Player Outlook
Perine is expected to serve as both the Bengals primary third-down back and as the main backup to Joe Mixon. He has not achieved over 500 yards in any of his past four seasons and has seven career touchdowns. Perine also had just two games with over 10 PPR points in 2021. Surely, the only reason to have Perine on a Fantasy bench is if you're in a very deep league and you want to have Mixon's backup ready to go in case of an injury. Expect to draft Perine with your last pick if you want him.

Fantasy Stats

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Year yds
Rushing Yards
Average Yards per Rush
Rushing Touchdowns
Fumbles Lost
Receiving Yards
Receiving Touchdowns
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
2021 246 4.47 1 27 196 1 553.4
2020 301 4.78 3 11 66 543.4
3y Avg. 188 4.59 1 13 87 0 322.5
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  • Bengals' Samaje Perine: Impresses at training camp

    Perine has been "all over the field making plays" in training camp, according to Jay Morrison and Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic. While Perine is no threat to supplant top back Joe Mixon, he's looking to cement the No. 2 slot in the Bengals' backfield and at this stage it appears as though he has a solid chance to hold off 2021 sixth-rounder Chris Evans on that front. Though neither Perine or Evans profile as reliable fantasy lineup options when Mixon is healthy, if Cincinnati's top back misses time this season, Perine figures to absorb a good chunk of the the team's early-down work, with Evans factoring in as a pass-catcher.
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  • Bengals' Samaje Perine: Competing with Evans

    Perine (undisclosed) appears to be ahead of Chris Evans in the competition to secure the backup job behind Joe Mixon, Chris Roling of the USA Today reports. With that in mind, coach Zac Taylor recently noted that "(Perine's) certainly got a leg up right now in that battle, but that's what training camp is for. Plenty of times, guys step up and have huge growth. We'll see where it goes." Either way, Evans -- a 2021 sixth-rounder -- has a chance to factor in, particularly in passing situations, but as long as Perine can stay healthy, he'll be in the mix for early-down touches that don't go to Mixon. To that point, it's worth noting that trainers had a look at Perine during practice Tuesday after he came up lame on punt drill, according to Jay Morrison of The Athletic.
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  • Bengals' Samaje Perine: All set for training camp

    The Bengals removed Perine (undisclosed) from the active/PUP list Wednesday and returned him to the active roster. Perine is ready to go as the Bengals' training camp gets underway Wednesday. He's expected to operate as Joe Mixon's primary backup once again this season, though he'll have to compete with Chris Evans for the role.
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  • Bengals' Samaje Perine: Lands on PUP list

    Perine (undisclosed) was placed on the Bengals' active/PUP list Saturday. Perine can be removed from this list and practice at any point before the regular season, but he will need to first receive a corresponding medical clearance. The running back's addition to this list comes as somewhat of a surprise after he went through voluntary OTAs without any reported injuries. Perine played 16 games as the Bengals' secondary running back behind Joe Mixon last season, recording 442 scrimmage yards and two scores on 82 total touches, but he likely will have to compete with fellow backup Chris Evans to maintain this spot heading into the regular season.
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  • Bengals' Samaje Perine: No production in loss

    Perine had two carries for zero yards and failed to catch his lone target Sunday during 23-20 loss to the Rams in Super Bowl LVI. Perine played only 13 offensive snaps Sunday, with his most impactful play being a zero-yard run on third down late in the fourth quarter, which helped set up Cincinnati's turnover on downs a play later. The 26-year-old caught three passes for 43 yards and a touchdown during the AFC Championship Game but was unable to replicate that production in the Super Bowl. Perine totaled 55 carries for 246 yards and 27 receptions for 196 yards and two total touchdowns in 16 games during the regular season, and he remains under contract with the Bengals for $1.5 million in 2022.
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  • Bengals' Samaje Perine: Finds end zone on long reception

    Perine recorded three receptions on four targets for 43 yards in Sunday's 27-24 overtime win over Kansas City in the AFC Championship Game. Perine didn't see a single carry, with Joe Mixon instead seeing all the work out of the backfield on the ground. However, Perine scored on a 41-yard screen pass late in the first half, which began Cincinnati's comeback effort. Perine isn't likely to see a major role in the Super Bowl, but he's flashed effectiveness as a pass catcher at various points throughout the campaign.
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  • Bengals' Samaje Perine: One carry against Raiders

    Perine had one carry for two yards without any targets in the passing game in Saturday's playoff win over the Raiders. Perine occasionally was in the game on third down for Joe Mixon, but for the most part it was the latter handling the backfield workload. Teammate Chris Evans got as much work as Perine.
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  • Bengals' Samaje Perine: Likely starting Week 18

    Perine likely will work as Cincinnati's lead back Sunday against the Browns, after teammate Joe Mixon tested positive for the coronavirus Wednesday, Chase Goodbread of reports. Mixon will be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and is expected to miss his first game of the season, with the Bengals unlikely to rush him back even if he's able to quickly clear the NFL's COVID-19 return-to-play protocol. Quarterback Joe Burrow (knee) said he'll be rested for the regular-season finale, so it's a good bet other key Bengals will be held out or play only limited snaps this weekend. Still, it's an excellent opportunity for Perine, who has 55 carries for 246 yards (4.5 YPC) and a touchdown this season, plus 27 catches for 196 yards on 31 targets. He's seen a lot of his playing time on third downs with Mixon enjoying a relatively healthy season, but Perine is far from a passing-down specialist. Cincinnati's other backfield options sans Mixon would be Chris Evans and Trayveon Williams.
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  • Bengals' Samaje Perine: One catch, one carry

