Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals: Fantasy Football Outlook
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Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight
RB - #6 20.11 CIN Active 2 years 22 5'9 206

2014 Outlook: Stud (low risk)

Last updated on Jul-09-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith

Giovani Bernard was the first running back drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft for good reason. He has all the tools teams want and need out of a running back. Still, he's in a somewhat crowded backfield after the Bengals drafted Jeremy Hill out of LSU. Bernard's talent may very well overpower all of that. This guy is quick, explosive, can catch, run, and make plays all over the field. He can make defenders miss and can be a big-play threat every time he touches the ball. The Bengals started Bernard off slow last season, but by the year's end he was clearly their best option. Early reports out of camp are Bernard is the top back and is seeing some split back looks paired with the aforementioned Hill. You can expect a thunder-and-lightning look from the Bengals with Bernard earning the majority of touches. Giovani Bernard is a RB1 in all formats and his youth and pass-catching ability only further raises his value in PPR and dynasty leagues.

Editor's note: One facet regarding Bernard, if I may rain on his parade, is his size. One big hit and Bernard's season could be over. He has some decent girth; however, the second-year back isn't exactly built to handle 20-plus carries week after week. It'll be interesting to see how the Bengals opt to both limit his exposure to injury while also maximizing his talent.

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

7/21 - Bengals RB Jeremy Hill will 'certainly' break out in 2014
7/16 - Bengals beat reporter: RB Giovani Bernard to see 300 touches
7/15 - Bengals could use RBBC between RBs Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill
7/12 - Head coach impressed with Steelers second-year RB Bell

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2013 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
8.03 FFToolbox - Scott Atkins - My announced 2013 Skyrocket RB. This is the running back whose fantasy value will skyrocket by the time September comes. Why? He's already announced as the 3rd down guy catching Dalton's dumpers. Throw in a few pre-season runs, and this kid is bringing twice the lightning that the Law Firm does. By week 8, he could be challenging for serious carries. I think he's just much more explosive than BJGE and the coaching staff will see it.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
8.07 World Ranked Player #26 - Bernard is a rookie and wild card type player but thats the type of players I like to take a chance on. He has the talent all he needs now is an opportunity and he should get it.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
7.07 BFDFantasy - Swinging for the fences! I love his playmaking ability compared to Law Firm who went just a few picks later. How could the coaches resist getting him in early and often?
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
5.05 TheHuddle - I am very high on Antonio Brown and toyed with taking him here and seeing if Bernard would fall to me in the 6th. But when it came down to it there was more depth available at WR so I opted for Gio instead. At worst his involvement in the pass game will make him a flex play. Upside is that he finishes as a low level RB2.
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