St. Louis Rams Rumors: Is Benjamin Cunningham A Real Fantasy Football Option?

St. Louis Rams rumors have Benjamin Cunningham becoming the primary running back. These Rams rumors are interesting in the world of fantasy football, because Cunningham could have the opportunity to put up nice numbers in week 1 action. A report from NFL.com discussed the running back situation in St. Louis, and how Cunningham could be forced into more action than expected during the first regular season game of the season.

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, rookie Todd Gurley has already been ruled out. He is still battling back from an ACL tear, meaning he could actually miss several weeks if the coaching staff and front office don’t rush his recovery. Backup Tre Mason has also been dealing with an injury, putting his availability in question. Mason has a hamstring injury, but on Sunday, September 6, head coach Jeff Fisher had a bit of good news about him.

“Tre’s doing good. He had two treatment sessions today and he’s doing well. So we’ll see how he is during the week.”

Mason had been called questionable, which is why St. Louis Rams rumors about Benjamin Cunningham have come up. Cunningham is already going to get a lot of carries in week 1, but if Mason is unable to even play, Cunningham will slide into the starting role. That is where the fantasy football debate starts to come up, as he could be an interesting addition for an owner trying to recover from already having an injured running back on the roster.

During the 2014 NFL season, Cunningham played in all 16 games for the Rams, starting just two of them. He rushed for 246 yards on 66 carries, averaging just 3.7 yards per carry. Cunningham also had 45 catches for 352 yards, though, showing he has more value than just in the running game. During his rookie season, Cunningham had averaged 5.6 yards per carry, which is a number the Rams would more like to see during the 2015 NFL season.

Even if Tre Mason is ruled out for the week 1 game, Benajmin Cunningham has a tough task in front of him. The opponent for the Rams is the Seattle Seahawks, a team that had one of the best defenses in the NFL over the past two seasons. It’s possible that the Seahawks are even better this year, making it a risk to start an unproven running back against them.

For fantasy football owners that are desperate for week 1, though, this might be a way to at least post some points. These St. Louis Rams rumors will likely be addressed by Jeff Fisher again before the game next Sunday, September 13, so there is still a lot of time for owners to make a decision. For Rams fans, having depth would certainly help take pressure off the passing game, so having Mason and Cunningham both ready to go would be a huge hope.

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