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NFL Week 5 Fantasy Football Recap: Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Hayden Hurst (88) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins in the second half at Paycor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Andrews: 6 receptions, 75 yards, 1 touchdown

Hayden Hurst: 6 receptions, 53 yards, 1 touchdown

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Monitor the health of Tee Higgins: The Bengals wide receiver was limited to 10 offensive snaps early in the game but didn’t play after the first four drives.

    • Higgins has been on the injury report each of the past four weeks with various injuries. Most recently, it’s been an ankle injury that left him limited each week and questionable to play.
    • He played in 10 of the Bengals' first 13 offensive snaps and didn’t return to the game.
    • He wasn’t targeted during those snaps.
    • Mike Thomas took over in Higgins’ place. He caught one of two targets for 33 yards.
    • Stanley Morgan Jr. also played a few snaps in Higgins’ place.
    • The Bengals stayed in 11 personnel the entire time, so we never got to see if Tyler Boyd or Thomas would play in the base offense.

Add Hayden Hurst: Hurst had been limited in recent weeks due to injury but saw a more regular number of snaps, which helped him to a touchdown.

    • Hurst saw a clear majority of offensive snaps and finished second on the team in targets.
    • He ranks among the top four tight ends in routes run this season.
    • He is one of just four tight ends with 20-plus catches, 150-plus yards and two-plus touchdowns on the season, joining Mark Andrews, Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz.
    • The Bengals offense still hasn’t lived up to expectations yet this season. If it does, Hurst will see many more red-zone opportunities.

The Ravens without Justice Hill: J.K. Dobbins split playing time with Hill last week, 35 to 25, but Hill missed this week with a hamstring injury.

    • Dobbins’ role and playing time remained roughly the same compared to last week, which isn’t a great sign for his ceiling.
    • Kenyan Drake almost completely took Hill’s role and likely would again if Hill misses more playing time.
    • Gus Edwards returned to practice earlier in the week and should be returning to the Ravens’ lineup sooner rather than later. His return will further complicate the backfield.
    • Dobbins hasn’t been the primary third-down back this season when healthy. Ideally, he takes that role while Dobbins takes more of the early-down snaps.
    • If Hill or Drake keeps playing in passing situations, this will be a three-man backfield to avoid in redraft.

Table Notes
  • Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.
  • Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.
  • Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.

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