Giovani Bernard
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Bengals' running back Gio Bernard had an uneventful third preseason game against the Chicago Bears. Bernard rushed three times for six yards and caught two passes for nine yards Saturday night.

Fantasy Impact: Bernard's inactivity in the offense is puzzling, as he is the second back behind Jeremy Hill. This could have been an anomaly or an attempt to preserve Bernard for the regular season, but it is odd to see him get only five touches in the pivotal third preseason game. Bernard is ranked as the 29th running back by our experts and is being drafted a bit later than that. This performance certainly won't encourage prospective fantasy owners, as it appears Jeremy Hill has a firm grasp on the starting job. Bernard should be more involved in the offense than Saturday night, but this is a situation to keep an eye on in the beginning of the regular season.

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Bengals' running back Giovani Bernard rushed for eight yards on three carries and caught one pass for seven yards on two targets in Cincinnati's second preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday night. He also went back for a punt return, but called a fair catch.

Fantasy Impact: The all important third preseason game will be extremely important for Bernard, as his status within the offense is still relatively unknown. He didn't get a carry until the second quarter and was targeted once in the first quarter. It's clear Bernard is the second back behind Jeremy Hill, but how far the gap is between the two is relatively unknown. His primary role is expected to be more as a pass catcher than a three down back. Bernard is ranked as the 28th back by our experts and is being drafted as the 29th back. Watch Bernard's playing time closely in Cincinnati's third preseason game Saturday night against the Chicago Bears to get a better idea of what his role in the offense will look like during the regular season.

Category: Game Recaps


The NY Times | Aug 31st
Proven more effective in a complementary role to Hill. A capable low end RB2 in PPR settings.
Breaking Football | Aug 31st
Jeremy Hill is crushing Gio's upside, rendering him more of a PPR option. He still has value as a potential top-20 guy after finishing 18th last year.
Fantasy Football Empire | Aug 31st
I have Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard ranked lower than most fantasy experts due to the time share and volatility. I took a look last year at their fantasy points per game and uncovered some interesting statistics. Hill had 171 fantasy points, averaged 10.7 fantasy points per game, and had a standard deviation of 8.1 fantasy points. Giovani Bernard had 132 fantasy points, averaged 8.3 fantasy points per game, and had a standard deviation of 7.2 fantasy points. Note that Bernard missed weeks 9-11 with a hip injury. If we exclude Bernard's 3 week's he missed due to injury, Bernard averaged 10.2 fantasy points per game, with a standard deviation of 6.6 fantasy points. So when comparing Hill to Bernard, we are talking 10.7 fantasy points per game versus 10.2 fantasy points per game. The team might ride the hot hand on a weekly basis, limiting both RBs in some weeks. Both RBs are great, but from a fantasy perspective, their greatness may reduce their overall individual fantasy value this season.
Fantasy Football Maniax | Aug 30th
Bernard still finished as the 18th ranked fantasy running back, despite losing a ton of touches to Hill in the second half of the season. I still think Bernard has flex value and he has upside if Hill were to regress or suffer an injury in 2015.
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru | Aug 29th
I am in love with Gio's upside even as a second RB in Cincy. He should go for over 750 combined yards and potential for over 7 TDs. He is a perfect hand-cuff if you draft Hill.
WalterFootball | Aug 28th
Jeremy Hill is the main man in Cincinnati now, but Bernard should still see plenty of work in the passing game as Hue Jackson uses his running backs often. He of course gets a boost in PPR, but we know he has a role and that sometimes is hard to find as we get further into the RB ranks.
RotoBaller | Aug 13th
BALLER MOVE: Target in Rounds 5-6 as RB2 Current ADP: 74 STD, 56, PPR ANALYSIS: Giovani Bernard lost his starting job to Jeremy Hill quicker than many had imagined, but for good reason.  Hill was an absolute force down the stretch, and while Bernard’s season totals look strong, he really struggled to pick up consistent yards. Bernard... Read More