The Cincinnati Bengals will take on the Kansas City Chiefs in week 17 of the NFL season. The Bengals offense could use a boost and maybe get one if star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase can get back on the field this week. He has been sidelined with a shoulder injury, but could be a difference maker if he can return this week.
Ja’Marr Chase injury updates
Friday PM update: As expected, Chase is officially questionable to play this week. I’d be surprised if he didn’t play at this point, but we’ll need more info than just my hunch.
Friday update: Head coach Zac Taylor said, “we’ll see” when asked about Chase’s Week 17 status against the Chiefs, per Kelsey Conway. He appears to be trending in the right direction and will likely be listed as questionable.
Thursday update: Chase looks to be ramping up his participation, but we will know more when the official report comes out. For now, local media reports suggest that he is trending toward playing.
Wednesday update: Chase did not participate in practice officially but was seen getting individual work done on the side.
Fantasy football analysis
Chase is by far the best pass-catcher on the Bengals. He has played in 14 games and has brought in 93 of his 132 targets for 1,156 yards and seven touchdowns. Chase leads the team in all of those stats, and the offense struggled to get going without him. Despite missing a game, he still heads into this week as the overall WR9 in half-PPR scoring. The Kansas City defense allows the fourth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers.
If Chase is active, you’re going to start him in eight-team leagues or bigger. If he is unable to play, Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd and Andrei Iosivas would all get boosted, with Higgins being the only one you could start in leagues with fewer than 12 teams.