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Burrow is expected to be 100 percent to start the season after missing the final seven games in 2023 with a wrist injury that required surgery. When healthy, Burrow has top-five upside at his position, and he's worth drafting no later than Round 5 in the majority of one-quarterback leagues (he's a Round 1 pick in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues). Burrow has struggled to stay healthy at times in his NFL career, and last year started with a calf injury, followed by his injured wrist in Week 11. But he also can be among the best quarterbacks in the NFL, and he scored at least 23.9 Fantasy points in each of the three games prior to his wrist injury. He also averaged 26.3 Fantasy points in 2022. Hopefully, Burrow will have his top two receivers all season in Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins, and if he does, that's a huge advantage. But as long as Burrow is healthy, he should be among the best quarterbacks in the NFL and Fantasy.

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Year yds
Passing Yards
Touchdown Passes
Interceptions Thrown
Rushing Yards
Rushing Touchdowns
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
2023 2309 15 6 88 16916.9
2022 4475 35 12 257 5 40825.5
3y Avg. 3798 28 11 154 2 30621.9
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Vague on status of wrist

    Burrow (wrist) said Tuesday that he'll be ready for the start of the season but doesn't want to put a percentage on his rehab progress, Charlie Clifford of WLWT News 5 Cincinnati reports. Burrow hinted at a more cautious approach with his surgically repaired right wrist than he had with past injuries, noting that he should have "taken more time" after he suffered a calf injury last summer. He averaged just 182 passing yards and 0.5 touchdowns over the first four weeks of the season, but he rebounded in a big way with averages of 296 yards and 2.4 touchdowns over the next five games before he suffered the season-ending wrist injury Week 11. He had surgery Nov. 27 to repair a torn ligament in his wrist, and by early May, he was cleared for everything besides taking contact. Burrow has been lifting weights for more than three months and throwing footballs for more than a month, but he doesn't sound like he'll push himself too hard this summer, at least not until training camp opens in late July.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Continues to progress

    Burrow (wrist), who has resumed throwing, indicated Tuesday that he's fully cleared to do everything that doesn't involve contact, Kelsey Conway of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Burrow, who is bouncing back from a procedure to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist, started throwing again in April, noting that at this stage his focus is on mechanics like his footwork and arm path, as well as the "little intricacies of the throwing motion." While it remains to be seen when he'll be cleared for contact, Ben Baby of ESPN relays that the Bengals' franchise signal-caller feels as though he's "in a good spot" in his recovery process, and there's nothing to suggest that Burrow won't be ready to go well ahead of Week 1.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Throwing at minicamp

    Burrow (wrist) was on the field throwing at the Bengals' facility Monday. Burrow's season ended 27 snaps into Week 11 last season, after which he required surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right (throwing) wrist. Earlier in the offseason, he stated that he expected to be fully cleared by mid-May, and it appears he's on track. Burrow should be all systems go well in time for training camp later this summer. His weaponry has gone a bit of an overhaul, with Joe Mixon, Tyler Boyd and Irv Smith jettisoned. Veterans Zack Moss and Mike Gesicki were signed as free agents to go along with returnees Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Facing changes on offense

    Burrow (wrist) is slated to enter the 2024 season with a revamped skill-position group, with Joe Mixon set to be traded to the Texans, Zack Moss inking a two-year deal as his replacement, and numerous shifts in the receiving game, Ben Baby of ESPN reports. Burrow will have to cope with more than just a new-look backfield, though it remains to be seen whether Moss can adequately fill Mixon's shoes, even after he proved so productive filling in for Jonathan Taylor at the start of last season. Tyler Boyd is currently a free agent, while explosive tight end Mike Gesicki is poised to ink a one-year deal with the Bengals, giving Burrow a replacement target in the middle of the field. Perhaps most important, though, is the fact that Tee Higgins has requested a trade, as Jared Goffinet of Fox 19 Cincinnati reports. That situation may not resolve in the near future, and further changes on offense could still occur in free agency and the 2024 NFL Draft, but in any scenario, Ja'Marr Chase will remain the pillar of this receiving game. For his part, Burrow is expected to be cleared for full contact by mid-May, as he continues his recovery from Nov. 27 surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Should be cleared in May

