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Giovani Bernard | Running Back | #25

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/22/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 205
College: North Carolina
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 2 (37) / CIN
Contract: view contract details

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Giovani Bernard rushed 11 times for 62 yards and caught 6-of-8 targets for 68 yards in the Bengals' Week 14 loss to the Bears.
The Bengals' inability to stay competitive in this 33-7 loss didn't hurt Bernard, who racked up late-game catches and receiving yards delivered by both Andy Dalton and A.J. McCarron. Joe Mixon's (concussion) Week 15 status is uncertain at Minnesota. If Mixon can't clear protocol, Gio will again be a borderline RB1 play. On Sunday, Bernard led the Bengals in both rushing and receiving yards. Dec 10 - 4:32 PM

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Giovani Bernard rushed 13 times for 77 yards and caught 2-of-3 targets for 19 yards in the Bengals' Week 13 loss to the Steelers on Monday night.

Joe Mixon suffered a second-quarter concussion and missed the rest of the night. With Jeremy Hill already on I.R., it was all Bernard the rest of the way. Considering the Bengals are now on a short week ahead of next Sunday's home date with the Bears, Bernard needs to be added in all formats with Mixon looking very iffy for that one. Bernard would be in the RB2 conversation.
Dec 5 - 12:29 AM

Giovani Bernard lost four yards on three carries and added one catch for eight yards on two targets Sunday in the Bengals’ Week 11 win over the Broncos.

Incredibly, Bernard has now rushed for negative yards in two of his last three games. That’s just not going to cut it. With Joe Mixon emerging as the Bengals’ bell-cow, Bernard won’t be a fantasy consideration next week against the Browns.
Nov 19 - 9:18 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed two times for ten yards and caught all five of his targets for 38 yards in Week 10 against the Titans.

Bernard continues to score the majority of his points through the passing game. Receiving five targets is encouraging, but he was out-snapped by RB Joe Mixon 30-to-21. Bernard shouldn't be started in any formats in Week 11 against Denver.
Nov 12 - 6:07 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed twice for five yards and couldn’t catch either of his two targets Sunday in the Bengals’ Week 8 win over the Colts.

The two touches were a season-low for Bernard, who was briefly sidelined with a nose injury in the third quarter. Once considered the Bengals’ preferred back on passing downs, Bernard has totaled just three catches for a combined 29 yards over his last three games. He won’t be on the fantasy radar next week versus Jacksonville.
Oct 29 - 5:44 PM

Giovani Bernard caught 1-of-3 targets for -1 yards while rushing three times for eight yards in the Bengals' Week 7 loss to the Steelers.

In a game the Bengals' were trailing for the majority of, Bernard led their running back trio in snaps with 23. Bernard can be dropped in most leagues.
Oct 22 - 9:33 PM

Giovanni Bernard caught two passes for 30 yards in Week 5 against Buffalo.

Bernard didn't see many snaps with the Bengals playing with a lead. He was only targeted twice in the pass game. Bernard is a Week 6 drop candidate.
Oct 8 - 5:06 PM

Giovani Bernard caught 3-of-4 targets for 67 yards while rushing three times for 12 yards in the Week 4 victory over the Browns.

Bernard took a screen pass 61 yards untouched for a score in the second quarter on a perfect play call versus an all-out blitz for the Browns. Bernard has two touchdowns the past two weeks, but just 11 touches overt that span, making him as shaky fantasy option moving forward. At best, he is a flex option Week 5 against the Bills.
Oct 1 - 5:24 PM

Giovani Bernard (thigh) was removed from the Week 4 injury report.

He's good to go for his weekly handful of touches but isn't a fantasy option.
Sep 29 - 12:49 PM

Giovani Bernard (thigh) remained limited at Thursday's practice.

Bernard should play this week barring a setback. With Joe Mixon gaining control of the Bengals' backfield, Bernard is merely a bench stash in PPR leagues.
Sep 28 - 2:40 PM

Giovani Bernard (thigh) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

It's a new injury for Bernard, though his presence at practice suggests it isn't anything serious. Expect him to play his usual role on passing downs Sunday against Cleveland.
Sep 27 - 4:05 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed three times for 27 yards and caught both of his targets for 12 yards and one touchdown in the Bengals' Week 3 loss to the Packers.

Bernard touched the ball just five times, compared to 21 for Joe Mixon and eight for Jeremy Hill. But it was Bernard who found the end zone after being left uncovered on a short touchdown pass from Andy Dalton. Bernard's floor is far too low to be considered a fantasy asset in 12-team leagues.
Sep 24 - 8:14 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed five times for 10 yards in the Bengals' Week 2 loss to the Texans, adding two receptions for 16 additional yards.

Bernard remained in a three-man running rotation with Jeremy Hill and Joe Mixon, though he doubled them up in passing-game targets (4-2). Whatever happens on early downs in Cincinnati, we know it's not going to involve Bernard taking the lead. He remains best quarantined to PPR formats.
Sep 15 - 12:11 AM

Giovani Bernard contributed 40 yards on seven carries while adding one catch for 39 yards on two targets Sunday in the Bengals’ Week 1 loss to the Ravens.

Game script favored Bernard on Sunday as the Bengals found themselves playing from behind most of the afternoon. Bernard logged 29 snaps compared to 22 for Joe Mixon and only 10 for Jeremy Hill. Gio looked spry in his return from a torn ACL, taking a fourth quarter catch-and-run 39 yards for the Bengals’ longest gain of the afternoon. Bernard gets the Texans in a tough Week 2 matchup on Thursday night.
Sep 10 - 5:22 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed four times for 25 yards in the Bengals' third preseason game.

They were Bernard's first, and likely only, touches of the summer. He checked in on the Bengals' third play, a third down. He did not appear to have any physical limitations as he completes his comeback from a torn ACL. Joe Mixon is getting all the pub while Jeremy Hill is playing spoiler on early downs, but Bernard is returning to his usual third down role.
Aug 27 - 6:45 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Andy Dalton
2A.J. McCarron
3Jeff Driskel
RB1Joe Mixon
2Giovani Bernard
3Brian Hill
GLB1Joe Mixon
2Giovani Bernard
3RB1Giovani Bernard
2Joe Mixon
FB1Ryan Hewitt
WR11A.J. Green
2Tyler Boyd
3Cody Core
4Josh Malone
WR21Brandon LaFell
2John Ross
3Alex Erickson
WR31Tyler Boyd
TE1Tyler Kroft
2C.J. Uzomah
3Cethan Carter
LT1Cedric Ogbuehi
2Eric Winston
LG1Clint Boling
2Christian Westerman
C1Russell Bodine
2T.J. Johnson
RG1Trey Hopkins
2Alex Redmond
RT1Andre Smith
K1Randy Bullock