It’s not been often that the Cincinnati Bengals have had a running back that drew the praise of not only Bengals fans and coaches, but avid fantasy football players as well. But people can’t stop talking about North Carolina rookie Giovani Bernard and his potential to be a breakout fantasy player this year, and KC Joyner of ESPN labeled Bernard as one of the 10 players about whom he’s most excited about:
Bernard is the player you want to own here. Where “the Law Firm” is plodding, Gio is fast. Where the Law Firm makes nobody miss, Gio is electric. A rookie out of the University of North Carolina, Bernard buckles knees in the style of C.J. Spiller; his collegiate game tape is filled with examples of elite change-of-direction skills and ridiculous acceleration. I’m also heartened to hear that Bernard has started training camp well in pass protection, which can be a rookie rusher’s downfall. Listen, his ceiling is firmly capped. He’s probably not a top-20 fantasy RB by season’s end. But, as a 10th-round pick in standard leagues, he’s a steal nonetheless. Feel great about him as a top-end bench player, and watch the highlights come.