    Burrow (wrist) said Sunday that he expects to be "cleared for full contact and everything" by mid-May, Ben Baby of reports. Burrow also said he's able to lift weights "basically normally now" and has started throwing small medicine balls as part of his rehab. The QB had surgery Nov. 27 to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist, 11 days after suffering the injury in a Week 11 loss at Baltimore. Prior to that, Burrow had found his groove with multiple TD passes in five straight games, bouncing back strong after throwing just two TDs over the first four weeks of the season while dealing with a lingering calf injury from training camp. He anticipates being ready for his normal throwing routine at OTAs, though it sounds like he'll take it slow until then.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Anticipates throwing by OTAs

    Burrow (wrist) said Monday that he thinks he will be cleared to resume throwing during OTAs this spring, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports. Burrow underwent season-ending surgery on his right wrist shortly after Thanksgiving Day and missed the final seven games of the 2023 campaign, finishing the season with 2,309 passing yards, 15 touchdowns and six interceptions on a 66.9 percent completion rate. He should be fully recovered well ahead of training camp next summer.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Struggles with turnovers Sunday

    Burrow completed 27 of 40 passes for 347 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions and added five carries for 20 yards in the Bengals' 30-27 loss to the Texans on Sunday. He also committed a fumble recovered by Cincinnati. Burrow finished the afternoon with a perfectly acceptable fantasy stat line, but his pair of fourth-quarter interceptions were particularly detrimental despite neither directly leading to Texans points. His first pick came at Houston's 11-yard line, while the second transpired in the end zone and short-circuited what had been an encouraging seven-play, 78-yard drive. Burrow's highlights did include a picturesque 64-yard touchdown strike to Ja'Marr Chase, which was preceded by a 32-yard scoring toss to Trenton Irwin to cap off Cincinnati's opening possession. Burrow may not have Tee Higgins (hamstring) back for a critical Week 11 divisional road clash against the Ravens on Thursday night, but he'll head into the contest with two- and five-game streaks of 300-yard tallies and multi-touchdown efforts, respectively.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Play improves with health

    Burrow completed 31 of 44 pass attempts for 348 yards with two touchdowns and no turnovers in Sunday's 24-18 win over the Bills. Burrow turned in another masterful passing performance in his second game coming out of Cincinnati's bye in Week 7. The young superstar has completed 78 percent of his passes for 631 yards and five touchdowns in those two contests after a lingering calf injury limited his play out of the gates. Now that he is seemingly back at full strength, Burrow should resume his upper echelon status in fantasy while boosting his top receivers' projections for a home matchup against Houston's 24th-ranked pass defense next Sunday.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: QBs to Start

    I don't think you have to fear starting Burrow against the 49ers this week, and he remains a top-10 Fantasy option for me in Week 8. His calf injury is hopefully behind him, and he is averaging 23.6 Fantasy points in his past two outings against the Cardinals and Seahawks. San Francisco allowed Kirk Cousins to pass for 378 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Week 7, and Burrow is rested coming off a bye week. He scored 34.7 Fantasy points after his bye in 2022 at Pittsburgh in Week 11, and hopefully he can have another strong outing in this matchup with the 49ers.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: QBs to Start

    I wrote in Start 'Em & Sit 'Em last week that I needed to see Burrow look like Burrow again before we could start him with confidence. Well, he's back, and hopefully the best is yet to come. Burrow lit up the Cardinals for 317 passing yards, three touchdowns and one interception in Week 5, with all three scores going to Ja'Marr Chase. For the first time this season, Burrow didn't seem to be bothered by the calf he originally injured at the beginning of training camp, and he should have another quality outing against Seattle on Sunday. Two of the past three quarterbacks to face the Seahawks (Jared Goff and Andy Dalton) have scored at least 27.5 Fantasy points.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Sneaky Sleeper (Lineup Decisions)

    Look, if there's a matchup Burrow could piece together a decent stat line in, this would be it. Or Denver. Or Chicago. You get the gist. The Cardinals pass rush shouldn't be too dangerous and Burrow, now over a month into his season, figures to eventually show some signs of improvement with his health. In no way is he a must start, and there's plenty of good reason to go with Trevor Lawrence, Russell Wilson, C.J. Stroud and even Joshua Dobbs over him, but there's some mild appeal that should at least keep him in lineups over Dak Prescott and Daniel Jones.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: QBs to Sit

