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Fri, 05 Sep 2014 11:08:13 -0700
St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead said he expects the team to ride the "hot hand" any given week at running back, according to a source. As a result, RB Benny Cunningham could cut into RB Zac Stacy's workload immediately in Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings. Stacy had 250 carries in just 12 starts last year and was among the league leaders in carries per game. Cunningham had just 47 carries last year, but he impressed the team in training camp and the preseason.
Fantasy Tip: We warned folks not to overvalue Stacy's work last year too much in drafts leading up to the 2014 season. This week against the Vikes, Stacy ($6,200, 12.4% of cap) isn't a wise FantasyScore investment, and it may be tough to find the right time to start him moving forward if Cunningham cuts into his workload significantly. Look to pick up Cunningham at a low investment in standard leagues if you're already searching for running back depth.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:43:14 -0700
St. Louis Rams RB Benny Cunningham has been the team's best running back during the preseason and could push RB Zac Stacy for playing time this season.
Fantasy Tip: Stacy likely will enter the season as the starter, but Cunningham could get some carries during games. Owners should only consider Cunningham has a handcuff to Stacy in deeper leagues. Tre Mason probably has the most value among the team's backup running backs.
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:30:08 -0700
St. Louis Rams RB Zac Stacy did not start in the third preseason game, because the team wanted to see what RB Benny Cunningham would do with the first-team offense, according to head coach Jeff Fisher. Fisher said the team knows what Stacy can do with the starting offense.
Fantasy Tip: Stacy likely will be the starting running back this season and get a majority of the carries. Stacy probably will be a weekly flex option in most leagues.
Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:16:26 -0700
St. Louis Rams RB Zac Stacy isn't officially the team's starting running back. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer reiterated that RBs Benny Cunningham, Tre Mason and Isaiah Pead will all compete with Stacy for starter status. Schottenheimer added that each running back has a different skill set that will be used "throughout the course of the year."
Fantasy Tip: It's still too early to make too much out of the St. Louis running back situation, but it's still not good news for Stacy. While Stacy may still get most of the playing time, he probably won't be called on as much as he was last season. Still, he's a solid RB2 option in standard leagues. If we were to choose a St. Louis running back to bet on other than Stacy, it would probably be Mason.
Mon, 26 May 2014 23:24:56 -0700
The St. Louis Rams will likely use RBs Zac Stacy, Benny Cunningham and Tre Mason in the first three slots on the depth chart. In the fourth spot it could be a competition between RBs Isaiah Pead, Chase Reynolds, Kadeem Jones and Trey Watts.
Sat, 14 Dec 2013 09:30:56 -0800
St. Louis Rams RB Benny Cunningham, RB Isaiah Pead and WR Chris Givens could be kick returner options Week 15 if WR Tavon Austin (ankle) is not able to play.
Fri, 29 Nov 2013 13:52:31 -0800
St. Louis Rams RB Zac Stacy (concussion) practiced in full Friday, Nov. 29, and is listed as probable for Week 13 against the San Francisco 49ers. He passed the final hurdle for his concussion tests Friday and has been cleared to play this Sunday.
Fantasy Tip: The matchup against the Niners is a tough one, but if Stacy is playing, he's at least an RB2 or flex play, assuming he isn't limited by a great deal. Benny Cunningham is a weak flex play now that Stacy is expected to suit up.
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 10:33:30 -0800
St. Louis Rams RB Benny Cunningham (ankle) left the team's Week 10 game because of an ankle injury but was able to return later in the game and was the leading rusher with 72 yards.
Mon, 04 Nov 2013 20:32:39 -0800
St. Louis Rams RB Benny Cunningham (ankle) returned from injury in Week 9 against the Tennessee Titans, playing nine snaps on offense and four more on special teams.
Fantasy Tip: Cunningham is working as the backup to Zac Stacy, and that role could be in jeopardy after a costly fumble. For fantasy purposes, Cunningham is not someone you'll want to rely upon anytime soon.
Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:54:25 -0700
St. Louis Rams OG Harvey Dahl (knee) has been ruled out for Week 9. RB Benny Cunningham (ankle), QB Brady Quinn (hip) and DE Robert Quinn (illness) are questionable. OT Jake Long (knee), C Scott Wells (thigh), FS Darian Stewart (foot) and CB Brandon McGee (illness) are probable. Dahl and Quinn did not practice Friday, Nov. 1, while the rest practiced in full.
Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:07:56 -0700
St. Louis Rams RB Zac Stacy (ankle) was limited during practice Friday, Nov. 1, and is listed as questionable for Week 9.
Fantasy Tip: Owners will have to wait until the inactive list to see if he will be on the field for the game. Stacy should be considered a low-end starting running back or flex option if he is able to play. With Daryl Richardson and Benny Cunningham also being questionable, Isaiah Pead could have a bigger role in the offense but should not be in starting lineups this week.
Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:20:48 -0700
St. Louis Rams QB Brady Quinn (hip), OG Harvey Dahl (knee), DE Robert Quinn (illness), CB Brandon McGee (illness) and FS Darian Stewart (foot) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 31. RB Daryl Richardson (foot) was limited during practice. QB Kellen Clemens (shoulder), RB Benny Cunningham (ankle), C Scott Wells (thigh) and OT Jake Long (knee) fully participated in practice.
Wed, 30 Oct 2013 15:58:08 -0700
St. Louis Rams OT Jake Long (knee), OG Harvey Dahl (knee), RB Zac Stacy (foot), RB Daryl Richardson (foot), C Scott Wells (thigh) and WR Austin Pettis (thigh) all did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 30. QB Kellen Clemens (shoulder) and S Darian Stewart (foot) both were limited. RB Benny Cunningham (ankle) fully participated in practice.
Tue, 29 Oct 2013 19:34:00 -0700
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said Tuesday, Oct. 29, there is "a pretty good chance" that RB Benny Cunningham (ankle) will return to practice this week.
Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:44:23 -0700
Despite the fact St. Louis Rams RB Benny Cunningham (ankle) is inactive for the Week 8 game against the Seattle Seahawks Monday, Oct. 28, RB Isaiah Pead is still a healthy scratch. RB Zac Stacy will start, with RB Daryl Richardson as the backup. RB Chase Reynolds will serve as the third tailback.
Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:21:14 -0700
The St. Louis Rams have declared C Barrett Jones, RB Benny Cunningham, QB Brady Quinn, DL Gerald Rivers, RB Isaiah Pead, DL Matt Conrath, OT Mike Person inactive for Week 8.
Sat, 26 Oct 2013 16:01:27 -0700
St. Louis Rams RB Benny Cunningham (ankle), C Scott Wells (thigh) and CB Cortland Finnegan (thigh) are listed as questionable for Week 8. Wells was limited during practice Saturday, Oct. 26, while the other two players did not practice.
Sat, 26 Oct 2013 13:16:46 -0700
St. Louis Rams RB Benny Cunningham (ankle) has been working on the side all week and is likely a week away from playing.
Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:41:18 -0700
St. Louis Rams RB Benny Cunningham (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 25.
Thu, 24 Oct 2013 17:02:41 -0700
St. Louis Rams RB Benny Cunningham (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 24.
Sun, 20 Oct 2013 08:49:17 -0700
The St. Louis Rams have declared C Barrett Jones, RB Benny Cunningham, OG Brandon Washington, CB Cortland Finnegan, DL Gerald Rivers, DL Matt Conrath, OT Mike Person inactive for Week 7.
Fri, 18 Oct 2013 19:44:44 -0700
St. Louis Rams WR Tavon Austin or RB Isaiah Pead will likely fill in on kickoff returns in Week 7 against the Carolina Panthers with RB Benny Cunningham (ankle) sidelined.
Fri, 18 Oct 2013 19:43:38 -0700
Updating a previous report, St. Louis Rams RB Benny Cunningham (ankle) is wearing a hard cast, and it appears he will be sidelined a while.
Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:05:01 -0700
St. Louis Rams RB Benny Cunningham (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 18, and has been ruled out for Week 7.
Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:50:15 -0700
St. Louis Rams RB Benny Cunningham (ankle) and CB Cortland Finnegan (thigh) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 17.
Wed, 16 Oct 2013 16:21:51 -0700
St. Louis Rams RB Benny Cunningham (ankle) had his ankle on a "roll-about" Wednesday, Oct. 16, which is basically crutches on wheels. He ankle was also wrapped with ice, and his ailment appears to be the most serious on the injury report.
Fantasy Tip: Zac Stacy's emergence as the lead back and Cunningham's injury has tempered the excitement surrounding him. He's only good for RB depth in deeper leagues.
Wed, 16 Oct 2013 14:31:19 -0700
St. Louis Rams CB Cortland Finnegan (thigh), DE Chris Long (thigh) and RB Benny Cunningham (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Thu, 03 Oct 2013 09:33:06 -0700
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said the team will probably go with a committee approach at running back in Week 5 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and RB Zac Stacy could receive his chance after RBs Daryl Richardson, Isaiah Pead and Benny Cunningham haven't been very productive. "I think Zac's done a really good job since he's been here," QB Sam Bradford said. "He's a very talented runner. He's a powerful guy. He's got great vision. He makes cuts in the hole that are quick and decisive, so I'm excited to see him out there." Stacy has only one carry for four yards on the season against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1. He was inactive in Weeks 2 and 3. The rest of the team's running backs haven't been good in pass protection through four weeks, and although he hasn't proven himself in the NFL yet, Stacy had a reputation as a good pass blocker coming out of college.
Fantasy Tip: Many expect Cunningham to be the next man up in the Rams backfield, but it could easily be Stacy, as well. He's the cheaper option off the waiver wire this week. It wouldn't hurt to stash him and see how this plays out this weekend.
