According to Chris Mortensen (via Twitter):
“Cedric Benson is in Green Bay, expected to sign with #Packers, per sources”
The Fantasy Fallout:
You knew it was only a matter of time before Benson found a job, and this may be the perfect landing spot. At 29-years old there is a lot of wear and tear on Benson, especially over the past three seasons where he has been a horse in Cincinnati:
- 2009 – 301 carries for 1,251 yards and 6 TD
- 2010 – 321 carries for 1,111 yards and 7 TD
- 2011 – 273 carries for 1,067 yards and 6 TD
That’s a lot of carries, which may have factored in to why a player with three consecutive seasons over 1,000 yards was still out of job. Of course the fact that he averaged 3.5 and 3.9 yards per carry the past two seasons didn’t help matters either.
In Green Bay, however, Benson is not going to be the focus of the offense. That goes to the passing attack, as Aaron Rodgers and company are among the best units in the business. What they need from Benson is someone who will keep opposing defenses honest and can move the chains. Last season Benson had 53 rushes that went for first downs, tying him for sixth in the league. In 2010 he had 59, placing him tenth.
The move is also indicative of the fact that James Stark has been a disappointment. He failed to impress in the first spring game, with just 5 carries for 16 yards. Reports from the game are also not very glowing. According to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (click here for the article) Starks also dropped a pass and fumbled a handoff.
It appears it was the last straw in what reports has been a disappointing spring for Starks. His fantasy value completely falls off the cliff, now as just a late round flier with a little potential but buried on the depth chart. As for Benson, I wouldn’t consider him more than a RB3, since he is not going to be the focal point of the offense and his carries could be limited, but if you are going to draft a RB from Green Bay he’s the guy to target.