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Expert Pick %
74%
26%
ECR
# 10
# 14
Best
# 6
# 7
Worst
# 26
# 31
Ave Projection (?)
13.1
2.3
Best
16.5
4.0
Worst
10.9
0.0
Expert Pick %
74%
26%
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ECR
# 10
# 14
Best
# 6
# 7
Worst
# 26
# 31
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
6
10
Adam Rank
NFL.com
6
9
Maurile Tremblay
FootballGuys
6
14
Jeff Paur
RTSports
6
16
Dan Clasgens
Get Sports Info
7
13
Bill Enright
FFChamps
7
21
R.J. White
Fantasy Football Cafe
7
15
Huseyin Aksu
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7
9
Smitty
Fantasy Football Starters
7
13
Dawgmatica
Pyromaniac
7
11
Eddie Cooley
Sundays Are For Football
8
25
Nate Hodges
Pro Football Focus
8
12
Nathan Jahnke
Pro Football Focus
8
12
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
8
11
Alessandro Miglio
FootballGuys
8
16
Ken Zalis
Pressbox
8
10
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FFToolbox
8
18
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
8
13
Jamey Eisenberg
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9
11
Kevin Hanson
EDSFootball
9
18
Brendan Donahue
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9
10
Jeff Ratcliffe
Pro Football Focus
9
15
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9
10
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9
13
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9
15
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9
12
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9
19
Austin Lee
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9
14
Chris Heil
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9
17
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
9
13
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The Fantasy Fix
9
13
Terrance Bridgett
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12
18
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9
14
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9
12
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9
13
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9
14
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9
14
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10
11
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10
13
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10
13
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10
15
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10
13
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10
21
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10
18
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10
14
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10
15
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10
14
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10
8
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10
20
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10
13
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10
15
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10
18
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10
13
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10
16
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10
14
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10
16
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10
17
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10
14
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10
15
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10
15
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10
20
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10
13
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11
16
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11
10
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11
13
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11
14
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11
7
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11
24
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11
13
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11
13
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11
12
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11
12
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11
17
Michael Pichan
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11
22
Justin Boone
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11
14
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11
13
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11
15
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11
12
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11
13
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11
13
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11
13
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11
13
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11
14
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11
12
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11
14
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11
12
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11
19
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11
18
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11
14
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11
10
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11
17
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11
18
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12
13
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12
13
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12
14
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12
15
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12
11
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12
15
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12
11
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12
13
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12
14
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12
13
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12
9
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12
9
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12
21
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12
14
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12
13
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12
11
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12
22
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13
8
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13
12
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13
18
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13
12
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13
11
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13
11
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13
12
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13
9
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13
12
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13
19
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13
16
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13
14
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13
12
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13
8
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13
19
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14
15
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14
10
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14
8
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14
11
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14
17
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14
18
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14
17
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14
31
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14
11
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14
13
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14
12
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14
10
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15
14
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15
13
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15
10
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15
11
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15
13
Staff Rankings
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15
10
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15
20
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16
10
Micah James
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16
13
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16
8
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16
15
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NFL.com
17
15
Ryan Fowler
Fox Sports
19
16
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
26
23
Ave Projection (?)
13.1
2.3
Best
16.5
4.0
Worst
10.9
0.0
Rush Yards
56.2
13.5
Rush TDs
0.5
0.0
Receptions
4.1
0.9
Rec Yards
36.3
7.8
Rec TDs
0.2
0.0
Ave Targets / Game
4.4
2.7
Total Targets
71.0
35.0
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
Bernard finished his rookie season as the 16th ranked fantasy back, despite tallying only 170 rushing attempts and 56 receptions. He should have a bigger role in the Bengals offense this year and be a Top 10 running back. Think Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice in his second year with the Ravens.
Stacy looks like the real deal with 1,114 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns in his rookie season. He should be a great bet to finish 2014 as a Top 10 fantasy back. The drafting of RB Tre Mason is a little cause for concern, but Stacy should still be the lead back with Benny Cunningham and Mason used as a change of pace and receiving option.
  
Smitty
Fantasy Football Starters
I rank Gio Bernard higher than most, and I think he actually has top 5RB upside (with 60-70 reception capability). At No. 14 overall value here, but even later in many recent drafts (I've seen him go as late as 18-20 overall), that's value!
Definitely invest with caution, yet don't overlook Stacy in 2014. Tre Mason is a must-own.
  
