TE C.J. Uzomah - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-5, 264||Born: 1-14-1993||College: Auburn||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2015|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 15): Uzomah came through in a good Week 6 matchup against Pittsburgh with the tight end targets all to himself, and he'll have just as good a matchup this week against the Chiefs. He's a top streamer for Week 7.
General News (Fri Oct 19): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report.
General News (Thu Oct 18): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
General News (Wed Oct 17): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
Week 7: at Kansas City Chiefs
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
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 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 ready for Sunday night (Fri Oct 19, 04:57 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals TE C.J. Uzomah (shoulder) practiced in full Friday, Oct. 19 after a pair of limited practices earlier in the week, and he has been removed from the injury report ahead of the Week 7 game with the Kansas City Chiefs. Our View: Uzomah is an ideal streamer play against the Chiefs this weekend. He should be heavily targeted in a high-scoring game.
link to story Bengals | Week 7 practice report for Cincinnati (Fri Oct 19, 04:35 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee, toe), CB Darqueze Dennard (sternoclavicular), TE Tyler Kroft (foot), C Billy Price (foot) and LB Nick Vigil (knee) did not practice Friday, Oct. 19 and each are ruled out for the Week 7 game with the Kansas City Chiefs. QB Andy Dalton (back), DE Carlos Dunlap (buttocks), LB Jordan Evans (hamstring), S Clayton Fejedelem (thigh), OT Cordy Glenn (ankle), WR A.J. Green (not injury related), OT Cedric Ogbuehi (wrist), LB Vincent Rey (hamstring), WR John Ross (groin), TE C.J. Uzomah (shoulder) and S Shawn Williams (concussion) practiced in full are all removed from the injury report. link to story Bengals | C.J. Uzomah a limited participant (Thu Oct 18, 02:41 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals TE C.J. Uzomah (shoulder) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 18. Our View: We'll be watching this because Uzomah is a prime streamer against the Chiefs this week. The game is on Sunday night, so tomorrow's practice will be important for determining how reliable Uzomah will be this week.
link to story 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. link to story Bengals | C.J. Uzomah busy in home loss (Sun Oct 14, 06:14 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals TE C.J. Uzomah posted six receptions for 54 yards on seven targets in Week 6 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Our View: Uzomah came through in a ready-made matchup for streamers. He'll be back in our lineups against the Chiefs next week.
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