Overrated- Cedric Benson

Cedric Benson is being taken as the 25th back off the board in fantasy drafts but taking him as a borderline RB2/RB3 is a huge mistake.

Analysis: Cedric Benson fumbled the ball seven times last year, losing five of them- that’s not what you want from a “reliable” fantasy back. Benson also carried the ball 321 times last year yet his longest rush was only twenty-six yards. We also have to consider that in two of the last three years he’s avergaed just 3.5 yards per carry and he’s caught more than twenty balls just once in his career. At this point in his career it does not appear that Cedric Benson is improving in any facet of his game.

Rookie Andy Dalton will not keep that eighth man out of the box like Carson Palmer could and the slow Benson may have even more problems breaking off long runs. The problem with Benson is you do not want him as your RB2 but you’ll waste a pick drafting him early as your RB3. Consider BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Daniel Thomas at this point in your fantasy draft, certainly not Cedric Benson. Also, a back like CJ Spiller offers more upside fifty picks later.

Consider benching Cedric Benson against the Steelers

Cedric Benson ran for 49 yards and two touchdowns against the Saints in week 13.

Analysis: Fantasy owners had to be pleasantly surprised that Benson managed to find the end zone twice against a fairly solid Saints defense.  This weeks match up against the Steelers is even more difficult as they rank 1st in the league in rushing.  This season has been very up and down with Benson, and it looks like this week will be a down one.  Owners should consider benching him for a better option.

High/Low:  Expect a single digit game from Benson ranging from 3 to 7 points.