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36 Benny Cunningham RB
Height/Weight: 5-10/217 | Birthdate: 7/7/1990 | Birthplace: Nashville, TN, USA | Team: St. Louis | College: Middle Tennessee State | NFL Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 25/4 | Average Draft Position: 167.42
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Rams get minor output from several plays in Sunday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) The Rams received small contributions from a number of players during their upset defeat of Denver in Week 11.

The most significant came from running back Benny Cunningham, who caught all four passes thrown his way for 31 yards and added seven yards on two carries. Wideout Stedman Bailey added three receptions for 26 yards while wide receiver Tavon Austin pitched in with two carries for 11 yards and two catches for 10 yards. Also chipping in was tight end Lance Kendricks with two receptions for five yards.


Rams RB Benny Cunningham gets the touchdown Week 10


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Rams running back Benny Cunningham managed to find the red zone Week 10.

Cunningham only received four carries, but made them count. On his first attempt, Cunningham managed to plunge in a 3 yard score. He finished with just 12 yards. Cunningham also caught two passes, gaining 16 yards. 

He'll look to score again Week 11 against the Broncos. 


Jeff Fisher: RB Tre Mason 'missed a couple holes'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2014) Rams coach Jeff Fisher said rookie running back Tre Mason "played pretty well" in the Week 9 win at San Francisco. Mason rushed 19 times for 65 yards (3.4 ypc) and caught one pass for minus-8 yards.

"He missed a couple holes but he ran real hard," Fisher said. "He overcame some things. His ball security’s good, pass protection is good. He needed to get out in the routes. I thought he played pretty well."

Despite Mason's big workload, Fisher said the backfield remains a committee, and Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham will get work moving forward.


Jeff Fisher refuses to call RB Tre Mason the starter


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2014) Rams rookie running back Tre Mason carried 19 times in the Week 9 win at San Francisco, compared to four for Benny Cunningham and zero for Zac Stacy. But coach Jeff Fisher on Monday declined to name Mason the starter or primary option, reports ESPN.com.

Fisher insisted the team hasn't lost faith in Stacy, who's averaged 3.9 yards per carry with one touchdown and two lost fumbles this season.


Benny Cunningham leads Rams in receiving in Week 9 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Rams running back Benny Cunningham rushed for just 10 yards on four carries Sunday but caught all three of his targets for a team-high 38 receiving yards in his team's 13-10 win over the 49ers in Week 9.

Cunningham is well behind rookie Tre Mason in the running game but continues to have an impact in the passing game, and he now has managed 20 receptions for 167 yards and one touchdown as a receiver to go along with 173 rushing yards on 44 carries and two rushing scores. He'll likely play a similar role in Week 10 when the Rams face the Cardinals.


Jeff Fisher fine with running back committee


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/28/2014) Rams coach Jeff Fisher indicated he has no problem with continuing to split carries among running backs Zac Stacy, Benny Cunningham and rookie Tre Mason. In Sunday's loss at Kansas City, Mason got seven carries, Stacy received five and Cunningham, four.

"When they got their opportunities they all were productive," Fisher said. "The average per carry is about the same. We'll see. We may settle into something this week."

Fisher said the committee approach won't make it harder for his backs to get into a rhythm. St. Louis visits the 49ers in Week 9.


Rams back to running back by committee


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/27/2014) After rookie Tre Mason appeared to take a leading role Week 7 against Seattle, rushing for 85 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, the Rams went running back by committee again Week 8 at Kansas City. Mason led the team in carries, but he had only seven. Meanwhile, Zac Stacy got five, and Benny Cunningham got four.

Stacy was once again the weak link, gaining just 17 yards. Though he's been the Rams' leading ball carrier this season, his longest run is only 16 yards. In this game alone, Mason had a run of 14 yards, and Cunningham had a run of 18 yards.

Coach Jeff Fisher said prior to Week 8 that Stacy could get 25 carries against the Chiefs, but clearly, he wasn't effective enough to justify so many. Frankly, he hasn't been effective enough to justify any at this stage of the game, but the Rams need more convincing. Because Mason was again their most effective rusher in Week 8, it's probably just a matter of time.

