News: 4 days agoHurst caught three of four targets for 27 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 27-15 win over the Dolphins.
Spin: Hurst powered through multiple tackle attempts for a 19-yard gain on the game's third play but didn't see much involvement after that until Joe Burrow found the tight end for the game-sealing two-yard touchdown just after the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter. While Hurst has compiled a respectable 21 targets through four games with the Bengals, he has yet to reach 50 yards in a game while working as a secondary option in a passing game led by wide receivers Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Hurst has signed with the Bengals after two seasons each with the Ravens and Falcons. The 2018 first-round pick has yet to emerge into a consistent fantasy asset, but bad timing has been the main culprit. Hurst was drafted by Baltimore the same year as Mark Andrews, who obviously stole the show. He was then traded to Atlanta and broke out with a 56-571-6 receiving line and 10th-place fantasy finish in 2020. Of course, the Falcons then drafted Kyle Pitts and Hurst was out of a starting job. The 29-year-old is now positioned as the starter in a good Cincinnati offense, which sets the sure-handed (one career drop) tight end as an intriguing post-hype sleeper. Consider him late in deeper drafts.