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Giovani Bernard | Running Back | #25

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 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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Geoff Hobson of believes Giovani Bernard (ACL) will avoid the PUP list to start next season.
Bernard tore his ACL last November and seems to be on schedule with his recovery. At worst, Hobson thinks Bernard could miss one or two games to start the season. The Bengals still have Jeremy Hill, but they'll need more depth with Bernard on the mend and backups Rex Burkhead and Cedric Peerman headed for free agency. Running back could be a position the Bengals address in the draft. Feb 19 - 9:19 AM

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Giovani Bernard suffered a torn ACL in Week 11 against the Bills.

This one comes out of left field. We didn't even notice Bernard go down in Sunday's loss, and he touched the ball 12 times and saw eight targets. It had to happen near the end of the game. The Bengals' season may be ending before our eyes, losing both A.J. Green (hamstring) and Bernard. Bernard's year ends with a 91-337-2 rushing line, averaging a career-low 3.7 YPC. He also caught 39 balls for 336 yards and another score. Look for Rex Burkhead to take over some pass-down work behind Jeremy Hill, but Hill is a candidate to see a big-time role increase. Bernard signed a four-year deal back in June.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 10:10:00 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed seven times for 21 yards and caught 5-of-8 targets for 40 yards in the Bengals' Week 11 loss to the Bills.

He was out-touched by Jeremy Hill 18 to 12. While it was nice to see the Bengals re-involve Bernard in the passing game, he also had a drop on a wheel-route attempt and his usage as a receiver has been frustratingly inconsistent all year. The Bengals are desperately going to need more from Gio in the absence of A.J. Green (hamstring), who seems likely to miss multiple weeks. Regardless, Bernard will be a weak RB2 bet in Week 12 against Baltimore.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 04:34:00 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed seven times for 17 yards and caught 3-of-5 targets for 19 yards in the Bengals' Week 10 loss to the Giants.

Bernard came back to Earth after scoring touchdowns in Weeks 7 and 8 before last week's bye. He hasn't done much on the ground all season and looked way overmatched as a runner on Monday night. The offense ran much smoother with Jeremy Hill in the backfield, though he wasn't a marked improvement with just 46 yards and a score on 15 totes. Bernard will be on the flex radar next week in a home date with the Bills, but his touchdown upside is minimal.
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 12:09:00 AM

Giovani Bernard rushed 11 times for 52 yards and a touchdown and added 14 yards on one catch Week 8 against the Redskins.

After dominating the backfield work for several weeks, Gio took something of a backseat to Jeremy Hill in this game. He still managed to find the end zone from eight yards out in the first quarter, and he had several chunk plays both on the ground and through the air. Bernard is not as exciting a fantasy option with Hill taking on a bigger role, but he will still be a FLEX play against the Giants after the bye.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 02:43:00 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed 17 times for 80 yards and one touchdown in the Bengals' Week 7 win over the Browns.

He added one catch for seven yards. Jeremy Hill had the huge numbers with 168 yards and one touchdown, but Bernard actually out-carried Hill 17-9 in this one. Hill set up Bernard's early five-yard touchdown with a 40-yard run on the play before. Bernard has been getting more work than Hill for the past few weeks. Both are RB2 plays in a plus date with the Redskins in Week 8.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016 04:50:00 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed 15 times for 49 yards and caught 4-of-5 targets for 45 yards Week 6 against the Patriots.

Bernard got the start and out-snapped Jeremy Hill for the second week in a row, but he also shockingly got the goal-line work against the Patriots. Perhaps Hill's lingering chest injury is to blame, but he looked healthy enough when he was on the field. It has become clear Bernard is the No. 1 back in Cincinnati. That puts him in the RB2 conversation next week against the Browns.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 05:34:00 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed nine times for 50 yards and caught 6-of-6 targets for 46 yards in the Bengals' Week 5 loss to Dallas.

The fantasy results were rather pedestrian. The big story is that Bernard started over Jeremy Hill, who was held to 12 yards on four carries. Bernard brings far more versatility to the table than one-dimensional Hill and would be a superior option as a lead back moving forward. We'll see if it continues in Week 6 in Foxboro, where the Patriots hemorrhage receptions to running backs.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 07:27:00 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed 10 times for 18 yards in the Bengals' Week 4 win over the Dolphins, catching 3-of-4 targets for 24 additional yards.

