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Running Back, Cincinnati Bengals

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Draft: 2013 Round 2 (5)
College: North Carolina
Ht: 5’10”  Wt: 205 DOB: 1991-11-22 Age: 23
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#13 3 2.06

Season Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G GS Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FFPts FFPts/G
2013 CIN 16 - 170 695 4.1 5 71 56 514 9.2 3 168.9 10.6
2014 CIN 13 - 168 680 4.0 5 59 43 349 8.1 2 144.9 11.1
2014 (Projected) CIN     206 907 4.4 6   68 507 7.5 3 195.4  

2014 Outlook
Depth Chart
Whether the offensive coaching staff lacked confidence or worried about overworking him, Giovani Bernard was a woefully underutilized asset in 2013. Only a supremely talented three-tool running back could finish in the top 16, despite having 37 fewer carries than those ranked above him. A skillful playmaker with the ball in his hands, Bernard did a ton of damage in the passing game, racking up 56 catches (on 71 targets), 536 yards and three scores. While he didn't get a ton of opportunities on the ground, the eighth most targeted running back in the league certainly proved more than capable as a pass catcher. New offensive coordinator Hugh Jackson is very familiar with what Bernard can do with the ball in his hands, so expect the second-year back from North Carolina to carve out more of defined role on the ground as the leader of this two-headed backfield. Bernard offers substantially more big play and chunk yardage potential than plodding veteran BenJarvus Green-Ellis and hammerhead rookie Jeremy Hill. He was very respectable in the red zone with 21 carries (to Green-Ellis's 30) and four scores. Although he cooled off in the second half – especially down the stretch, (averaging only 3.6 yards per carry over the final five games) – Bernard should play a key role this year with the Bengals. With an uptick in carries, he could approach 1,000 yards rushing. And if the Bengals stay committed to using him creatively in the offensive game plan, Bernard is a sure bet for strong RB2 value with RB1 upside.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 Jeremy Hill
RB2RB2 Giovani Bernard
RB3RB3 Cedric Peerman
RB4RB4 Rex Burkhead
Bengals Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Hill's rookie year comes to disappointng end
Bengals' RB blames himself for playoff effort
By: Doug Orth | Mon Jan 5, 4:35 pm

Cincinnati Bengals
After ending the regular season with three straight games of at least 100 yards rushing, Jeremy Hill was comparatively punchless in the Cincinnati Bengals' wild-card round playoff game at Indianapolis on Sunday. The Bengals did have problems blocking all game as the Colts regularly loaded their defensive front with extra linebackers or defensive backs to minimize Hill's rushing lanes. Only two Bengals were credited with positive run-blocking grades by Pro Football Focus: LT Andrew Whitworth had a plus-0.2 while RG Kevin Zeitler had a plus-1.7. Hill said the loaded fronts had no affect on his running. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: In a game that Cincinnati had little choice but to feature its rookie running back (with A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham sidelined), it didn't. Instead of turning to Giovani Bernard as a de facto slot receiver, the Bengals used Rex Burkhead in that spot, opting to play Hill on 21 snaps of their 62 offensive snaps. Hill is too versatile to be treated as an early-down back only, but that is exactly how he was deployed in the team's season-ending loss. It is something to keep in mind when ranking him in fantasy purposes in 2015.


Injury A.J. Green doubtful, Gresham questionable
Missed practice Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Jan 2, 2:35 pm

Cincinnati Bengals
The chances A.J. Green plays in this weekend's Wild Card game against Indianapolis took a hit Friday. And now the Bengals wait with hope giving way to reality. He was listed as doubtful on the official injury report.Green suffered a concussion after being stripped of the football Sunday against Pittsburgh. He did not practice Wednesday, practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, was held completely out of practice this Friday. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

FFToday's Take: Bad news for the Benalgs as they will be without their best wide receiver. Mohamed Sanu will attempt to fill the void but expect Cincinnati to attempt a run-heavy gameplan with Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. TE Jermaine Gresham (back) did practice Friday and is listed as questionable. He will be a gametime decision.


Injury Giovani Bernard back at practice
Expected to play against Houston on Sunday
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Nov 19, 2:26 pm

Cincinnati Bengals
Giovani Bernard was back at practice for the team after missing the last three games with hip and collarbone injuries. He appears to be on track to return to the lineup against the Texans. (ProFootballTalk)

FFToday's Take: Jeremy Hill has been a capable fill-in while Bernard has been out so it remains to be seen how the touches will be split on Sunday. Both will be risky plays against the Texans due to the workload uncertainty.


