Yesterday, roughly nine months after shredding his knee, Geno Atkins was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, or PUP. Joining him on the PUP will be three other key defensive starters, including Leon Hall and Zach Minter. These potential losses, combined with losing monster Defensive End Michael Johnson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is going to make drafting this unit as anything other than a flyer difficult for fantasy owners.
Not only are they down these five pieces currently, but they lost the defensive guru, Mike Zimmer to the Minnesota as he will now be the new head coach of the Vikings. After losing what many have dubbed a true power defensive architect, and so many pieces of their starting lineup it is highly unlikely that the Cincinnati Bengals repeat their top three fantasy finish of last season.