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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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Bernard is out for 2-4 weeks with a knee injury. He could return in Week 7

News you need to know

General News (Wed Oct 17): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 7: at Kansas City Chiefs

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FBG says: matchup.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 at CAR 57 12 61 1 9 5 25 0 0 14.6
4 at ATL 44 15 69 2 4 4 27 0 0 21.6
7 at KC PROJ-Tremblay * 2 * * 2 * * * *
7 at KC PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 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

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.


Latest News

Bengals | Giovani Bernard does not practice (Wed Oct 17, 05:35 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee, toe) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Our View: The Bengals travel to Kansas City to play the Chiefs on Sunday night. At this point it doesn't seem like Bernard is going to be back. Joe Mixon should get quite a bit of work as a runner and receiver out of the backfield in Week 7.
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Bengals | Wednesday's practice report for Cincinnati (Wed Oct 17, 05:30 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee, toe), CB Darqueze Dennard (sternoclavicular), TE Tyler Kroft (foot), C Billy Price (foot), LB Nick Vigil and S Shawn Williams (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 17. DE Carlos Dunlap (buttocks), LB Jordan Evans (hamstring), S Clayton Fejedelem (thigh), OT Cordy Glenn (ankle), LB Vincent Rey (hamstring) and TE C.J. Uzomah (shoulder) were listed as limited participants. QB Andy Dalton (back), OT Cedric Ogbuehi (wrist) and WR John Ross (groin) were able to practice in full.

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Bengals | Giovani Bernard, Tyler Kroft out for Week 6 (Fri Oct 12, 12:28 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee) and TE Tyler Kroft (foot) have been ruled out for Week 6 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Our View: CJ Uzomah should have tight end targets to himself in this one with Kroft out, and in a matchup that has been good to tight ends this year. He's a viable streamer.
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Bengals | Cincinnati's Thursday injury report (Thu Oct 11, 02:24 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee), TE Tyler Kroft (foot) and C Billy Price (foot) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 11. CB William Jackson III (knee), OT Cedric Ogbuehi (wrist) and WR John Ross (groin) were limited. OG Clint Boling (hip), LB Preston Brown (ankle), DE Michael Johnson (knee) and DE Carl Lawson (ankle) participated fully.

Our View: With Kroft banged up, CJ Uzomah should dominate tight end targets for the Bengals against the Steelers. Pittsburgh has had trouble defending tight ends this year, so Uzomah is a suitable streamer.
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Bengals | Wednesday injury report for Bengals (Wed Oct 10, 04:20 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee), OG Clint Boling (hip), TE Tyler Kroft (foot) and C Billy Price (foot) were held out of practice Wednesday, Oct. 10. LB Preston Brown (ankle), CB William Jackson III (knee), DE Michael Johnson (knee), DE Carl Lawson (ankle) and WR John Ross (groin) were limited.

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