Of the three, Mason is the one to own right now even if you can't start him just yet. Cunningham has some appeal in deeper PPR leagues. Stacy is probably just a waste of a roster spot.


Rams running backs combine for 76 rushing yards in Week 8 loss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Rams running backs Tre Mason, Benny Cunningham and Zac Stacy combined for 76 rushing yards and 29 receiving yards during a 34-7 loss Week 8 at Kansas City. Though, none of the three running backs had a touchdown.

Mason had a team-high 32 rushing yards on seven carries, while Cunningham had 27 rushing yards on four carries and Stacy had 17 rushing yards on five carries. Cunningham drew the start and had the first carry.

Stacy led the running backs with 20 receiving yards on three catches. He was targeted four times. Cunningham had one catch for 8 yards, while Mason had one catch for 1 yard.

The Rams are back in action Week 9 at San Francisco.


Rams CBs Jenkins, Johnson questionable Week 8 in KC


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2014) Cornerbacks Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson are questionable with knee injuries, according to the injury report released Friday by the Rams for their Sunday game at Kansas City.

The only other non-probables are defensive back Brandon McGee (foot) and center Tim Barnes (shoulder). Both have been ruled out.

Deemed probable are wideout Kenny Britt (ankle), running back Benny Cunningham (knee), linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar (toe), defensive linemen Ethan Westbrooks (hand) and William Hayes (illness), safety T.J. McDonald (concussion), tackle Rodger Saffold (knee) and kicker Greg Zuerlein (illness).


Rams RB Benny Cunningham added to injury report Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) Rams running back Benny Cunningham was a late addition to the injury report due to a knee injury. He was a limited participant on Thursday. Cunningham has scored a touchdown in each of his past three games. He caught five passes for 46 yards and a score Week 7.

The Rams will face the Chiefs in Week 8.


Jeff Fisher: Zac Stacy 'could get 25 carries this week'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2014) Rams coach Jeff Fisher said the team's running back situation will continue to be a "week-to-week thing," adding Zac Stacy's lack of playing time Sunday wasn't an indicator of things to come. Stacy played one snap and got zero carries in the win over the Seahawks.

"We’ve got three outstanding runners," Fisher said, referring to Stacy, Benny Cunningham and rookie Tre Mason. "And as I mentioned, we think Trey Watts can also help us, so we’re going to use them all. It’ll be a week-to-week thing. Zac could get 25 carries this week. We had some things in early this week. It was working so we decided to stay with ‘Mase.' It’s nothing that Zac has done or hasn’t done. He’s been a little banged up the last couple of weeks, but obviously he’s an outstanding runner as well. We clearly have significant depth there at the position."

Fisher noted Stacy missed practice time the past couple weeks due to calf and ankle injuries.

"The good thing about this is he’ll come back and should be 100 percent this week and just see where it goes," Fisher said.

The Rams visit the Chiefs in Week 8.


Changing of the guard in Rams backfield


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/19/2014) Though Zac Stacy was active after missing some practice time earlier in the week with an ankle injury, the Rams didn't seem terribly interested in using him in Week 7. And they didn't lean all that much on Benny Cunningham either, at least not as far as the running game was concerned. No, their primary ball carrier against division rival Seattle was Tre Mason, who didn't even debut with the team until Week 6. And he was a revelation in the role, picking up 85 yards on 18 carries, including a 6-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

Cunningham was still involved in the passing game. In fact, he was the Rams' leading receiver with 46 yards on five catches, scoring a touchdown on one of them. But he carried the ball only two times for 3 yards.

Stacy, meanwhile, played only one snap and didn't get a single touch. It's possible the Rams were saving him with his ankle at less than 100 percent, but considering he practiced in full Friday, I doubt it. As the team's intended starter at running back, he never ran for more than 71 yards in any of his first five games, so Mason already has him beat.

