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Benny Cunningham 2013 Season Outlook


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#1 brockpapersizer

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 12:35 PM

Was mentioned yesterday on the fantasy focus podcast as a sleeper to be the backup on STL. I personally am not a fan of Daryl Richardson, I don't think he's going to be a successful starting RB.


RW posted this today.


Benny Cunningham - RB - Rams



The St. Louis Post-Dispatch confirms it's unclear who will be backing up Daryl Richardson Sunday.

Undrafted rookie Benny Cunningham earned a roster spot by rushing for 123 yards on 20 preseason carries. Fifth-rounder Zac Stacy struggled to 68 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries. It's certainly conceivable that Cunningham will play ahead of Stacy against the Cardinals, and then enter a three-way battle for backup reps when Isaiah Pead comes off suspension in Week 2.

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 12:39 PM

Clear cut handcuff over Pead and I'd bet he takes over starting job from Richardson sooner rather than later.
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Posted 04 September 2013 - 12:42 PM

Clear cut handcuff over Pead and I'd bet he takes over starting job from Richardson sooner rather than later.


Well that's a ballsy statement.

Why do you think this?
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Posted 04 September 2013 - 12:43 PM

Clear cut handcuff over Pead and I'd bet he takes over starting job from Richardson sooner rather than later.


Since when? As of right now, everything I have seen has Pead as Richardson's direct backup. It is entirely possible for Cunningham to leap frog him at some point though.
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Posted 04 September 2013 - 12:43 PM

This is a little old at this point, but I found this article comparing him to the other Rams backs a while ago and found it quite interesting. I still think that even if he gets the job, Daryl Richardson will be involved as a change of pace player, but Cunningham could eventually get lead back duties at some point.

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 12:46 PM

http://www.nfl.com/v...ham-29-yard-run

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 12:48 PM

Well, I just watched his highlights against Georgia Tech.



217 yards and 5 TD's.

Looked reasonably impressive after the first ho-hum minute of the video.

A torn patellar tendon a few games after took him off the draft radar, although he did have another 230 yard game against another small school before that happened (against Florida International).

Big back with some decent speed. 5'10" 209 lbs is good size for a RB. Ran a 4.51 40 during the pre-draft process with his knee not at 100% yet.

Pead and Stacy are both questionable bets to make an impact this year, if Benny shows well he would make an excellent compliment to Richardson.

I've seen enough to take a flier on him in my deep RW league.

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 12:51 PM


Clear cut handcuff over Pead and I'd bet he takes over starting job from Richardson sooner rather than later.


Since when? As of right now, everything I have seen has Pead as Richardson's direct backup. It is entirely possible for Cunningham to leap frog him at some point though.



I wouldn't read to much into "what they're saying". Nobody really knows. Pead is the favorite really only based on draft pedigree at this point. I could easily be convinced that Richardson, Pead, Stacy, or Cunningham will lead this team in rushing by year's end.

This (along with Pittsburgh) is one of the more muddled running back situations. Richardson is clearly the guy on top for now, that's about all we can say for sure.

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 12:55 PM

I'm a Richardson owner and I'm paying attention closely to this situation. I'm thinking about picking up Pead. I don't have much space to add Benny

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 12:55 PM



Clear cut handcuff over Pead and I'd bet he takes over starting job from Richardson sooner rather than later.


Since when? As of right now, everything I have seen has Pead as Richardson's direct backup. It is entirely possible for Cunningham to leap frog him at some point though.



I wouldn't read to much into "what they're saying". Nobody really knows. Pead is the favorite really only based on draft pedigree at this point. I could easily be convinced that Richardson, Pead, Stacy, or Cunningham will lead this team in rushing by year's end.

This (along with Pittsburgh) is one of the more muddled running back situations. Richardson is clearly the guy on top for now, that's about all we can say for sure.


Yeh that's why I was curious to why someone would say Cunningham is the clear cut backup when everything (Depth chart-wise) points to Pead being the backup after his one game suspension. But I have also read plenty of articles that support Pead, Richardson and/or Stacy leading the team in rushing come year end (or who the best talent is).

I had read a little bit about Cunningham, but not too much. But after looking at the article posted and watching the videos...he may be someone I pick up during the early going in one of my dynasty leagues just to see how he plays out.
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Posted 04 September 2013 - 12:56 PM

http://www.nfl.com/v...ham-29-yard-run


Well, this validates his 4.51 speed translates to the field pretty legitimately, looks pretty good here.

Granted, it's against Ravens' backups in the final preseason game, but it certainly looks like he belongs on an NFL field.

I also don't buy Daryl Richardson as an every-down (or even early-down) back, he struggles to run up the middle and is best utilized in space.

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All you ever hear about is whether Pead or Stacy can overtake Richardson, and by all accounts both of those guys have been very underwhelming.

