(10/29/14) Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict had arthroscopic knee surgery Wednesday morning and is expected to miss two games, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. Burfict led the team with 171 tackles last year. In five games this season, he has 29 tackles and a forced fumble.
Bengals DST gets yardage under control
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/26/14) The Bengals DST, which had allowed more than 400 yards in three straight games, surrendered only 294 against the Ravens in Week 8. Of course, it also gave up 24 points, keeping it from making a big impact in Fantasy.
The Bengals were tough on quarterback Joe Flacco at least, intercepting him twice without giving up a touchdown pass. They had only one sack, though, and haven't recorded more than two in a game since Week 1 at Baltimore.
The Bengals DST remains a serviceable unit in Fantasy, but it has struggled with less than favorable matchups over the last four weeks. Fortunately, it has the most favorable one you could ask for Week 9 against Jacksonville, so you'll want to start it in all leagues.
Bengals' Marvin Lewis: LB Vontaze Burfict is 'fine'
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/20/14) Bengals coach Marvin Lewis told the media during his Monday news conference that linebacker Vontaze Burfict is "fine" after leaving Sunday's game against the Indianapolis with a cervical strain, per ESPN. Burfict suffered the injury in the first half after hitting Colts quarterback Andrew Luck with his helmet. His status remains up in the air for Week 8 at home against Baltimore.
Bengals defensive struggles continue
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/19/14) The Bengals defense provided little resistance to the Colts in Week 7, in a 27-0 loss Sunday.
The Bengals defense was on the field for nearly 40 minutes Sunday, and was unable to sustain a solid star to the game. They held the Colts to 10 first-half points, but were tagged for 17 points in the second half, and ultimately surrendered 506 yards of total offense in the shutout loss. They did recover two fumbles while picking up a pair of sacks to make the final line look a little better from a Fantasy perspective.
The Bengals DST unit looked like one of the league's best in averaging 13 Fantasy points per game through three games. However, they have just 11 combined points over the last three, with a tough matchup against the Ravens on the way in Week 8.
Bengals DST clearly in a rut
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/13/14) After a terrific start to the season, the Bengals fell victim to the resurgent Patriots in Week 5 and then continued to flounder Week 6 against Carolina, allowing 37 points on 431 yards in a game that ultimately ended in a tie.
So after allowing an average of 11.0 points on 352.7 yards in their first three games, the Bengals have allowed an average of 40.0 points on 468.0 yards in their last two. They had an interception in Week 6, but no sacks. It was their first game without a sack this season just like Week 5 was their first game without an interception.
They're struggling in all aspects, basically, which makes the Bengals DST not the most advisable in Fantasy right now. Maybe with a favorable matchup, you could bank on a rebound, but that's not what the Bengals have Week 7 at Indianapolis, the league's highest-scoring team.
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Last year the Bengals were considered a Top 5 DST and they finished as one. This year there's some concern they won't be as good following Michael Johnson's departure to Tampa Bay, coordinator Mike Zimmer's move to Minnesota and significant injuries to defensive tackle Geno Atkins and cornerback Leon Hall. Those guys should be back but will the pass rush remain effective? That might come down to how second-year end Margus Hunt and rookie Will Clarke pan out. And will new defensive coordinator Paul Guenther be as creative as Zimmer? These concerns are legitimate but a favorable schedule and a still-talented group that now includes rookie cornerback Darqueze Dennard make the Bengals DST worthy of selecting with a final-round pick in drafts this summer.