Maybe you hold on to Stacy if you're the extra cautious type, but Mason looks like the Rams running back to own right now, with Cunningham also having some low-end appeal in points-per-reception leagues.


Benny Cunningham scores in third straight game


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Rams running back Benny Cunningham found the end zone for the third straight game, catching a 5-yard touchdown from Austin Davis in the win over Seattle. Cunningham ran twice for 3 yards and caught all five of his targets for 46 yards.

He also had a 75-yard kickoff return. Cunningham visits the Chiefs in Week 8. 


Jeff Fisher: 'No problem' with committee at running back


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) Rams coach Jeff Fisher indicated he's leaning toward using all three of his running backs moving forward. Asked about a committee approach featuring Zac Stacy, Benny Cunningham and rookie Tre Mason, Fisher told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "I have no problem with that. Nope."

In Monday's loss to the 49ers, Fisher added, "we were rolling all three of them."

Mason's 24-yard burst up the middle was the team's first run of at least 20 yards this season. "I liked the way he handled his first opportunity and made some explosive plays," Fisher said of the third-round pick, who was active for the first time this season.


Rams RB situation becoming a mess


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/14/2014) Zac Stacy's Fantasy value took another hit in Week 6 with the emergence of Tre Mason, who was active for the first time against the 49ers. Though the rookie played only about one-third of the snaps Stacy played and just 12 percent of the team's overall, he led the team in rushing, gaining 40 yards on five carries. The first run of his career, a 24-yard scamper in the first quarter, was longer than any of Stacy's 61 this season.

Of course, the Rams running back who saw the most action, playing 51 percent of the team's snaps, was Benny Cunningham, who had a modest showing, rushing seven times for 21 yards and a touchdown and catching two passes for 12 yards. Stacy actually led the Rams in carries with eight, but for only 17 yards.

Hoping to make sense of it? Good luck. The Rams' backfield is becoming a mess on par with the Saints' -- except in this case, you can't be completely sure any of the players are actually good.

I can say that Stacy didn't get a single touch after the 49ers took the lead in the second quarter, so the Rams may not think he's as suited for comeback mode as Cunningham. The problem is they don't figure to be leading many games.

I'm not ready to cut Stacy yet, but he's looking like a sit in Fantasy. Cunningham might be the preferred start, but he's a low-end one at that. Mason, the change-of-pace guy, can remain on waivers for now.


Benny Cunningham scores for second straight week


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Rams running back Benny Cunningham ran seven times for 21 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and caught both his targets for 12 yards in the loss to the 49ers. Cunningham scored for the second straight week.

He'll play the Seahawks in Week 7.


Looking for running backs on the waiver wires


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) With some key players on bye joining a long list of injured starters out of commission for Week 6, the waiver wire for running backs is going to be active this week. In his waiver-wire column, Jamey Eisenberg highlights the key names he thinks Fantasy players should be targeting right now.

The top four running backs on Jamey's priority list are Andre Williams of the Giants (56 percent owned), Branden Oliver of the Chargers (13 percent), Ronnie Hillman of the Broncos (11 percent) and Benny Cunningham of the Rams (15 percent). All four have a chance to start this week, but Williams and Oliver have already proven they can be productive if given the chance in recent weeks, and might not be one-week flash-in-the-pan types.


Immediate future cloudy for St. Louis RBs


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Rams running back Benny Cunningham seemed like a threat to Zac Stacy's playing time in the offseason, but was largely a nonfactor through three games. However, a calf injury to Stacy Sunday could put Cunningham in line to start moving forward.

Cunningham was effective in Stacy's stead in Week 5, racking up 72 all-purpose yards on just 10 touches. He found the end zone on a 14-yard run in the third quarter, and showed he can fill in capably, if needed. However, the Rams have an extra day to prepare for Week 6 against the 49ers, with that game coming on Monday night, so Stacy may be able to get healthy.

Even if Stacy's injury proves serious, you might not want to write Cunningham into your starting lineup after picking him up on waivers. The 49ers are likely to provide an unkind welcome to Cunningham, as they have not allowed a running back to reach double figures in Fantasy scoring since Week 1.

