By Rich Winter
With 695 yards and five touchdowns a season ago, the reflex action to the question is Giovanni Bernard a top-ten RB is absolutely not.
Those 695 yards ranked Bernard as the No. 28 rusher in terms of yardage with his running mate, BenJarvus Green-Ellis being ranked No. 24 with 756 yards.
While Green-Ellis is expected to take more of a back seat this season, the possibilities that Bernard is a top-ten Fantasy RB are intriguing.
Even in his limited role as a rookie, Bernard caught 56 passes for 516 yards and three scores.
That's 1200 yards from scrimmage as a rookie in a limited role.
While Andy Dalton was tossing the ball all over the field last season, the Bengals hired former Raider head coach Hue Jackson as the offensive coordinator.
Jackson is known for loving to running the ball.
The Bengals have the biggest NFL line in NFL history and I have a feeling that Jackson is going to make an emphasis on running the ball, especially if his team is ahead.
With Bernard's ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, I think this cat deserves some serious attention as a No. 1 RB for your fantasy roster. If you get him as you're No. 2, just go ahead and pencil yourself into the playoffs of your league.
You have to think the rushing numbers get up over 1000 and the receiving numbers might hit 700. With the increased touches, his TD's are likely to go up from eight combined last season.
That friends, puts this guy in elite fantasy RB territory.
Grab him in the third round if he's still around and when you do, tell everyone in your league they are a moron for passing on this guy.
Huge year for this guy!
Mean Machine knows!