Player Outlook
Hurst is joining an explosive offense in Cincinnati, but it's unlikely to alter his Fantasy fortunes. Bengals tight ends totaled three games with 10-plus Fantasy points last year, which, ironically, is one more than Hurst had with the Falcons. Until one of Cincy's receivers struggles or misses playing time, Hurst is at best a one-week replacement tight end while hoping for a touchdown catch, and his Week 1 matchup against the Steelers isn't at all enticing.

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2022
2021 26 221 8.50 3 0.00 382.9
2020 56 571 10.20 6 0.00 935.8
3y Avg. 37 380 10.27 4 0.00 624.1
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  • Bengals' Hayden Hurst: Impressive start to camp

    Hurst has drawn praise from multiple teammates for his performance early in training camp, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports. Safety Michael Thomas said Hurst's skill set is "as advertised," while slot cornerback Mike Hilton elaborated that "he can really move for his size," which will allow Hurst to be a "mismatch" for defenders. Signed to replace C.J. Uzomah as the team's starting tight end, Hurst could be more involved as a pass catcher than Uzomah was, but he hasn't been able to create a rapport with quarterback Joe Burrow yet, as the quarterback is recovering from an appendectomy.
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  • Bengals' Hayden Hurst: Joins AFC champs

    Hurst is signing a one-year contract with the Bengals, EnterSports Management reports. Hurst will help replace C.J. Uzomah, who signed with the Jets earlier in the week. The Bengals also have Drew Sample, a 2019 second-round pick, while Hurst himself was a 2018 first-rounder. Neither has emerged as a consistent pass-catching threat in the NFL, but Hurst has shown some flashes, including a 30-349-2 receiving line on only 39 targets in 2019 with the Ravens, followed by a 56-571-6 line on 88 targets in 2020 for the Falcons. He then dropped to 26-221-3 in 13 games last year, working behind standout rookie Kyle Pitts in a subpar offense. If nothing else, Hurst should get more red-zone looks in Cincinnati, playing with Joe Burrow, Ja'Marr Chase and Co.
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  • Falcons' Hayden Hurst: Catches one pass Sunday

    Hurst caught his only pass for 33 yards during Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Saints. Hurst (12 snaps) returned from a one-game absence due to COVID-19 protocols and split backup duties with Patrick Hesse (11), but the former was the only one targeted in the pass game. Despite being targeted once, Hurst finished third on the team in receiving by recording the Falcons' longest offensive play of the game, setting up their first touchdown of the contest. In his second season with Atlanta, Hurst played in 13 games and recorded 26 receptions for 221 yards, the lowest totals since his rookie year in Baltimore. After coming off a career-high season (56 catches for 571 yards and six touchdowns), Hurst's fantasy upside was negatively impacted by the addition of rookie tight end Kyle Pitts, but Atlanta's whole offensive unit struggled to get going after Calvin Ridley (personal) left the team ahead of Week 8.
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  • Falcons' Hayden Hurst: Back from COVID-19 list

    Hurst (illness) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official site reports. The Falcons will get two of their key pass catchers back in Hurst and wide receiver Tajae Sharpe ahead of Sunday's season finale against the Saints, after both sat out a Week 17 loss to the Bills upon testing positive for the virus. Hurst's return in particular is vital, as top tight end Kyle Pitts could be at risk of sitting out Sunday after sustaining a hamstring injury in the third quarter of last week's game. Atlanta still has Parker Hesse and Lee Smith on hand to take reps at tight end, but Hurst has consistently worked ahead of both players when healthy and represents the biggest threat in the passing game among the trio.
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  • Falcons' Hayden Hurst: Won't play Week 17

    Hurst (illness) won't be available for Sunday's game against the Bills after the Falcons didn't activate him from the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to Saturday's deadline for Week 17 roster moves, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Hurst is one of two key Atlanta pass catchers that will remain on the list for the Week 17 contest, joining receiver Tajae Sharpe (illness). The blocking-oriented Lee Smith will serve as the top backup to starting tight end Kyle Pitts, while Sharpe's absence will likely allow Olamide Zaccheaus and Christian Blake to join Russell Gage in three-receiver sets.
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  • Falcons' Hayden Hurst: Lands on COVID-19 list

    The Falcons placed Hurst on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday after he tested positive for the virus, Scott Bair of the team's official site reports. Hurst is among 10 Falcons on the active roster and two more on the practice squad that have landed in COVID-19 protocols in recent days. The entire team is vaccinated, so the tight end still has a chance to test out of the protocol and make himself available for Sunday's game at Buffalo.
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  • Falcons' Hayden Hurst: Catches touchdown in win

    Hurst caught both of his targets for 21 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 20-16 win over the Lions. Hurst caught his first pass of the game on the last play of the first quarter, but he wasn't targeted again until he caught the go-ahead, 12-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter, which ultimately turned out to be the game winner. Hurst has now caught at least one pass in each of his last three games, including two touchdown grabs. Matt Ryan's reliance on tight ends makes Hurst worthy of fantasy consideration, but barring an occasional touchdown, his fantasy production is likely diminished by the standout play from Kyle Pitts.
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  • Falcons' Hayden Hurst: Minimal role in passing attack

    Hurst caught both of his targets for six yards during Sunday's 31-13 loss to the 49ers. Hurst battled an illness in practice leading up to Week 15, but he was able to play 25 of the Falcons' 60 offensive snaps. However, his role in the passing attack remained minimal. With Kyle Pitts and Russell Gage absorbing the majority of Matt Ryan's attention, it will be difficult for another viable fantasy to emerge from the Falcons' struggling offense.
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  • Falcons' Hayden Hurst: Logs full practice Thursday

