzomah will see a higher share of tight end targets in 2020, producing fantasy-relevant numbers will be difficult if the team's top-four wideouts stay healthy.
Drew Sample13.8106.30.6900014.77
Cethan Carter3.930.40.230004.42
Mitchell Wilcox1.190.060001.26

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