Stock Watch: Disappointing Cedric Benson 

November, 16, 2010
Like many fantasy football owners, I enjoyed what Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson accomplished a season ago, when he rushed for an impressive 1,251 yards and six touchdowns. His overall numbers placed him 15th among running backs in fantasy scoring in 2009. Perhaps it took fantasy owners awhile to forget about his previous disappointing body of work with the Chicago Bears, but once they did they bought in. I bought in. Benson was drafted as a top-20 running back this season, and to some he was even top 10.

Entering this week, believe it or not, Benson actually remains in the top 20 at his position for standard scoring, even after Sunday's disappointing 24-yard performance against the Indianapolis Colts (on 14 carries), a team that has had well-documented struggles at times this season against running backs (see Foster, Arian). Benson comes off a two-point fantasy performance in a week in which he was active in 87.2 percent of ESPN standard leagues, and yet, while there's the normal hue and cry about his status as a bust -- he was just taken off the "undroppable" list in ESPN Fantasy standard leagues -- he's actually not far from last year's scoring pace. Then again, does it feel like Benson is a top 20 running back this season? Of course it doesn't.

Dale Zanine/US PresswireCedric Benson has scored seven points or fewer in five of his nine games.
I admit to being a bit conflicted here because this week Benson and his underachieving pals -- forget about the Bengals flirting with the postseason -- face the Buffalo Bills. Benson doesn't need to be at his best to put up numbers in this matchup, and he'll again be ranked in my top 20. I do it every week, and since he is top 20, I guess I haven't been wrong. While his stock is dropping after the Colts game, because of the perceived notion that he has been a bust, I have to keep ranking him that way. I just don't see a ton of other options.