Bernard took a screen pass into the end zone from 18 yards out in the second half, and served as a valuable checkdown option for quarterback Andy Dalton throughout most of the game. Dalton spent the afternoon under duress and threw three interceptions versus a Baltimore Ravens secondary that was punishing from the start. Bernard was featured primarily in the fourth quarter and in overtime to get a speedy option in the backfield with the Ravens defense wearing down as the clock ticked.
Fantasy Spin: It was clearly a more favorable day for Bernard in PPR leagues, after finishing the contest with eight catches for 37 yards and the score. Even if he only receives 10-15 touches with BenJarvus Green-Ellis taking early-down reps, Bernard makes for a valuable flex option in leagues of all formats. With two straight games totaling near 100 yards, fantasy owners could do far worse than plugging-in the electric rookie.