TE Tyler Eifert - Cincinnati Bengals

6-6, 250Born: 9-8-1990College: Notre DameDrafted: Round 1, pick 2013

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 7): Eifert broke the streak of tight ends finishing as the #1 or #2 fantasy option on the week when they play the Cardinals. He can be dropped.

Week 6: at Baltimore Ravens

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FBG says: Good matchup. New coach Zac Taylor has been dealt a difficult hand, forced to manufacture an attack that works around the Bengals' poor front line and injury-racked receiving corps. As a result, this passing game continues to search for its footing amidst a full-on rebuild. Andy Dalton has been shaky thus far, but it's unfair to lay too much blame at his feet, with A.J. Green and John Ross sidelined and little depth at receiver. Tyler Boyd has continued to develop as an all-around weapon from the slot, and he's caught six balls or more in four of five games thus far. But middling talents Auden Tate, Damion Willis, and Alex Erickson have been pushed into prominent roles alongside him. Last Sunday, in a cherry matchup with the Cardinals' weak secondary, the trio generated just 71 yards (and a touchdown) across their 11 targets. Tyler Eifert remains a shell of himself as a playmaking tight end, with just 95 yards through their 5 games. Of course, it doesn't help that Dalton operates behind one of the league's worst front lines. Even when left tackle Cordy Glenn is cleared of his concussion - it looks unlikely this week - this will remain a talent-starved group that gives Dalton very little time to throw. He's produced admirably under the circumstances, averaging 282 yards a game, but has trended down markedly since Week 2. Beyond Boyd, it's hard to anticipate much upside here that's not fully volume-driven. The Baltimore pass defense continues to underwhelm, despite a bevy of big names and a dominant reputation. They've allowed 340+ yards to 3 of their 5 opponents, and last week, the Steelers' inexperienced duo of Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges posted better-than-expected efficiency. There have been issues throughout this unit, with missed assignments and miscommunications running rampant. The pass rush remains strong, and future Hall of Fame safety Earl Thomas has been generally solid in his Ravens debut. But the play of rising star Marlon Humphrey, in particular, has dipped noticeably of late, with a handful of big downfield plays coming in his coverage. The team is now also short on depth, with strong safety Tony Jefferson shelved by a torn ACL. That will force Anthony Averett, Maurice Canady, and Anthony Levine into significantly more snaps, and they haven't been very effective in their small roles. With such inconsistency in play, and no shutdown cornerbacks at the moment, this is no longer a fantasy matchup to avoid.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
2 vs SF 19 3.0 9 1 0 6.9
3 at BUF 29 1.0 18 0 0 1.8
4 at PIT 29 2.0 27 0 0 2.7
5 vs ARI 18 2.0 14 0 0 1.4
6 at BAL 2.0 13 0 0 1.3
6 at BAL PROJ-Dodds * 2.3 * * * *
6 at BAL PROJ-Tremblay * 2.2 * * * *
6 at BAL PROJ-Bloom * 2.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

Tyler Eifert's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 5 vs ARI (4 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

Surprisingly, Eifert played a season-low 18 snaps in this game but he was a big part of the game plan in the third quarter, getting five targets. He was open in the end zone for what should have been a 5-yard touchdown but wasn't on the same page with Dalton, who threw the ball behind him. If Dalton would have led him, it would have been an easy score. He made a pair of short catches and drew a pass interference penalty on another short target.

2019 Week 4 vs PIT (5 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

Eifert was on the field for 67% of Dalton's drop backs and was clearly one of the guys Cincinnati wanted to get the ball too. He was open on a fade route in the end zone but couldn't quite haul in a well thrown pass from Dalton. It would have been a moderately high level of difficulty but was the type of ball Eifert usually has been able to come down with throughout his career. His biggest gain of the day came on a diving 13-yard grab over the middle.

2019 Week 3 vs BUF (1 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)

Coming into Week 3, Eifert had played a total of 57 snaps and been targeted 10 times. When on the field, he has been one of Dalton's go-to options. Against the Bills, he played 29 snaps but was targeted just twice (only once officially). He had a pass thrown short in his direction on a play where the Bengals were flagged for an illegal formation. Eifert's catch came from a two-TE set just inside the red zone. He made a leaping grab in moderate traffic just shy of the goal line for an 18-yard pickup.

2019 Week 2 vs SF (5 / 3 / 9 / 1 rec)

Eifert was targeted on 5 of his 19 snaps. We are seeing that when he is on the field, he is going to be one of Dalton's first reads. Eifert caught a one-yard touchdown, leaking out into the flat after a play action fake and making the easy catch. His other two receptions were both short in the flat and he wasn't able to make anything happen running after the catch. Eifert probably would have played a bit more but there was no reason to risk an injury to him in the fourth quarter with the Bengals trailing by 30+. Most of rookie Drew Sample's 19 snaps came in relief of Eifert in garbage time.

2019 Week 1 vs SEA (5 / 5 / 27 / 0 rec)

As expected, Eifert was far from an every down player, logging just 49% of the snaps. Despite the situational usage, he still managed to finish third on the team in both targets and receptions. When Eifert is on the field, he will be one of Dalton's favorite options and should be able to see at least a handful of targets most weeks even in the part-time role. The majority of Eifert's snaps came on passing downs and he was usually on the field for third downs and in the red zone. Eifert made his cut too shallow and came up a yard short of the sticks on 3rd-and-5. He lined up out wide to grab a 7-yard reception on a key 3rd-and-4, establishing inside position against the safety and holding on through contact. Eifert also made a sweet hands catch for a 5-yard gain on 3rd-and-3 to keep the chains moving. There weren't any big plays but it was a positive debut for Eifert, who looked as healthy as he has been in years.

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Latest News

Bengals | Tyler Eifert disappears yet again (Sun Oct 13, 06:23 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert went for just 13 yards on two catches on his two targets in Week 6 against the Baltimore Ravens.

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Bengals | Tyler Eifert disappoints in Week 5 (Sun Oct 6, 04:57 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert managed just two grabs for 14 yards on four targets in Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals.

Our View: Eifert broke the streak of tight ends facing the Cardinals finishing in the top two among fantasy scorers at the position for the week. He's droppable heading into a matchup with Baltimore.
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Bengals | Tyler Eifert targeted five times (Tue Oct 1, 12:23 AM) - Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert had two grabs for 27 yards on five targets in Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had a rare drop in the first quarter, his first since Nov. 6, 2015.

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Schedule

6@ Baltimore Ravens
7vs Jacksonville Jaguars
8@ Los Angeles Rams
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10vs Baltimore Ravens
11@ Oakland Raiders
12vs Pittsburgh Steelers
13vs New York Jets
14@ Cleveland Browns
15vs New England Patriots
16@ Miami Dolphins
17vs Cleveland Browns