Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals: Fantasy Football Outlook

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Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
RB - #29 84.61 CIN Active 3 years 24 5'9 205 @G_Bernard25

2015 Outlook: Solid/Safe Pick

Last updated on Dec-13-2015 by Shawn Childs


Week 14 DFS Update (12/13): As Hill has gained momentum, Bernard has faded, especially rushing the ball. Over his last four games he has 96 rushing yards on 29 carries (3.3 YPC). His last TD came in Week 6, while scoring only two TDs in 2015. He has one 100-yard rushing game and one 100-yard receiving game. In Week 8 Bernard only had 34 combined yards vs. the Steelers on three touches. No real value in the daily space.

Week 13 DFS Update (12/5): Bernard has struggled to run the ball in his last three games (70 rushing yards on 24 carries - 2.9 YPC). His value has remained serviceable in the season long games due to his recent success in the passing game (15 catches for 222 yards). On the year he averages 12.8 touches per game, with one 100-yard rushing game and two TDs. In Week 9 he had 86 combined yards vs. the Browns. RBs have 50 catches for 533 yards and two TDs against Cleveland. Bernard has underachieved his skill set in the passing game, while playing better than expected in the run game. Purely a gamble with Hill still in the mix for touches.

The Bengals really struggled to run the ball early in the year with Bernard carrying the load. Over his first three games, Gio had 55 carries, 185 yards and three TDs, but he gained only 3.4 yards per carry. In six of his first eight games and in eight of his 13 total games last year, Bernard averaged less than 3.5 yards per carry. For the season, Giovani averaged 4.0 yards per carry while Hill averaged 5.1. Gio is a fine pass catcher who racked up more than 140 receiving yards through the season's first two games. He has run for fewer than 700 yards in each of his first two seasons while averaging 4.1 yards per tote. His lack of success as a runner may lead to him losing touches and becoming more of a change-of-pace back with high upside in the passing game. His bar should be set at 200-225 touches for a maximum of 1,100 yards. He has 70-catch upside with a handful of TDs.

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2015 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
Expert Mock
August 5th, 2015
5.09 The Fantasy Executive - Although Jeremy Hill will dominate the touches out of the back field, Gio is a nice RB2/3 in PPR formats. (Comments Added Sat Aug 8 3:22:46 p.m. ET 2015)
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