By Matthew Terelle, Bengals Correspondent, Mon, Jan 5th 9:54pm EST
Giovani Bernard had three carries for six yards and caught eight passes for 46 yards in Sunday's playoff game against the Colts.
Fantasy Impact: Bernard took a backseat to rookie Jeremy Hill yet again but still proved valuable in the passing game. After taking on a reduced role following a midseason injury, Bernard may be a value pick come fantasy draft time in 2015.
By Brad Beers, Bengals Correspondent, Mon, Dec 29th 10:05am EST
Cincinnati RB Giovani Bernard caught 7 passes for 56 yards and 1 touchdown in Week 17 vs. Pittsburgh. Bernard also added 8 yards on 3 carries.
Fantasy Impact: Bernard's 11 fantasy points (ESPN standard scoring) gave him 132 total fantasy points in 2014, good for 18th at the position. It seems that Bernard has settled into his 3rd-down/pass-catching-back role nicely, with rookie Jeremy Hill taking over as the workhorse back. If this workload split carries over into 2015, Bernard can be viewed as a Flex option in drafts.
By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Tue, Dec 23rd 8:27am EST
On only 13 touches, Bernard totaled 81 yds and a TD.
Fantasy Impact: Those that played Bernard as a desperation FLEX against a tough Broncos D were rewarded with a solid outing. As the Bengals continue to go run-heavy, it's likely that Bernard will continue to see 10-15 touches in Week 17. He remains a risky FLEX play with upside since he is purely a change-of-pace back for the Bengals.
By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Mon, Dec 15th 12:29pm EST
Although he saw 18 touches, Bernard was clearly the second back in Week 15 and only saw any type of volume because the Bengals were well ahead of the Browns.
Fantasy Impact: This week, any hope Bernard owners had that he would at least split carries with Jeremy Hill were dashed. For the remainder of the season, Bernard looks to see 10-12 touches at the most. He is nearly unstartable next week against an excellent Broncos run defense.
By Brad Beers, Bengals Correspondent, Thu, Dec 11th 2:11pm EST
Giovani Bernard will not start at running back for the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 15 vs. Cleveland. Rookie Jeremy Hill will get the start and the majority of touches, with Bernard serving as a change-of-pace back. (Source: NBC Sports
Fantasy Impact: Who would have guessed that Giovani Bernard, after looking like a low-end RB1 through the first few weeks of the season, would end up losing his starting gig to rookie Jeremy Hill? Bernard is nothing more than a flex play at this point in the season, and fantasy owners likely have better options in such a clutch Week 15 matchup.
By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Wed, Dec 10th 3:42pm EST
OC Hue Jackson has said that he wants to rely more on a single RB. The media feels that Jeremy Hill and not Bernard may start getting increased carries. (Source: Geoff Hobson on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: This could be the final death knell for a rapidly declining Bernard. If true, it would be no surprise since it has been a long time since Bernard has been effective. A borderline FLEX play as it is, Bernard would be unstartable if his workload decreased.
By Brad Beers, Bengals Correspondent, Sun, Dec 7th 8:48pm EST
Cincinnati RB Giovani Bernard only had 17 rushing yards on 6 carries in Week 14, while adding 19 receiving yards on 3 receptions.
Fantasy Impact: Bernard has been a huge let-down since returning from his hip pointer injury, and he continues to cede touches to rookie RB Jeremy Hill. Hill out-touched Bernard 11 to 9, and out-gained him 67 yards to 36 yards. That being said, this has become a true running back by committee, meaning both players are touchdown-dependent for fantasy value. However, Bernard hasn't scored a TD since Week 8, which was also the last time he reached double-digit fantasy points. At this point, Bernard should not even be in starting lineups in standard leagues, and if he does crack your lineup, it should be as nothing more than a flex play.
By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Mon, Dec 1st 11:59am EST
In his second game back from injury, Bernard managed only 53 yds and was out-touched by Jeremy Hill 17-11.
Fantasy Impact: Hill actually started this game and then alternated series with Bernard. It remains unclear if the Bengals are limiting Bernard to save him for the post season, but for now this seems to be a full-blown time-share. With Pittsburgh and Denver coming up in weeks 14 and 16, Bernard should be started, but not expected to anchor any fantasy squads.
By Chris Zolli, Bengals Correspondent, Sun, Nov 30th 12:12pm EST
Giovani Bernard was limited to 17 carries against the Texans, but is ready to go against the Buccaneers.
Fantasy Impact: Bernard and Jeremy Hill split the carries against Houston, but Hill got the goal line carries and was the elite performer of the two. Hill will continue to have value, and may again be the bigger entity for fantasy purposes, but look for Bernard to continue to add to his value. The Bucs rank 23rd against running backs so there is plenty enough of opportunities for both backs, but look for Bernard to be the feature back for the Bengals more so in Week 13.
By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Mon, Nov 24th 9:45am EST
After a week of speculation, Bernard and Jeremy Hill both saw 19 touches on Sunday. Bernard managed 67 total yards.
