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
RB - #19 62.36 CIN Active 2 years 23 5'9 206

2015 Outlook: Solid/Safe Pick

Last updated on Jun-07-2015 by Shawn Childs

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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Jul-29-15 Bengals OC Hue Jackson 'not concerned' about QB Andy Dalton

Many and probably even the majority of fantasy football owners are very concerned with Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. However, his offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is not and is even planning on letting Dalton open things up in the passing game this season. "I'm not concerned with Andy as much as everybody else is," Jackson said. "I understand that we haven't won a playoff game and that falls at his feet, and mine, too, and the rest of the offensive staff and players, as well. But he's done everything -- and I mean this -- he's invested everything that he can into preparing himself to be the best he can be for this season. And I'm totally behind him 100 percent, and I think he's going to have a great year -- not a good year, a great year … We're going to open Pandora's box more. We tickled it a little bit last year. We're going to open it up a little bit more this year and be who I think we can be…But I tell you what, the defenses are so good, the defensive players are so good and they disguise all the time, why can't we? It's a chess match, and whoever is not afraid to pull the trigger, pull the trigger. And I'm not afraid, so let's go."

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While the Andy Dalton hate is understandable, you can also make a strong case that it wasn't really his fault for the struggles that plagued Bengals' passing attack last season. It was his first year in a new system, which is usually a tough transition for quarterbacks, especially since Jackson's offense isn't known for being overly QB friendly. The Bengals also lost starting tight end Tyler Eifert for the season, starting receiver Marvin Jones for the season, A.J. Green was banged up all year and was out or injured during the first drive of five games and Giovani Bernard missed time as well. Not trying to make excuses for Dalton, just playing devil's advocate. It wouldn't be at all shocking if he outplays his APD, which has him being drafted as the QB25. If his weapons stay healthy, he could be a QB2.

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

7/29 - Bengals OC Hue Jackson 'not concerned' about QB Andy Dalton
7/1 - Bengals RB Jeremy Hill looking to break more tackles

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2014 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
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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