The Steelers just got toasted by Daniel Thomas of all people. Miami's plodder gained 105 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries last week. For the season, Pittsburgh ranks 17th, allowing 17 Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. The Steelers have yielded 13 rushing scores and 4.1 yards per carry.
Bernard is the only running back to catch a touchdown pass vs. Pittsburgh. Still splitting carries with BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bernard nevertheless gained a season-high 148 yards from scrimmage last week vs. Indy. He's averaging 4.7 yards per carry this year and has 21 catches over his last five games.
Consider Bernard a strong RB2.
While Bernard led the team in rushing yards, he yielded the touchdowns to BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who scored twice. Bernard had three runs of 19 or more yards in the game, and a 22-yard catch in the second quarter.
The Bengals face the Steelers in Week 15. Bernard ran for 38 yards and a touchdown, while catching one pass for 27 yards and another touchdown, when the teams first played in Week 2.
Bernard's value will be tied to BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who has reached the 20-carry mark twice in the last four games. Cincinnati's Week 14 opponent, the Colts, have given up more than 25 receiving yards (Bernard's area of specialty in this offense) to an opposing back just once this season, but have been scored on five times in the last four games by the more traditional, Green-Ellis-type lead back.
Bernard has been excellent when given the opportunity, but the Bengals have a system in place that uses both running backs throughout the game, meaning his value will have a ceiling (outside of a long run or pass catch).
A solid PPR option, Bernard is a decent RB2 option in most standard leagues, as well.
Bernard shared carries with BenJarvus Green-Ellis and was held under 60 yards on the ground. He was held to 14 carries for 57 yards (4.1 yards per carry) on the ground and one catch for a gain of 9 yards in a 17-10 victory.
Bernard has not rushed for more than 60 yards since Week 9 against the Dolphins. He will look to get back on track at home against the Colts in Week 14.
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