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Joe Burrow Injury Update Crushes Bengals Fantasy Outlook

Max Staley
Joe Burrow injury update crushes the Cincinnati Bengals' fantasy value.
Joe Burrow injury update crushes the Cincinnati Bengals' fantasy value. / Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Cincinnati Bengals No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow is down, and the cart has come out. He took a low hit to the knee and it did not look good.

While we still don't know anything concrete about the severity of the injury, it certainly doesn't look like he's coming back into this game, to say the least. If Burrow is looking at an extended absence, the rest of the Bengals' skill-position players will be looking at a significant dip in fantasy value while Ryan Finley is at the helm.

Tyler Boyd Fantasy Outlook

Tyler Boyd has been serving as the Bengals' No. 1 wideout this season, leading the team with 76 targets. He's been a monster in PPR formats, catching 60 passes for 625 yards and 3 touchdowns. His efficiency would likely plummet if Finley is in at QB, however.

Boyd goes from being a reliable WR2 to more of a WR3 if Burrow is out, though he could salvage some value thanks to the heavy volume he's likely to handle.

Tee Higgins Fantasy Outlook

Similarly, Tee Higgins would also be looking at a steep decline if Burrow can't suit up for a while. After a slow start to the year, catching just 8 passes through three weeks, Higgins was really starting to come on.

The 2020 second-round pick had been turning 7.7 targets into 5.3 catches for 88.0 receiving yards per game over a six-game stretch that started in Week 4. Higgins would likely be little more than a boom-or-bust WR3 if Burrow is looking at an extended absence.

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