Injury Giovani Bernard misses practice Wednesday
Hip injury
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Nov 12, 2:14 pm

Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals lost to the Browns last week without running back Giovani Bernard. Bernard remained a holdout — linebacker Vontaze Burfict also didn’t practice. (ProFootballTalk)

FFToday's Take: Bernard (hip) will have to show some signs of life in practice Thursday and Friday in order to play this week. For now, Jeremy Hill can be penciled into your starting lineup.


Injury Gio Bernard could be out past Week 10
Bengals plan on keeping Jeremy Hill involved after return
By: Doug Orth | Thu Nov 6, 3:40 pm

Cincinnati Bengals
Bengals RB Giovani Bernard is out tonight, and could miss more time. And when he gets back, coaches won't be going away from Jeremy Hill. (Albert Breer on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The hip pointer injury that wasn't supposed to keep Bernard out of one game sounds like it might keep him out at least three. Saddle up Hill, who could post RB1 numbers tonight against the Browns and possibly next week in New Orleans.


Injury Jeremy Hill poised for another big workload
Rookie should start again Thursday with Bernard likely out
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Nov 4, 11:45 am

Cincinnati Bengals
With a Thursday night game against the Cleveland Browns, the Bengals held a brief walkthrough late Monday afternoon in the stadium. They'll practice once more this week -- Tuesday. It will be after Tuesday's practice that Cincinnati's official pregame injury report will be announced. Right now, it appears running back Giovani Bernard will end up right back in the same spot he was on last week's injury report: doubtful. The second-year back is recovering from a pair of injuries to his hip and clavicle. Just like all of last week's practices, Bernard didn't participate in Monday's walkthrough. He was around the locker room for part of the afternoon, but he didn't step foot on the field. Jeremy Hill is coming off a huge performance in Week 9. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Hill should be in line for another big day on a short week, as it appears Bernard is unlikely to play. The rookie is a no-brainer RB1 until Bernard returns.



2014 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FFPts
1 at BAL W 23-16 14 48 3.4 0 10 6 62 10.3 0 11.0
2 ATL W 24-10 27 90 3.3 1 6 5 79 15.8 0 22.9
3 TEN W 33-7 14 47 3.4 2 3 1 7 7.0 0 17.4
5 at NE L 17-43 13 62 4.8 0 3 2 10 5.0 0 7.2
6 CAR T 37-37 18 137 7.6 1 5 4 20 5.0 0 21.7
7 at IND L 0-27 7 17 2.4 0 5 2 -1 -0.5 0 1.6
8 BAL W 27-24 16 45 2.8 1 2 2 2 1.0 0 10.7
12 at HOU W 22-13 17 45 2.6 0 3 2 22 11.0 0 6.7
13 at TB W 14-13 10 49 4.9 0 1 1 4 4.0 0 5.3
14 PIT L 21-42 6 17 2.8 0 5 3 19 6.3 0 3.6
15 at CLE W 30-0 15 79 5.3 0 3 3 24 8.0 0 10.3
16 DEN W 37-28 8 36 4.5 0 5 5 45 9.0 1 14.1
17 at PIT L 17-27 3 8 2.7 0 8 7 56 8.0 1 12.4
WC at IND L 10-26 3 6 2.0 0 9 8 46 5.8 0 5.2
WC = Wild-Card

2013 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FFPts
1 at CHI L 21-24 4 22 5.5 0 2 1 8 8.0 0 3.0
2 PIT W 20-10 8 38 4.8 1 2 1 27 27.0 1 18.5
3 GB W 34-30 10 50 5.0 1 4 4 49 12.3 0 15.9
4 at CLE L 6-17 10 37 3.7 0 7 6 38 6.3 0 7.5
5 NE W 13-6 13 62 4.8 0 3 2 7 3.5 0 6.9
6 at BUF W 27-24 15 28 1.9 0 7 6 72 12.0 1 16.0
7 at DET W 27-24 7 27 3.9 0 6 5 32 6.4 0 5.9
8 NYJ W 49-9 5 18 3.6 0 2 1 9 9.0 0 2.7
9 at MIA L 20-22 9 79 8.8 2 4 4 25 6.3 0 22.4
10 at BAL L 17-20 14 58 4.1 0 8 8 37 4.6 1 15.5
11 CLE W 41-20 10 45 4.5 0 5 4 41 10.3 0 8.6
13 at SD W 17-10 14 57 4.1 0 2 1 9 9.0 0 6.6
14 IND W 42-28 12 99 8.3 0 4 4 49 12.3 0 14.8
15 at PIT L 20-30 13 33 2.5 1 4 2 13 6.5 0 10.6
16 MIN W 42-14 13 20 1.5 0 4 2 47 23.5 0 6.7
17 BAL W 34-17 13 22 1.7 0 7 5 51 10.2 0 7.3
WC SD L 10-27 12 45 3.8 0 10 7 73 10.4 0 11.8
WC = Wild-Card

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