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Giovani Bernard | Running Back | #25

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 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 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. Oct 23 - 4:50 PM

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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.
Oct 16 - 5:34 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.
Oct 9 - 7:27 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.
Sep 29 - 11:44 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.
Sep 25 - 4:41 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.
Sep 18 - 5:39 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.
Sep 11 - 4:20 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.
Aug 28 - 9:29 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.
Aug 10 - 10:26 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.
Jun 30 - 9:44 AM

Bengals signed RB Giovani Bernard to a three-year, $15.5 million extension through 2019.

Bernard was entering the final year of his rookie deal as the 37th pick of the 2013 draft. Touchdowns proved to be elusive for Bernard last season, as he scored just two after amassing 15 in his first two seasons, but Bernard did average a career-best 4.7 YPC while catching 49 passes for 472 yards and a career-high 9.6 YPR. He's a candidate to bounce back in the scoring department with the losses of Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu coupled with the injury to Tyler Eifert.
Jun 8 - 3:19 PM

Gio Bernard exited the Bengals' Wild Card game against the Steelers with a head injury.

Bernard appeared to be knocked unconscious by a helmet-to-helmet hit late in the third quarter. Steelers LB Ryan Shazier hit Bernard in the facemask with the crown of his helmet and was lucky to avoid a penalty. In fact, he was rewarded with a forced fumble on the play. Bernard was ruled out after undergoing testing in the locker room. Unless Cincinnati makes a stunning comeback, Bernard has played his last snap this season.
Jan 9 - 10:47 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed six times for 36 yards and caught 1-of-3 targets for 12 yards in the Bengals' Week 17 win over the Ravens.

Since Andy Dalton went down with a thumb injury in Week 14, Bernard's role has been scaled back a bit with the Bengals leaning a bit more on Jeremy Hill and the run game. In the Wild Card round game against the Steelers next weekend, Bernard will have a similar role as the change-of-pace and third-down back behind early-down thumper Hill. At the end of the regular season, Bernard has piled up 1,202 total yards, including a career-high 730 rushing yards, and two total touchdowns on 203 touches.
Jan 3 - 11:20 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed eight times for 14 yards and caught 4-of-5 targets for 29 yards in the Bengals' Week 16 loss to the Broncos on Monday night.

Bernard was really impressive early, picking up a couple big first downs on third-down catches behind the line to gain. He broke several tackles on his first grab, moving the chains on the eventual opening touchdown series. But as a runner, Bernard found no room. He and Jeremy Hill continue to split backfield work and will do so Week 17 against Baltimore and into the playoffs.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 12:23:00 AM

Gio Bernard managed 33 yards on 14 carries and caught 4-of-4 targets for 18 yards in the Bengals' Week 15 win over the 49ers.

Twitter exploded when Gio handled most of the Bengals' first three drives over Jeremy Hill, but in the end Hill game away with two touchdowns and 19 touches compared to Bernard's 18. The two are likely to continue to rotate when Cincinnati takes on Denver in Week 16, limiting the fantasy appeal of both. Bernard has settled in as a fringe flex play in fantasy leagues.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 08:30:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Andy Dalton
2A.J. McCarron
3Jeff Driskel
RB1Jeremy Hill
2Giovani Bernard
3Rex Burkhead
GLB1Jeremy Hill
2Giovani Bernard
3RB1Giovani Bernard
2Jeremy Hill
FB1Ryan Hewitt
WR11A.J. Green
2Alex Erickson
3Cody Core
WR21Brandon LaFell
2Tyler Boyd
3James Wright
WR31Tyler Boyd
TE1Tyler Eifert
2Tyler Kroft
3C.J. Uzomah
LT1Andrew Whitworth
2Jake Fisher
LG1Clint Boling
C1Russell Bodine
2T.J. Johnson
RG1Kevin Zeitler
2Christian Westerman
RT1Cedric Ogbuehi
2Eric Winston
K1Mike Nugent