RB Giovani Bernard - Cincinnati Bengals
|5-9, 202||Born: 11-22-1991||College: North Carolina||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2013|
Week 21: bye week
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Giovani Bernard's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 17 vs PIT (3 / 7 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Bernard had a bigger role than in recent weeks, tying for second on the team in targets and also handling 3 of the team's 18 carries. Like the rest of the Bengals of-fense, he was extremely ineffective. Bernard managed just 15 total yards on three car-ries and five targets. Bernard surprisingly opened the game as the starter and had two carries on the Bengals opening drive, a quick three-and-out.
2018 Week 16 vs CLE (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 rec)
Bernard didn't get a single carry and didn't net any yards on his two catches (one for 4 yards and the other for -4). The Bengals clearly want Joe Mixon to be the center-piece of the offense and in games like this one where they struggled to get Mixon 20 touches, there isn't going to be anything left over for Bernard.
2018 Week 15 vs OAK (6 / 7 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Bernard wasn't able to get much going on the ground. He had a 6-yard run up the gut in the second quarter but aside from that, he managed just a single yard on his other five carries. Bernard lined up in the slot and took a crossing route for a 22-yard gain.
2018 Week 14 vs LAC (3 / 7 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
With the Bengals intent on riding Mixon, Bernard's playing time was more limited than in recent weeks. He did come in to start the third drive of the game, as he typically does and picked up a tough five yards on a run up the middle. On the drive, he got a carry on 1st-and-goal from the three-yard line but was stuffed. Mixon came in for the next play. The Bengals threw a swing pass to Bernard on a two-point conversion attempt but he wasn't able to make Derwin James miss and was dropped for a loss.
2018 Week 13 vs DEN (5 / 14 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 32 / 0 rec)
Bernard received extended playing time, logging 41% of the snaps. His 13 combined carries and targets was just one fewer than Mixon's total on the day. Bernard wasn't able to do much with his five carries, all of which went for short gains. He did have a long run on a 3rd-and-forever draw that was called back due to a hold. Bernard did make a solid impact as a pass catcher. He lined up in the slot and had a nice catch and run on a short slant route.
2018 Week 12 vs CLE (1 / 10 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Bernard looked confused on a blitz pickup on the opening drive and he was forced to lunge and hold a blitzing linebacker. The holding call caused the drive to stall out and led to a blocked field goal. It was surprising to see how little Bernard was used despite a game script that should have favored him.
2018 Week 11 vs BAL (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)
Bernard lined up as an H-back with Mixon in as running back to open the game. The Bengals used misdirection to get Bernard open for an easy 8-yard catch on the first play of the game. Both backs were on the field for five other plays as well. Bernard played a surprisingly high number of snaps (47%) and looks fully recovered from the knee injury that kept him sidelined for nearly a month. He did a great job pass blocking, stepping up in the hole and stopping blitzing linebackers to give Dalton time to throw.
2018 Week 10 vs NO (2 / 6 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
Bernard made his return after missing multiple games with a knee injury. He looked healthy enough. Bernard slipped out of the backfield on a broken play and made himself available to a scrambling Dalton. He made a nice catch on the run and was able to turn it up field, make the first man miss and pick up a 26-yard gain. On the day, Bernard played 29% of the snaps. However, the Bengals were dominated in time of possession and managed just 43 snaps so Bernard's opportunities were limited.
2018 Week 4 vs ATL (15 / 69 / 2 rush, 4 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)
Bernard got off to a fast start. He caught a 17-yard screen on the second drive of the game. He later finished the drive, bouncing it outside for a 10-yard touchdown. In the final minute before halftime, Bernard caught a screen pass for a 14-yard gain. It was set up and blocked perfectly and Bernard nearly got into the end zone. He was able to pound it in for a 1-yard score on the very next play, however. Bernard followed defensive end Sam Hubbard who lined up at fullback on the play and punished the defender to open the hole. It looked like Bernard was playing through an injury down the stretch and he wasn't in the game for most of the final drive. He was grimacing and looked like he took himself out after a 4th-quarter run. It was unclear what the injury was and whether it is anything that will affect him going forward.
2018 Week 3 vs CAR (12 / 61 / 1 rush, 9 / 5 / 25 / 0 rec)
The Bengals leaned heavily on Bernard early, feeding him six touches on the opening drive of the game, which Bernard capped off with a 1-yard touchdown run. It was an impressive effort. It looked like he was stacked up a yard short, but Bernard kept his legs driving and was able to take advantage of a late push by the line to surge into the end zone. Bernard's best run went for 23 yards. It looked like he was bottled up at the line but he was able to bounce it outside and then weave his way back to the center of the field. It was a solid game for Bernard but the Bengals seemed to have to game plan differently without Mixon, mostly trying to get Bernard outside with very few attempts up the middle.
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.
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