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Giovani Bernard injury update: Bengals RB active, will start over Jeremy Hill, fantasy owners can start both

Not only is Giovani Bernard returning to the field, but he's starting for the Bengals in Week 12. We take a look at the fantasy impact his presence creates.

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Giovani Bernard is finally back in action after three weeks of being sidelined with a hip injury. Even though rookie running back Jeremy Hill performed well in Bernard's absence, Bernard is listed as the team's RB1 for Sunday, according to editor Geoff Hobson.

Count on the Bengals using both running backs much like they did in a handful of games early in the season. Hill will likely see some work between the tackles while Bernard will see early-down carries and passing situations. The fact that the Bengals are starting four wide receivers suggests that they will establish the run early and often.

Fantasy impact: While both running backs will see a decent amount of work, it's important to remember offensive coordinator Hue Jackson has been fairly unpredictable when it comes to his personnel. While Hill is superior up the middle, Jackson has leaned on Bernard between the tackles more than one would expect. Since Hill's emergence, however, the game plan could change a bit and favor both's strengths. Both can be considered RB2s with either running back coming away with a big game.