The Dolphins had an attackable run defense on paper, but the Bengals turned 37 carries into a woeful 77 yards (2.08 YPC). Bernard had the best play out of the backfield, an acrobatic 13-yard catch down to the Dolphins' two-yard line, but could only watch as Jeremy Hill failed to convert two goal-line carries. Bernard is doing his thing and not much more this season. Through four games, he's on pace for 932 yards from scrimmage, which would easily be a career low. The pace will pick up, but not enough to get Bernard on the RB2 radar in standard leagues.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 11:44:00 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed five times for eight yards and caught 5-of-5 targets for 36 yards in the Bengals' Week 3 loss to the Broncos.

Jeremy Hill (17-97-2) dominated the backfield work early, and Gio never got going even in a seemingly reasonable spot for OC Ken Zampese to feature him against a stout Broncos defensive front. Bernard is locked into a running back committee, which is going to render his fantasy production volatile week to week. He'll be a shaky flex option next Thursday night against Miami.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 04:41:00 PM

Giovani Bernard caught 9-of-11 targets for 100 yards and a touchdown and rushed five times for 17 yards Week 2 against the Steelers.

With the running game stuck in neutral, Bernard provided a threat around the line of scrimmage in the passing game. He led the team in receptions, targets, and receiving yards, and he scored the only touchdown of the game when he turned a short catch into a 25-yard score down the left sideline. With the running game not working, Bernard out-snapped Hill 47-29. That type of split could continue when the Bengals host the Broncos next week.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 05:39:00 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed five times for 25 yards and caught 2-of-4 targets for five yards in the Bengals' Week 1 win over the Jets.

The Bengals were dominated in time of possession in this game and barely even tried to run the ball, finishing with just 19 rushing attempts compared to 37 Andy Dalton dropbacks. Jeremy Hill out-touched Gio 9 to 7 and scored the Bengals' lone rushing TD. Surprisingly not a big part of Cincinnati's Opening Day offense, Bernard will be a shaky flex option in Week 2 at Pittsburgh.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 04:20:00 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed three times for 27 yards and caught both of his targets for 25 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' third preseason game.

While Jeremy Hill (8-21-1) was repeatedly stuffed at the line, Bernard impressed with his patience as a ball carrier and turned a tunnel screen at the edge of the red zone into a 19-yard touchdown. The beginning to the season sets up nicely for Gio, as the Bengals start at the Jets and Steelers before hosting the Broncos in Week 3. Those were three of the best run defenses in football last year. If Hill struggles, Bernard should get increased work.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 09:29:00 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner Jr. doesn't expect Giovani Bernard's role to "change much" from last season.

When news broke that Tyler Eifert was going to be sidelined 3-4 months following foot surgery, the popular opinion was that Bernard would be a beneficiary and see more targets in the pass game. Since then, Bernard's ADP has risen a round-and-a-half. He was targeted 66 times last season, and Dehner doesn't expect that number to increase. Brandon LaFell and rookie Tyler Boyd figure to see the targets boosts, while the Bengals may opt to hammer Jeremy Hill between the tackles more with Eifert out. Bernard's RB25 ADP in PPR is about right.
Wed, Aug 10, 2016 10:26:00 AM's Geoff Hobson believes Cincinnati could use more two-back sets with Tyler Eifert's (ankle) availability in question.

With Marvin Jones and Mohamad Sanu gone and Eifert hurt, the Bengals are desperate for receiving weapons. Free-agent addition Brandon LaFell and second-rounder Tyler Boyd will be asked to fill some of that void, but a bigger role for Giovani Bernard in the passing game should be part of the answer as well. He and Jeremy Hill could find themselves on the field together often this season.
Thu, Jun 30, 2016 09:44:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Andy Dalton
2A.J. McCarron
3Jeff Driskel
RB1Jeremy Hill
2Giovani Bernard
3Cedric Peerman
4Tra Carson
GLB1Jeremy Hill
2Giovani Bernard
3RB1Giovani Bernard
2Jeremy Hill
FB1Ryan Hewitt
WR11A.J. Green
2Brandon LaFell
3Cody Core
4Jake Kumerow
5Alonzo Russell
WR21John Ross
2Tyler Boyd
3Alex Erickson
4Chris Brown
WR31Tyler Boyd
TE1Tyler Eifert
2C.J. Uzomah
3Tyler Kroft
LT1Cedric Ogbuehi
LG1Clint Boling
2Alex Redmond
C1Russell Bodine
2T.J. Johnson
RG1Andre Smith
2Christian Westerman
3Trey Hopkins
RT1Jake Fisher
2Eric Winston
3Andre Smith
K1Randy Bullock
2Jonathan Brown