Player Outlook
Burrow is a start-worthy Fantasy quarterback, but not a guaranteed top-five choice. It's true that he finished top 10 among Fantasy quarterbacks in both points per game (23.1) and consistency (10 of 16 games with at least 22-plus Fantasy points). But he also averaged 20.1 Fantasy points per game until Week 16, when he went on a two-game, 88-point tear to help the Bengals win the AFC North (and help people win their Fantasy leagues). Logic would suggest the Bengals will further trust Burrow and have him pass more this year, especially after upgrading their offensive line this offseason, but that's not promised. Remember, the Bengals made a four-game Super Bowl run with one 300-yard outing and two two-score efforts from Burrow. There's no ignoring his upside, but taking that in with a grain of salt and remembering his first-place schedule -- including six tough division games -- should keep him from being drafted too soon. If you're playing it safe, don't draft Burrow unless at least six other quarterbacks are off the board.

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2022
2021 4611 34 14 118 2 38123.8
2020 2688 13 5 142 3 19919.9
3y Avg. 3650 24 10 130 2 28922.2
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Fantasy News

  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Returns to team drills

    Burrow (appendix) returned to team drills Wednesday but acknowledged he would still like to add weight before Week 1, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports. While holding a news conference Wednesday for the first time since requiring an appendectomy July 26, Burrow relayed that he spent a few days in the hospital after a ruptured appendix necessitated the emergency procedure. He returned to 7-on-7 work Monday and is now participating in team drills, but he's not necessarily back to 100 percent strength less than a month after surgery. The Bengals seemingly expect him to get there in advance of their season opener Sept. 11 against Pittsburgh.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Logs 7-on-7 reps Sunday

    Burrow (appendix) participated in 7-on-7 drills during his return to practice Sunday, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports. In his first practice since having his appendix removed, Burrow was eased back into the mix, but he actually did more Sunday than coach Zac Taylor had anticipated. "We talked about doing two reps in 7-on-7," Taylor noted afterward. "And then he took 10. That's how it goes sometimes." Though it's uncertain when Burrow will resume practicing fully, the Bengals' franchise QB has ample time to ready himself for the team's Week 1 contest, at home against the Steelers on Sunday, Sept. 11.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Goes through walkthrough Sunday

    Burrow (appendix) went through the Bengals' walkthrough practice Sunday, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports. Burrow threw some passes during last Monday's practice, marking the first time reporters had seen him do any on-field activity since undergoing an appendectomy, and he appears to be taking the necessary steps to being cleared for Week 1 of the regular season. The talented quarterback had the surgery July 26, but the team has remained confident he'll be ready when the games start to count, even if he doesn't see any action during the preseason.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Won't play in preseason opener

    Burrow (appendix) won't play in Friday's preseason matchup with Arizona, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports. Burrow never had a shot to play Friday and doesn't seem likely to make more than one brief appearance this preseason, if he plays at all. He threw some short passes during Monday's practice, marking the first time since his July 26 appendectomy that reporters had seen the quarterback do any type of on-field activity. Burrow returned to meetings shortly after his surgery and is expected to be ready for Week 1.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: First activity since surgery Monday

    Burrow (appendix) was seen throwing some light passes at the end of Monday's practice, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports. Earlier Monday, Burrow was able to get around the practice field without a cart, like he had been doing of late, and he proceeded to log his first activity as well. Baby relayed that Burrow was taking snaps, went through his reads and tossed the ball back to a member of the Bengals' equipment staff. After he underwent an appendectomy July 26, Burrow was given a recovery timeline of 2-to-3 weeks, so he is approaching the front end of that timetable. Still, the team isn't likely to rush its franchise quarterback back to the field with the aim to have him running on all cylinders by Week 1, when he again will have a wealth of skill-position talent at his disposal.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Not using cart

    Burrow (appendix) is getting around practice without a cart, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports. Burrow returned to team meetings shortly after his late-July appendectomy and seems to be recovering along the normal timeline of 2-to-3 weeks. The Bengals don't figure to rush him, given their continuity at the skill positions and with their offensive coaching staff. They do have two or three new starters on the offensive line, all of whom profile as upgrades. Burrow is in a great situation to continue his efficient passing from last year, with the only real downside being that he hasn't used his legs the way he did at LSU. Still, he's a solid QB1, though perhaps without the fantasy ceiling of a Lamar Jackson or Jalen Hurts.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Deemed day-to-day

