RB Giovani Bernard - Cincinnati Bengals

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

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Week 6: at Baltimore Ravens

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FBG says: Good matchup. The Cincinnati run game has yet to truly get off the ground. Still saddled with shaky play-calling and an ineffective front line - our Matt Bitonti ranks it 27th as a run-blocking unit - the runners simply don't see much open space to create with. Top blocker Cordy Glenn remains sidelined by a concussion, and all five starters consistently grade out among the league's weakest. Two recent first-round picks have been invested here, with no positive returns thus far, as tackle Jonah Williams sits on injured reserve and center Billy Price has again been benched. Joe Mixon is among the league's most dynamic backs, but he's done well to generate 3.7 yards per attempt and 72 per full game. He was a bright spot in last week's loss, picking up 93 hard-earned yards against the Cardinals. Mixon would benefit from a shift to more of an outside attack, where his elite weight-adjusted speed could help paper over the poor interior blocking. He's clearly capable of producing even in this uninspiring situation, topping 4.0 per rush in each full game. But to reach his considerable upside, he'll need to rely on his dynamic legs to churn out chunk gains; they'll never be simply handed to him. Backup Giovani Bernard has found the going even tougher: he draws around 40% of team snaps, but has just 45 yards to show for it (2.4 per carry) on the season. The Baltimore run defense opened the season in stout fashion, allowing just 28 yards to running backs over the first 2 weeks. But that's looking more and more like a byproduct of facing the Dolphins and Cardinals. Since then, this in-transition unit has surrendered 5.8 per rush and 6 touchdowns. Nick Chubb posted a massive 165-yard, 3-score day as the Browns' bell cow in Week 4, while LeSean McCoy, Darrel Williams, and James Conner have had success as rotational backs. The Ravens line remains stout, anchored by space-eating linemen Michael Pierce and Brandon Williams. But on the second level, the team is still sorting out its depth chart in the wake of losing C.J. Mosley and Terrell Suggs. Patrick Onwuasor has bombed thus far in the middle, and they'll now have to make do without strong safety Tony Jefferson, who ruptured his ACL on Sunday. The team will likely rotate through a number of nickel-back types in his place, and they'll need to pursue better across the field to reverse this recent trend. Otherwise, this will remain a fairly exploitable matchup for fantasy purposes.

Recent Stats and Projections

2 vs SF 28 6 6 0 3 1.0 7 0 0 1.3
3 at BUF 26 3 5 0 2 2.0 7 0 0 1.2
4 at PIT 23 1 3 0 6 4.0 16 0 0 1.9
5 vs ARI 26 2 10 0 3 3.0 16 0 0 2.6
6 at BAL 4 4 0 3 2.0 20 0 0 2.4
6 at BAL PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * 2.5 * * * *
6 at BAL PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * 2.3 * * * *
6 at BAL PROJ-Bloom * 2 * * 3.0 * * * *

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 5 vs ARI (2 / 10 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)

As has been the case in recent weeks, Bernard didn't get a single touch in the first half. Three of his five touches came in the final four minutes when the Bengals went to a hurry-up offense. He slipped through a small hole and carried a defender the final few yards on a nine-yard run, his best of the day.

2019 Week 4 vs PIT (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 16 / 0 rec)

Even though the game script should have favored Bernard, he played a season-low 33% of the snaps. His only touch in the first three quarters came on the meaningless final play of the half. He took a screen pass for 12 yards but the Bengals were backed up deep and just let the clock run out. The rest of Bernard's touches came in garbage time and were equally meaningless. He took a 3rd-and-19 screen pass for a modest nine yard gain on his other positive play.

2019 Week 3 vs BUF (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Bernard had just one touch in the first three quarters, a 3-yard run on a 2nd-and-14 draw play. Bernard played 43% of the snaps but touched it just five times for a total of 11 yards. He is not a big enough part of the offense to have much fantasy relevance.

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.


Latest News

Bengals | Six total touches for Giovani Bernard (Sun Oct 13, 06:18 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard rushed four times for just four yards in Week 6 against the Baltimore Ravens while adding two catches for 20 yards on three targets.

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Bengals | Giovani Bernard totals five touches (Sun Oct 6, 04:59 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard rushed twice for 10 yards in Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals and he added three grabs for 16 yards on his three targets.

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Bengals | Five total touches for Gio Bernard (Tue Oct 1, 12:18 AM) - Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard rushed just one for three yards and he added four grabs for 16 yards on six targets in Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, Sept. 30.

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