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Giovani Bernard

Giovani Bernard

Running Back #25
ADP:Round: 11, Pick: 7
Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Ht / Wt:5'8" / 202 lb.
College:North Carolina
Age:29
Born:November 22, 1991
Drafted:2013 / Rd. 2 (37)
Draft Team:CIN

Giovani Bernard: Disappointing finish

Bernard ended the 2020 season in Week 17 with only three carries for seven yards, playing just 16 offensive snaps. He ended the season with 416 rush yards on 124 carries, good for a mere 3.4 yards per carry. He also had 47 receptions for 355 yards, and had a combined six rushing and receiving touchdowns.

Analysis: Bernard filled in adequately for an injured Joe Mixon, but had too many games like Week 17, even with Mixon out. He signed for one more year for his age 30 season, carrying a cap number of nearly $4.8 million.

January 13, 2021 9:28 PM EST

Giovani Bernard: Totals 131 yards

Bernard carried the ball 16 times for 65 yards in Week 16 against the Texans. He added seven receptions on eight targets for 66 yards.

Analysis: Bernard worked as the Bengals' primary back, though Samaje Perine's involvement ensured he couldn't replicate his Week 15 workload. Even with fewer rushes, Bernard was excellent as a receiver and led the team in receptions. That made up for Bernard's relative lack of success on the ground, as he gained five yards on only five of 16 rushing attempts. Bernard's involvement in the passing attack should give him a safe floor even if Perine remains involved for the team's Week 17 matchup against the Ravens.

December 27, 2020 2:44 PM EST

Giovani Bernard: Massive workload in win

Bernard carried 25 times for 83 yards and a touchdown and secured his only target for a 14-yard score in the Bengals' 27-17 win over the Steelers on Monday night.

Analysis: The veteran running back had topped out at 15 carries during his extended stint as the top back due to Joe Mixon's (foot) stay on injured reserve, but Monday night, he handled a career-high number of rush attempts. The bump in workload was especially significant when considering Bernard had seen just three rushing touches in Week 14 against the Cowboys after fumbling early in the game. He was a resurgent runner against Pittsburgh's tough defense, however, and he rewarded fantasy managers who rostered him in critical postseason matchups with his four- and 14-yard rushing and receiving touchdowns, respectively, in the second quarter. Bernard is unlikely to see similar volume on a short week when the Bengals face the Texans in a Week 16 matchup on Sunday, but the matchup in that contest will certainly be a premium one.

December 21, 2020 9:28 PM EST

Giovani Bernard: Benched after turnover

Bernard rushed the ball three times for eight yards in Week 14 against the Cowboys. He added three receptions for 15 yards.

Analysis: Bernard began the game as the Bengals' lead back, but fumbled on his first carry of the game. He was benched as a result and didn't log another target or reception until the third quarter. Bernard managed to turn things around a bit from there, logging receptions of nine and four yards. Assuming Joe Mixon (foot) is unable to return for the team's Week 15 matchup against the Steelers, Bernard should return to the lead back role. However, he has failed top 35 yards on the ground in each of his last five contests.

December 13, 2020 3:29 PM EST

Giovani Bernard: Another pedestrian effort in loss

Bernard rushed 12 times for 30 yards and secured both targets for minus-1 yards in the Bengals' 19-7 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday.

Analysis: Bernard logged another start for Joe Mixon (IR-foot) and once again struggled to find consistent running room. The veteran continues to be miscast in a lead-back role, having gained 37 yards or fewer on the ground in six of the seven games Mixon has missed. However, there's reportedly a solid chance Mixon is back for a favorable Week 14 matchup against the Cowboys, a development that would relegate Bernard back to the complementary role he's much better suited for.

December 6, 2020 2:35 PM EST

Giovani Bernard: Produces 49 scrimmage yards

Bernard carried eight times for 32 yards and caught two of three targets for 17 additional yards during Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Giants.

Analysis: Bernard's average of 4.0 yards per carry looks respectable at first sight, but nearly half his production came on one carry as he was bottled up on most of his attempts. He received a few looks in the passing game as well but did little outside his long reception of 16 yards. Bernard, who has struggled to the tune of 50.3 scrimmage yards per game despite averaging 11.6 touches over the last three, will hope to get back on track next Sunday against a Dolphins defense that has been easier to beat on the ground this season.

