May 10, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals second round draft pick running back Giovani Bernard runs with ball during the Bengals rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
Rookie running back Giovani Bernard will have a significant impact for the Cincinnati Bengals this year, as he’ll provide them with a true pass-catching threat out of the backfield, something they’ve lacked since the days of Chris Perry. FFToolbox believes that very skill is what’s making him a back worth drafting late in fantasy football:
"Bernard lined up out wide during OTAs, and it sounds like the Bengals will keep that in the game plan during training camp and the regular season. Bernard is unlikely to start right away, but he and BJG-E are usually drafted right next to each other. They sit side by side in FFToolbox’s RB rankings. That’s because Bernard is new and versatile and has drawn comparisons to Ray Rice. A big opportunity awaits him in his first season. Meanwhile, Green-Ellis excites absolutely no one, and the thought is Bernard will be getting the majority of the carries before long. An impressive training camp would go a long way toward accomplishing that goal. Bernard is a fine RB3 or RB4 who obviously has more value in a PPR league."
KFFL had a similar evaluation of Bernard’s fantasy football prospects:
"Bernard is an intriguing fantasy football rookie, and he should steal a decent amount of touches away from BenJarvus Green-Ellis as a change-of-pace back in Cincy’s explosive offense. He’s worthy of a late-round flier pick as a handcuff to the Law Firm, and Bernard should retain more value in point-per-reception leagues."