Giovani Bernard questionable, should play for fantasy owners

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Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard is questionable for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens. We break down the fantasy implications.

Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard is listed as questionable for the team's Week 10 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. Bernard has an injury to his ribs, and was a limited participant in practice each day this week.

Despite the injury, Bernard had his highest rushing totals of the season in Week 9 against the Miami Dolphins. He carried the ball nine times for 79 yards and a pair of touchdowns. There's been a lot of talk about getting his carry load increased, as he has yet to carry the ball more than 15 time in a single game -- and that game went to overtime.

Bernard shared the load with BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and if he does play on Sunday, it's likely he'll still split the carries. His workload wouldn't likely increase when he's dealing with an injury and isn't at 100 percent health.

Fantasy Impact: Bernard has been a flex option all season and hasn't shown much to be compelling. Against the Dolphins, though, he looked impressive, and if he weren't injured, we might be recommending Bernard as a sleeper option this week. Look for him to get his baseline carries, needing another big game to really emerge as the primary back.

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