Fantasy Impact: Eased back? Fantasy owners had to be pleased to see Bernard get a very healthy number of touches Sunday. Assuming he continues to heal, we can expect his production to improve with that type of workload. The Bengals were not afraid to run him in the redzone, but ultimately found Hill to be more effective. This is a situation to monitor.
By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Fri, Nov 21st 4:57pm EST
Beat reporter Paul Dehner, Jr. anticipates a 65/35 split this week with Jeremy Hill receiving the bulk of touches. (Source: Cincinnati.Com
Fantasy Impact: This is pure conjecture from Dehner, who acknowledges that this is only a guess. For fantasy owners, this uncertainty makes Bernard a boom or bust RB2 this week. If you can afford to wait one more week, it may be best to bench him again unless you're in desperation mode to make the playoffs.
By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Thu, Nov 20th 1:20pm EST
OC Hue Jackson says that Jeremy Hill will retain a large share of the backfield even when Giovani Bernard returns. Bernard practiced Wednesday and Thursday. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Owners that have been waiting for Bernard to return to his bellcow role from earlier in the season may be out of luck. The combination of Hill's outstanding play and Bernard's fragility will limit Bernard's touches. Remember that Jamaal Charles only averaged 17 carries and 4.6 receptions per game in his monstrous season last year, so sometimes quality can overcome a moderate workload.
By Brad Beers, Bengals Correspondent, Thu, Nov 13th 12:37pm EST
NFL Media's Albert Breer has cited a team source with knowledge of the situation who says that RB Giovani Bernard will "almost certainly" miss Week 11. This is confirmed by the fact that Bernard missed practice again on Thursday. (Source: NFL Media's Albert Breer
Fantasy Impact: For the third week in a row, fantasy owners will have to find another option at running back. The Bengals hope for Bernard to return in Week 12, but then again, they hoped for a Week 10 return, as well. In his place, RB Jeremy Hill will get the start and look to put up high-end RB2 numbers vs. the New Orleans Saints in Week 11. He makes a value play in daily fantasy leagues, as well.
By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Wed, Nov 12th 12:28pm EST
Marvin Lewis stated that Giovani Bernard will not practice Wednesday. (Source: Coley Harvey on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: Bernard owners should begin making other plans for this week. The Bengals have remained quiet about the details of Bernard's injury, but it seems to be more serious than originally thought. Bernard is likely to have a reduced load even when he returns, so if you can still get RB1 or high RB2 trade value for him before the trade deadline, that might be something to seriously consider.
By Brad Beers, Bengals Correspondent, Thu, Nov 6th 7:37am EST
Per Adam Schefter on Twitter, HC Marvin Lewis has said that Bengals RB Giovani Bernard will not play in Week 10. (Source: Adam Schefter)
Fantasy Impact: No surpise there, but Bernard owners were hoping for the best. Hopefully you were able to grab Jeremy Hill as a handcuff before last week, as he looked phenomenal in Week 9 action. At least this is the TNF game rather than one of the later games, so you have time to get him out of your lineup and find a replacement.
By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Fri, Oct 31st 1:53pm EDT
Giovani Bernard will NOT play this week. Jeremy Hill is the presumed starter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: While it never truly softens the blow to fantasy owners, it's always nice when a player avoids the dreaded game-time decision. It's likely that with a divisional matchup against Cleveland on Thursday of week 10, the Bengals want to let Bernard get fully healthy. Jeremy Hill should get around 20 touches and will be a nice RB2 with so many teams on bye.
By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Thu, Oct 30th 11:17am EDT
Dealing with a hip pointer, Bernard did not practice on Thursday. Bengals are preparing to go with Jeremy Hill and Cedric Peerman. (Source: Bengals Daily on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: This is a huge blow to fantasy owners who have waded through a rough stretch of poor production from Bernard. This has the feel of a one-week scratch but time will tell. For now, Jeremy Hill must be owned in all leagues. He should be a decent RB2 and solid Flex play if Bernard is, in fact, ruled out.
By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Mon, Oct 27th 1:29pm EDT
Bernard had an unspectacular day running the ball, finishing with 16 carries for 45 yds and a td. He had two one-yard tds vultured by QB Andy Dalton.
Fantasy Impact: After a fast start to the season, Bernard has come back to Earth the last several weeks. While it was understandable he had a difficult week 7 in the midst of a route, the Bengals led for most of this weeks game. Conventional wisdom led us to believe that AJ Green's absence would be a boon to Bernard's touches, but now owners cannot wait for his return. He's a great buy-low candidate if anyone is selling.
By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Mon, Oct 20th 9:12am EDT
Bernard touched the ball only nine times and amassed 16 total yards against the Colts.
Fantasy Impact: With no AJ Green to worry about, the Colts D were able to focus on the Bengals' best playmaker. The Bengals stuck with the run in the first half, but could not sustain drives. When they went down by 17 in the second half, they focused on the passing game. There will be better days ahead for Bernard.
