C.J. Uzomah wound up as the Bengals' best tight end last year thanks to injuries to starters in front of him, but it didn't make him a prominent Fantasy choice. He had one game with more than seven Fantasy points in non-PPR and two with more than 10 in full PPR. Tyler Eifert figures to be recovered from a broken ankle and will see more playing time than Uzomah to begin the season. Until that changes, Uzomah shouldn't be part of your Fantasy plans.
Uzomah is joined by Tyler Eifert and second-round pick Drew Sample at tight end, ESPN.com's Katherine Terrell reports. Uzomah re-signed with Cincinnati on a three-year, $18.3 million contract, though the team can escape after one season and $6.25 million if he's released before the third day of the 2020 league year, per overthecap.com. The Bengals signed Eifert to a one-year, $5.5 million deal shortly thereafter, then picked up Sample at No. 52 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. The result is a three-way competition for playing time, but there's still a decent chance for Uzomah to draw regular targets at some point this upcoming season, considering the rookie mostly is valued for his blocking -- he had just 46 catches during his college career -- and Eifert hasn't played more than eight games in a season since 2015. Uzomah's career marks of 9.7 yards per catch and 6.5 yards per target hint at limited upside even if he eventually finds his way into a three-down role again.
Uzomah has signed a three-year deal worth more than $18 million to remain with the Bengals, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. It's quite a nice payout for Uzomah, who caught 43 passes for 439 yards and three TDs in his fourth NFL season. Given the lucrative terms of his new contract, it's clear that the Bengals view Uzomah as a big part of their offense for the next few years. Meanwhile, fellow tight ends Tyler Eifert and Tyler Kroft are set to become unrestricted free agents Wednesday.
Uzomah was held to one catch for six yards on his only target in Sunday's loss to the Steelers. Uzomah ends the season with 44 catches for 445 yards and three touchdowns. He took over when Tyler Eifert and then Tyler Kroft got hurt, but then his potential to produce more got crushed after Andy Dalton got hurt. It's uncertain what the Bengals plan to do with Eifert this offseason, which obviously impacts Uzomah.
Uzomah caught four of five targets, racking up 49 receiving yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 26-18 loss to the Bengals. The fourth-year tight end has established himself as a fixture in the Bengals passing attack over the past month, garnering five or more targets in five of the past six games. Uzomah is highly involved on short to intermediate routes, but he's no downfield threat, carrying a streak of 38 consecutive appearances without exceeding 55 receiving yards (but breaking a seven-game scoreless stretch with his touchdown catch against the Browns on Sunday). In Week 17, he'll be opposing a Steelers defense that ranks bottom-12 in receptions (75), receiving yards (874) and touchdowns (seven) allowed to tight ends this season.
Uzomah caught one of five targets for 27 yards during Sunday's 30-14 win over the Raiders. Uzomah tied for the team lead in targets, but he struggled to get on the same page as quarterback Jeff Driskel. His 27 receiving yards were good enough for second among Bengals pass catchers, though that's more of a negative reflection on the current state of the team's offense. Uzomah has topped 40 receiving yards just once in the last eight games and is a middling fantasy option next Sunday even in a favorable matchup with the Browns.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/15||San Francisco 49ers||4||4.75|
|8||10/27||@Los Angeles Rams||23||7.89|
|13||12/01||New York Jets||6||4.88|
|15||12/15||New England Patriots||18||7.37|
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|3 Year Avg||39||26||255||2||14||9.81||37|