Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

Bernard has missed four games with a knee injury, but there’s a chance he will return in Week 10 against the New Orleans Saints coming out of Cincinnati’s Week 9 bye. Joe Mixon has been the bell cow for the Bengals, but the potential wide receiver A.J. Green (foot) misses significant time opens up a passing game role for Bernard.

In three games Mixon missed all or part of earlier this season, Bernard had 13 receptions and he has at least 43 catches in four of his five full NFL seasons. He could be deployed in the slot to help fill the void left by Green, if nothing else.

A loaded Week 9 bye, and bye weeks in general, may have rendered fantasy owners unable to hang onto Bernard. It’s not yet official he will return to action next Sunday, but even as something of a speculative add Bernard is a must-add in 12 and 14-team leagues.

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