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TE Tyler Kroft - Cincinnati Bengals

6-5, 246Born: 10-15-1992College: RutgersDrafted: Round 3, pick 2015

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General News (Thu Oct 18): did not practice on Thursday.

General News (Wed Oct 17): did not practice on Wednesday.

General News (Tue Oct 16): "should" return to action at some point this year, according to head coach Marvin Lewis.

Week 7: at Kansas City Chiefs

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FBG says: Great matchup. Andy Dalton continues to show marked improvement with coordinator Bill Lazor calling the shots. Dalton appeared to be at a career-low point early last season, but Lazor's creative offensive scheme has rescued him. There's innovation in this offense now, thanks in large part to the emergence of Swiss Army knife Tyler Boyd. For years, Dalton was handcuffed to A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert, while both faced heavy coverage in the absence of viable other receivers. But Boyd has been fantastic from the slot, catching 71% of his targets and routinely commanding attention away from Green. For his part, Green continues to look like the class of the league - he's topped 58 yards in each game thus far, and he's averaged 92 over the last three. His Week 6 drops were fairly anomalous and not a concern - he's still a walking mismatch, always capable of skying over defenders for the ball, or merely out-positioning them and winning with physicality. All in all, Dalton's arsenal is talented and versatile for the first time in years, and he's producing as a borderline QB1 as a result. Kansas City's pass defense remains weak and fully targetable for fantasy purposes. In fact, fantasy players seeking massive passing lines should probably look at this matchup first. The Chiefs have already allowed 3 quarterbacks to top 420 yards through the air, and the other 3 they've faced have averaged 279. It doesn't help that the electrifying offense keeps handing opponents tons of volume opportunity, but the Chiefs are giving up efficiency, too. Opposing passers are averaging 7.1 net yards per attempt (sixth-most in the league), which measures sacks and losses alongside yardage. There's a dynamic pass rush in place here, even when All-Pro Justin Houston sits. End Chris Jones has sizzled thus far, as have breakout veteran Dee Ford and rookie Breeland Speaks, who have papered nicely over Houston's absence on the edge. But the mix-and-match secondary, low on talent and ravaged by injury, has been bad enough to skew that number itself. There are huge holes at the safety spots, especially after a pair of recent injuries there.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 at CAR 21 1 16 0 0 1.6
4 at ATL 20 0 0 0 0 0
5 vs MIA 24 0 0 0 0 0
7 at KC PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * * *
7 at KC PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

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

Latest News

Bengals | Thursday practice report for Bengals (Thu Oct 18, 02:57 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals CB Darqueze Dennard (sternoclavicular), TE Tyler Kroft (foot), C Billy Price (foot) and LB Nick Vigil (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 18. LB Vincent Rey (hamstring) and SS Shawn Williams (concussion) were limited during practice. DE Carlos Dunlap (buttock), LB Jordan Evans (hamstring), S Clayton Fejedelem (thigh), OT Cordy Glenn (ankle), OT Cedric Ogbuehi (wrist) and WR John Ross (groin) fully participated in practice.

Our View: The Bengals defense will be shorthanded against the Chiefs, the only question is just how many starters they will be missing. Travis Kelce could be in for a huge week with Vigil sidelined.
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Bengals | Wednesday's practice report for Cincinnati (Wed Oct 17, 05:30 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee, toe), CB Darqueze Dennard (sternoclavicular), TE Tyler Kroft (foot), C Billy Price (foot), LB Nick Vigil and S Shawn Williams (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 17. DE Carlos Dunlap (buttocks), LB Jordan Evans (hamstring), S Clayton Fejedelem (thigh), OT Cordy Glenn (ankle), LB Vincent Rey (hamstring) and TE C.J. Uzomah (shoulder) were listed as limited participants. QB Andy Dalton (back), OT Cedric Ogbuehi (wrist) and WR John Ross (groin) were able to practice in full.

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Bengals | Tyler Kroft to return at some point (Tue Oct 16, 12:45 AM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Kroft (foot) 'should' return to action at some point this year, according to head coach Marvin Lewis.

Our View: Kroft injured his foot in Week 5 against the Dolphins and missed the game on Sunday against the Steelers. It seems like he's out indefinitely with this injury. The Bengals will continue to use C.J. Uzomah as their top tight end while Kroft is out.
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Bengals | Giovani Bernard, Tyler Kroft out for Week 6 (Fri Oct 12, 12:28 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee) and TE Tyler Kroft (foot) have been ruled out for Week 6 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Our View: CJ Uzomah should have tight end targets to himself in this one with Kroft out, and in a matchup that has been good to tight ends this year. He's a viable streamer.
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Bengals | Cincinnati's Thursday injury report (Thu Oct 11, 02:24 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee), TE Tyler Kroft (foot) and C Billy Price (foot) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 11. CB William Jackson III (knee), OT Cedric Ogbuehi (wrist) and WR John Ross (groin) were limited. OG Clint Boling (hip), LB Preston Brown (ankle), DE Michael Johnson (knee) and DE Carl Lawson (ankle) participated fully.

Our View: With Kroft banged up, CJ Uzomah should dominate tight end targets for the Bengals against the Steelers. Pittsburgh has had trouble defending tight ends this year, so Uzomah is a suitable streamer.
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