Bernard Scott: Updated Fantasy Football Outlook, Projections for Bengals RB

Nick Kostora@@nickkostoraContributor IIIOctober 7, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 18:  Running back Bernard Scott #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates his touchdown against the St. Louis Rams in the second half of the game on December 18, 2011 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. The Bengals defeated the Rams 20-13. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)
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This season it seems Bernard Scott is perennially either injured or preparing to get injured.

After finally making his debut in Week 5 for the Cincinnati Bengals as Benjarvus Green-Ellis' backup, Scott was quickly injured with a knee injury.

He has now suffered from issues with his ankle, knee and hand throughout the young 2012 campaign.

Still, his 40 yards on five carries before the injury were a great showcase of his ability and potential within the Bengals offense.

Let's break down his fantasy outlook and projections moving forward.


Fantasy Outlook

At 5'10", 198 pounds, Scott has been a nice change-of-pace back for the Bengals over the last few years.

He recorded 1,000 yards rushing on 247 carries in his first three seasons and found the end zone four times in that time frame. His injuries this season have been somewhat of a surprise, as he played a full 16-game slate in both 2010 and 2011.

When healthy, he can provide a nice complement to Green-Ellis, but that dynamic has yet to be fully explored due to injury.

Cincinnati has been fine rushing the ball without him in the lineup, averaging 110 yards on the ground per game.

Scott is not a viable fantasy option until he proves both that he can stay healthy and will be given a decent workload upon return. Neither of those check marks have come to fruition yet this season, and his career numbers are not staggering enough to keep him on your bench in a "wait and see" effort.



The Bengals would like to have a two-headed monster at running back, but that type of attack does not seem to be in the cards this season.

Scott's projections will remain low until he can produce consistently and stay on the field, two major questions based on his current trends. He has never spent much time in the end zone anyway, so do not take his mild production against the Miami Dolphins as a sign that he may be a solid sleeper pick up.

Projected Season Totals: 60 CAR, 250 YDS, 2 TD