Ja'Marr Chase

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

Dominates opportunity in Week 18

Chase recorded eight receptions on 13 targets for 86 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-16 win over Baltimore.

Analysis: Chase earned double-digit targets for the fourth consecutive game, and he nearly doubled Tyler Boyd who finished second on the team with seven looks. Chase displayed some big-play ability, highlighted by a 26-yard touchdown catch as well as big gains of 20 and 17 yards. He also served as a check down option for Joe Burrow, tallying short gains of 10 and nine yards. Despite having his season cut short by five games due to a hip injury, Chase surpassed 1,000 receiving yards and managed nine touchdowns. He'll be a key to the Bengals' postseason run.

Jan 8, 2023 2:38 PM EST

Mixed results

Chase had eight catches for 79 yards in Sunday's win over the Patriots, but he also lost a critical fumble in the second half and was the target on an interception by Marcus Jones that was returned for a touchdown.

Analysis: The pick-six was a result of a cross-up between Chase and Joe Burrow, as Chase continued a go-route while Burrow threw a back-shoulder play.

Dec 24, 2022 3:19 PM EST

Grabs eighth touchdown in win

Chase had seven receptions (13 targets) for 60 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-23 win over the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Chase was bottled up for the majority of this contest before Joe Burrow found his favorite target for a short score in fourth quarter. It wasn't the most efficient use of 13 targets from the star wideout, but the touchdown put a bow on a solid point total for managers in the thick of the fantasy playoffs. Chase draws a tough matchup against the Patriots in Week 16, as Bill Belichick's defenses are notorious for keying in on the opposition's top offensive weapon. New England held Las Vegas' Davante Adams to a 4/28/0 receiving line in Week 15, so the Bengals will have to get creative in getting Chase open Saturday.

Dec 18, 2022 5:33 PM EST

Keys Bengals win

Chase had 10 catches for 119 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Browns. He also had one carry for six yards.

Analysis: Chase was operating without Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd essentially for the entire game, after Boyd got hurt on the first pass attempt in the first quarter. Even still, the Browns couldn't find a way to stop Chase. He was sacked once on an attempted trick play, losing nine yards - make sure to watch how your stat provider handles that play in terms of your fantasy scoring.

Dec 11, 2022 2:47 PM EST

Nearly 100 yards in return

Chase caught seven passes for 97 yards in the Bengals' 27-24 win over the Chiefs on Sunday.

Analysis: Chase didn't get in the end zone, but he wrought plenty of damage to the Chiefs' secondary, and when he wasn't targeted he drew away coverage to leave others open. He had an additional catch overturned by an offensive pass interference call.

Dec 4, 2022 5:47 PM EST

Returns to action Sunday

Chase (hip) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Chase, who returned to a full practice Friday, is thus slated to return to game action for the first time since Week 7, with the wideout having suffered a hip injury in Cincinnati's Week 6 win over the Saints. In his return to action Sunday, it remains to be seen if Chase will log his pre-injury allotment of snaps, though Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network suggests that the talented pass catcher isn't expected to face playing-time limitations versus Kansas City. In that context, Chase possesses Week 13 lineup value in the absence of any in-game setbacks. In seven games to date, the 2021 first-rounder has compiled a fantasy-friendly 47/605/6 stat line on 74 targets.

Dec 4, 2022 12:06 PM EST

No limitations expected

Chase (hip), who remains listed as questionable but is expected to play Sunday against the Chiefs, isn't likely to have any snap-count limitations in his return from a four-game absence, Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: According to Wolfe, the Bengals plan on keeping an eye on Chase as the game rolls along, but so long he doesn't tweak his right hip during the contest, he looks like he'll be on the field for nearly every offensive down in his return to the lineup. Chase has logged snap shares between 86 and 100 percent in his seven appearances to date, compiling 47 receptions for 605 yards and six touchdowns on 74 targets in the process. Wolfe notes that Chase was on track to play in last week's win over the Titans before requesting that he received another game off to treat what was described as a hairline fracture of his hip and a hyperextended right leg. The extra maintenance he received in addition to the expectation that he won't be limited Sunday should clear up any hesitations fantasy managers might have had about activating Chase this week.

Dec 4, 2022 7:06 AM EST

Likely to return against Chiefs

Chase, officially listed as questionable due to a hip injury, is likely to play Sunday against the Chiefs, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Chase has missed Cincinnati's last four games with the injury but has practiced for the last two weeks. He turned in a full session Friday, a good indication that he may be able to return. That said, Chase will remain officially questionable until shortly before Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff.

Dec 3, 2022 8:50 PM EST

Practices fully, listed as questionable

Chase (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs after practicing fully Friday, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: At this stage, Chase is trending toward a return to action this weekend following a four-game absence due to a hip injury. "He did everything we needed to see," coach Zac Taylor noted Friday of the wideout's running and cutting. "I hate to use the words 'for sure,' but I'm optimistic. He's on track." Added context regarding Chase's Week 13 status should arrive late Saturday or early Sunday, but either way it will still be worth confirming his status when the Bengals' inactives are posted ahead of the team's 4:25 ET kickoff.

