Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals
|RB - #6||19.68||CIN||Active||2 years||22||5'9||206|
2014 Outlook: Stud (low risk)Last updated on Jul-09-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith
Giovani Bernard was the first running back drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft for good reason. He has all the tools teams want and need out of a running back. Still, he's in a somewhat crowded backfield after the Bengals drafted Jeremy Hill out of LSU. Bernard's talent may very well overpower all of that. This guy is quick, explosive, can catch, run, and make plays all over the field. He can make defenders miss and can be a big-play threat every time he touches the ball. The Bengals started Bernard off slow last season, but by the year's end he was clearly their best option. Early reports out of camp are Bernard is the top back and is seeing some split back looks paired with the aforementioned Hill. You can expect a thunder-and-lightning look from the Bengals with Bernard earning the majority of touches. Giovani Bernard is a RB1 in all formats and his youth and pass-catching ability only further raises his value in PPR and dynasty leagues.
Editor's note: One facet regarding Bernard, if I may rain on his parade, is his size. One big hit and Bernard's season could be over. He has some decent girth; however, the second-year back isn't exactly built to handle 20-plus carries week after week. It'll be interesting to see how the Bengals opt to both limit his exposure to injury while also maximizing his talent.
Whether Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green plays this weekend is still unknown -- he specifically said Tuesday that he "hopes" to play, but "it's still up in the air." If he is given the green light after missing the past two games due to a stubborn toe injury, fantasy owners should know that they won't be getting a fully healthy Green for this week and perhaps for the rest of the season.
"It's probably not gonna be 100 percent, but I hope it's just manageable," Green said on NFL Network's "NFL AM." "I can get through the season and be fine and still play at a high level."
The Bengals host the Ravens this weekend.
There have been mixed signals on Green's Week 8 status since Sunday. On that day, there was a report that Green told a teammate he would play in the next game. On Monday, head coach Marvin Lewis said Green has made "tremendous progress." But Green apparently doesn't want us to get ahead of ourselves. We'll see if he can make it through a couple of practices. Green's return would be good news for not only fantasy owners but also for everyone on the Bengals' offense. Coming out of their pathetic 27-0 defeat to the Colts, it's obvious the Bengals are desperate for Green's playmaking ability.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors10/21 - Bengals WR A.J. Green admits he may not be healthy for rest of the season
10/17 - Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) doubtful for Week 7; HC Marvin Lewis uncertain of return
10/11 - Bengals WR Marvin Jones ruled out; WR A.J. Green questionable
10/9 - Bengals WR A.J. Green aggravates lingering toe injury, may miss 'multiple games'
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|1.12||DraftTV.com - @ShanePHallam - Gio had 35% of the Bengals carries last year. That is sure to go up and if his catches remain consistent, he is certainly an RB1. Don't see Jeremy Hill taking much productivity away from Gio.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|2.03||Draft Sharks - Tough call here between Bernard and Murray. Went Gio because I trust him more to stay healthy and think he has bigger reception upside.|
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