TE C.J. Uzomah - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-5, 264||Born: 1-14-1993||College: Auburn||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2015|
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 TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
C.J. Uzomah's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 14 vs LAC (3 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
Uzomah ran a seam route and was able to bring the ball in and hold on despite taking a big hit to the midsection from the safety. It went for a 24-yard gain. Uzomah remains one of the go-to passing game weapons but will have a hard time making a fantasy impact in games like this where the Bengals throw fewer than 30 times.
2018 Week 13 vs DEN (7 / 5 / 33 / 0 rec)
Uzomah continues his strong play. He has the speed to get separation from linebackers trying to cover him and has shown a tremendous ability to go up high and make catches at full extension. On an early gain down the right sideline, Uzomah was able to leap and grab a poorly thrown ball that said on Driskel.
2018 Week 12 vs CLE (13 / 6 / 39 / 0 rec)
Uzomah was again a solid secondary target. He made a pair of nice grabs along the right sideline on the opening drive, one of which was called back due to holding.
2018 Week 11 vs BAL (5 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
Uzomah had a gutsy performance as he continues to play through a shoulder injury. On a hard tackle, he came up holding his shoulder in pain but still stayed on the field and played every snap. He made a couple big catches, including a 20-yard completion down the seam where he leaped and extended high to make the hands catch over a defender.
2018 Week 10 vs NO (4 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Uzomah continues to play through a painful shoulder injury and provide a solid, if unexceptional underneath target for Dalton. After a rough week before the bye where the injury really limited him, Uzomah was healthy enough to extend away from his body to make contested catches. He played nearly every snap and should be one of the prime offensive targets moving forward.
2018 Week 8 vs TB (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With the Bengals tight end position decimated by injuries, Uzomah soldiered through a painful shoulder injury to play 97% of the snaps. He tried to go up for a high pass on the opening drive and was clearly favoring the shoulder when he came down. Uzomah looked to have some momentum as a key pass catcher for the Bengals but that has slowed considerable over the past two weeks and he was held without a reception against the Buccaneers. His lack of receptions were even more glaring than the box score indicates because he had a pair of targets that didn't count officially due to Tampa Bay jumping offsides.
2018 Week 7 vs KC (2 / 2 / 13 / 1 rec)
Uzomah again played well. He was able to box out a defender in the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown pass. He patiently got to his spot then spun to the outside to give Dalton a window to throw into. Uzomah also drew a holding pearly when matched up in single coverage outside.
2018 Week 6 vs PIT (7 / 6 / 54 / 0 rec)
Rivalry games can highlight which players a quarterback can trust and which he can't. In that sense, it was a breakout performance for Uzomah. The stats and yardage totals don't leap off of the page but Uzomah was able to consistently make tough catches against good coverage. Unlike some past weeks where he did most of his damage on screens or play action that got him wide open, Uzomah made all of his catches on normal routes. He even made a couple grabs lined up split out wide on comeback routes, including a key 10-yard grab on third down to help setup the Bengals first touchdown. Uzomah made another pivotal grab on a 3rd down with under three minutes to play to pick up a first down. With Tyler Eifert out for the season and Tyler Kroft sidelined, Uzomah was on the field for nearly every snap and the clear third option in the passing offense. He should be on the fantasy radar going forward, especially if John Ross and Tyler Kroft miss more time.
2018 Week 5 vs MIA (2 / 2 / 43 / 0 rec)
Uzomah is the Bengals top tight end now that Tyler Eifert is out for the season. However, he has a different skillset to Eifert and will see fewer targets as a result. His biggest strength is his ability to pick up yards after the catch and is less of a threat down the field. Both of his receptions came on short passes designed to get him in the open field as a runner. He picked up a 25-yard gain on a screen pass on the opening drive. He got the ball with some space and a blocker in front of him and he was able to make the most of his opportunity. Unfortunately, after the long catch to get the Bengals into the red zone, he picked up a holding penalty on the next play to set the team back. His second catch went for 18 yards. He leaked out to the backside after a play fake to the strong side, caught it short and did some nice running to turn it into a solid gain.
2018 Week 2 vs BAL (4 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)
Uzomah had the same number of targets (four) as Tyler Eifert and was the Bengals third-leading receiver in this contest. He had a long gainer on a misdirection play where everything flowed left and he cut back across the grain to come wide open for a 29-yard gain. He also had a nice catch-and-run on a screen pass. Uzomah is a freaky size/speed athlete and has shown excellent run after the catch ability this season. With Eifert on a pitch count, expect Uzomah to remain a fixture of the offense going forward. He played 49% of the snaps against the Ravens.
Latest NewsBengals | C.J. Uzomah racks up five catches (Sun Dec 2, 06:14 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals TE C.J. Uzomah registered five receptions for 33 yards on seven targets in Week 13 against the Denver Broncos. Our View: Uzomah is becoming a viable PPR streamer at tight end with Jeff Driskel focusing on more short safe passing.
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