Fantasy Football 2012: Will Joining the Packers Give Cedric Benson a Boost?

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IAugust 17, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 01:  Cedric Benson #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs over Bernard Pollard #31 of the Baltimore Ravens during their game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The Ravens defeated the Bengals 24-16.  (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
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Cedric Benson found a pretty good landing spot when he signed with the Green Bay Packers. They are easily one of the most potent offenses in the league. While their offense revolves around the arm of Aaron Rodgers, Benson could give them some nice balance.

The move was made out of necessity. James Starks, who was expected to carry the load, is dealing with a turf toe injury. Injuries like that typically linger. When the Packers are in the second season, and all indications lead me to believe they’ll be in the playoffs, they will need a workhorse back. Starks was the guy during their Super Bowl run. Perhaps, it will be Benson this year.

Benson is not an exciting back. Then again, in the Packers offense where you have to respect the pass so much, he could find life easier.

Despite his lack of flash, Benson has had his share of success. Benson has three straight 1,000-yard seasons, averaging 1,143 yards per season over the stretch. While he hasn’t been a TD machine during his career, he has averaged 6.7 per season over the past three.

Benson will never be mistaken for a pass-catching back, but he has averaged 20 catches for 123.7 yards since 2009. He has averaged just 3.8 yards per carry over his career, but he has been good enough to move the chains.

Benson will turn 30 this year, but his mileage has only been heavy over the past three years. With 1,529 career attempts, there is still tread on the tires.

I would not want to rely on Benson as a starting fantasy running back, but there will be weeks when he can be plugged into that role. He is not a sexy pick by any means, but is a decent RB3. He’s a workhorse that can answer the bell as often as needed, playing in a potent offense. The value is still there.


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