    Burrow (appendix) is considered day-to-day and has been present for meetings at training camp, James Palmer of NFL Network reports. Burrow presumably was able to continue working on the mental side of the game within a few days of undergoing surgery last Tuesday (July 26). Early reports suggested he could be miss two or three weeks, but it won't be shocking if it's a bit less than that. The relatively minor surgery, an appendectomy, shouldn't end up having too much impact on either his perceived fantasy value or his in-season performance.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Return timetable TBD

    Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said Burrow underwent successful surgery Tuesday to remove his appendix, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports. Burrow will be discharged from the hospital Wednesday, but a timeline for his return to the field isn't known. Taylor said he isn't too worried about Burrow's current absence because new offense installs will be addressed later in training camp, per Kelsey Conway of The Cincinnati Enquirer. In the meantime, Brandon Allen will likely handle the bulk of first-team reps. While Burrow's availability for preseason action looks iffy, there's no indication that the Bengals have any concerns about his Week 1 availability.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Sheds knee brace

    Burrow (knee) is practicing Wednesday without a brace on his left leg, the Associated Press reports. Burrow wore a brace on his left knee all last season after suffering ACL and MCL injuries as a rookie. The 25-year-old also battled an MCL sprain in his right knee during the Bengals' 2021 playoff run that culminated in a Super Bowl loss to the Rams, but he didn't need to undergo offseason surgery. Burrow has been taking part in spring practices, and though the Bengals haven't yet officially announced that the quarterback has received full medical clearance, everything appears to be trending in the right direction. Burrow was the most-sacked quarterback in the NFL last season (51), but he heads into the 2022 campaign with a revamped offensive line. Cincinnati kicks off training camp July 30.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Overcome by pressure

    Burrow completed 22 of 33 passes for 263 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday's 23-20 Super Bowl LVI loss to the Rams. Burrow's highlight reel play of the game came on the first snap of the second half, when he connected with Tee Higgins for a 75-yard touchdown. However, besides that connection, Burrow managed only 5.9 yards per attempt and was under consistent pressure in the final two quarters of the contest. Despite the disappointing end to the campaign, Burrow led Cincinnati to an impressive postseason run that included upset wins over the Titans and Chiefs -- two of the favorites in the AFC. He'll now turn his focus to the 2022 season, with each of Higgins, Ja'Marr Chase and Joe Mixon all back as his primary offensive weapons.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Leads Bengals to Super Bowl

    Burrow completed 23 of 38 passes for 250 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 27-24 overtime win over Kansas City in the AFC Championship Game. Burrow and the entire Bengals offense got off to a slow start, as they managed only three points through the first 29 minutes of game time. However, he connected with Samaje Perine on a screen pass that went for a 41-yard touchdown just before halftime. Burrow then led the team to three scoring drives in four possessions spanning the third and fourth quarters, highlighted by a two-yard touchdown toss to Ja'Marr Chase. That scoring spree gave the team the chance to seal the upset win in overtime. In addition to scoring plays, Burrow added two completions of more than 20 yards, one to Chase and the other to Tee Higgins. Burrow will look to complete his incredible postseason run with a Super Bowl victory over either the Rams or 49ers on Sunday, Feb. 13.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Headed to AFC Championship Game

    Burrow completed 28 of 37 passes for 348 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in Saturday's 19-16 divisional-round win over the Titans. Burrow was under constant pressure -- he was sacked nine times and hit on several other occasions -- but still managed to move the Bengals' offense effectively for the majority of the game. He distributed the ball well Tee Higgins, Ja'Marr Chase and C.J. Uzomah and connected with the trio for five completions of over 20 yards. The end result was that Burrow reached 300 passing yards for the fifth time in his last seven games. He capped the effort with a 19-yard completion to put the Bengals in range for a game-winning field goal and will now head into the AFC Championship Game against either Buffalo or Kansas City.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Solid playoff debut

