Cincinnati Bengals Preview: 2016 Fantasy Football Report

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Aug 28, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) runs as guard Clint Boling (65) blocks in the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 28, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) runs as guard Clint Boling (65) blocks in the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 1, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (85) looks on from the sidelines in the first half against the Indianapolis Colts in a preseason NFL football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 1, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (85) looks on from the sidelines in the first half against the Indianapolis Colts in a preseason NFL football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

Eifert worth the Effort?

Fantasy owners know a tight end can make or break an entire season for them.  Players like Tony Gonzalez, Jimmy Graham, and others have proven in the past to be worth drafting in early rounds.  However, with Tyler Eifert missing the first 4-6 games of this season and having to work himself into football shape his draft worthiness isn’t great.

There is no doubt that Eifert is talented and had a great season last season.  Don’t expect him to keep up the same TD rate and to stay healthy. That isn’t something he has shown the ability to do consistently.  Given his injury status and past inconsistency, owners should avoid Eifert. Until they have a solid TE that can start, wait until he’s healthy.  Rounds 10 and later should be the first time Fantasy owners consider taking Eifert.

Self-Defense

The Bengals defense has been a saving grace in many instances over the last few years.  Yes, the Bengals lost Reggie Nelson and Leon Hall but recent draft picks should bring excitement and opportunity.

Next: Week 4: The Backup Plan

Consequently, the injury to first-round pick William Jackson III will hinder the Fantasy scoring opportunities for the Bengals in 2016.  Even so, the Bengals look to be a top-5 Fantasy defense this year.  Draft wise, look to take the Bengals D/ST from Round 4 through Round 10.

"This looks to be an exciting year for Bengals fans. If done correctly, many Bengals players can lead your own team to victory."

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