Dec 2, 2022 1:31 PM EST

Reps capped in practice

Chase (hip) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Chase has now been limited in five consecutive sessions and has yet to turn in a full practice since late October, when he suffered what he described as a hairline fracture of his hip and a hyperextended right leg. The receiver indicated Wednesday that he expects to put an end to his four-game absence this Sunday against the Chiefs, but whether Chase is cleared in advance of the weekend or receives an injury designation for the contest will likely be determined by the extent of his activity in practice Friday.

Dec 1, 2022 1:10 PM EST

Still limited at practice

Chase (hip) was limited at practice Wednesday, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Chase previously noted that his injured hip feels good enough to play at least "some reps," Sunday against the Chiefs and his continued participation in practice supports that notion. That said, unless the Bengals' star wideout returns to a full practice by Friday, he figures to head into the weekend with a Week 13 injury designation.

Nov 30, 2022 1:20 PM EST

Preparing to play Sunday

Chase (hip) is preparing as though he will play Sunday against the Chiefs, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: The wideout -- who last played in Week 7 -- indicated that he'll see how the rest of the week goes, but at this stage Chase noted that he's "expecting to take some reps" versus Kansas City. Per Kelsey Conway of The Cincinnati Enquirer, Chase is bouncing back from a hairline hip fracture, and while there had been hope that he'd return to action in Week 12, he wasn't feeling comfortable enough to play at that stage. As this weekend's game approaches, however, Andrew Gillis of The Cleveland Plain Dealer relays that Chase says that his hip is now pain-free.

Nov 30, 2022 9:50 AM EST

Expected to return Week 13

Chase (hip) is expected to return from his four-game absence versus Kansas City in Week 13, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Bengals reportedly considered having Chase retake the field for Sunday's win over Tennessee, but the team ultimately opted to play it safe with the star wideout's return and give him a bit more time to fully recover from his hip injury. Barring any setbacks, now, the expectation is that Chase will be available alongside Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd for Sunday's matchup against the Chiefs, a contest that could easily develop into a high-scoring affair. It's also possible Cincinnati gets Joe Mixon (concussion) back in the lineup after he was inactive against the Titans.

Nov 28, 2022 8:06 AM EST

Inactive Sunday

Chase (hip) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Titans, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Chase, who has missed the Bengals' last three games due to a hip injury, was a limited participant at practice Wednesday through Friday before being listed as questionable for the contest. However, the star wideout will be held out once again Sunday and will thus target a potential return to action next weekend when Cincinnati faces Kansas City at home. In Chase's continued absence, Trenton Irwin figures to log added wideout snaps alongside Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd in Week 12.

Nov 27, 2022 8:35 AM EST

Not expected to play Sunday

Chase (hip) is not expected to be active for Sunday's game against the Titans, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Chase reportedly logged an encouraging week of practice and is closing in on a return to the field, but he's expected to miss at least one more game. The star wideout resumed practicing in limited fashion this week after missing the last three games due to a hip injury. It appears that the final word on Chase's status could still come down to a game-time call ahead of Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff, but the expectation is that Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd will once again act as Joe Burrow's top wideouts.

Nov 27, 2022 2:59 AM EST

Trending toward another absence

Chase (hip) isn't in line to play Sunday at Tennessee, Kelsey Conway of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Chase got back on the practice field this week in a limited fashion after missing the last three game due to a sore hip. While he hasn't officially been ruled out by the Bengals -- coach Zac Taylor said Friday that the wide receiver would be a game-time call -- it appears Chase instead will aim to return Week 13 against the Chiefs. In the end, the decision on Chase's status will be revealed about 90 minutes before Sunday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff.

Nov 26, 2022 12:29 PM EST

Trending toward game-day call

Chase (hip) will be listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Hobson adds that coach Zac Taylor indicates that a decision on the wideout's Week 12 status will be made Sunday. Fortunately for those hoping to use Chase in fantasy lineups this weekend, the Bengals' kickoff versus Tennessee is at 1:00 ET.

Nov 25, 2022 10:03 AM EST

Another limited practice

Chase (hip) remained limited at practice Thursday.

Analysis: Now that he's logged back-to-back limited practices, Chase is trending in the right direction ahead of this weekend's game against the Titans. That said, unless he practices fully Friday, the wideout figures to carry a Week 12 injury designation ahead of Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff.

Nov 24, 2022 12:31 PM EST

Limited in return to practice

Chase (hip) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Chase last saw game action in Week 7, with his return to practice Wednesday, albeit in a limited fashion, representing a significant step toward the wideout potentially playing this weekend against the Titans. Unless Chase is able to practice fully by Friday, however, he figures to approach Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff with a Week 12 injury designation.

Nov 23, 2022 1:17 PM EST

Back at practice

Chase (hip) was spotted at practice Wednesday, Kelsey Conway of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: It remains to be seen how the Bengals list Chase's participation level, but at this stage the wideout appears to be trending in the right direction in advance of Sunday's contest against the Titans. Prior to being sidelined, Chase -- who last saw game action in Week 7 -- was providing strong fantasy production, having caught 47 passes (on 74 targets) for 605 yards and six TDs in seven outings.

Nov 23, 2022 11:02 AM EST

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