Travis Yates

37 articles

Week 11 TNF Preview: Surging Steelers bring unconventional offense to Cleveland

Get ready for a wild game in Cleveland with a primetime Thursday Night Football matchup between two AFC North rivals. The Browns, bolstered by the return of running back Kareem Hunt,...

Oakland Raiders: Week 10 rookies to watch on TNF

The Oakland Raiders are in a surprising spot at the halfway point of their season. At 4-4, they are in second place in the AFC West and just two games behind...

Breaking down the 2019 49ers rookies to watch in week 9

The San Francisco 49ers have not had a winning season since 2013 when they finished 12-4. In the five seasons since, they’ve amassed just 25 wins. That is, of course, until...

Minnesota Vikings: PFN OSM shows vast improvement in Kirk Cousins’ game

The minute quarterback Kirk Cousins signed his $84 million fully guaranteed contract with the Minnesota Vikings, he became a marked man. The impact of the expectations seemed to weigh on him...

Kansas City Chiefs: Mahomes’ injury won’t impact gameplan

The sky isn’t falling for the Kansas City Chiefs just yet, but it is a bit gloomy these days. Just two weeks ago, it was business as usual in a Sunday...

New York Giants battling injuries and history on Thursday Night Football

This week the New York Giants find themselves in a position they haven’t been in 40 years. The Giants are 16.5-point underdogs to the New England Patriots, the largest margin since...

Cincinnati Bengals: Why A.J. Green should quit the Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals squandered yet another golden opportunity. They walked into Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field Monday night facing a winless Steelers squad giving up 442 yards and 28.3 points per game. It...

Cincinnati Bengals: Why Monday night is everything

To say the Cincinnati Bengals have a history of collapsing under the lights is an understatement. Since 2003, the Marvin Lewis-led Bengals were 9-31 in primetime games. The Bengals' misfortune is...

Bengals: What happened to Cincinnati’s defense?

One of many question marks heading into 2019 was the type of scheme new defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo would install. Is Jekyll & Hyde a scheme? After holding the Seattle Seahawks...

Bengals: When a loss is actually a win for Cincinnati

In the record books, it will show that Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor lost his NFL debut. Sometimes, however, a loss can be as valuable as a win for a...

Fantasy Football: Waiver wire finds from the Deep State heading into Week 1

With Week 1 of the regular season upon us, you may still be tinkering with your fantasy football roster. There are still plenty of quality options available on the waiver wire...

Cincinnati Bengals: Four takeaways from the initial 53-man roster

Zac Taylor’s first seven months on the job as Cincinnati Bengals head coach have not been kind. He’s weathered the storm of injuries and retirements to put a final 53-man roster...

Fantasy Football: The Deep State reveals NFC South studs and duds

The Deep State series continues with an examination of fantasy studs and duds in each NFL division to help you better prepare for your 2019 fantasy football season. The formula? A...

Cincinnati Bengals: Who is new top wide receiver Damion Willis?

Zac Taylor’s first few months as head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals went swimmingly. Players were buying in on the new staff and offensive and defensive playbooks being installed. And then,...

Fantasy Football: The Deep State exposes AFC South studs and duds

The Deep State series continues with an examination of fantasy studs and duds in each NFL division to help you better prepare for your 2019 fantasy football season. The formula? A...

Cincinnati Bengals: Potential breakout surprises in 2019

It's been a rocky start to the 2019 season for new Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor. Injuries (A.J. Green, Jonah Williams) and a retirement (Clint Boling) have sapped the team...

2019 Fantasy Football: The Deep State reveals NFC North studs and duds

The Deep State series continues with an examination of fantasy studs and duds in each NFL division to help you better prepare for your 2019 fantasy football season. The formula? A...

Cincinnati Bengals: Post-injuries offensive depth chart

  When Zac Taylor accepted the job as the Cincinnati Bengals first new head coach in sixteen seasons, you have to think he didn’t see this coming. As a member of the...

