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RB Giovani Bernard - Cincinnati Bengals

5-9, 202Born: 11-22-1991College: North CarolinaDrafted: Round 2

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Week 3: at Green Bay Packers

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Bengals offense has really struggled so far this season as they have failed to score a touchdown in either of their first two games. The Bengals offensive line has been a train wreck thus far, ranking dead last according to Footballguys offensive line guru Matt Bitonti. Their backfield has also been a mess as nobody has emerged as a clear lead back. Jeremy Hill got the start last week, but he finished with the least amount of snaps with 15, behind Joe Mixon with 16 and Giovani Bernard with 33. Joe Mixon led the team in carries with nine for 36 yards. Mixon looked solid on the few opportunities he did have, but he will need a larger share of snaps and carries to be effective for fantasy purposes. The Bengals will square off against a Packers run defense that struggled last week against the Falcons, allowing Devonta Freeman to rush for 84 yards and a pair of goal-line touchdowns. The Packers defense as a whole got pretty banged up in that game though, most notably losing their star interior defender Mike Daniels early in the game to a hamstring injury. While Daniels had an encouraging MRI on Tuesday, his status is still in question this week's game. If Daniels plays, this will be a neutral matchup for the Bengals running backs. But if Daniels does not suit up, this Packers defensive line will far less effective at stopping the run.

Recent Stats and Projections

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1 vs BAL 29 7 40 0 2 1 39 0 0 7.9
2 vs HOU 33 5 10 0 4 2 16 0 0 2.6
3 at GB PROJ-Dodds * 7 * * 3 * * * *
3 at GB PROJ-Tremblay * 7 * * 2 * * * *
3 at GB PROJ-Bloom * 5 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs HOU (5 / 10 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Bernard played over half of the offensive snaps, playing more snaps (33) than Joe Mixon (16) and Jeremy Hill (15) combined. The playing time should be encouraging for Bernard's fantasy owners, especially when considering that (unlike Week 1) the Bengals were never behind by more than one score. However, Bernard wasn't able to take advantage of the increased opportunity and was clearly the least effective of the three backs. He managed just 2.0 yards per carry and 4.0 yards per target. On an early 3rd-and-3, Bernard lined up in the slot and ran a quick out one yard short of the sticks. He was tackled immediately and the Bengals were forced to punt. In the Bengals first trip to the red zone, Bernard was the victim of poor play-calling. He took a pitch left and faked a reverse toss to John Ross that fooled nobody and led to a five-yard loss. Bernard got another shot at a third-and-short and came up short again. He took a carry off right tackle and was knocked backward on first contact.

2017 Week 1 vs BAL (7 / 40 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 39 / 0 rec)

Bernard led the Bengals backs in snaps with 26 and played well. However, much of the usage was probably due to game script as the Bengals were behind by three scores for the entire second half and Bernard is the back the Bengals use in the two-minute offense. The Bengals came out rotating running backs by drives. Bernard came in for the third drive of the game and gave the offense a spark. His big play on the drive was a 23-yard run up the middle. He burst through the line and made a Ravens linebacker fall down on a quick juke at the second level to turn a solid gain into a big play.

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Latest News

Bengals | Giovani Bernard sputters Thursday night (Fri Sep 15, 12:42 AM) - Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard managed just 10 yards on five carries Thursday, Sept. 14, against the Houston Texans. Bernard was targeted four times in the passing game, which led to two catches for 16 yards.

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Bengals | Giovani Bernard leads three-headed monster (Sun Sep 10, 09:19 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard rushed seven times for 40 yards in Week 1 against Baltimore and he added one catch for 39 yards.

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Schedule

3@ Green Bay Packers
4@ Cleveland Browns
5vs Buffalo Bills
6--- BYE WEEK ---
7@ Pittsburgh Steelers
8vs Indianapolis Colts
9@ Jacksonville Jaguars
10@ Tennessee Titans
11@ Denver Broncos
12vs Cleveland Browns
13vs Pittsburgh Steelers
14vs Chicago Bears
15@ Minnesota Vikings
16vs Detroit Lions
17@ Baltimore Ravens