Fantasy Football Chain Reaction #15: Cedric Benson re-signs with Bengals

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Before we discuss Cedric Benson, here’s a look at the first 14 links in the Chain Reaction chain:

1   – DeAngelo Williams to Broncos – Mike Clay,
2   – Kevin Kolb to Seahawks - Scott Pashley,
3   – Matt Hasselbeck to Titans – Jim Day,*
4   – Donovan McNabb to Vikings – Rick Perkins,*
5   – Kyle Orton to Cardinals – John Paulsen,
6   – Darren Sproles to Dolphins – Mike Clay,
7   – Braylon Edwards to Bears – Scott Pashley,
8   – Sidney Rice to Redskins – Jim Day,*
9   – Plaxico Burress to Jets – Rick Perkins,*
10 – Santonio Holmes to Jets – John Paulsen,
11 – Ronnie Brown to Rams – Lou Tranquilli,
12 – Steve Slaton to Eagles – Mike Clay,
13 – Ahmad Bradshaw to Giants – Scott Pashley,
14 – Santana Moss to Vikings – Jim Day,

*Rick’s posts can be found in the same thread as Jim’s

Cedric Benson says he wants a big payday, but there isn’t a huge market for 28-year-old running backs with back-to-back 300+ carry seasons and a 3.7 career yard-per-carry average. He needs the Bengals, and the Bengals need him. Sort of like Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian. Wait, the opposite of that.

I digress. Benson isn’t going to finish in the top 10, but he’s a workhorse and he’s going to have a chance to catch more passes this season if he can prove to his new OC that he has the hands. If Andy Dalton is under center, the Bengals are going to struggle to score, so Benson may even regress from the 7.0 TDs he has averaged the last two seasons. Still, 300+ carry RBs aren’t easy to find in the NFL, so despite Cincy’s scoring struggles, Benson is still a valuable fantasy RB.

Fantasy Spin: Benson was RB17 last year in PPR formats, and is currently the 25th RB off the board in fantasy drafts. If he re-signs with Cincy, expect his ADP to rise from 6.02 into the 4th or 5th round. He’d make a rock-solid, low-upside RB2 for owners who decided to snag a pair of WRs or a QB/TE in the first four rounds.

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