Wed, 02 Oct 2013 16:04:51 -0700
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher wouldn't say who would be the starting running back this weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars after RB Daryl Richardson hinted that he wouldn't be starting in Week 5. The Rams are currently last in the league in rushing, averaging just over 47 yards per game. Richardson is averaging a measly 2.7 yards per carry. "We have just had one day of practice and all the backs got to participate in practice, so we've got different things for different style of runners," Fisher said.
Fantasy Tip: Unfortunately for fantasy purposes, we may not know much about the running back rotation against the Jacksonville Jaguars until the game is actually played. This makes Richardson, Isaiah Pead, Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham all very tough to start. It may be best to stay away from the situation until we get a better feel for it.
Wed, 02 Oct 2013 13:17:28 -0700
Updating an earlier report, St. Louis Rams RB Daryl Richardson is now saying that there will be competition for the lead back role in Week 5 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Fantasy Tip: This puts more uncertainty around the running back position in St. Louis. Will it be Richardson, Benny Cunningham or Zac Stacywho receives the majority of the carries in Week 5? It's really anyone's guess right now, but we wouldn't be surprised to see Cunningham take over the role, at least this week. Scoop him up if you own Richardson or are desperate for a running back with upside.
Sun, 22 Sep 2013 21:53:25 -0700
St. Louis Rams RBs Isaiah Pead and Benny Cunningham split the carries in the Week 3 game against the Dallas Cowboys with RB Daryl Richardson (foot) leaving the game after just one play. However, neither Pead nor Cunningham did much. Pead carried six times for 20 yards, while adding seven receptions and 43 yards. Cunningham had four carries for 16 yards, while adding one catch for six yards.
Fantasy Tip: It's uncertain if Richardson will be ready to go in Week 4. If not, Pead, Cunningham and perhaps rookie Zac Stacy could be in line for more work.
Tue, 10 Sep 2013 20:35:10 -0700
St. Louis Rams RBs Benny Cunningham and Chase Reynolds are in a "tie" for the fourth spot on the depth chart behind RBs Daryl Richardson, Isaiah Pead and Zac Stacy. Cunningham was third while Pead was serving a one-game suspension.
Wed, 04 Sep 2013 09:11:30 -0700
St. Louis Rams RB Daryl Richardson is the clear-cut starter for the Week 1 game against the Arizona Cardinals, but it is unclear whether RBs Zac Stacy or Benny Cunningham will serve as his primary backup. RB Isaiah Pead will be out serving his suspension.
Tue, 20 Aug 2013 15:51:21 -0700
St. Louis Rams RBs Benny Cunningham and Zac Stacy have been impressive during the preseason, and head coach Jeff Fisher refused to indicate who would be the immediate backup behind RB Daryl Richardson. Both Cunningham and Stacy are more physical than RB Isaiah Pead, and Cunningham is effective as a punt protector and potential kick returner. Cunningham and Stacy have also shown they can catch the ball out of the backfield. Pead has already fumbled once in the preseason and will miss Week 1 for a drug suspension. Not helping his cause is the fact that he didn't gain much yardage in two games and also was indecisive as a kick returner. However, he's improved in pass protection, and the Rams are unlikely to move on from him after one season.
Fantasy Tip: Pead isn't very physical and there's a question whether he'll be able to hold up in the NFL. He's not off to a great start this year, and he shouldn't be a priority to draft as a handcuff to Richardson. That designation may ultimately fall to the rookie Stacy.
Sat, 17 Aug 2013 19:38:53 -0700
St. Louis Rams RB Zac Stacy (leg) did not play in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 17, against the Green Bay Packers. Team and league sources described Stacy has having "general soreness," but he has been seen with his right leg wrapped at some practices this past week. Stacy and RB Benny Cunningham are in a battle for the No. 3 running back job.
Fri, 16 Aug 2013 11:42:20 -0700
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said Friday, Aug. 16, that he would like to get RBs Benny Cunningham and Zac Stacy some work with the first-team offense before the preseason games are finishes. "Our hope is to try and get them some carries behind the starting offensive line over the next couple of weeks to fairly evaluate them," Fisher said.
Fantasy Tip: Stacy, and especially Cunningham, remains well behind in the bid for the starting job. Stacy is worth a late-round flier for one of your final roster spots as a speculative pick. Cunningham should be avoided in all formats except for the deepest leagues which reward individual return yardage.
Tue, 23 Jul 2013 08:44:44 -0700
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said Monday, July 22, that RB Benny Cunningham (knee) worked with the head athletic trainer and his staff over the entire summer to get healthy, and Cunningham is now ready to go. "We didn't have any reservations whatsoever or else we would have put him on active PUP. But, he's ready to go," Fisher said.
Fri, 10 May 2013 17:07:30 -0700
St. Louis Rams RB Benny Cunningham (knee) and C Barrett Jones (foot) are not participating in rookie minicamp this weekend because of injuries.
Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:20:55 -0700
Middle Tennessee State RB Benny Cunningham ran the 40-yard dash 4.51 seconds at his Pro Day Monday, April 22.