By Brad Beers, Bengals Correspondent, Mon, Oct 13th 1:32pm EDT
Giovani Bernard rushed for 137 yards on 18 carries, while adding another 20 yards on 4 receptions in Week 6 vs. the Panthers.
Fantasy Impact: Most of Giovani's production came in the first half on Sunday (115 yards and the TD), as he left the game with a shoulder injury in the second half. While owners will want to monitor his injury status this week, the early prognosis is positive, as he returned to action late in the game. This was Bernard's first career game over 100 yards, and the fourth TD in the past four games. Assuming his hell checks out, Bernard should be started in all leagues in Week 7.
By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Mon, Oct 6th 9:20am EDT
Giovani Bernard touched the ball only 15 times for 72 total yards in week 5 when the Bengals got down 14-0 early and played catch-up the entire night.
Fantasy Impact: Even a three-down back like Bernard has down weeks when the offense gets behind early. Ignore all the vultures trying to "buy low" on Bernard during the week. Bernard is one of the few true bellcows in the NFL. He should bounce back next week against a Carolina Panther defense that allowed Matt Forte to amass 166 total yards and a td in week 5.
By Brad Beers, Bengals Correspondent, Mon, Sep 22nd 12:27pm EDT
Against the Titans, Giovani Bernard only rushed for 47 yards on 14 carries. He also added 7 yards on a reception, along with two rushing touchdowns.
Fantasy Impact: Bernard averaged a meager 3.36 YPC, but his fantasy day was salvaged by the addition of two rushing touchdowns. Even so, Bernard had twice as many carries as rookie Jeremy Hill, most of whose work came in garbage time. Bernard is firmly in line for the majority of the workload moving forward. The Bengals are on a bye this week, but Bernard should be in all lineups moving forward.
By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Sun, Sep 14th 8:10pm EDT
In week 2, Bernard rushed 27 times for 90 yds and a td, adding 5 catches for 79 yds.
Fantasy Impact: The fact that Bernard owners are thrilled in a week that Jeremy Hill received 17 touches for 96 yds and a td speaks volumes. With a rare combination of workload and talent, Bernard has the very real potential to be a top-five RB this season.
By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Mon, Sep 8th 12:05am EDT
Giovani Bernard had 110 yds from scrimmage on twenty touches in the Bengals' first regular-season game.
Fantasy Impact: Although Bernard didn't find the end zone, he out-touched rookie Jeremy Hill 20 to 4 and received all goal-line work. Any concerns about workload should now be put to rest as Bernard seems to be one of the few bellcow RBs in the NFL.
By Bobby Lancaster, Bengals Correspondent, Wed, Aug 27th 10:01pm EDT
Bernard rushed 10 times for 17 yards Sunday against Arizona. So far this preseason Bernard is averaging 2.45 yards per attempt and has 4 catches for 16 yards.
Fantasy Impact: If Bernard continues to be ineffective, Hill could make a push for more carries, limiting Bernard's huge appeal as a second-round pick.
By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Sun, Aug 17th 11:44pm EDT
In the Bengals second preseason game. Giovani Bernard received back-to-back opportunities to score from inside the five-yard line, converting the second attempt into a one-yard TD.
Fantasy Impact: The Bengals continue to demonstrate that they are willing to give Bernard short-yardage work. Presumed goal-line back Jeremy Hill is still in the picture, but this is a good sign for those who either currently own or plan on drafting Bernard.
By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Sun, Aug 10th 10:15pm EDT
In the starters' only series of the first preseason game, the Bengals featured Giovani Bernard with three runs and a reception.
Fantasy Impact: We knew about Bernard's catching ability, but it was nice to see that Marvin Lewis isn't afraid to run him between the tackles. This could suggest that Bernard won't always cede short-yardage carries to Jeremy Hill or the Law Firm. In PPR leagues, he likely deserves a bump above Marshawn Lynch and Le'Veon Bell, who are ranked just above Bernard in the FantasyPros consensus rankings.
By Brian Hoffman, Bengals Correspondent, Mon, Jul 28th 10:14am EDT
After Sunday’s practice, running backs coach Kyle Caskey said of Bernard, "I don't know if it's the workload that's going to get more, it's more the type of plays that we're going to run with him in the game." (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Last season, Bernard had 170 carries and 56 catches. While it’s likely that he gets some sort of a bump in touches in his second year, the Bengals are being mindful of his workload. With more RBs than not in a RBBC, Bernard is still in a good position as the lead back on a team that commits to the run. However, Caskey implies that rookie Jeremy Hill will be heavily involved, capping Bernard’s upside at a very weak RB1 or reliable RB2. When you’re drafting, think 2013 Reggie Bush, not 2013 Jamaal Charles.
EDSFootball | May 31st
Last season, the Cincinnati Bengals had a pair of running backs finish among the top-18 in fantasy points scored with Jeremy Hill (10th) and Giovani Bernard (18th). Going into the 2015 season, Hill expects a "balanced attack" with Bernard. "Obviously there's going to be a balanced attack," Hill said (via ESPN). "I don't think he's got to wear either one of us out, so that ...