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Bengals place WR Auden Tate on injured reserve

Wideout sprained his MCL in Week 14 loss to the Browns. We break down the fantasy football impact.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Auden Tate runs after a catch against Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Terrell Edmunds during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 27-3. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals placed WR Auden Tate on injured reserve on Wednesday.

Tate sprained his MCL in the Bengals’ Week 14 loss to the Cleveland Browns and was unable to return to the game. With Tate on IR, that effectively ends his season for Cincy, which hasn’t even been playing for anything since September. The Bengals called up Damion Willis, so he may get a crack at some snaps this week.

Fantasy Football Analysis: Cincinnati Bengals WR Auden Tate

Now that Tate is on IR, you can feel free to drop him. Maybe if you’re in a keeper league that’s extreme deep, you hold onto him in hopes that A.J. Green bolts and the Bengals offense improves with a new QB next season. But that’s a stretch. As for DFS, with Green also out, Tyler Boyd and Alex Erickson are really the only options in the passing game for Andy Dalton vs. the New England Patriots this week. Willis may get a few looks, but it’s not in a reliable fantasy environment. The Pats have one of the best defenses in the NFL.