One of the ongoing themes of this preseason has been the implementation by the Cincinnati Bengals of rookie power back Jeremy Hill to a team that already features the very promising Giovani Bernard in the backfield. After a terrific third preseason game performance, reports coming out of Cincy indicate that the coaching staff is now considering a split timeshare between Hill and Bernard starting in Week 1. While Bernard has the better speed and receiving ability, Hill figures to serve as the goal-line and power back. In addition Hill also has shown he can catch the football as well which further complicates the issue.
Analysis: Ugh. Everyone who invested heavily in Bernard are not going to like this. There is no doubt Hill has been good and deserves a long look given his ability. However in fantasy football terms, this is horrible news for Bernard in standard formats. While Bernard's receiving ability will keep him as a very good RB 2 at the very least in PPR formats, the fact Hill could get the goal-line work and as much as 200 touches is a major problem for the speedster in standard leagues. While it was looking like Bernard would be the breakout star among the running backs this season when camp started, he now currently has dropped to a RB 2 in all formats.