    Hurst (illness) practiced in full Thursday. One day removed from sitting out due to an illness, Hurst returned and handled every rep thrown his way. Playing behind rookie standout Kyle Pitts this season, Hurst has accrued a 21-161-2 line on 26 targets in 10 appearances.
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  • Falcons' Hayden Hurst: Under the weather

    Hurst didn't practice Wednesday due to an illness. Assuming his ailment isn't related to COVID-19, Hurst should have a good chance at regaining health ahead of Sunday's game against the 49ers. Hurst scored his second touchdown of the season in a Week 14 win over Carolina, but that came on his only target all game, while top tight end Kyle Pitts hauled in five passes for 61 yards.
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  • Falcons' Hayden Hurst: Returns with touchdown

    Hurst caught his only target for a three-yard touchdown during Sunday's 29-21 win over the Panthers. Hurst returned from a three-game absence to catch his second touchdown of the season. Before the ankle injury, Hurst recorded 20 receptions on 25 targets for 158 yards and a touchdown through nine games. Matt Ryan's reliance on checkdowns to running backs and tight ends makes the 2018 first-round pick an interesting option, but the emergence of Kyle Pitts will likely diminish Hurst's fantasy potential.
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  • Falcons' Hayden Hurst: Returns to active roster

    Hurst (ankle) was activated from injured reserve Saturday. Hurst missed the Falcons' last three games while on injured reserve and should provide a boost behind starting tight end Kyle Pitts. Hurst recorded 20 receptions on 25 targets for 158 yards and a touchdown through the first nine games for Atlanta. He should be a reliable safety blanket for quarterback Matt Ryan this Sunday as the Falcons go up against a Carolina defense that has allowed the second-fewest passing yards-per-game (176.7) and recorded the fourth-most sacks (32) in the NFL this season.
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  • Falcons' Hayden Hurst: Back at practice

    Atlanta designated Hurst (ankle) for return from injured reserve Monday, Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official site reports. The transaction opens up a 21-day window for the Falcons to evaluate Hurst in practice, but Atlanta's decision to waive reserve tight end Parker Hesse on Monday is a strong hint that the Falcons are expecting Hurst to rejoin the 53-man roster in advance of their Week 14 game in Carolina. Before missing Atlanta's last three contests with the ankle injury, Hurst had suited up in each of the team's first nine games of the season, recording 20 receptions for 158 yards and a touchdown on 25 targets.
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  • Falcons' Hayden Hurst: Nearing return to practice

    Coach Arthur Smith indicated Monday that Hurst (ankle) could return to practice this week, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports. Hurst has been on injured reserve for each of the last three games, but he's now back at the team facility. If the 28-year-old ultimately is able to resume practicing this week, he'll have a chance to play Sunday against Carolina.
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  • Falcons' Hayden Hurst: Shifts to IR

    The Falcons placed Hurst (ankle) on injured reserve Thursday, Tori McElhaney of the team's official site reports. The Falcons had already ruled Hurst out ahead of Thursday's game against the Buccaneers after the ankle issue rendered him a non-participant in practices Monday through Wednesday. After further evaluation of the tight end, however, Atlanta determined it was best to shut Hurst down for two more games beyond Thursday. The blocking-oriented Lee Smith should step in as the No. 2 tight end behind starter and pass-catching specialist Kyle Pitts.
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  • Falcons' Hayden Hurst: Won't play Thursday

    Hurst (ankle) has been ruled out ahead of Thursday's game against New England, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports. Hurst has been more active than the typical No. 2 tight ends with 25 targets through nine games, but that kind of involvement hasn't been nearly enough for him to attain fantasy relevance in most formats. His absence Thursday could free up some extra snaps for blocking specialist Lee Smith and some of the team's depth wide receivers, not to mention the possibility of top tight end Kyle Pitts picking up some extra work.
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  • Falcons' Hayden Hurst: Still not practicing

    Hurst (ankle) didn't practice Tuesday. Hurst has taken a backseat to rookie tight end Kyle Pitts this season, seeing just 25 targets through nine games. In this past Sunday's loss at Dallas, Hurst was knocked from the contest with an ankle injury that hasn't allowed him to practice during Week 11 prep. With one more session remaining to prove his health before Thursday's game versus the Patriots, he seems to be trending in the wrong direction.
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  • Falcons' Hayden Hurst: Idle to begin Week 11 prep

    Hurst (ankle) is listed as a non-participant on Monday's estimated practice report, Scott Bair of the Falcons' official site reports. Hurst is unsurprisingly still hobbled one day after picking up an ankle injury in Sunday's 43-3 loss to the Cowboys. He didn't record any statistics before departing the contest, and he'll now be at risk of missing his first game of the season with the Falcons facing a quick turnaround Thursday night against the Patriots. The Falcons should have a better idea by Wednesday if Hurst will be available for the Week 11 contest.
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  • Falcons' Hayden Hurst: Won't make it back Sunday

    Hurst (ankle) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports. While there has been no word on the severity of the injury, it makes sense for any player with even the slightest injury risk to sit the rest of the game given that the Falcons are in the midst of getting blown out. Keith Smith might see extra snaps in the meantime.
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  • Falcons' Hayden Hurst: Catches two passes Sunday

    Hurst caught two of his three targets for 16 yards during Sunday's 27-25 win over the Saints. Hurst continues to garner plenty of playing time, but his production has been limited while operating behind Kyle Pitts. He is averaging 3.8 targets, 3.0 receptions and 24.8 receiving yards over his last five games, but he has scored just one touchdown on the season, making him a risky fantasy play.
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