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 - #6 17.68 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.

Latest Update

Aug-22-14 Bengals RB Jeremy Hill to work with offensive starters in preseason game

Hill will see reps with the Bengals' offensive starters in the team's third preseason game on Sunday, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said that Hill "is worthy of playing with [the starters]" and was surprised to learn that Hill hadn't seen carries with the starting unit in the previous two exhibition games. The Bengals drafted the rookie Hill with a second-round pick in the 2014 draft, and he's expected to fill the team's No. 2 RB slot behind second-year RB Giovani Bernard.

Fantasy Analysis:

Given the amount of positive talk about Hill coming out of Bengals camp, it is surprising that he hasn't seen first-team reps in a preseason game yet. OC Jackson was formerly the RBs coach in Cincinnati, and the team will likely have a run-first mentality this year. That means that both Hill and Bernard will have fantasy value. Expect the 6-foot-2, 236-pound Hill to take most of the heavy-lifting, between-the-tackles work, while Bernard will have the greater presence in the passing game. Both backs are likely to see 200 carries on the year, according to multiple reports. Draft Bernard as a RB1, and Hill as a RB3/Flex with some upside.

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

8/22 - Bengals RB Jeremy Hill to work with offensive starters in preseason game
8/13 - Bengals RB Giovani Bernard could get 'a good share' of goal-line work
8/6 - Bengals RB Jeremy Hill may see 10 to 15 carries per game
7/28 - Bengals RB coach on Giovani Bernard: 'We'll find a way to get the ball to him'

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2014 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
1.12 - @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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