Giovani Bernard Fantasy Football News 2018

Bengals RB Joe Mixon was added to the injury report on Thursday as limited with a knee. We don't have any other details at this point, although it's certainly worth noting that Mixon missed 2 games earlier this season with a knee injury. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow. If Mixon can't play against the Ravens this weekend, Gio Bernard would step in as Cincinnati's lead back and be a viable fantasy starter.

Bengals RB Gio Bernard (knee) is active for today’s game against the Saints. He’s not a recommended fantasy starter in his 1st action since Week 4.

After missing the past 4 games with an MCL sprain, Bengals RB Giovani Bernard is expected to play today against the Saints, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. We wouldn't look to use him in fantasy lineups in the 1st game back, especially because Bernard's usage was limited to start the season, when Joe Mixon was also healthy. But we'll be interested to see how big a role Bernard plays. WR A.J. Green's absence leaves targets available.

Bengals RB Gio Bernard (knee) is listed as questionable but is expected to play against the Saints on Sunday. It’s possible he takes on an expanded role with WR A.J. Green out, but Bernard would be a fantasy flier in his 1st action since Week 4.

Bengals RB Gio Bernard (knee) participated in the team's post-bye week practice on Monday. That presumably puts him on track to return for this weekend's game against the Saints. Bernard isn't a standalone fantasy option but is worth stashing as a high-end handcuff to RB Joe Mixon.

Bengals RB Gio Bernard (knee) is out for Sunday's game against the Bucs. He's been sidelined for 4 weeks now and doesn't look particularly close to a return. Joe Mixon will again serve as Cincinnati's feature back vs. Tampa, with Mark Walton picking up the scraps.

Bengals RB Gio Bernard (knee) is out for Sunday night’s game against the Chiefs. Joe Mixon will again be in a workhorse role, with Mark Walton as the #2 RB.

Bengals RB Gio Bernard (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Steelers. That'll again put Joe Mixon in a workhorse role. He played 78% of the offensive snaps and racked up 25 touches last week.

Bengals RB Gio Bernard is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a sprained MCL, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. It's at least good timing for Cincinnati with RB Joe Mixon ready to return from his own knee issue. Rookie Mark Walton will serve as the #2 RB while Bernard is sidelined.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (knee) is not listed on the final injury report, so he’ll return for this weekend’s game against the Dolphins. Meanwhile, RB Gio Bernard (knee) has been ruled out. That should mean a heavy workload for Mixon, putting him right back in RB1 territory.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (knee) was limited for the 2nd straight practice on Thursday. It sounds like he's trending toward returning for this weekend's game against the Dolphins, but we still haven't heard that he's received final clearance. Check back tomorrow for another update. RB Gio Bernard, meanwhile, has missed the first 2 practices of the week with a knee issue.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (knee) said Wednesday morning that he still hasn't received full clearance. He added that he'll "for sure" be back for Week 6. HC Marvin Lewis seemed to suggest, though, that Mixon still has a shot to play against the Dolphins this Sunday. We'll continue to keep a close eye on his progress over the next few days.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Falcons. He didn’t practice at all this week but has reportedly resumed running and cutting. Mixon has a shot to be back for Week 5. Gio Bernard gets another game as Cincinnati’s feature back on Sunday and is a RB1 in fantasy lineups.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (knee) remained sidelined for Thursday's practice. There was some hope that he'd be back for this weekend's game against Atlanta, but that's looking unlikely. Gio Bernard will again serve as Cincinnati's feature back vs. a defense yielding massive pass-catching production to RBs.

The Bengals "fear" RB Joe Mixon needs arthroscopic surgery on the knee he injured in Thursday night's win over the Ravens, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Mixon is getting a 2nd opinion before a final decision is made. We'll update his status as soon as we know more. Mixon's absence would leave Gio Bernard as Cincinnati's lead back -- and a strong fantasy starter.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Mixon will have a "procedure" Saturday to remove a "particle" from the knee. Mixon's expected to miss 2 weeks. That's still bad news for fantasy owners, obviously, but better than it could have been.

The Bengals added Miami RB Mark Walton in the 4th round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Walton might have gone much higher had he been able to enter last year’s draft. He broke out for 1,117 yards and 14 TDs on a 5.3 yards-per-carry average in 2016, adding another 240 yards and a score on 27 catches. He averaged 7.6 yards per carry through 5 games this past season, but his campaign was cut short by a right ankle injury that required surgery. Walton then disappointed in the pre-draft process, registering a 15th percentile SPARQ score at 5’10 and 202 pounds. He joins a crowded Bengals backfield alongside Joe Mixon and Gio Bernard. Mixon is signed through 2020; Bernard 2019.

The Bengals have fired OC Ken Zampese, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. Zampese's offense failed to score a TD in 2 games, although QB Andy Dalton has been just as much to blame as the play-calling. We'll see if this move sparks the offense. It might also help RB Joe Mixon, who's been mired in a 3-headed committee.

UPDATE: Zampese will be replaced by QBs coach Bill Lazor, who spent 2014 and 2015 as Dolphins OC. The 2014 Fins ranked 11 in points scored and 14th in total yards. They fell to 27th and 26th, respectively, in 2015.

 
 
 

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