Longtime Bengals beat writer Paul Dehner Jr. believes that new head coach Zac Taylor will look to use Bernard more this season. Last year the receiving back saw just 7.6 touches per game, the lowest number in his career and coach Taylor has a "repeated vow to use all of his running backs more to keep Mixon fresh as the season progresses." Dehner also mentioned Todd Gurley's knee trouble and that it likely would inform coach Taylor's usage of Joe Mixon.
Dehner predicted 11-13 touches per game for Bernard, which would be a significant jump and would likely lower Mixon's ceiling, but bringing the Rams offense to Cincinnati should help Mixon even if he loses a few touches. It might be asking too much for Giovani Bernard to get close to 13 touches a game, but if he can get 9-10, his fantasy viability as a flex play would get a boost.