November 5, 2010

Cedric Benson: Buy Low, Sell High

It's the midway point of the season, and the Bengals have been anything but impressive. In fact, at 2-5 the only race they're in is to avoid finishing behind the perennially horrendous Cleveland Browns. Not much motivation if you ask me. One of the lone bright spots outside of Terrell Owens has been the consistency of Cedric Benson. The RB ranks 10th in the league in rushing yards and has thrown in 3 TDs to boot. Its not the most mind blowing fantasy season, but the dude has been consistent, never getting less than 6 fantasy points under standard scoring. Again, not anything you'd write home about, but he isn't losing you any weeks by going for 1 or 2 points.

As a fantasy owner, you should always be trying to improve your team, especially through the trading market. So, is Cedric Benson one of the guys you should be targeting? Or is the resurrected Longhorns back someone owners should be trying to dump on the first fool they see?
The short answer is dump the dude like Lehman Brothers stock. If you still have a hope of getting in to the playoffs this year, Cedric is a toxic asset, because his schedule for weeks 14-16 is atrocious. Benson plays against the Steelers, Browns and Chargers in that order, none of which is a match-up you'd like to have. The Browns may seem tasty, giving up 111 yards a game, but keep in mind they have only given up 1 rushing TD all year. With them and the world's 2 best rushing defenses awaiting the Bengals, Benson's future looks anything but solid. If you want to stand any chance to win your league this year, it will not be behind Benson. So take the opportunity now, while he still has relative value and deal him before other owners start looking to playoff schedules as well.

ESPN's Tristan Cockcroft has him ranked alongside guys like Darren McFadden, LaDainian Tomlinson and even Ray Rice, who I said was a great buy low candidate last week. If you can get that kind of value out of a guy you will be hesitant to play in the playoffs, why waste your time with him? Its like a bank robbery: get in, get your value, get out. And trust me, I know a thing or two about robbing banks.