The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner Jr. expects RB Bernard to see an increase in workload in the 2014 season. Dehner predicts 230 carries and 70 receptions for the second-year RB. Last year Bernard produced 1,209 total yards and 8 TDs on 170 carries and 56 receptions. The Bengals spent a second-round pick on former LSU RB Jeremy Hill in this year's draft.
This news follows a report yesterday that the Bengals backfield would run by committee, so it's hard to know what to make of the situation right now. The workload Dehner discussed - 300 touches - would be a massive increase for Bernard, and one would expect his fantasy production to improve accordingly, especially given Bernard's proven big play ability. However, this is the time of year when coaches and those surrounding them say things like "we'll run him until he pukes," so the prediction should be taken with a large grain of salt. Bernard is currently ranked as the ninth overall player by FFToolbox.com.