Daily Dose: Cedric Benson Avoiding Suspension, Best To Be Moved Around

Raymond SummerlinContributor IJuly 17, 2010

CINCINNATI - JANUARY 9:  Cedric Benson #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs the ball in the first quarter against the New York Jets during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Benson Could Avoid Suspension

Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer does not believe  Cedric Benson will be suspended after being arrested for assault late last month.


Reedy points to the Vince Young situation as an indication of what could happen with Benson, but Young does not have the past that Benson does. I think this situation could potentially be much different.

There, however, have not been much talk about Benson lately, and no sign has to be a good sign for the troubled running back.

I think Benson’s ADP has fallen way too far considering he most likely will be the starter at the beginning of the season.

If you see Benson sitting around in the second round, do not hesitate to take him.

Best to be Moved Around

Tim Twentyman of The Detroit News believes the Lions will use a RBBC  approach this season, with Jahvid Best being used in a Reggie Bush like role. 


This is exactly what I have thought the Lions would do with the first-year back, and it is why I cannot understand where Best and Kevin Smith, who should play the lead back role, are going in drafts this season.

Smith, who is way ahead of schedule on his rehab, has been a very effective runner behind a bad offensive line during his short NFL career and certainly is more effective between the tackles than Best will be.

When I look at all of that, it is astounding to me that Best is not only being drafted 22nd among running backs, but he is going a full 30 backs before Smith comes off the board. 

Their difference in value is not that big, and I think Smith probably finished the season with more fantasy points.

Stay away from Best in all seasonal leagues, and target Smith around the 16th or 17th rounds of your draft.

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