November 29, 2020 3:49 PM EST

Giovani Bernard: Cleared for Week 12

Bernard (concussion) is active Week 12 against the Giants, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Bernard worked his way back on the practice field this week and was fully expected to play despite spending some time in concussion protocol. He's once again in line to lead the Cincinnati backfield while Joe Mixon (knee) remains on IR, but the circumstances are a bit different this time around, as Brandon Allen is projected to be under center. Regardless of who takes the quarterback snaps, Bernard will be going up against a Giants defense that is giving up the eighth-most fantasy points per game in PPR formats.

November 29, 2020 8:30 AM EST

Giovani Bernard: Expected to suit up Sunday

Bernard (concussion) is expected to play Sunday against the Giants, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Confirmation on that front will arrive when the Bengals' inactives are posted prior to Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff. Assuming that's the case, with Joe Mixon (foot) still on IR, Bernard is in line to remain the team's lead back in Week 12, with Samaje Perine and Trayveon Williams also on hand.

November 29, 2020 5:23 AM EST

Giovani Bernard: Questionable for Sunday

Bernard (concussion) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game versus the Giants, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Bernard progressed from no activity at Wednesday's practice to full participation Friday, per Baby. Having said that, the fact Bernard is listed as questionable indicates he has yet to emerge from the concussion protocol. He'll seek complete the five-phase process in time for Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff. If Bernard doesn't, though, the Bengals backfield will be helmed by some combination of Samaje Perine and Trayveon Williams.

November 27, 2020 11:49 AM EST

Giovani Bernard: At practice Friday

Bernard (concussion) was present for practice Friday, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: After not practicing Wednesday, Bernard moved to limited participation at Thursday's practice. It remains to be seen if he'll be full-go Friday, but the running back does appear to be trending in the right direction in terms of his availability for Sunday's game against the Giants.

November 27, 2020 10:02 AM EST

Giovani Bernard: Upgrades to limited practice

Bernard (concussion) was limited at Thursday's practice, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Bernard made some appreciable progress through the concussion protocol by getting back on the practice field Thursday, one day removed from sitting out entirely. He has one more session to improve his prospects before the Bengals give Bernard a designation for Sunday's game versus the Giants. Aside from Bernard, Cincinnati has two other running backs (Samaje Perine and Trayveon Williams) on the active roster.

November 26, 2020 11:37 AM EST

Giovani Bernard: Dealing with concussion

Bernard (concussion) sat out Wednesday's practice, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: With Joe Mixon (foot) still on IR, Samaje Perine and Trayveon Williams, to a lesser degree, would be in line for added Week 12 backfield work if Bernard isn't cleared for Sunday's game against the Giants.

November 25, 2020 1:33 PM EST

Giovani Bernard: Struggles in Week 11 loss

Bernard rushed nine times for 18 yards and caught four of five targets for 37 yards in Sunday's 20-9 loss to Washington.

Analysis: Bernard had been performing admirably as the fill-in starter for Joe Mixon (foot), but Joe Burrow carried the offense on his shoulders with 195 first-half passing yards and the entire Bengals offense stalled out in the second half after Burrow was carted off with a season-ending knee injury. Between Cincinnati's porous offensive line and the lack of a passing threat with Ryan Finley under center as opposed to Burrow, finding running room won't be easy for Bernard moving forward. Bernard should remain the lead back in Week 12 against the Giants with Mixon on IR.

November 22, 2020 3:04 PM EST

Giovani Bernard: Should get multi-game starting run

Bernard is expected to serve as the Bengals' lead back for at least the team's next three games after Joe Mixon (foot) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, James Rapien of SI.com reports.

