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 16): Bernard didn't get the start as Joe Mixon was able to play, and the Bengals offensive line can't open any holes. He's not an essential handcuff to carry despite his quality all-around talent.

Week 3: at Buffalo Bills

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Due to a number of factors, including his own Week 1 injury, Joe Mixon has yet to get off the ground here in 2019. He's managed just 27 yards on his 17 attempts, failing to produce anything either up the middle or on the edges. It hasn't just been a Mixon issue: dynamic backup Giovani Bernard (13 for 27) hasn't found any success either. The scoreboard has worked against both, but the primary culprit, as usual, has been the Bengals' weak play up front. If not for the sad-sack Dolphins, this line would rank dead-last in Matt Bitonti's Footballguys rankings. It's been without top blocker Cordy Glenn, who's still recovering from a concussion, and will proceed in the short term without left guard Michael Jordan. Even if Glenn can suit up for Week 3, this group will remain undermanned and vulnerable. Mixon will have to show up fully healthy and at his most dynamic to generate a big day against the Bills. Buffalo's run defense is generally a strong one, despite its Week 2 stat line. Saquon Barkley racked up 107 yards on just 18 carries, including a 26-yard touchdown that left multiple Bills swiveling their ankles. But it wouldn't be fair to condemn this group too much for failing to corral Barkley. Overall, it's improved noticeably into one of the league's toughest units. In Ed Oliver and Star Lotulelei, the Bills boast a dynamic set of tackles that's done a great job of controlling the interior. First-round rookie Oliver has been particularly impressive; he's an athletic gap-shooter capable of making plays in the backfield, while Lotulelei is more of a space-eater. Behind them, linebacker Tremaine Edmunds continues to improve, while Matt Milano remains dependable on the strong side. They're backed by an elite safety duo of Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde, both of whom are more than capable in run support. This unit may struggle with consistency, and Joe Mixon is fast and nimble enough to present similar problems as Barkley. But on most weeks, this is a fairly prohibitive matchup, especially against opponents with front lines as weak as the Bengals'.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 at SEA 48 7 21 0 3 2.0 42 0 0 5.3
2 vs SF 28 6 6 0 3 1.0 7 0 0 1.3
3 at BUF PROJ-Dodds * 8 * * 1.8 * * * *
3 at BUF PROJ-Tremblay * 8 * * 1.8 * * * *
3 at BUF PROJ-Bloom * 6 * * 1.0 * * * *

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

2019 Week 2 vs SF (6 / 6 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Bernard played 28 snaps but many of them came in garbage time. Three of his seven touches came late in the fourth quarter when the Bengals were trailing by 31 points. He did get a full drive to himself midway through the second quarter, carrying three times for eight yards on the field goal drive. Bernard managed just 13 yards on the day despite a game script that was just about perfect for him. In this offense, he doesn't have much fantasy value while Mixon is healthy.

2019 Week 1 vs SEA (7 / 21 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 42 / 0 rec)

Prior to Joe Mixon getting hurt in the second half, Bernard did not touch the ball at all. Once Mixon was sidelined, Bernard became heavily involved. His first drive of the game, he touched the ball on four straight plays. In all, he garnered nine touches in the second half. Bernard's production was feast or famine on the day. He took a screen for a 35-yard gain. It looked like he might be tripped up for no gain but was able to scoot away from a chasing defensive lineman and sneak through some traffic down the sideline for the long completion. He also bounced off a tackle attempt to gain 11 yards on a running play off of left tackle. Bernard also was dropped for a loss or no gain three times, including a 4th-and-1 play where he wasn't able to keep his feet after first contact and was dropped short of the first down by an arm tackle. Bernard was also stacked up for no gain for a fourth time down near the goal line but Seattle elected to accept the holding penalty. It was an okay day for Bernard. His playmaking ability was on display but so too were his limitations in the every down role.

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Schedule

3@ Buffalo Bills
4@ Pittsburgh Steelers
5vs Arizona Cardinals
6@ Baltimore Ravens
7vs Jacksonville Jaguars
8@ Los Angeles Rams
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10vs Baltimore Ravens
11@ Oakland Raiders
12vs Pittsburgh Steelers
13vs New York Jets
14@ Cleveland Browns
15vs New England Patriots
16@ Miami Dolphins
17vs Cleveland Browns