2020 Bengals Stats
Total Offense: 5,116 yards (29th)
Offensive Touchdowns: 33 (30th)
Offensive Plays Per Game: 65 (13th)
Total Points: 311 (29th)
Rush Attempts: 411 (T-17th)
Pass Attempts: 581 (14th)
Run/Pass Split: Run 39.52% / Pass 60.48%
Unaccounted for Targets: 143
Unaccounted for Carries: 241
Projected Win Total
The Bengals over/under for wins is currently at 6.5 going into the season. The Bengals are coming into an important developmental season for Joe Burrow. They made a big mistake in the draft by selecting wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase instead of bolstering their weak offensive line. Burrow was injured last year because of the offensive line and Cleveland hasn’t fixed that issue. While Burrow is ready to go, without a decent line he is at risk again. The Bengals aren’t yet ready to win and in the ultra-competitive AFC North, they will not reach their 6.5 over/under.
Bengals Fantasy Strength of Schedule
SOS is measured by calculating the fantasy points allowed by each team’s opponents to determine who has the easiest and most difficult fantasy schedules (rank #1 has the easiest schedule).
Bengals Fantasy Passing Game
QB: Joe Burrow, Brandon Allen
WR: Tyler Boyd, Trenton Irwin, Auden Tate
WR: Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, Riley Lees, Stanley Morgan
TE: Drew Sample, C.J. Uzomah, Mason Schreck
The Bengals have a lot of intriguing players on their offense. Joe Burrow was very impressive as a rookie before he got injured. Ja’Marr Chase will try to be Burrow’s top target and Chase could have a strong rookie season.
Contrary to public opinion Tyler Boyd is not a top receiver. He excelled with A.J. Green, but those days are gone. Back in the day, defenses rolled the coverage to Green which allowed Boyd to consistently get favorable matchups. Without Green, defenses started rolling the coverage to Boyd and Boyd hasn’t been able to produce. Boyd is a capable number two receiver, but because he isn’t paired with a great receiver, he won’t have a great year.
The key to any Bengals player will be to wait and see. Boyd, Sample, and Chase could be an intriguing flex but it will likely be a matchup by matchup decision. Worth a late-round pick? Yes.
Bengals Fantasy Running Game
RB: Joe Mixon , Samaje Perine, Trayveon Williams
2020 Offensive Line Rank: 31st
Joe Mixon is one of the most talented running backs in the NFL. The rest of the offense is holding Mixon back. The Bengals are rarely in a situation where they want to run the ball a lot in the second half of games. Mixon is also running behind one of the worst offensive lines in the league.
Mixon will get targets out of the backfield. He’s a good pass catcher and he didn’t get enough attention last year. Zac Taylor will rectify that mistake and use Mixon more. Mixon could be a star, but being on a weak team does turn him into a risk.