Bernard carried 17 times for 80 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's game against the Browns. He also caught one of two targets for an additional seven yards in the 31-17 win.
Bernard received more carries than Jeremy Hill for the third consecutive game, although he uncharacteristically failed to make an impact through the air. The rushing touchdown was his first of 2016 and he notched season-highs in carries and yardage as well. If Bernard continues to see this sort of volume on the ground, he could hold significant fantasy value, as his pass-catching involvement should resurface sooner rather than later. Hill and Bernard will continue to hinder each other's upside at times, but both backs could feast in Week 8 against a feeble Redskins run defense.
Bernard rushed for 49 yards on 15 carries and reeled in four of five targets for 45 yards in Sunday's loss to New England.
Bernard's usage has spiked in the past two weeks, his 36 total touches just two fewer than his total in the previous four games and twice as many as an injury hampered Jeremy Hill over the same stretch. The multi-purpose back has converted both of those extended stretches of play into 90-yard games and leads Hill in total yardage on the season 423 to 311. Bernard is a solid start in PPR leagues, and will be a factor in standard leagues if he keeps this pace up - though his scoring struggles, just one this season, keeps his value modest. Given Hill's poor start, he might get the chance.
Bernard's backfield mate Jeremy Hill re-injured his chest during Sunday's 28-14 loss at Dallas, ESPN reports
Bernard got his first start of the season in Sunday's game, even though the Bengals opened in a one-wide formation with two tight ends and H-back Ryan Hewitt all on the field. Such a formation would typically be Jeremy Hill's domain, so the decision to start Bernard may have been related to the former's chest injury. As it turns out, the Bengals fell behind by multiple scores early in the game, necessitating a pass-first approach that favored Bernard over Hill, who then re-injured his chest and thus finished with just four touches (all carries). With everything working in favor of his workload, Bernard gained 50 yards on nine carries and 46 yards on six receptions (six targets). While Hill's health will play a role in determining Bernard's Week 6 workload, a road matchup against the Patriots already works strongly in Gio's favor, as there's a good chance the Bengals will have to play from behind again. Also, the Patriots are allowing just 3.7 yards per carry and 86.4 rushing yards per game, suggesting Bernard could be more useful than Hill even if both are healthy and the game stays close.
Bernard has done very little as a rusher this season, but he's among the league leaders at his position with 25 receptions. Unless Jeremy Hill gets injured, or the
Bernard rushed for eight yards on five carries in Sunday's loss to Denver. He added 36 yards receiving on five catches.
With the Bengals unveiling a run-heavy approach to start the game, it was Jeremy Hill getting the lion' share of the looks after the two both collected 14 touches in Week 2. Bernard collected more touches than Hill in six of the first nine games of 2015, but hasn't done so since. Don't expect that to change anytime soon, though Bernard still holds the very valuable role as arguably being the team's second most reliable receiver outside of A.J. Green.
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