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TE Tyler Eifert - Cincinnati Bengals

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

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Week 14: at Los Angeles Chargers

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FBG says: Bad matchup. Injuries have decimated the Bengals passing offense. Andy Dalton and Tyler Eifert are already on injured reserve and A.J. Green will soon join them. He re-aggravated his toe injury in the first half of last week's game and is set to have season-ending surgery. Quarterback Jeff Driskel was solid last week in his first career start, completing 68% of his passes for 236 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception against the Broncos. He found himself under immense pressure from Denver's edge-rush duo of Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. The Bengals struggling offensive line was especially brutal against the Broncos without starting left tackle Cordy Glenn. He should return and provide a slight boost in Week 14. The one constant in the Bengals pass offense this season has been Tyler Boyd. He has at least 60 receiving yards in 9-of-11 games, including each of the last five. This is a Chargers team that is rounding into the form that they were in 2017 after a rough first few weeks of the season. The Chargers have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. Since Week 4, they have allowed just 226.5 passing yards and 1.0 passing touchdowns per game. Rookie Derwin James has been a breakout star, while Desmond King and Casey Hayward Jr. have been elite at the corner position. The pass rush recently received a significant boost with the return of elite edge rusher Joey Bosa in Week 11. Bosa has been dominant since his return as he has three sacks in his last two games. Along with Melvin Ingram, Bosa gives the Chargers one of the league's best pass rushing duos and makes this elite pass defense even more formidable.

Recent Stats and Projections

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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

2018 Week 4 vs ATL (4 / 4 / 38 / 1 rec)

Eifert was off to a hot start to the game and scored an early touchdown on a 9-route from the slot. Coverage was poor and Eifert didn't have a defender close to him but still made a nice leaping catch and toe tap along the back of the end zone on a high throw. Unfortunately, Eifert suffered yet another season-ending injury on the opening drive of the second half. He dislocated his ankle and was extremely emotional heading off of the field. It was an especially tough blow for Eifert because he will be a free agent next offseason.

2018 Week 3 vs CAR (8 / 6 / 74 / 0 rec)

Eifert had his best game in years and looked fantastic. He was deadly on what looked to be an RPO play (or at least a play-action). Dalton would put the ball in Bernard's chest while the line run blocked. On the backside, Eifert would run a slant, often matched up against a linebacker. With the inside defenders drawn up by the run threat, Eifert was able to easily establish inside position and pick up yards in chunks. He showed some real physicality after the catch as well, lowering his pads and running through attempted tackles. Eifert made an impossible-looking grab for 20 yards. He went up high to make the grab and somehow held on even though the defender had two arms between Eifert and the ball.

2018 Week 2 vs BAL (4 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)

Eifert drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone to setup the Bengals first touchdown. He likely would have scored if he wasn't grabbed, as he had the safety beat to the outside. Eifert was again effective as a pass catcher and played 49 snaps against Baltimore (64%). The number of snaps is high enough for Eifert to remain fantasy relevant, especially since he is out there for almost every red zone snap and in passing situations.

2018 Week 1 vs IND (3 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)

It was a positive opener for Eifert. He played 65% of the snaps and looked to be the same player he was in his very successful 2015 season. Eifert started quickly with a 29-yard gain on a crossing route early in the first quarter. He is in shape and showed a nice burst running after the catch.

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Schedule

14@ Los Angeles Chargers
15vs Oakland Raiders
16@ Cleveland Browns
17@ Pittsburgh Steelers