News: Sanu had five catches on seven targets for 48 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Texans.
Impact: A.J. Green dominated the looks from quarterback Andy Dalton, catching 12 passes on 16 targets for 120 yards, but it was Sanu who caught Dalton's lone-touchdown, a six-yard score in the first quarter. After going for 125 yards in Week 8 and 95 yards and a touchdown in Week 9, Sanu has failed to reach even 50 yards in the last three games. The good news for fantasy owners is that the Bengals have the Bucs in Week 13, a team allowing the third-most passing yards per game this season.
News: Gresham had four catches on six targets for 33 yards Sunday against the Texans.
Impact: Coming off a two-touchdown effort in Week 11 against the Saints, Gresham went back to his usually-pedestrian self, failing to reach 40 yards for the fifth consecutive game. Quarterback Andy Dalton focuses on wideouts A.J. Green and Mohamed Sanu, leaving very little room for Gresham to make much of an impact, unless he gets in the end zone, something he's done in just one game this season.
News: Green had a career-high 12 catches on 16 targets for 121 yards Sunday against the Texans.
Impact: Green has posted two big games in a row, catching 18 passes on 24 targets for 248 yards and one touchdown over that span. He remains the top receiving option on the roster and could be in line for another big game in Week 13, as the Bengals will face off against a Buccaneers team allowing the third-most passing yards per game this season.
News: Dalton completed 24-of-35 passes for 233 yards, with one touchdown and one interception Sunday against the Texans.
Impact: Dalton connected with just five receivers, focusing mainly on top wideout A.J. Green, who finished with a career-high 12 catches on 16 targets for 121 yards. Dalton has been decent recently, though he's failed to reach even 240 passing yards in the last four games, while posting a 6:6 TD:INT ratio. However, that could turn around in Week 13, as the Bengals will face off against a Buccaneers team that is allowing the third-most passing yards per game this season.
News: Hill had a team-high 18 carries for 87 rushing yards and a touchdown and one catch on one target for nine receiving yards Sunday against the Texans.
Impact: Despite the return of Giovani Bernard from hip and clavicle injuries, Hill led the team in carries (Bernard finished with 17 for 45 yards), while also getting the rushing attempt in close, with Hill's touchdown coming on a two-yard run. Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said earlier this week that he plans to give both running backs plenty of looks, which isn't great news from a fantasy perspective, as they will each have their fantasy upsides limited by the other.
News: Bernard (hip/clavicle) had 17 carries for 45 rushing yards and two catches on three targets for 22 receiving yards Sunday against the Texans.
Impact: Playing in his first game since Week 8 against the Ravens, Bernard finished with one fewer carry than Jeremy Hill, who rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown, a two-yard run in the third quarter. With the way that Hill played while Bernard was sidelined, it wouldn't be surprising if the backfield turned a bit into a timeshare, which certainly will limit the upside of both backs. Up next is a Week 13 matchup against a Buccaneers defense allowing the 11th-most rushing yards per game this season.
News: Bernard (hip/clavicle), who is active for Sunday's game against the Texans, is listed as the starter, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: We're passing the news along, but we don't believe this information really means anything, as far as Bernard's workload is concerned. He is still going to share time with Jeremy Hill, and may even see fewer touches than Hill, as the Bengals ease him back into action.
News: Bernard (hip/clavicle) is active for Sunday's game against the Texans.
Impact: With Jeremy Hill running so well in Bernard's absence and Bernard still not fully healthy, the Bengals seem likely to ease their regular starter back into action, possibly employing some sort of timeshare against the Texans. It's not an ideal situation for owners of either back, but it doesn't necessarily mean you shouldn't start Bernard. Simply be aware of the fact that he might share a big chunk of the workload with Hill.