2019 Fantasy Football: The Deep State reveals AFC North studs and duds

The Deep State series continues with an examination of fantasy football studs and duds in each NFL division to help you better prepare for your 2019 fantasy football season. The formula?...

Cincinnati Bengals: “Thirtysomethings” leading 2019 – AJ Green

Last season, the Cincinnati Bengals had the youngest roster in the NFL with an average age of 25.2. Not much has changed as the 2019 season approaches. The current team roster...

2019 Fantasy Football: The Deep State reveals NFC East studs and duds

The Deep State series continues with an examination of fantasy studs and duds in each NFL division to help you better prepare for your 2019 fantasy football season. The formula? A...

Cincinnati Bengals 2019 game-by-game projections

There are a lot of unknowns for the Cincinnati Bengals heading into 2019. The team has a new head coach along with new offensive and defensive schemes. They’ve already faced their...

2019 Fantasy Football: The Deep State exposes AFC East studs and duds

In our next series, the Deep State will look to examine the studs and duds of each NFL division to help you better prepare for your 2019 fantasy football season. At...

Cincinnati Bengals: Redemption for Giovani Bernard in 2019?

The Cincinnati Bengals 2018 season was one to forget. Perhaps no one can tell you that more than running back Giovani Bernard. Despite starting four games, Bernard posted forgettable stats. He...

2019 Fantasy Football: The Deep State finds intriguing TE sleepers

No other position in fantasy football represents “tiers” better than tight end. Perhaps it is because there are so few top tier players. Or maybe it’s because the drop off from...

Bengals 2019 top pick Jonah Williams lost for season

Last month during spring practices the Cincinnati Bengals revealed new head coach Zac Taylor’s vision for the offensive line. It involved starting a rookie at left tackle for the first time since...

Cincinnati Bengals Flashback: Boomer Esiason’s unforgettable ’97 return

The 1990s are known as “the lost decade” for the Cincinnati Bengals. After team founder Paul Brown’s death in 1991, the team fell into a decade-long funk, mustering just 52 wins...

2019 Fantasy Football: The Deep State catches up with WR sleepers

Wide receivers can be fickle beasts in fantasy football. You have your surefire top tier, but each season one or two players leap into the fantasy upper echelon. Then there are...

Cincinnati Bengals: Training camp position battles, WWE style

When you think of muscled men grappling it out for ultimate supremacy, you may think NFL training camp, or maybe even World Wrestling Entertainment. It’s in that spirit that we look...

2019 Fantasy Football: The Deep State uncovers five RB sleepers

A fantasy football season is an ebb and flow. Drafting studs early and relying on them throughout the year is easy. The real skill comes into play as tides rise and...

Cincinnati Bengals: Why the championship window is about to open

The winds of change are blowing on the banks of the Ohio River, and it arrives in waves of irony. Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown despises change. It’s one of the...

Cincinnati Bengals: What to expect from new DC Lou Anarumo

With the hiring of Sean McVay protégé, Zac Taylor as Cincinnati Bengals head coach, the offseason buzz in the Queen City is all about the offense. But retooling the defense is...

2019 Fantasy Football: The Deep State reveals QB sleepers at every tier

The first round for the 2019 Fantasy Football season is practically set in stone. The next few rounds are simply dependent on what the team in front of you does in...

Cincinnati Bengals: What the Rams offense will look like in Cincinnati

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green is not a boisterous man. That’s somewhat of a rarity for the modern NFL receiver. And this is not just any receiver. Green was ranked...

NFL Draft: AFC North 2018 first round redo

With hindsight in our corner, we take a look at the 2018 first-round selections of the AFC North, including what worked and what could have been done differently. It is difficult to...

2019 NFL Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers 7-round mock draft

The Pittsburgh Steelers are positioned well to begin life after Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. The reload continues with ten picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. Pittsburgh Steelers fans are used to...

2019 NFL Draft: Cincinnati Bengals 7-round mock draft

This season brought some major change to the leadership of the Cincinnati Bengals. With eleven picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, new Cincinnati head coach Zac Taylor has ample opportunity to...