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Giovani Bernard | Running Back

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 11/22/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 205
College: North Carolina
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Giovani Bernard had six carries for 18 yards and caught 8-of-10 targets for 128 yards in the Bengals' Week 11 loss to the Cardinals.
Bernard was the Bengals' leading receiver with Patrick Peterson locking down A.J. Green. He should have scored on a 41-yard screen, but went down at the two-yard line. Bernard saw more touches (14) and snaps (53) than Jeremy Hill with the Bengals playing behind most of the night. He has at least 70 total yards in three straight games. Bernard is a mid-range RB2 for Week 12. Nov 23 - 12:34 AM

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Giovani Bernard rushed eight times for 36 yards and caught 5-of-8 targets for 43 yards in the Bengals' Week 10 loss to the Texans on Monday night.

He out-snapped backfield mate Jeremy Hill 50-22, according to PFF's Nate Jahnke, and out-gained Hill 79-20 on just three more touches. Bernard made several big third-down conversions in the first half as a receiver. It's pretty clear after 10 weeks that this backfield share isn't going to change, and Bernard is the one to own. The Bengals are running much power offense, instead opting to get all their playmakers on the field and spreading the defense out more in 2015. Bernard fits right in with this strategy and is paying off in PPR formats, even though he isn't finding the end zone. He'll be a top-24 PPR running back Week 11 in Arizona.
Nov 17 - 12:09 AM

Giovani Bernard rushed for 72 yards on 13 carries and caught his only target for 14 yards in the Bengals' Week 9 win over the Browns.

Bernard was the more efficient of Cincinnati’s two running backs. After seeing just three touches against Pittsburgh last week, Bernard had two drives all to himself on Thursday. The Bengals scored touchdowns on both of them. Bernard and Jeremy Hill will split touches again next week versus Houston.
Nov 6 - 12:25 AM

Giovani Bernard caught 2-of-3 targets for 22 yards in Cincinnati's Week 8 win over the Steelers, adding a 12-yard rush.

Bernard formally came off the bench behind Jeremy Hill, and proceeded to get out-touched 16-3. The Bengals adopted a slugfest mentality, and it paid off in a 16-10 road victory. Both the touches and yards were season lows by wide margins for the Bengals' passing-down back. He has a juicy Week 9 matchup in the Browns' bottom-barrel run defense, but Hill will be the preferred play on a short week where Cincy is likely to again focus on the ground.
Nov 1 - 5:31 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed eight times for 50 yards and one touchdown and caught 1-of-2 targets for 23 yards in the Bengals' Week 6 win over the Bills.

Not often do we see Bernard rushing for a touchdown and Jeremy Hill catching a score in the same game, but that's just what they did on Sunday. Bernard not scoring touchdowns is what's held him back fantasy-wise the first five weeks. On his 17-yard score in the second quarter, Bernard looked like he was shot out of a cannon between right guard and right tackle as he went untouched into the end zone. Bernard remains a solid RB2 and will get the Steelers after the Week 7 bye.
Oct 18 - 7:04 PM

Giovani Bernard pounded the rock 15 times for 80 yards while adding five catches for 21 yards on eight targets in the Bengals' Week 5 win over the Seahawks.

Gio was his usual chain-moving self, moving the line with efficient runs and even providing a few catches out of the backfield. Compared to backfield mate Jeremy Hill, Bernard has been a superior player in every way this year except that Hill has five touchdowns while Bernard has just one. Unfortunately for Bernard’s fantasy owners, that’s a pretty important stat. Regardless, Bernard is firmly on the flex radar and warrants weekly RB2 consideration in PPR formats. He'll get the Bills in Week 6.
Oct 11 - 4:58 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed 13 times for 62 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' Week 4 win over the Chiefs.

He was not targeted in the passing game. Gio outgained Jeremy Hill on the ground 62-40 with 13 carries to Hill's nine, but Hill got everything in close, scoring three touchdowns from within the ten-yard line. Still leading the Bengals' backfield in touches and snaps most weeks, Bernard will be a respectable RB2 play in PPR leagues against Seattle in Week 5.
Oct 4 - 4:39 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed 13 times for 49 yards and snagged three of four targets for 34 yards in the Bengals' Week 3 win over the Ravens.