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
Bernard is one of my favorite players this season. He gets Hue Jackson to help make the run game better and bigger and he's still a great 3rd down/receiving back. We may see Jeremy Hill near the goal line, but i don't believe it will be 100% of the time and Jackson will give enough looks to Gio for it not to be a huge detriment.
The Rams were at their best last season when Stacy was grinding away and the defense was playing tough. They will try to do the same this season and Stacy is an every down back that can be had cheaper than most every down backs.
  
James Hatfield
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru
I love watching Gio run on the field. He is an outstanding RB talent and his PPR upside is amazing. He will be given more workload in 2014 and will see double-digit TDs.
We saw enough in his rookie year to know he can produce double digit TD's and 1,500 combined running yards. He doesn't have name brand so he will slip in fantasy drafts, but is a very strong selection.
  
Pat Fitzmaurice
The Football Girl
He'll be worth a first-round pick even if touch volume increases only slightly.
A very volume-dependent RB, albeit on a run-heavy team.
  
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
Gio is very much on the rise. There is tons to love about his game and role for 2014.
I'm not overly high on Stacy, who is a pure volume back. However, with Bradford out the Rams will run him into the ground. That gives him RB1 upside.
  
Jon Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
 
The injury to Bradford changes Stacy's workload outlook considerably. Rams averaged 38 PA ATT/game with Sam last year and 26.4 w/o him.
  
Staff Rankings
FFLockerRoom
With the system in place from Hue Jackson, Bernard has the most to gain. Expect big things from Gio this season.
Stacy is the #1 back in St. Louis and should have plenty of work this season as the guy behind Sam Bradford. Barring injury, you should count on on Stacy as a low end RB1 or higher RB2.
  
Brandon Funston
Yahoo! Sports
10 targets (6/62) tops among RBs in W1; Rookie Hill no threat to workload in opener (20 touches for Gio, 4 for Hill)
A No-nonsense grinder who has good opportunity to bull way to 1,200+ yards, 10+ TDs
  
Sablich Brothers
The New York Times
Will handle featured run/pass duties in new OC Jackson's run first scheme.
Backup Cunningham pushing him for playing time with a better offseason.
  
Tozzi Brothers
Legion Report
Out with the old and in with the new in Cincy! Many people may not recognize that Bernard didn’t start a single game in 2013, but Marvin Lewis and the Gang expect big things as Bernard is expected to be used heavily in the Cinci Offense. Previous OC Jay Gruden allowed Andy Dalton to toss 586 passes last season (The Red Rifle averaged 543 Passing Attempts over the past 3 Seasons). New OC Hue Jackson is dedicated to the ground game and the philosophy will be adapted in 2014. Expect Bernard to be heavily utilized (touching the ball around 300 times) as a dual-threat this season with huge break-out potential. (BTW – Bernard had 56 Receptions in 2013, which was 8th amongst RB’s)
Coach Jeff Fisher said “over time” Zac Stacy will “probably be that 70-percent of the carries guy.” Stacy will gobble up carries in 2014 and be the focal point of the offense, similar to how Fisher used CJ?K in Tennessee. Rookie Tre Mason will more than likely be used as a change-of-pace back in 2014, if you were wondering. Stacy sits on the fence between RB1/RB2, however we see solid production coming from him this season.
  
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
Bernard had 3 receiving TDs and 5 rushing TDs in 2013, resulting in over 1,200 all purpose yards. Better in PPR formats, Bernard could be good for 4-5 receptions per game this season. I see Bernard with at least 300 touches this season. He is a low RB1.
Just short of 1,000 rushing yards in his rookie season. He had 7 rushing TDs. Zac Stacy will be the focus of the St. Louis Rams offense in 2014. He will need to improve on the 3.9 yards per carry from 2013. The league average was 4.2 YPC.
  
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
Giovani Bernard will approach RB1 numbers this year especially in PPR formats but lost a bit of his appeal when the Bengals drafted the talented Jeremy Hill to replace BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
Zac Stacy looked fantastic behind the Rams O-Line last season but the fear was that the Rams would draft a good running back in 2014 and they did just that selecting former Auburn standout Tre Mason. Mason has work to do in pass pro but has the natural talent to knock 3.89 ypc Stacy out of the RB1 conversation completely by mid-season.