Whether Stacy or Cunningham gets the start in Week 6, you might not find a starting Fantasy running back in St. Louis. 


Benny Cunningham reaches paydirt in Week 5 loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Rams running back Benny Cunningham rushed for 47 yards and a touchdown on seven carries and added 24 receiving yards on three catches in his team's 34-28 loss to the Eagles in Week 5.

Cunningham saw extended time late in the game after Zac Stacy went down with an injury, and the backup runner weaved his way into the end zone from 14 yards out on a draw from a shotgun formation. He could be in line for an uptick in playing time depending on the severity of Stacy's injury. The Rams will host the 49ers on Monday night in Week 6.


Rams backfield share giving Fantasy owners headaches


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) The Rams put a scare into Fantasy owner's hearts when Benny Cunningham got the start in the third preseason warmup game, but coaches were quick to stand by Zac Stacy as the team's lead back. After three games, the numbers back that up, but Stacy's hold on the role is clearly more tenuous than we might have thought even a month ago.

For the second time in three games, Stacy basically split the workload with Cunningham in Week 3. Stacy and Cunningham both played 34 of the team's 76, similar to Week 1, when Cunningham actually played one more snap. The overall season workload is skewed in Stacy's favor thanks to a 40-18 split in Week 2, but it's pretty clear these two are in a timeshare.

Stacy has been able to hold off Cunningham by just flat outworking him so far, averaging 4.3 yards per carry to Cunningham's 3.3. Stacy has also been more effective in the passing game, though it is concerning that Cunningham is still encroaching on his playing time with those edges.

At this point, both players need to be owned in all Fantasy leagues, as long as the team splits their time so evenly. However, until Stacy either pushed Cunningham out of the picture or abdicates the role, neither will be a particularly reliable Fantasy option.  


Benny Cunningham manages 37 yards in Week 3 loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Rams running back Benny Cunningham managed just 29 yards on nine carries and added one reception for five yards in his team's 34-31 loss to the Cowboys in Week 3.

Cunningham received more action in Week 3 than he had in the first two weeks, getting nine carries to 12 for starter Zac Stacy, but he failed to impress with his totes while the starter broke off 5.6 yards per carry. Cunningham averaged 5.6 yards per carry last season and could work his way into more carries if he can approach that level in the coming weeks. The Rams are off in Week 4 before facing the Eagles.


Benny Cunningham limited to seven touches in Week 2


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Rams running back Benny Cunningham took a backseat again to Zac Stacy in a Week 2 win over the Buccaneers.

Cunningham, who had just five carries in the opener against the Vikings, was often used as the team's third down back, and as a result, he was limited to seven touches. Cunningham took six handoffs for 15 yards, averaging 2.5 yards per attempt. He caught one of the two passes thrown his way for a gain of 4 yards in a 19-17 victory.

The Rams will be back at home to host the Cowboys in Week 3.


Zac Stacy, Benny Cunningham sharing pregame reps


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Rams running backs Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham are sharing first-team reps during the pregame warmups, ESPN.com reports.

Stacy went first during warmups and is expected to start in Sunday's game against the Vikings, but Cunningham could see a significant amount of touches as well as the team focuses on running the ball when on offense.


Rams GM expects 'hot hand' approach at RB this season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) In an interview with WGNU 920 AM, Rams general manager Les Snead told the local radio station that he expects the offense to go with the "hot hand" in a given week at running back.

Although Zac Stacy did not start the third preseason game, he remains the starter for St. Louis. However, he could share his reps with Benny Cunningham against Minnesota in Week 1. Cunningham averaged 5.6 yards per carry last year and has been just as productive as Stacy in preseason.

Report: Zac Stacy still lead back for Rams


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Rams running back Zac Stacy did not start the third preseason game, but he remains atop the depth chart, according to ESPN.com. Benny Cunningham, who got the start, is the No. 2 back ahead of rookie Tre Mason.