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RB Giovani Bernard - Cincinnati Bengals

5-9, 202Born: 11-22-1991College: North CarolinaDrafted: Round 2, pick 2013

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 17): Bernard was a strong play when Joe Mixon was out last year, so it's reasonable to expect strong RB2 numbers at worst for the next 2-4 weeks. This week against the Panthers isn't a cake walk, but Bernard should be fine in part because of his excellent receiving ability.

General News (Wed Sep 19): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 3: at Carolina Panthers

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Giovani Bernard will step into the lead role while Joe Mixon sits. Bernard is an effective runner - he averaged 4.74 yards per carry while Mixon dealt with concussion issues late last year. But he doesn't have the power element to his game that the muscled, 218-pound Mixon does. That, coupled with the absence of center Billy Price, should keep the Cincinnati run game focused on the outside. That can be plenty effective, as we saw late last year. And the Bengals line has improved dramatically, with Cordy Glenn and Clint Boling stabilizing the left side and Trey Hopkins filling in nicely for Price in Week 2. Still, the unit definitely loses a dimension without Mixon. In this matchup, the running will be more situational, with an eye on bouncing Bernard loose on stretch plays. It's a tough case to make, though, against such a dominant defensive front. The Panthers' suffocating run defense finally suffered a breakdown in Week 2. Tevin Coleman rattled off 107 yards, checking in as only the third runner to top 80 against these Panthers since the start of last season. It's fair to chalk that game up to the speedy Coleman, who ripped off several chunk runs. It was uncharacteristic to see so many missed tackles from Luke Kuechly and company, and even more so to see the defensive line so overwhelmed. Recent history tells us this was likely an aberration, and that we can expect closer to their typical dominance going forward. Kuechly, Kawaan Short, and the rest of the front seven remain an imposing unit, one that doesn't yield much at all on the average.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at IND 14 1 -2 0 1 1 11 0 0 0.9
2 vs BAL 39 6 27 0 7 4 15 0 0 4.2
3 at CAR PROJ-Dodds * 17 * * 4 * * * *
3 at CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 15 * * 2 * * * *
3 at CAR PROJ-Bloom * 15 * * 4 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Giovani Bernard's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 2 vs BAL (6 / 27 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 15 / 0 rec)

Bernard received a much larger share of the snaps and touches due to Mixon being out with injury. He was moderately productive as a runner, averaging 4.4 yards per carry but less so as a pass catcher, averaging just 2.2 yards per target. Bernard has also struggled some in pass protection this season. He was run over on one play and beaten badly enough on another play that he had to trip the rusher, drawing a penalty. Bernard's long run came on a pitch sweep to the left. The Bengals will likely continue to try to get Bernard to the outside because he hasn't had much success between the tackles so far. Bernard is going to get as many touches as he can handle the next few weeks with Joe Mixon out and he should be a top fantasy option next week.

2018 Week 1 vs IND (1 / -2 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Bernard was a non-factor in Week 1. Though he played 25% of the snaps, he touched the ball just twice. He was stacked up in the backfield for a loss on his only carry and he received just one target in the passing game. Bernard had a third touch that went for a big loss but he drew a horse collar tackle to nullify the loss. Bernard's minimal usage is especially troubling from a fantasy perspective considering the Bengals trailed nearly the entire game.


Latest News

Bengals | Giovani Bernard limited in practice (Wed Sep 19, 03:50 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Sept. 19.

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Bengals | Giovani Bernard to see more work (Mon Sep 17, 10:27 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard is expected to see an increased workload starting in Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers with RB Joe Mixon (knee) sidelined two to four weeks.

Our View: Bernard did a good job last year filling in for an injured Mixon. We're expecting Bernard to play like a RB2 with upside as the starter once again.
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Bengals | Giovani Bernard sees 10 touches (Thu Sep 13, 11:39 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard ran six times for 27 yards and caught four passes for 15 yards Thursday, Sept. 13, against the Baltimore Ravens.

Our View: Bernard's value is going up with Joe Mixon likely missing at least a few weeks. The offense doesn't lose much with him in, and Bernard's receiving ability gives him a high floor in PPR leagues. He might be the top waiver wire pickup of Week 3.
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