    Burrow completed 24 of 34 pass attempts for 244 yards and two touchdowns against Las Vegas on Saturday. The numbers are modest at a glance, but the Bengals controlled this game from start to finish and it's possible that they could have done more if they needed to. With that said, Burrow did most of his damage early, throwing one touchdown to each of Tyler Boyd and C.J. Uzomah in roughly the first third of the game and not doing a whole lot afterward. With higher stakes in the second playoff round it's possible that Burrow and the Bengals take a more aggressive approach.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Back to full practice

    Burrow (knee) practiced fully Tuesday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports. In his last appearance Week 17, Burrow limped off the field moments before Evan McPherson (groin) kicked a game-winning field goal in a 34-31 victory over Kansas City. The QB eventually followed a DNP/LP/FP practice regimen during prep for the season finale, and while he entered this past weekend as questionable, he didn't travel with the Bengals and was ruled out ahead of a contest at Cleveland that had no impact on Cincinnati's playoff seeding. Burrow's knee injury may have been fortuitous, as he was able to get a week of rest ahead of Saturday's wild-card matchup with the Raiders. He also enters the postseason red hot, having posted at least 440 yards and four touchdowns through the air in back-to-back contests before sitting out Week 18.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Downgraded to out

    Burrow (knee/rest) will not travel to Cleveland and has been ruled out ahead of Sunday's contest, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports. The plan all along has been to rest Burrow, so this hardly is a surprise. Ben Baby of ESPN.com did relay the second-year quarterback was a full participant in Friday's practice, essentially confirming Burrow's designation is simply a procedural one. Expect the star quarterback to face no such limitations when the Bengals square off against their playoff opponent next week.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Listed as questionable for Sunday

    Burrow (knee/rest) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports. Ben Baby of ESPN.com relays that the QB was listed as a full practice participant Friday, but the plan this weekend is to rest Burrow with the postseason in mind, which sets the stage for Brandon Allen to start Sunday. It remains to be seen, however, if Burrow is in uniform versus Cleveland, as Jake Browning could be promoted from the practice squad to back up Allen in Week 18.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Limited Thursday

    Burrow (knee/rest) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Though Burrow was back on the field after sitting out Wednesday's session entirely, his practice activity shouldn't be taken as evidence that he'll play in Sunday's regular-season finale in Cleveland. Head coach Zac Taylor and Burrow himself have both already said that the signal-caller won't start Sunday, with the Bengals instead planning to hold him out to preserve his health for the playoffs. Brandon Allen is in line to pick up the Week 18 start, though Burrow could still be active as his backup if the Bengals don't add another quarterback to the roster before Saturday's transaction deadline.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Back at practice

    Burrow (knee) was present for Thursday's practice, Kelsey Conway of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Burrow was rested during Wednesday's session, but his return to the field Thursday supports the notion that the knee issue he's managing isn't a major one. That said, the plan is for Burrow to not start Sunday's regular-season finale against the Browns, with backup QB Brandon Allen in line to draw the Week 18 assignment.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Not practicing, plans to sit Sunday

    Burrow (knee/rest) didn't practice Wednesday. Per Ben Baby of ESPN.com Burrow plans to practice at some point this week. Though the quarterback's sore right knee isn't considered a major issue, head coach Zac Taylor already acknowledged that Burrow will be rested Sunday against the Browns, while Brandon Allen draws the starting assignment for Cincinnati. Since the Bengals don't have any other quarterbacks on the roster at the moment, Burrow could still be active this weekend as Allen's backup.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Not expected to start Sunday

    Burrow (knee) said that he doesn't expect to play in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Browns, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports. Burrow said Wednesday that his knee is "sore, but not bad," after he appeared to sustain the injury late in the Bengals' thrilling 34-31 win over the Chiefs in Week 17. He added that he could play Week 18 if needed, but with Cincinnati unlikely to dramatically improve its playoff positioning in the regular-season finale, the team appears prepared to rest or limit Burrow and several other key contributors with an eye on entering the playoffs in optimal health. Assuming Burrow sits out this Sunday as he predicts, Brandon Allen would be in line to start this weekend. According to Ben Baby of ESPN.com, Burrow is still expected to practice in some fashion this week, which supports the notion that his knee issue isn't a major concern.
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