Players aided by scheme changes

Bernard among players whose fantasy production could increase in 2014

Updated: June 23, 2014, 9:52 AM ET
By Field Yates | ESPN Insider

Giovani Bernard Andrew Weber/USA TODAY SportsGiovani Bernard was the No. 18 RB in standard ESPN fantasy scoring in 2013, with 149 points.

DeSean Jackson set career highs in catches (82) and yards (1,332) in the 2013 season while also tying his previous career best for receiving touchdowns with nine.

Months later, he was cut by the Philadelphia Eagles, and he soon signed with the division rival Washington Redskins.

Although there were reported behavioral concerns, at the end of the day, the Eagles and head coach Chip Kelly were confident enough that the offensive system will not crumble without Jackson. Rather, Jackson's elevated numbers were in part a byproduct of the system.

Each year, the NFL coaching carousel means new systems for fantasy-relevant players around the league. As was the case for Jackson owners in 2013, this can be an instant benefit.

Let's examine 10 players who will benefit from a coach or scheme change in 2014.

1. Giovani Bernard | RB | Cincinnati Bengals

Apart from his general development into his second season, Bernard is ready to reap the benefits of the transition from Jay Gruden to Hue Jackson as the Bengals' offensive coordinator. While Gruden digs airing it out and beating a defense through the passing game, Jackson isn't afraid to control the game on the ground. In 2010 and 2011, the two seasons Jackson oversaw the Oakland offense, they finished second and seventh, respectively, in overall rushing yards. Between Bernard's likely starting role, a shift in scheme and the desire of the Bengals coaches to also utilize him as a receiver from the slot, he has monster potential in 2014, even with Cincinnati drafting power back Jeremy Hill in the second round.

Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.