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TE Tyler Eifert - Cincinnati Bengals

6-6, 250Born: 9-8-1990College: Notre DameDrafted: Round 1, pick 21

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Eifert is uncertain for Week 3 with back and knee injuries. He missed practice on Wednesday, September 20.

He is listed as out on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Eifert lost a score when he stepped out of bounds before catching the ball, then left with back and knee issues. He's not a sure thing for Week 3 and it appears that he won't be able to stay off of the injury report yet again this year.

General News (Fri Sep 22): is out for this week's game.

General News (Thu Sep 21): did not practice on Thursday. Eifert appears unlikely to play in Week 3, in the opinion of ESPN's Adam Schefter.

General News (Mon Sep 18): is battling back and knee injuries, and his status for Week 3 is uncertain.

Week 3: at Green Bay Packers

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Andy Dalton has had a very rough start to the season as his Bengals offense has yet to score a touchdown in either of their first two games. Dalton has been extremely ineffective, completing only 54.5% of his passes with four interceptions while taking eight sacks behind a struggling offensive line. In large part to this poor offensive line play against the pass rush, Dalton has had very little time to find any of his receivers. Dalton made some big throws against the Texans last week while protecting the ball without any turnovers, but he still made a startling number of bad reads and overthrows. Dalton was not helped a ton by his receivers, being forced to throw it away five times as his targets could not get open. A.J. Green led the team with six catches on eight targets for 67 yards. Dalton has targeted the tight end position on only 7% of attempts this season--a league-low. This is not good for Tyler Eifert, who hauled in three receptions for 42 yards last week after only catching one ball for one yard in Week 1. The Packers defense was lit up for 34 points last week. Their passing defense held last year's MVP Matt Ryan at bay, statistically, allowing him to pass for only 252 yards and one touchdown. However, Ryan did what exactly what he needed to do as the Falcons relied heavily on their rushing attack due to their early lead. The Packers secondary still looked good on the pass plays they did have to defend though. Rookie cornerback Kevin King was a shining star for the Packers as he didn't allow a single reception when targeted, in addition to defending a pass in what should have been a mismatch against Julio Jones. The Packers pass rush was very strong last week as well, dropping Matt Ryan three times for 29 negative yards. Clay Matthews applied solid pressure as he led the team with 1.5 sacks. Safety Kentrell Brice and cornerback Davon House both had to leave the game with injuries last week, both neither appeared on the team's injury report thus far this week.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs BAL 54 1 4 0 0 0.4
2 vs HOU 50 3 42 0 0 4.2
3 at GB PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * * *
3 at GB PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * * *
3 at GB PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs HOU (4 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)

Eifert caught a 22-yard pass down the seam in the hurry-up offense in the final seconds before halftime. He hung onto the ball through despite taking a bit hit. Eifert should have had a 12-yard touchdown catch. He was all alone in the back corner of the end zone but lost track of where he was and ran himself out of bounds. He made the catch, but it didn't count. The Bengals had to settle for a field goal and the lost four points ended up being the final margin of the Bengals loss.

2017 Week 1 vs BAL (1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Eifert had a surprisingly quiet day. He was targeted just once, catching the ball underneath on a short crossing route. Eifert was open a few times in the first half but Dalton didn't look his way. In the second half, Eifert was often asked to chip the end to help out struggling left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi.

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Latest News

Bengals | Cincy rules out three, two questionable (Fri Sep 22, 04:24 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back), OG Trey Hopkins (knee) and WR John Ross (illness) did not practice Friday, Sept. 22, and have been ruled out for Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers. S Derron Smith (ankle) did not practice and is questionable. DE Michael Johnson (concussion, stinger) is questionable and fully practiced. CB KeiVarae Russell (hamstring) was limited Friday but has been removed from the injury report. DT Geno Atkins (shoulder), OT Jake Fisher (illness) and OT Cedric Ogbuehi (illness) practiced in full and are not listed on the report.

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Bengals | Tyler Eifert ruled out (Fri Sep 22, 12:27 PM) - Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back, knee) has been ruled out for Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers.

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Bengals | Tyler Eifert out of Friday practice (Fri Sep 22, 11:41 AM) - Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back, knee) is out of practice Friday, Sept. 22, and unlikely to play in Week 3.

Our View: CJ Uzomah and Tyler Kroft will get more snaps in place of Eifert, but neither is going to fantasy relevant with the Bengals offense in its current dysfunctional state.
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Bengals | Tyler Eifert out of practice (Thu Sep 21, 11:45 AM) - Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (knee, back) is out of practice Thursday, Sept. 21, and appears unlikely to play in Week 3, in the opinion of ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Our View: Eifert was expected to have a strong season, but that wasn't happening already and the injury doesn't improve the prospects of a turnaround. Third year backup Tyler Kroft will step in but should struggle against the Green Bay Packers, as well as with bad quarterback play. We'd avoid him unless you are desperate.
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Bengals | Tyler Eifert a no-go Wednesday (Wed Sep 20, 02:05 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (knee, back) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Our View: Things are looking bleak for the Bengals offense, and Eifert is a player many fantasy owners might have already moved on from for better options on the waiver wire. If Eifert does play against the Packers in Week 3, consider him only as a TE2.
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Schedule

3@ Green Bay Packers
4@ Cleveland Browns
5vs Buffalo Bills
6--- BYE WEEK ---
7@ Pittsburgh Steelers
8vs Indianapolis Colts
9@ Jacksonville Jaguars
10@ Tennessee Titans
11@ Denver Broncos
12vs Cleveland Browns
13vs Pittsburgh Steelers
14vs Chicago Bears
15@ Minnesota Vikings
16vs Detroit Lions
17@ Baltimore Ravens