Jeremy Hill logged seven carries on the opening series but it was all Bernard after that. It didn’t take long for this game to turn into a shootout, which always favors Bernard given his receiving expertise. Despite Marvin Lewis’ assurances that Hill is still Cincinnati's workhorse, this backfield has the feel of a full-blown running back by committee. Bernard should be in the flex/RB2 mix next time out against Kansas City.
Sep 27 - 5:15 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed 20 times for 123 yards and caught three passes for 16 yards Week 2 against the Chargers.

Bernard was having a solid day before Jeremy Hill was benched for fumbling in the second half, but he turned on the jets after becoming the lead back. Bernard routinely gashed the Chargers' defense for chunk plays in the fourth quarter as the Bengals attempted to run down the clock. Hill should regain the starting job next week against the Ravens, but Bernard has earned a bigger role with 227 yards on 37 touches so far this season.
Sep 20 - 4:17 PM

Gio Bernard rushed eight times for 63 yards and caught 6-of-6 targets for 25 yards in the Bengals' Week 1 win over Oakland.

Bernard was shifty and effective working behind Jeremy Hill, dominating snaps in the Bengals' two-minute offense and piling up touches in garbage time. Gio will likely not get as much work in games that are closer. He's a back-end flex option when Cincinnati hosts San Diego in Week 2.
Sep 13 - 8:02 PM

Giovani Bernard had five touches for 15 yards in the Bengals' third preseason game.

Bernard rotated with the first team, playing only in passing situations. He lost all goal-line work to Jeremy Hill, and doesn't have a consistent role on third downs due to blocking limitations. Bernard has just 10 carries for 19 yards through three preseason games.
Aug 29 - 9:31 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed four times for five yards in the Bengals' preseason opener.

Bernard did not see a snap while Andy Dalton was on the field. Bernard did work as the first-team punt returner, which may point to his lack of a clear role in the offense. Clearly behind Jeremy Hill in the pecking order, Bernard has little chance to repeat the 16 touches a game he saw last season.
Aug 14 - 8:54 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer confirms Gio Bernard "won't have near as many touches" as Jeremy Hill this season.

Hill is a bellcow back with three-down tools and the best pass blocker on the Bengals. Bernard could mix in more during games where the Bengals fall behind on the scoreboard, but this is a relatively high-powered offense and the defense is likely to be much improved in DC Paul Guenther's second year. We don't anticipate the Bengals playing from behind often. In all likelihood, Gio will have a difficult time living up to his fourth-/fifth-round ADP.
Aug 3 - 7:12 PM

Giovani Bernard improved his YPC average to 4.7 and compiled 125 yards on 15 catches in the Bengals' final three games.

He became far more effective when utilized as a supporting-cast member behind Jeremy Hill after struggling as the Bengals' early-season feature back. The Cincinnati Enquirer writes that the Bengals envision Gio as an "explosive, multi-dimensional player" who will fill a "complementary" role. In 2015, expect Bernard to be the Bengals' passing-down back. He'll still be on the early-round radar in points-per-reception fantasy leagues.
Feb 8 - 10:23 AM

Giovani Bernard rushed three times for six yards in the Bengals' Wild Card loss, adding eight receptions for 46 yards.

As has been the case every week since Bernard returned from his hip injury, he was utilized as Jeremy Hill's change-of-pace back, with the Bengals never bothering to establish him between the tackles. Bernard was Andy Dalton's safety valve. Although OC Hue Jackson could be moving on, COP duties are what Gio should claim in 2015. The owner of a career 4.1 YPC, he is not a tough runner, but one capable of reeling off big plays if he gets into space. Bernard's dynasty future is that of an RB2/FLEX who can't be counted on for touchdowns.
Jan 4 - 4:47 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Andy Dalton
2A.J. McCarron
RB1Jeremy Hill
2Giovani Bernard
3Rex Burkhead
4Cedric Peerman
GLB1Jeremy Hill
2Giovani Bernard
3RB1Giovani Bernard
2Jeremy Hill
FB1Ryan Hewitt
WR11A.J. Green
2Brandon Tate
WR21Marvin Jones
2Mohamed Sanu
3Mario Alford
WR31Mohamed Sanu
TE1Tyler Eifert
2Tyler Kroft
3C.J. Uzomah
LT1Andrew Whitworth
2Jake Fisher
3Cedric Ogbuehi
LG1Clint Boling
C1Russell Bodine
2T.J. Johnson
RG1Kevin Zeitler
RT1Andre Smith
2Eric Winston
K1Mike Nugent