Giovani Bernard
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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 Brad Beers, Bengals Correspondent, Sat, Oct 11th 11:24am EDT

WRs A.J. Green and Marvin Jones have been ruled out in Week 6. (Source: Bleacher Report)

Fantasy Impact: Given the dearth of options in the passing game, look for OC Hue Jackson to go run-heavy in Week 6 vs. Carolina and get the shifty Bernard involved in the pass game more.

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 , 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.

FFLockerRoom | Oct 23rd
Forget about last week in Indianapolis, Gio should have a better game this week at home vs the Ravens.
Fantasy Football Maniax | Oct 22nd
Bernard has a tough matchup against the Ravens 3rd ranked fantasy running back defense, but I still think you have to start him this week.
EDSFootball | Oct 13th
Bengals running back Giovani Bernard rushed for a career-high 137 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries and added four catches for 20 yards on Sunday. Although Bernard left late in the game with a shoulder injury, he later returned to the field. Not only was it a career high for Bernard, but it was Bernard's first 100-yard game of his career and the majority of his yardage came on an 89-yard touc...