S Jessie Bates III - Cincinnati Bengals

6-2, 195Born: 2-26-1997College: Wake ForestDrafted: Round 2, pick 0

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Summary

The addition of Vonn Bell makes the Bengals plan at strong safety a little unclear, but Jessie Bates' job at free safety is not in question. The 2018 second-round pick became an immediate starter and wasted no time making an impact. With 141 solo tackles and 7 takeaways in two seasons, Bates has proven to be a playmaker against both run and pass. With an average of nearly 11 fantasy points per game and a pair of top-10 finishes among defensive backs, he has proven to be a strong IDP contributor as well. That said, Bates could see some drop off in tackle totals in 2020. Simply put, there will be more competition for tackles due to the addition of Bell and considerable improvement in the front seven. Bates should still provide good value as a DB2 or DB3 with big-play upside, but his week to week consistency could suffer a bit. (May 8)

FBG Staff Rankings

S Redraft - 9, 9, 10
Overall Redraft - 60, 60
S Dynasty - 18, 16, 22

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2018 CIN 16.0 73.0 36.0 0 0.0 0.0 3.0 8.0 1.0
2019 CIN 16.0 68.0 31.0 0 0.0 1.0 3.0 9.0 0.0
2020 PROJ-Rudnicki 16.0 72.0 * * * * * * *
2020 PROJ-Norton 16.0 63.0 * * * * * * *

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2020 Schedule

1vs Los Angeles Chargers
2@ Cleveland Browns
3@ Philadelphia Eagles
4vs Jacksonville Jaguars
5@ Baltimore Ravens
6@ Indianapolis Colts
7vs Cleveland Browns
8vs Tennessee Titans
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Pittsburgh Steelers
11@ Washington Redskins
12vs New York Giants
13@ Miami Dolphins
14vs Dallas Cowboys
15vs Pittsburgh Steelers
16@ Houston Texans
17vs Baltimore Ravens