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Bengals News (2/25): Joe Mixon among Cincinnati’s best fantasy performers over the past decade

It was Joe Mixon’s first season of being a full-time starter, but he already secured the Bengals best fantasy season by a running back over the past 10 seasons.

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Bengals qualified for more compensatory picks than they received
It turns out the Cincinnati Bengals could have had even more compensatory picks in the 2019 NFL draft.

Fantasy football stats: Cincinnati Bengals best of the last decade
The list of teams that have made the playoffs more times in the last 10 years than the Bengals’ six is short. The list of teams with more playoff wins in that time than the Bengals’ … zero is much longer. In true 27 Dresses fashion, the Bengals were the most always-a-bridesmaid team in the league for most of the last decade, but they have fallen on harder times in recent years, with a combined 19-28-1 record since their last playoff appearance in 2015 and now entering 2019 with a new head coach for the first time since 2003.

2019 NFL mock draft: Updated Bengals 4-round projections
Granted, Duke Tobin will still be leading the charge after doing the same when finding Zac Taylor as the team’s next head coach. But with a handful of needs and premium picks, the Bengals should be one of the more interesting teams on draft day.

Cincinnati Bengals 7 Round Mock Draft (Pre-Combine Edition)
Draft season is in full swing with the NFL Combine looming large next weekend. The Draft is a beacon of hope for all 32 teams. Some of those teams are looking to reload, some are looking to rebuild, and a select few are in that awkward place somewhere between the two. The Cincinnati Bengals are stuck in that awkward place for now. Even with a new head coach, fans still aren’t sure if this team will be torn down or just added to.

Tyler Eifert fights back against injury-prone label
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