The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Rams meet Sunday in a rematch of a regular-season contest with significantly higher stakes. This meeting with determine a spot in the NFC championship game, with the Bucs looking to defend their Super Bowl crown while the Rams hope to get to a home Super Bowl. One player Tampa Bay will be relying on in this game is backup running back Giovani Bernard.
Fantasy Football analysis: Bucs RB Giovani Bernard ($5,000)
Bernard hasn’t seen much work outside of third downs and obvious passing situations. He was brought into this team to fill the “James White role” for Tom Brady. It hasn’t quite worked out that way, due to injuries and Leonard Fournette’s emergence as a true all-around running back. With Fournette back, it’s hard to see Bernard taking on a huge role even with the injuries Tampa Bay has.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
If he wasn’t priced slightly below Fournette ($5,700), Bernard would carry more value. However, he’s not worth playing at this cost. You’re better off forking over the extra salary for Fournette’s volume.