Giovani Bernard Injury Update Creates Optimism for Week 12 Fantasy Outlook

Larry Rupp
Giovani Bernard's latest injury update creates optimism regarding his Week 12 fantasy outlook.
Giovani Bernard's latest injury update creates optimism regarding his Week 12 fantasy outlook. / Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Fantasy football managers will be glad to hear that Giovani Bernard was back at practice on Thursday for the Cincinnati Bengals. The running back was limited, but it was an improvement since he missed Wednesday's practice with a concussion.

Bernard has been a reliable player since starting running back Joe Mixon went down with a foot injury back in Week 6. While Bernard remains questionable to play on Sunday against the New York Giants, things are definitely trending in the right direction.

The veteran running back has scored 4 touchdowns since Week 5 and has been a steady passing option coming out of the backfield. Bernard is averaging 5.3 targets per game and 69.0 total yards over the past four weeks.

With starting quarterback Joe Burrow out for the rest of the season, the Bengals may lean on the running game more than usual going forward. Brandon Allen is slated to get his fourth career NFL start this week, which could mean a lot of work for Bernard and the other running backs.

Bernard checks in as the No. 20 running back in our Week 12 fantasy football rankings and should see enough volume to be a solid RB2 this week. Just make sure to keep an eye on his status in the next few days as it remains up in the air at this point.

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