Cincinnati Bengals Preview: 2016 Fantasy Football Report

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Aug 28, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) runs as guard Clint Boling (65) blocks in the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 28, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) runs as guard Clint Boling (65) blocks in the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 4, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) celebrates with running back Giovani Bernard (25) after scoring a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in the first quarter in the 2014 AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 4, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) celebrates with running back Giovani Bernard (25) after scoring a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in the first quarter in the 2014 AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports /

Ready to Run

Both Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill come with the potential to either help or hurt a Fantasy Owner.  Hill had a disastrous end to last season and it remains to be seen if the “fumble bug” has set up shop in his mind.  Bernard seems to be the safer choice but when facing a defense that can hold the edge, his rushing numbers may suffer.  Any Fantasy Football team should take great caution when drafting or rely on either running back.  The combo of the two are great for the Bengals but may not be as great for your Fantasy team.

Do not draft Hill as your primary running back.  However, if you can get him post round 5 he should get enough goal line chances to give consistent points.  If he doesn’t play consistently and starts to turn the ball over, be ready to trade him or move on to a more consistent RB.  Hill is the epitome of a boom-or-bust player: he could pay huge dividends or he could destroy your season.  Once your Fantasy Draft reaches Round 6 owners can begin to consider Hill with Rounds 8 or 9 being the safest play.

Similarly to Hill, it’s even safer to say Fantasy owners should in no way draft Bernard as their primary RB.  Scoring wise, there hasn’t been a huge difference between the two running backs as Hill scores more TD’s and Bernard catches more balls.  Just like his backfield counterpart, Bernard is a boom-or-bust player.  If they split snaps, the impact of each player is nullified.  Yet, if the Bengals are in a shootout or playing from behind Bernard will get more looks since he can catch and run.  For Bernard, owners can feel safe drafting him closer to Round 10 or later depending on who their RB1 is.

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