Bengals running back Giovani Bernard might ready to share the workload with fellow back Ben-Jarvus Green-Ellis, but it’s also possible that he might be thrust into the starting role. The rookie out of North Carolina has proven himself as a threat to defenses in preseason thus far, and will look to continue his momentum into the 2013 regular season.
Bernard has basically taken the league by storm and continues to surge up the fantasy drafting boards. This move isn’t due so much to his preseason numbers, but more so because of his skill set being showcased with his play up to this point.
Bernard is expected to share time in the backfield to start the season, but will be the dominant receiving back. Between targets and rushes, he should start the season seeing seeing at least 15 touches per game.
At UNC in 2012, Bernard went off for 1,718 total yards (490 receiving and 1,228 rushing), and 17 touchdowns (12 rushing and 5 receiving.) He was a very efficient as a rusher at North Carolina last year, averaging 6.7 yards per carry.
This 21 year old rookie has the opportunity to take over the starting role in Cincinnati with some solid play early on. Bernard currently has an average draft position of 68. This indicates that he’s being taken late in the 5th round of most 12-team fantasy formats.
If fantasy owners really want him though, you might have to bite the bullet and take him in the 5th round.