Cincinnati Bengals rookie running back Giovani Bernard set a career-high in yards from scrimmage Sunday, while BenJarvus Green-Ellis had his first two-touchdown game since Week 17 of 2011. The two running backs both offered their big performances in the Bengals' 42-28 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
Bernard ran for 99 yards on 12 carries, adding 49 receiving yards on four catches. The 148 total yards eclipsed his previous high of 104, set in Week 9. The rookie now has 620 rushing yards and 403 receiving yards on the season. Green-Ellis, meanwhile, had only 48 rushing yards on 17 carries, but scored on a pair of 1-yard runs that bookended halftime.
Fantasy impact: These performances were very emblematic of the types of players the Bengals' two running backs are. Green-Ellis is the plodder (2.8 yards per carry) who finds the end zone on goal-line runs and the like, while Bernard (8.3 yards per carry) is more explosive and will catch balls and gain yardage.
Fantasy owners would surely love to see one back getting the majority of the Cincinnati workload, as each cuts into the other's fantasy potential, but that looks unlikely for the rest of 2013. Still, the Bengals have been able to get value out of both guys, and fantasy owners can, too.