Analysis: Bernard had already been filling in for Mixon in the Bengals' previous three games, playing no fewer than 64 percent of the offensive snaps in any of those contests while scoring three touchdowns and averaging 73.6 yards from scrimmage and 16 touches per contest over that stretch. Samaje Perine looms as a potential threat for work in short-yardage situations, but Bernard's standing as the team's clear top pass-catching option out of the backfield should allow him to hold down something resembling a three-down role while Mixon is out. Mixon is tentatively targeting a return from IR when first eligible Week 14, but he's been slower to recover from his right foot injury than expected since it first surfaced Oct. 18.

November 22, 2020 9:14 AM EST

Giovani Bernard: Week 11 start awaits

Bernard is in line to serve as the Bengals' lead back Sunday at Washington after head coach Zac Taylor confirmed Joe Mixon (foot) would be out for a fourth straight game, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Bernard had already been starting in Mixon's stead in each of the previous three games, playing no fewer than 64 percent of the offensive snaps in any of those contests while averaging 73.6 scrimmage yards, four receptions and one touchdown over that stretch. Samaje Perine and Trayveon Williams should be active as Bernard's backups Week 11, but neither player is expected to dramatically cut into the 29-year-old's playing time or usage.

November 20, 2020 11:10 AM EST

Giovani Bernard: Limited by game script

Bernard rushed the ball eight times for 30 yards in Week 10 against the Steelers. He added four receptions for 17 yards.

Analysis: Bernard struggled to get into any rhythm as he got only four touches in the first quarter. The Steelers held a two possession for much of the remainder of the game, limiting most of Bernard's impact to the passing game. Even there, however, Bernard was held in check as he averaged only 2.4 yards per target. Joe Mixon (foot) did not practice at all leading up to Week 10, meaning Bernard could have another chance to start in Week 11 against Washington.

November 15, 2020 8:30 PM EST

Giovani Bernard: In line for another start

Bernard is likely to retain the starting running back role Sunday against the Steelers, as Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports that Joe Mixon (foot) is listed as doubtful for the game.

Analysis: Bernard has made the most of his starting role over the past two games, scoring three touchdowns in Mixon's absence. He should remain heavily involved as both a rusher and a receiver out of the backfield, and Bernard's pass-catching ability out of the backfield will be especially valuable if the Bengals fall behind the undefeated Steelers as expected and are forced to pass to catch up.

November 13, 2020 12:39 PM EST

Giovani Bernard: Scores two TDs vs. Titans

Bernard carried 15 times for 62 yards and a touchdown while adding three catches (on four targets) for 16 yards and another score during Sunday's 31-20 win over the Titans.

Analysis: Bernard watched as Semaje Prine scored a short rushing touchdown in the second quarter, but he got back in the good graces of fantasy managers with a 12-yard score of his own before adding a six-yard receiving TD in the fourth. While Bernard has averaged a pedestrian 3.5 yards per carry the last two weeks, he has generated great fantasy value by adding three total touchdowns and 75 receiving yards on eight catches. While Bernard has filled in admirably, Joe Mixon (foot) could have time to rest up during the upcoming bye week, which would send him back to a change-of-pace role in the next game against the Steelers.

November 1, 2020 1:57 PM EST

Giovani Bernard: Set for second straight start

Bernard will start at running back against the Titans on Sunday, as John Sheeran of Cincy Jungle reports that Joe Mixon (foot) will miss a second consecutive game.

Analysis: Bernard made the most of his opportunity as the starter last week, racking up 96 scrimmage yards and a receiving touchdown in a high-scoring loss to the Browns. The veteran running back should handle double-digit carries barring extremely negative game script, but the majority of Bernard's fantasy value lies in his receiving ability out of the backfield, and he comes in riding a two-game scrimmage touchdown streak following a touchdown drought that dated back to Week 4 of 2018.

October 30, 2020 12:28 PM EST

Giovani Bernard: Looks set for another start

Bernard appears in line to start Sunday's game against the Titans, with Joe Mixon (foot) not practicing Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Bernard headlined Cincinnati's backfield against the Browns in Week 7, with Mixon out, a game in which he compiled 13 carries for 37 yards plus five catches for 59 yards and a score. If Mixon is indeed forced to miss more time, Bernard would stand to reprise a similar role versus the Titans, while Samaje Perine operates as his top backup.

October 30, 2020 8:09 AM EST

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