Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
Bernard has missed the last four games with a knee injury, but the Bengals are headed for a Week 9 and he seems on track to return in Week 10 against the New Orleans Saints.
Joe Mixon had his own knee issue early in the season, and he has been Cincinnati’s unchecked No.1 back over the last four games. That won’t really change, barring injury, but the Bengals have had a pretty good offense this year and there should be room for Bernard to produce.
Bernard is obviously only a stash for Week 9, with the Bengals on a bye. But assuming he’s ready for Week 10 he should carry some value in PPR leagues after that, and Bernard showed what he could do as the lead back when Mixon was out earlier in the season (4.8 yards per carry, nine receptions, three rushing touchdowns in two games).
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