This eighth round running back is going far too early considering he only ran the ball more than 15 times once last season. Yes, he is going to get some receptions, but outside of PPR leagues, he is a fringe starter at best thanks to Jeremy Hill stealing every red zone carry in sight. This pick will be better spent on a player that might actually get your team 15 points at some point this season.
Bernard was the 21st ranked fantasy back last year with additional value in PPR leagues. He would have more value if Hill were to suffer an injury or further decline in 2016. I think he will improve on the two touchdowns, especially if TE Tyler Eifert starts the season on the PUP list.
Bernard put together better efficiency numbers than Jeremy Hill, as Bernard had 1,202 total yards to Hill's 873 total yards, but had 26 less fantasy points due to touchdowns in standard leagues, but in one-point PPR leagues, Bernard finished with eight more fantasy points. Bernard was a bit more consistent in standard leagues though, which gets him closer to Hill.
For the third season in a row, fantasy owners find themselves looking towards the backfield of the Cincinnati Bengals and asking – "Which one do I choose?" While the choice of Gio Bernard or Jeremy Hill is not a position battle destined to command the curiosity of the footballing free world in a manner akin to that of Joe Montana and Steve Young, it was quite the conundrum for those of us ru...