Cedric Benson Set To Make Debut For Packers: Fantasy Implications

Aug 16, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson looks on during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field. The Browns defeated the Packers 35-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Green Bay running back Cedric Benson is expected to make his Packers debut Thursday against the Cincinnati Bengals. We break down the fantasy implications.

Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson is expected to make his debut Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals after signing with the team earlier this month. The Packers have been getting Benson up to speed in practice, and he will now get to take his first preseason carries against his former team. Benson spent the previous four seasons with the Bengals.

Analysis: Fantasy owners will want to keep an eye on Benson's production going forward as he could end up being Green Bay's starting running back heading into the opening week of the season. James Starks is still out with a turf-toe injury and Alex Green is coming back from a season-ending knee injury. The return of Starks and Green could hurt Benson as the season goes along, but fantasy owners looking for a No. 4 running back on draft day shouldn't rule out this veteran.

For more on the Packers check out Acme Packing Company.

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