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Cedric Benson In Position To Be Packers Week 1 Starter: Fantasy Implications

Aug 23, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson (32) runs during the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson is putting himself in position to be the team's Week 1 starter. We break down the fantasy implications.

Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson is putting himself into position to be the team's Week 1 starter. In his first game with the Packers since signing earlier this month, he carried for 38 yards on six carries Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals and looked comfortable in the team's up-tempo offense.

Analysis: Benson running the football could be a welcome site for the Packers, who have been looking for improvement during the preseason. James Starks is still out with a turf toe injury and Benson appears to have already moved ahead of Alex Green. Green Bay's offense isn't set up for a running back to get 20 or 25 carries a game, but Benson should get his chances while Starks is out of the lineup. For now, fantasy owners should treat him as a fringe No. 3 back on draft day.

For more on the Packers check out Acme Packing Company.

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