    Perine had one catch for 10 yards and one carry for four yards in Sunday's 34-31 win over the Chiefs. Perine was on the field for 20 offensive snaps but wasn't used all that frequently. It'll be interesting to see if the Bengals try to preserve Joe Mixon next week at Cleveland, given that they've clinched the division.
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  • Bengals' Samaje Perine: Barely plays

    Perine saw just 11 snaps in Sunday's win over the Ravens, netting zero carries and two catches for six yards. The Bengals essentially eschewed the running game in this one, not surprising given how successful Joe Burrow was throwing the ball against the Ravens' skeleton crew secondary. Moreover, Joe Mixon's ankle proved to be just fine, so there was little need for Perine to spell him.
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  • Bengals' Samaje Perine: Watching Mixon's status

    Perine would be next in line to start for the Bengals at running back if Joe Mixon (ankle) can't go. Perine had four carries for 30 yards and two catches for 13 yards in the Week 15 win over the Broncos. Mixon twice came off the field due to the ankle injury last Sunday, but was on for the last snap, which was a kneel-down. The Bengals said that they'd limit his workload in practice to start the week. So it's possible still that Perine could start this week.
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  • Bengals' Samaje Perine: Heavily involved in passing game

    Perine carried four times for 11 yards and caught four of five targets for 22 yards during Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss to the 49ers. Perine was the primary backup behind Joe Mixon once again, but that label offers little fantasy potential, as Mixon is a true bell cow back for the Bengals. The fifth-year pro's involvement in the passing game continues to be a bright spot, but he likely only offers fantasy value as a handcuff to Mixon.
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  • Bengals' Samaje Perine: Minimal workload in loss

    Perine carried five times for 36 yards and caught both of his targets for five yards in Sunday's 41-22 loss to the Chargers. With Joe Mixon operating as a true bell cow back for the Bengals, little work was left over for Perine. Though he offers little fantasy value in his present role, Perine makes sense as a handcuff for Mixon's fantasy managers in the event the latter misses time over the final five weeks of the regular season.
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  • Bengals' Samaje Perine: Tiny workload

    Perine had just three carries and one catch on 10 snaps despite the Bengals benching their offensive starters for most of the fourth quarter in their blowout win over the Steelers. Teammate Joe Mixon is a full-on bell-cow back right now, so Perine's opportunities to produce are extremely limited.
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  • Bengals' Samaje Perine: Nine offensive snaps

    Perine was limited to nine offensive snaps in the Week 11 win over the Raiders. He had two carries for three yards along with three catches for 18 yards. Joe Mixon is fully healthy again and is back to being the Bengals' bell-cow running back. Thus, Perine has been relegated to traditional backup duties, even when the Bengals were ahead most of the game.
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  • Bengals' Samaje Perine: Resurfaces in running attack

    Perine carried five times for 20 yards and caught two of three targets for 17 yards Sunday in the Bengals' 41-16 loss to the Browns. After Joe Mixon handled all the running-back carries in the Week 8 loss to the Jets, Perine reentered the picture Week 9, though three of his totes came with fewer than five minutes remaining while the Browns sat on a 25-point lead. With that in mind, Perine's usage on the ground looks like it could take a hit or disappear entirely in more competitive contests, though the 26-year-old still may have an edge on Mixon for work on obvious passing downs. Perine was on the field for 11 of the Bengals' 13 third-down snaps against Cleveland, after playing eight of 10 in Week 8.
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  • Bengals' Samaje Perine: Minimal usage in loss

    Perine played only 14 offensive snaps in a Week 8 loss to the Jets without netting a carry, but he did catch both his targets for 16 yards. This was a bit of a surprise, given Perine's usage the previous week against the Ravens and the absence of Chris Evans against the Jets. It's a sign that the Bengals believe Joe Mixon's ankle is fully healed, as this was the kind of workload Perine was seeing prior to Mixon's injury.
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  • Bengals' Samaje Perine: Week 7 role unclear

    Cincinnati head coach Zac Taylor confirmed Perine will be available for Sunday's game against the Ravens, but the running back won't have a set role for the Week 7 matchup, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports. After a week-long stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Perine returned to practice Thursday and looks to be back to full speed. Though Perine had served as the clear No. 2 back behind starter Joe Mixon through the first five games, his absence in the Week 6 win over the Lions allowed rookie Chris Evans to see his largest role to date. Evans was efficient with his 16 snaps (four carries for 18 yards, three receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown), and his strong showing may have allowed him to leapfrog Perine in the pecking order. Taylor noted that Evans and Perine are both capable pass catchers, runners and blockers, so no particular game script would seem to suit one better than the other.
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  • Bengals' Samaje Perine: Returns from COVID list

    The Bengals reinstated Perine (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday. Perine had resided on the list since Oct. 11 after testing positive for the virus. Now that he's completed a quarantine and has cleared all health and safety protocols, Perine should be ready to go for Sunday's game against the Ravens. Chris Evans served as the top backup to Joe Mixon in last week's win over Detroit, but Perine could reclaim the No. 2 role Week 7, especially after Evans was limited in practice Wednesday with a hamstring injury.
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  • Bengals' Samaje Perine: Not playing Sunday

    Perine was not activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list and thus will not be eligible to play Sunday against the Lions. Perine needed to be activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday in order to have a shot at playing. Instead the team opted to elevate Trayveon Williams from the practice squad with the intention of him acting as Joe Mixon's (ankle) primary backup. Perine saw a season-high 11 carries in the Week 5 loss to the Packers, but that workload was largely due to Mixon's ankle sprain and is not expected to translate to Williams with Mixon on the mend.
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