Fantasy Football: Bengals’ Giovani Bernard soars up Week 2 rankings

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giovani bernard

Bengals’ RB Gio Bernard didn’t cede many touches to supposed “committee” mate Jeremy Hill in Week 1 (via

There were plenty of big showings in Week 1 of the NFL season, including a 110 all-purpose-yard performance from Cincinnati Bengals’ RB Giovani Bernard. Of course, there were plenty of surprisingly awful performances too. If you’ve watched football over the years, and especially played fantasy football, then you likely know this is par for the course.

Watching Calvin Johnson put up 28 points in standard leagues, and 31-38 points in PPR formats, was normalcy.  It also likely made all those folks who said Johnson was no longer the No. 1 receiver in fantasy football pondering what would make them make such a silly declaration.

Andrew Luck and Matthew Stafford left their owners giggling with glee after they used not only their arms and weapons to put up over 30 points, but their feet as well.

Rookie receivers gave a collective *Shhhhh* to everyone who said to avoid over-hyping rookies with three very solid performances in their first regular season games.

Allen Hurns, Brandin Cooks and Kelvin Benjamin all had touchdowns and scored 15 points in standard leagues. Don’t be surprised to see these players (if for some reason they are on your waiver wire) be top targets this week.

On the other side of the spectrum, you had a first overall selection in most drafts, Jamaal Charles, put up anywhere from zero to seven points in PPR formats, and sink what could have been a promising Week 1 for fantasy owners — myself included. Although the Denver Broncos have a stingy defense, I can’t foresee Charles having another dud week.  Please don’t panic yet and look to move him.

Which brings us to Week 2. Matchups change, and game plans will change, too, so that is where you want to utilize rankings while not over-thinking things when it comes to setting your lineup. I will occasionally be tweaking these rankings up until kickoff, but unless there are more freak injuries or suspensions, they should remain the same, or close to it.

A few big movers this week are the aforementioned Bernard, who I have as my fourth-ranked running back this week, and Shane Vereen, who I can see taking advantage of my beloved Vikings. While we are on the New England Patriots, I also have Rob Gronkowski as my No. 1 tight end this week. I have been a Vikes fan my entire life, and over the past five years I have seen tight ends ravage us. Gronkowski should have a nice week.

Feel free to comment, commend or complain all you like! I will listen, or ignore…we will see. Good luck to everyone this week — unless you are playing me, of course.

P.S. If Josh Gordon is still available in your leagues, you really need to consider getting him. Remember, even if he plays the final eight weeks, he is a top five receiver. Don’t over-think or overvalue players on your bench. Get GORDON!!

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