WR Cody Core - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-3, 205||Born: 4-17-1994||College: Mississippi||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2016|
Week 15: vs Oakland Raiders
FBG says: Good matchup. Andy Dalton was lost for the season in a Week 12 loss to the Browns. Backup Jeff Driskel has been decent in relief. He has at least taken care of the ball (one interception on 100 attempts this season) and has been relatively efficient (66.6% completion percentage). The problem is that big plays have been few and far between, with Driskel averaging just 6.5 yards per attempt. Most of the issues with the Bengals pass offense are not quarterback related. The Bengals starting offensive tackles are amongst the worst in the league and the matchups the last two weeks against the Broncos (Von Miller and Bradley Chubb) and Chargers (Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram) edge rushers have been brutal. Cincinnati's offensive line will get a reprieve this week against Oakland's toothless pass rush that ranks 32nd in sack percentage. Cincinnati also has issues at wide receiver without A.J. Green. His absence has allowed opposing defenses to devote extra attention to Tyler Boyd, who has still been fairly productive since ascending to WR1. He has at least 52 receiving yards in six straight games. One week after facing arguably the toughest slot cornerback in the league (Desmond King), Boyd will get to face one of the worst (Nick Nelson). Oakland's pass defense allows a league-high 8.4 yards per attempt. The only reason the defense hasn't given up huge yardage totals is that opponents have often built up early leads, which has led to Oakland facing the fewest passing attempts per game (29.5) against. With Khalil Mack traded before the season, the Raiders lack of an impact pass rusher has been glaring. The defense ranks dead last in sack percentage (2.8% of attempts). The Raiders are letting their trio of rookie defensive linemen (Arden Key, Maurice Hurst, and PJ Hall) learn on the job and there have been growing pains. Oakland is also giving up passing touchdowns in bunches, allowing a whopping 31 passing touchdowns already this season. The Raiders have allowed at least two touchdowns to 12 of the 13 quarterbacks they have faced this season.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Cody Core's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 13 vs DEN (4 / 1 / 30 / 1 rec)
Core made an excellent play for a 30-yard touchdown. He caught the ball on a post route 20 yards downfield and then quickly pivoted back towards the outside and stiff-armed the defender to run the final 10 yards into the end zone. Aside from the touchdown, it was the same old struggles for Core. He dropped an easy one that hit him in the hands and wasn't able to hang onto any of his three other targets. With A.J. Green back in the lineup, Auden Tate was inactive. Once Green went down in the second quarter, Core stepped in for him as the third receiver. With Green out moving forward, the Bengals will have more receivers up on game day and Core will have more competition for playing time.
Latest NewsBengals | Cody Core finds the end zone (Sun Dec 2, 06:18 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR Cody Core had just one catch on four targets in Week 13 against the Denver Broncos, but it was good for a 30-yard touchdown. link to story
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