Ja'Marr Chase
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Fri 8/12/22 4:35 PM

Chase could see more work in the slot this year, with offensive coordinator Brian Callahan noting that the second-year wideout is a "really smart" player who knows assignments for multiple receiver spots, Paul Dehner of The Athletic reports.
EDGE Analysis
Primarily an X receiver last season, Chase didn't move around the formation much early on, instead finding success with his ability to beat press coverage, win one-on-one matchups outside and run past slower defenders. The Bengals moved him around a bit more as the year went along, but his 20.6 percent slot-snap rate over the final nine games (including playoffs) was still on the low side for a top receiver. Chase could move inside a bit more often this year, though it isn't clear how much that even matters for fantasy, as he finished last year with 2.49 yards per route run from the slot and 2.45 YPRR on the perimeter. There's also the matter of fellow Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd, who has primarily worked the slot for most of his career.

Ja'Marr Chase
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Wed 7/27/22 3:43 PM1 Comment

Chase joked Wednesday that he hopes former college teammate Justin Jefferson doesn't beat him to 2,000 yards, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
No player has ever hit 2,000 receiving yards in a season, though Cooper Kupp came close in the first year with a 17-game schedule (1,947). It won't be too surprising if someone does it in the next few years, with Chase, Jefferson and Kupp being the prime candidates. They're also the consensus first-round picks among wide receivers, with many drafts featuring all three in the top five. Chase turned 128 targets into 1,455 yards and 13 TDs as a rookie, later adding 368 more yards and another TD on 35 targets in four playoff games. Even if there's some efficiency regression, Chase has room to add more volume in his second pro season.

Ja'Marr Chase
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Sun 2/13/22 11:10 PM

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

Ja'Marr Chase
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Sun 1/30/22 7:21 PM

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

Ja'Marr Chase
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Sat 1/22/22 8:46 PM

Chase recorded five receptions on six targets for 109 yards in Saturday's 19-16 divisional-round win over the Titans.
EDGE 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 each of his last four full contests.

Ja'Marr Chase
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Sat 1/15/22 8:25 PM

Chase caught nine passes for 116 yards on 12 targets and ran for 23 yards on three carries against Las Vegas on Saturday.
EDGE 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.

Ja'Marr Chase
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Sun 1/9/22 6:21 PM

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

Ja'Marr Chase
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Sun 1/9/22 11:46 AM

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.
EDGE 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.

Ja'Marr Chase
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Wed 1/5/22 1:52 PM

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said Chase "potentially" could play in Sunday's game against Cleveland, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
EDGE Analysis
With quarterback Joe Burrow already acknowledging that he'll sit out with a minor knee injury he would otherwise normally play through if the Bengals hadn't already locked up a playoff spot, 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.

Ja'Marr Chase
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Sun 1/2/22 4:18 PM

Chase caught 11 of 12 targets for 266 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 34-31 win over the Chiefs.
EDGE 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 debut season. The first-round pick out of LSU has 13 touchdowns heading into the regular-season finale in Cleveland.