I ran a piece a few weeks back, scrutinizing the Fantasy situations of two rookie RBs, trying to decide who would make the first Fantasy ripples between the two. I think enough has changed in their respective Fantasy landscapes to warrant an update.
If you are a devoted Fantasy Footballer, you already know that Cleveland Browns’ RB James Davis was placed on IR a week ago with a shoulder injury. Obviously, unless Cincinnati Bengals’ RB Bernard Scott falters horribly or gets injured, he will be the first to create a waiver wire buzz. Lets dig a little deeper to see why now is the time to add him to your watch list.
Starter Cedric Benson is having a career year, as he is tied for fourth in the league in rushing yards, but he is getting a little banged up recently. He battled an ankle tweak a couple of weeks back and now he is listed as probable with a hip injury.
Aside from that, the team is now giving Scott an opportunity. In his first three games Scott was given three carries, but against Cleveland the Bengals set aside six carries for him that he turned in to 41 yards, for nearly seven yards per carry. Additionally, kick returner Andre Caldwell was benched for fumbling the ball, and Scott averaged 26 yards per return on two returns. This is key if you play in a league that awards return yard points.
If you are a Benson owner and believe in handcuffing, you need to pick up Scott. If you are not a Benson owner, bookmark Scott and monitor his touches. He has big play ability more so than Benson, and his opportunities may increase over the course of the season. If he becomes the primary kick returner and can also attain 10-15 touches from scrimmage, there may be a flex option slot for him.