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Week 17 Outlook
Giovani Bernard could avoid PUP list to start 2017
Cincinnati Bengals beat writer Geoff Hobson believes running back Giovani Bernard (ACL) will not begin the 2017 season on the PUP list. "I’m willing to wager that barring a setback he [Bernard] won’t go on PUP," Hobson said via Bengals.com. "Maybe he’ll miss the first one or two games of the regular season, but I think that’s it. That’s merely a gut call, so we’ll see. After what happened with Tyler Eifert’s ankle I’ll leave medical speculation to the journals."
Bernard suffered a season-ending ACL tear in Week 11 of the 2016 regular season and was placed on IR shortly after. Bernard, who underwent surgery to repair the knee, is not expected to begin the 2017 campaign on the PUP list but could miss the first "one or two games," per reports. Barring a setback, he will likely enter next season in his usual role as Cincinnati's No. 2 back behind Jeremy Hill as well as the team's primary receiver out of the backfield.
Giovani Bernard placed on IR
The Cincinnati Bengals placed RB Giovani Bernard (knee) on the injured-reserve list on Tuesday.
Bernard's season is over after he tore his ACL in Week 11, forcing the Bengals to place him on IR Tuesday. In his absence, Jeremy Hill will garner a larger workload as the team's early down/ goal line back while Rex Burkhead will likely be utilized in Bernard's role as the primary receiver out of the backfield. Burkhead should be added from waivers this week as Hill's handcuff and could even hold fantasy value in deeper PPR leagues as early as Week 12.
Giovani Bernard tears ACL
Cincinnati Bengals RB Gio Bernard (ACL) tore his ACL in Week 11 according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
It appears that Bernard tore his ACL in Sunday's contest against Buffalo and will likely miss the remainder of the year. Jeremy Hill's fantasy value will increase in Bernard's absence. Rex Burkhead is now the No. 2 running back on Cincinnati's depth chart.
Giovani Bernard totals 36 yards in loss to Giants
Giovani Bernard totaled 36 yards Monday night in the Bengals 21-20 loss against the Giants. Bernard carried the ball seven times for 17 yards and caught three balls for 19 yards.
Bernard struggled Monday rushing and receiving as the entire Bengals team did against the Giants. This figured to be a solid game for Bernard given the offensive firepower potential of the Giants but the Bengals offense was mostly contained all night. Bernard will be a solid running back especially in PPR leagues going forward if the offensive line woes continue.
Giovani Bernard efficient but underutilized in Week 8
RB Giovani Bernard carried the ball 11 times for 55 yards and a touchdown, while adding one reception for 14 yards in Week 8 vs. Washington in London.
Bernard averaged 4.7 yards per carry in Week 8, much better than Hill's plodding 3.8 YPC, yet he saw roughly half the number of carries. Perhaps more surprising is Bernard's lack of a role in the passing game, as he has proven himself to be a threat catching passes out the backfield. The Bengals are on a bye in Week 9 as they recover from the trip to London, but hopefully the Bengals' coaching staff will utilize the bye to re-evaluate Bernard's role in the offense moving forward. Be sure to have a replacement in your lineup next week for their bye. Afterwards, Bernard is a Flex play for the rest of the season assuming nothing changes with his usage.
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