    At some point, hopefully, Burrow is going to look like a standout Fantasy quarterback again, but right now he's struggling with his calf injury. He's scored 8.2 Fantasy points or less in three of four games this season, including two in a row, and he might not have a healthy Tee Higgins (ribs) in Week 5 at Arizona. I hope I'm wrong by putting Burrow in this section of the column, and the Cardinals have allowed two of the past three opposing quarterbacks to score at least 23.2 Fantasy points. But until we see Burrow look like Burrow, I'm going to lean toward sitting him in most one-quarterback leagues.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: No designation for Week 4

    Burrow (calf) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game in Tennessee. Listed as questionable ahead of the Bengals' Week 3 game against the Rams after aggravating a calf injury late in the team's Week 2 loss to the Ravens, Burrow ultimately suited up and played 100 percent of the offensive snaps in the 19-16 win over Los Angeles, completing 26 of 49 pass attempts for 259 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. Though the Bengals are facing a shorter turnaround for their Week 4 game against the Titans, Burrow nonetheless appears to be in a better spot on the health front. In addition to avoiding an injury designation for Sunday's contest, Burrow was listed as a full practice participant Wednesday through Friday.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Sit Him (Lineup Decisions)

    The Bengals have an interesting dilemma: They haven't been able to dominate with the run much this season, and now they face a matchup where they'll almost certainly have to throw a lot. The good news is that Tennessee just hasn't been good against the pass and, against these receivers, could be burned by broken coverage if they play a lot of man. I wouldn't expect a big game from Burrow, but he could still find 225 yards and two touchdowns, which sounds like next to nothing considering the investment Fantasy managers made in him. I'd rather play a QB with upside including Russell Wilson, Anthony Richardson, Daniel Jones and even Justin Fields.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Full participant in walkthrough

    Burrow (calf) was listed as a full participant on Wednesday's estimated injury report, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports. Burrow hasn't been his usual dynamic self this season since suffering a calf injury in the early days of training camp. After aggravating the injury late in Week 2, Burrow was listed as questionable heading into Monday's game against the Rams, but he ultimately suited up. While helping to guide Cincinnati to a 19-16 win, Burrow completed 26 of 49 passes for 259 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. The Bengals held a walk-through practice Wednesday, so Burrow's listed activity level should be taken with a grain of salt, especially after head coach Zac Taylor told Ben Baby of that Burrow's workload will be watched closely each day this week. With that knowledge, Burrow's status should continue to be monitored ahead of Sunday's game at Tennessee.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Pushing to play Monday

    Burrow (calf) intends to try and suit up for Monday night's game against the Rams, barring any setbacks, Kelsey Conway of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Burrow appears to be trending in the right direction for Monday Night Football, but a final word on his status may not come until closer to Monday's 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff. The star quarterback is officially listed as questionable for Week 3, but he's reportedly continued to feel better as the week has progressed, and he took first-team reps during Sunday's walk-through practice. Jake Browning would be in line to start for Cincinnati if Burrow's right calf injury doesn't react well during pregame warmups.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Took first snaps in walk-through

    Burrow (calf) took the first-team snaps in Sunday's walk-through practice, Jay Glazer reported on Fox NFL Sunday. The implication here is that Burrow is pushing to play and that the decision won't be made until Monday night. This activity contrasts with Friday's and Saturday's practices, where Burrow worked with the scout team.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Participating in warmups

    Burrow (calf) was spotted participating in Saturday's practice warmups, Kelsey Conway of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. We'll find out Burrow's official status likely later Saturday, but it sure seems as if this is a positive step toward the star quarterback playing Monday against the Rams. The 26-year-old also logged limited participation in Friday's practice.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Spotted at practice

    Burrow (calf) was present for Friday's practice, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports. Dehner relays that Burrow was on the field with his shoulder pads on, but it remains to be seen how the Bengals will list the QB's Friday practice participation. Burrow was listed as a non-participant Thursday in the team's initial practice ahead of Monday night's game against the Rams.
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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Doesn't practice Thursday

    Burrow (calf) was listed as a non-participant in practice Thursday, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports. Head coach Zac Taylor previously relayed that the Bengals plan to take it "day-to-day" with Burrow and "assess [him] each day," per Hobson, For his part, Burrow was non-committal about his availability for Monday's game against the Rams, according to Hobson. Burrow now has two more chances to practice before the Bengals determine whether or not he'll approach the contest with an injury designation.
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