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Giovani Bernard: Early waiver wire option in Week 8

Giovani Bernard is a waiver wire running back worth keeping an eye on ahead of Week 8.

Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) breaks a tackle on a catch and run during the second quarter of a Week 7 NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Kareem Elgazzar via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard was bound to see a spike in production when Joe Mixon was ruled of Week 7 and put together a quality performance against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday while filling in as a starter. While he tallied just 37 rushing yards on 13 carries against the Browns, he caught five passes for 59 yards and a score. If you’re looking for a waiver wire running back ahead of Week 8 Bernard should be toward the top of your wish list.

Bernard hadn’t done much before Week 7 but only he and Mixon tallied carries through the first six games of the season. He should continue to monopolize on backfield touches and has a track record of performing at a high level when Mixon is out of commission. Bernard is 49 percent owned in Yahoo fantasy leagues and is worth picking up as a short-term option while Mixon is on the mend.

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