Ja'Marr Chase

Cincinnati Bengals
Wide Receiver #1
Cincinnati Bengals
Wide Receiver #1
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Ja'Marr Chase News

Solid in Super Bowl loss

Chase recorded five receptions on eight targets for 89 yards in Sunday's 23-20 Super Bowl LVI loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Chase was overshadowed by Tee Higgins' two-touchdown performance, though he still delivered explosive plays of his own. He set up Cincinnati's first points of the game when he hauled in a 46-yard reception after beating Jalen Ramsey down the right sideline. Chase also added a 17-yard catch on the final drive of the game as the team was pushing down the field in an effort to attempt a game-tying field goal. Despite the disappointing loss, Chase was excellent throughout the postseason by topping 100 yards twice and posting five gains of 20 or more yards across four contests. He'll head into his second season as the primary big-play threat in the Bengals' offense while working opposite Higgins.

Feb 13, 2022 8:10 PM EST

Grabs touchdown

Chase recorded six receptions on nine targets for 54 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-24 win over Kansas City in the AFC Championship Game.

Analysis: Chase was blanketed throughout the day and was unable to find much room for big gains. However, he still managed a 22-yard reception to help set up a field goal early in the third quarter. He followed that up with a two-yard touchdown reception one possession later, winning a jump ball in the back corner of the end zone. Chase is sure to once again be the focal point of either the Rams' or 49ers' defense in the Super Bowl, but he has either 100 receiving yards or a touchdown in all three of Cincinnati's postseason wins.

Jan 30, 2022 4:21 PM EST

Explosive in victory

Chase recorded five receptions on six targets for 109 yards in Saturday's 19-16 divisional-round win over the Titans.

Analysis: The Titans were focused on slowing Chase, and that showed in his relatively limited target volume. However, he made the most of each of his opportunities to post another big stat line. His performance began with a 57-yard gain midway through the first quarter on a catch at the line of scrimmage that he quickly turned upfield while evading several defenders. Chase also set up the game-winning field goal with a 19-yard reception with only 20 seconds remaining in the game. He'll head into the AFC Championship Game having topped 100 receiving yards in four of his last contests.

Jan 22, 2022 5:46 PM EST

Dominant playoff debut

Chase caught nine passes for 116 yards on 12 targets against Las Vegas on Saturday.

Analysis: Be it the regular season or playoffs, Chase has proven himself a uniquely productive player who holds top-shelf fantasy value. Chase was heavily involved early for Cincinnati and spearheaded their initial offensive attack in a game the Bengals went on to win 26-19. Tee Higgins (one 10-yard catch on four targets) will normally claim a bigger share of the Cincinnati passing game than he did against the Raiders, but both players have shown the ability to shine when the spotlight lands on them.

Jan 15, 2022 5:25 PM EST

Sets franchise record in cameo

Chase brought in two of four targets for 26 yards in the Bengals' 21-16 loss to the Browns on Sunday.

Analysis: The star rookie was in there for limited snaps as expected, but he did get more than the 12 yards he needed to set the rookie franchise record in that category. Chase was able to get some good work in before the postseason while working with backup quarterback Brandon Allen, and he'll now look ahead to keeping his connection with Joe Burrow (knee) as incandescently hot as it was to wrap up the regular season.

Jan 9, 2022 3:21 PM EST

Active Sunday, may see light snaps

Chase is active for Sunday's game against the Browns, though he's not expected to see his usual snap count in the contest, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Head coach Zac Taylor suggested earlier this week that Chase could be a candidate to sit out the regular-season finale for rest purposes, as the Bengals have little at stake Week 18 in terms of playoff positioning and would ideally escape the contest without any injuries to key players heading into the postseason. To that end, Joe Burrow (knee/rest), Joe Mixon (reserve/COVID-19 list) and Tee Higgins (coach's decision) are all sitting out Week 18, but Chase will at least dress for the contest. However, the Bengals may be looking to limit his workload, with Baby noting that Chase enters the contest just 12 receiving yards shy of the single-season franchise record. It wouldn't be surprising if the Bengals attempted to give Chase the opportunity to set the record early in the game before keeping him on the sideline the rest of the day.