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 01:06 PM

I'm really thinking about picking up this kid. Pead pooped away his chances at a significant role. He's simply not very good.
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Posted 04 September 2013 - 03:52 PM

Snatched him up in my 14 team league. My RB's are a mess and I have a free roster spot with Andre Brown on IR. I think he has a clearer path to a starting job than anybody else on the wire in my league.

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 03:52 PM

I like Ben, I'm just confused why everyone hates Richardson so much. Dude averaged 5 ypc last year in the big boy games, you can't simply discount that. He's got limitations but so does every other back on their roster.

Watching Richardson last year I didn't see too many glaring flaws in his game. He looked better than sjax for long stretches of time behind the same crappy oline in the same crappy offense.

Couple that with an offensive philosophy change which better suits his game, and why all the hate? I get that he's not Marshall Faulk, but pead hasn't done anything since being drafted except underproduce and end up in the dog house, and I dont believe that an UDRFA is a major threat to him early on.

Week 6 if he has 200 yards and a 3.2 ypc all bets are off, but his value is there.

I know this is the Benny thread, but it feels like the place to discuss Richardson given that the thesis for Benny being a sleeper is that Richardson sucks.
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Posted 04 September 2013 - 05:48 PM

I like Ben, I'm just confused why everyone hates Richardson so much. Dude averaged 5 ypc last year in the big boy games, you can't simply discount that. He's got limitations but so does every other back on their roster.

Watching Richardson last year I didn't see too many glaring flaws in his game. He looked better than sjax for long stretches of time behind the same crappy oline in the same crappy offense.

Couple that with an offensive philosophy change which better suits his game, and why all the hate? I get that he's not Marshall Faulk, but pead hasn't done anything since being drafted except underproduce and end up in the dog house, and I dont believe that an UDRFA is a major threat to him early on.

Week 6 if he has 200 yards and a 3.2 ypc all bets are off, but his value is there.

I know this is the Benny thread, but it feels like the place to discuss Richardson given that the thesis for Benny being a sleeper is that Richardson sucks.


His production took a nose dive at the end of the year and word is he struggles running up the middle, he can only hit the edge.
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Posted 04 September 2013 - 05:48 PM

I like Ben, I'm just confused why everyone hates Richardson so much. Dude averaged 5 ypc last year in the big boy games, you can't simply discount that. He's got limitations but so does every other back on their roster.

Watching Richardson last year I didn't see too many glaring flaws in his game. He looked better than sjax for long stretches of time behind the same crappy oline in the same crappy offense.

Couple that with an offensive philosophy change which better suits his game, and why all the hate? I get that he's not Marshall Faulk, but pead hasn't done anything since being drafted except underproduce and end up in the dog house, and I dont believe that an UDRFA is a major threat to him early on.

Week 6 if he has 200 yards and a 3.2 ypc all bets are off, but his value is there.

I know this is the Benny thread, but it feels like the place to discuss Richardson given that the thesis for Benny being a sleeper is that Richardson sucks.

Speaking of Marshall Faulk, he was commentating the week four preseason game and was going bonkers for Cunningham.

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 07:57 PM

I like Ben, I'm just confused why everyone hates Richardson so much. Dude averaged 5 ypc last year in the big boy games, you can't simply discount that. He's got limitations but so does every other back on their roster.

Watching Richardson last year I didn't see too many glaring flaws in his game. He looked better than sjax for long stretches of time behind the same crappy oline in the same crappy offense.

Couple that with an offensive philosophy change which better suits his game, and why all the hate? I get that he's not Marshall Faulk, but pead hasn't done anything since being drafted except underproduce and end up in the dog house, and I dont believe that an UDRFA is a major threat to him early on.

Week 6 if he has 200 yards and a 3.2 ypc all bets are off, but his value is there.

I know this is the Benny thread, but it feels like the place to discuss Richardson given that the thesis for Benny being a sleeper is that Richardson sucks.


I'm the same way. Last year all we heard about was D-Rich and how he would be fantasy gold as soon as Jackson gets injured, and that he was already stealing quality touches. And this year we're already talking about the backups and how much more talented they supposedly are. Same way with the Lynch/Michael situation, but every year the veterans (assuming they are not hurt), tend to keep their jobs.

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 08:01 PM

Yeah, except Daryl Richardson is no proven/seasoned vet.
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Posted 04 September 2013 - 08:16 PM

Right, I'm just saying, are Richardson's backups that much better that the plan is to transition him into the backup role in the first few weeks? Or does he get a chance to prove himself for a few games before making a decision?

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 08:19 PM

Right, I'm just saying, are Richardson's backups that much better that the plan is to transition him into the backup role in the first few weeks? Or does he get a chance to prove himself for a few games before making a decision?


I said Cunningham could be a very nice compliment to Richardson.

Not sure what others are thinking.

He does have the chance to carve a significant role in this backfield.

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