'There is no doubt Bengals RB Giovani Bernard will near 300 touches next year'
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'There is no doubt Bengals RB Giovani Bernard will near 300 touches next year'

It's not a revelation by any means, but this is nice to hear from the editor of the Bengals' official website, Geoff Hobson:
"(BenJarvus) Green-Ellis had 50 more carries last season, but (Giovani) Bernard had two more touches and, according to [Pro Football Focus], took 155 more snaps. After a spectacular NFL Rookie of the Year finalist season, Bernard is only going to get more work and no doubt is going to border on 300 touches."

Fantasy Analysis:

As should be the case. As Green-Ellis plods to the line, Bernard is quicker, faster and much more versatile. This is easy to see. There is also a chance that BJG-E is released prior to next season. He turns 29 in July, averaged just 3.4 yards over 220 carries this season and is owed $2.3 million in salary for 2014.
Bernard touched the ball 226 times as a rookie -- 170 carries, 56 catches. He gained more than 1,200 yards from scrimmage and scored eight times. Those numbers were good enough to place him 18th in standard scoring among RBs. If you add in another 60-70 touches, there is no doubt that Gio can be a rock-solid RB1 with major PPR upside. Fantasy owners should be very excited to draft him.

Cincinnati Bengals Official Website

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I have played fantasy sports since 2001. I've played mostly in fantasy football and baseball leagues. I wrote for FFToolbox from 2002-2005 and re-joined in 2009.

I was an undergraduate from the University of Central Florida, and a master's graduate from Cal State University, Northridge specializing in journalism/mass communication. I make my home in Long Beach, Calif.

While I grew up in California, my favorite football team has always been the New York Giants.

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