Cedric Benson Gives Packers Offense Explosiveness: 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 backs coach Alex Van Pelt said Cedric Benson gives the Packers' offense an element of explosiveness. We break down the fantasy implications.

Green Bay Packers running backs coach Alex Van Pelt said Cedric Benson gives the Packers' offense an element of explosiveness, according to Packers.com. Green Bay signed Benson, who spent last season with the Cincinnati Bengals, on Aug. 12 and have since given him the bulk of the carries. With the departure of Ryan Grant, James Starks and Alex Green were the only running backs left. With Green returning from an ACL injury and Starks struggling in camp, the Packers decided to bring in some more help.

Analysis: It's tough to put a whole lot of faith in Cedric Benson, especially at this point in his career. However, the coaches are all praising his play thus far, and Benson looked strong in preseason action. Starting running backs in high octane offenses are always valuable fantasy commodities. I cautiously recommend drafting Benson.

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