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What to do with Giovani Bernard, Samaje Perine in Week 12 fantasy football

We go over the fantasy football outlook of Giovani Bernard, Samaje Perine ahead of the Bengals Week 12 matchup against the Giants.

Giovani Bernard #25 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates after game against the Tennessee Titans at Paul Brown Stadium on November 01, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Game day update: With Brandon Allen getting the start for the Bengals on Sunday against the New York Giants, the best fantasy play might be getting versatile running back Giovani Bernard. In Cincinnati’s last three games, Bernard is averaging 14.3 touches with two touchdowns. He is listed as questionable, but is expected to play. He will be going up against a Giants’ defense that hasn’t allowed a receiving touchdown to opposing running backs since Week 7, but has allowed three rushing touchdowns in back-to-back games. ESPN projects Bernard to score 10 fantasy points.

The Cincinnati Bengals stable of running backs, led by Giovani Bernard and Samaje Perine, welcome one of the worst run defenses in the NFL to Ohio this week when they take on the New York Giants in Week 12.

Fantasy Football analysis: Bengals RBs Giovani Bernard, Samaje Perine

Cincy’s ground game has been mediocre, at best this season. The team has just one game where it’s gone for over 200 yards on the ground. But this week it faces the 7th worst defensive unit against the run in the NFL. The G men allow over 25 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. They don’t give up a whole lot of scores, just seven on the season, but they do give up a ton of yards.

A bigger incentive to see these guys in your lineup is because the Bengals are starting a backup quarterback who has been extremely unproductive in his limited action. Brandon Allen will be replacing Joe Burrow, so expect the coaching staff to try and make life easy on him by feeding the ground game.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Bernard. He’s dealing with a concussion but is advancing through the concussion protocol. Even if his numbers on the season aren’t great, he should get plenty of opportunities this weekend as a volume-based floor play.

Sit Perine.