Jan 9, 2022 8:46 AM EST

May play some this week

Coach Zac Taylor said Chase "potentially" could play in Sunday's game against Cleveland, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: With QB Joe Burrow already reported to be sitting out, there's a good chance Chase plays less than a full game if he even suits up at all. He already has the rookie record for receiving yards (1,428) thanks to his 11-266-3 line in the Week 17 win over Kansas City.

Jan 5, 2022 10:52 AM EST

Sets rookie receiving record in win

Chase caught 11 of 12 targets for 266 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 34-31 win over the Chiefs.

Analysis: Chase made a move in space and outran the whole Chiefs defense for a 72-yard touchdown late in the first quarter, then scored again from 18 yards out in the second by easily outmuscling a defender in the end zone. He completed the touchdown hat trick with a 69-yard burst down the sideline early in the third quarter, and while Chase didn't get back into the end zone after that, he continued to play a major part in Cincinnati's comeback from a 28-17 halftime hole. Chase finished with the single-game rookie record for receiving yards, topping 200 for the second time in his sensational rookie season. The first-round pick out of LSU has 13 touchdowns heading into the regular-season finale in Cleveland.

Jan 2, 2022 1:18 PM EST

Goes over 120 yards

Chase caught seven passes for 125 yards on 10 targets against Baltimore on Sunday.

Analysis: Chase no doubt benefited from the injuries to the Baltimore secondary, but this is a still a strong output by any standard and puts him back on track for a good finish to a rookie season that has been spectacular overall, even despite some bumps in the road. At worst this was a good tune-up showing for Chase as the Bengals prepare to face a tougher Chiefs defense in Week 17.

Dec 26, 2021 1:41 PM EST

Ineffective against Denver

Chase recorded one reception on four targets for three yards in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: This matchup was a defensive struggle from start to finish, but even given that context Chase posted a disappointing line. Volume was down for nearly every Cincinnati receiver, but Chase's inability to break free for big gains -- a skill that was the key to his early season production -- remains a concern. Across his last seven games, he's managed only two receptions of at least 20 yards. In that same span, he's averaged only 3.7 receptions and 40.6 receiving yards per game.

Dec 19, 2021 7:58 PM EST

Scores twice against Niners

Chase caught five of eight targets for 77 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: The rookie was a key figure in the game even getting to OT. With the Bengals in a 20-6 hole to begin the fourth quarter, Chase got to work and hauled in TD strikes of 17 and 32 yards from Joe Burrow. It's the second two-touchdown performance of the season for Chase, who now has an amazing 10 TDs through his first 13 NFL games in addition to reaching the 1,000-yard mark. He'll look to keep rolling in Week 15 against the Broncos.

Dec 12, 2021 8:21 PM EST

Five catches in loss

Chase secured five of eight targets for 52 yards in the Bengals' 41-22 loss to the Chargers on Sunday.

Analysis: Chase saw fellow wideouts Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd outshine him on the afternoon, but he still put together a solid fantasy performance, especially from a PPR perspective. The standout rookie is in a bit of a slump since a stellar 8-201-1 effort against the Ravens in Week 7, posting no more than six receptions or Sunday's 52 receiving yards since that game. His next opportunity to bump up his production comes in a Week 14 home battle against the 49ers.

Dec 5, 2021 3:26 PM EST

Falls victim to game script

Chase caught all three of his targets for 39 yards in Sunday's 41-10 blowout win over the Steelers.

Analysis: The Bengals went up big in the first half on the backs of Joe Mixon (165 yards and two touchdowns) and a dominant defensive performance (interception return for a touchdown). When Joe Burrow was asked to drop back and pass, he favored Tee Higgins (six receptions for 114 yards and a score) on the side of the field that star defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick wasn't operating in. Chase has seen his production dip over the last four contests as defenses appear to be focusing more on the breakout star (38 yards per game over that span). Cincinnati may need to utilize its top receiving option more heavily in an upcoming matchup against the Chargers' high-powered offense next Sunday.

Nov 28, 2021 2:38 PM EST

Makes low volume count Sunday

Chase caught three of six targets for 32 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 32-13 win over the Raiders. He also gained eight rushing yards on two carries.

