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News: 18 hours agoBernard is in line for added work Sunday against the Browns with the Bengals having ruled top back Joe Mixon (foot) out for the contest, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.
Spin: Per Ben Baby of ESPN.com, Bernard is the leading candidate to headline the team's Week 7 backfield in Mixon's absence. Beyond Bernard, Samaje Perine should factor into the mix in short-yardage scenarios or obvious running downs, while Baby adds that 2019 sixth-round pick Trayveon Williams should be active for the first time this season as the Bengals' No. 3 back.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Bernard is a change-of-pace and passing-down complement to Joe Mixon in Cincinnati. The 28-year-old has been a solid presence throughout his seven-year NFL career, but his fantasy contributions have declined significantly the past four seasons. A top-20 back in both targets and fantasy points in his first three seasons, Bernard ranked 32nd in targets in 2020 and has one top-40 fantasy season in the past four campaigns. Bernard would need a Mixon injury to approach fantasy relevance, and even then, he's likely to operate in a timeshare.