Analysis: The six targets were the fewest Chase has seen since Week 3 while the 40 scrimmage yards were a season low, but the rookie wideout stayed productive by hauling in a six-yard score from Joe Burrow in the fourth quarter as the Bengals pulled away. Chase has eight TDs through his first 10 NFL games while inching closer to 1,000 receiving yards, and he could pad those numbers significantly in Week 12 against a Steelers defense he torched for two touchdowns in their first meeting this year.

Nov 21, 2021 7:07 PM EST

Does little with 13 targets

Chase caught six of 13 targets for 49 yards and lost a fumble in Sunday's 41-16 loss to Cleveland. He also rushed twice for no gain.

Analysis: Chase was the intended receiver on a Joe Burrow pass that was returned for a 99-yard interception touchdown to end a promising Bengals opening drive, then the rookie wide receiver fumbled in the second quarter. He also had a ball go through his hands in the end zone in the third quarter, as some of the drops Chase struggled with in the preseason have begun to resurface. After eclipsing 50 receiving yards in each of his first seven games, Chase has failed to reach that mark in either of the last two, but the Bengals' Week 10 bye will give the standout rookie an opportunity to hit the reset button.

Nov 7, 2021 1:33 PM EST

Quiet outside of short TD

Chase caught three of eight targets for 32 yards and a touchdown while adding nine yards on one rushing attempt in Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Chase has done most of his scoring from distance, but he showed he can be an effective red-zone weapon as well with a two-yard touchdown in the second quarter. That was his seventh touchdown in eight games, as the rookie fifth-overall pick has lived up to his draft-day billing and then some. The underrated Jets secondary kept Chase to under 50 receiving yards for the first time in his career, but he'll have a WR1 ceiling in all formats in Week 9 against the Browns.

Oct 31, 2021 2:40 PM EST

Explodes for 201 yards

Chase had eight receptions (10 targets) for 201 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 41-17 rout of the Ravens.

Analysis: Chase was already on the way to a big receiving day before Joe Burrow dialed up his favorite receiver for an 82-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. The budding star wideout continues to dazzle in his rookie campaign, bringing his season totals up to 35 receptions, 754 yards and six scores through seven contests. If that wasn't impressive enough, Chase's mark of 21.5 yards per catch ranks second in the league, trailing only the Raiders' Henry Ruggs. Fantasy managers should continue riding the gravy train into MetLife Stadium when Chase and the Bengals take on the Jets next Sunday.

Oct 24, 2021 1:34 PM EST

Just misses century mark in win

Chase brought in four of six targets for 97 yards in the Bengals' 34-11 win over the Lions on Sunday.

Analysis: Chase's yardage total led the Bengals' pass catchers, with a game-high 53-yard grab playing a big part. The dynamic rookie also shared the team lead in targets, but the downturn in that category was a mild disappointment after Chase had logged 19 total looks over the previous two games. Despite falling just short of his third 100-yard effort, the first-round pick will have no shortage of appeal going into a Week 7 road showdown against the Ravens.

Oct 17, 2021 2:38 PM EST

Scores while topping 150 yards

Chase caught six of 10 targets for 159 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 25-22 overtime loss to the Packers.

Analysis: Chase continued his sensational start to his NFL career with his best performance yet. This year's fifth pick had a drop early but compensated with an impressive 70-yard touchdown catch off a scramble drill just before halftime, again showing his unique chemistry with quarterback Joe Burrow. That play gave Chase five scores through as many games as a pro, including four of 30-plus yards. The 21-year-old star then made an acrobatic catch along the sideline to help set up Cincinnati's chance to win the game in overtime, surpassing the 150-yard mark in the process. Although his team ultimately endured an epically wacky defeat, Chase is flying high ahead of Week 6's matchup against the winless Lions.

Oct 10, 2021 1:44 PM EST

Solid showing in close win

Chase secured six of nine targets for 77 yards in the Bengals' 24-21 win over the Jaguars on Thursday night.

Analysis: Chase checked in second in receiving yards and targets to Tyler Boyd, and he recorded a game-high 44-yard grab on the opening drive of the third quarter to help ignite the Bengals' comeback. The rookie continued to quickly re-cultivate the connection he had with college teammate Joe Burrow, as Chase's reception and target tallies were both new high-water marks, and he'll look to continue with a similar level of involvement in a Week 5 showdown against the Packers a week from Sunday, even if Tee Higgins is back from his shoulder injury in that contest.

Sep 30, 2021 9:23 PM EST

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