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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%: 26/1
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Rams get offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) The Rams got a few minor contributions in their Week 17 loss at Seattle. Receiver Austin Pettis caught both his targets for 15 yards and running back Benny Cunningham had a 2-yard reception.

Wideout Chris Givens was targeted four times without a catch. He ran once for minus-4 yards. Receiver Brian Quick was unable to secure his lone target.


Benny Cunningham gets two carries Week 14


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Rams running back Benny Cunningham had just two carries Week 14 against the Cardinals.

Cunningham finished with 9 yards. He also caught two passes for 16 yards. The team trailed most of the game, and was forced to abandon the run game early. Cunningham will look for more action against the Saints Week 15.


Benny Cunningham takes backseat to Zac Stacy Week 13


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) After rushing for 100-plus yards his last time out, Rams running back Benny Cunningham took a backseat to Zac Stacy during Sunday's loss to the 49ers in Week 13.

Stacy got the start and the bulk of the carries while Cunningham was relegated to the backup role. He rushed for 16 yards on two carries in a 23-13 defeat.

The Rams will travel to Arizona for a showdown against the Cardinals in Week 14. 


Benny Cunningham could be sneaky play in Week 13


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2013) Rams running back Benny Cunningham could be a sneaky play heading into Sunday's showdown at San Francisco in Week 13.

Cunningham stepped up in place of an injured Zac Stacy (head) and reached a new career high with 109 rushing yards on 13 carries and a touchdown. Fantasy owners will have to monitor Stacy's status in the next few days. If he does not pass a series of league-mandated tests, then Cunningham will likely get the starting nod on Sunday.

If he starts, Cunningham would be facing a San Francisco defense that has allowed 103.5 yards per game on the ground, which is the 12th fewest allowed in the league. Opposing running backs have scored 16.91 Fantasy points per game this season against the 49ers. Stacy owners should be rushing to scoop him up from the waiver wire. Consider Cunningham as a decent flex option for Week 13.

Benny Cunningham runs for 109 yards, touchdown


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/24/2013) Rams running back Benny Cunningham, working in relief of starter Zac Stacy -- who left the game in the first half with a possible concussion -- set a new career high with 109 rushing yards on 13 carries, scoring the first touchdown of his career. 

Cunningham now has 181 rushing yards in his last two games, which have come against the league's fifth-worst rushing defense (the Colts) and the league's second-worst rushing defense (the Bears). Before this two-game stretch, Cunningham had 57 rushing yards on the season, with a career high of 16. 

The Rams face the 49ers in Week 13. 


Benny Cunningham nets career-high 72 rushing yards


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2013) Rams running back Benny Cunningham overcame a first-half ankle injury to lead St. Louis in rushing Week 10 at Indianapolis. Though, most of Cunningham's yards came on one run very late in the game.

Cunningham totaled a team-high 72 rushing yards on seven carries. Cunningham got most of his yards on a 56-yard carry with 3:29 remaining and might have had a 95-yard touchdown run, but he couldn't beat the last defender down the sideline.

Cunningham had one catch for 18 yards in the 38-8 win. The 72 rushing yards were a career-high for the rookie. The Rams are on a bye Week 11 before returning to action Week 12 vs. Chicago.


Benny Cunningham loses key fumble in return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) Rams running back Benny Cunningham was the team's primary backup in Week 9 against the Titans, after missing the two previous games with an ankle injury.

Cunningham received just three carries and finished the game with 11 yards, and had no impact on the passing game. He also lost a fumble in the red zone on the team's first drive.

As long as Daryl Richardson is out, Cunningham will be the team's No. 2 back. However, he will likely continue to have a limited role. The Rams face the Colts in Week 10. 


Benny Cunningham makes his return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) Rams running back Benny Cunningham (ankle) is active Sunday against the Titans in Week 9, after missing the team's previous two games with this injury. 

Rams backup running backs listed as questionable


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2013) Rams backup running backs Daryl Richardson and Benny Cunningham are listed as questionable Week 9 against the Titans.

Richardson was unable to practice Friday due to a toe/foot injury. Cunningham was able to practice all week. Zac Stacy is also questionable this week, so it's unclear who the team will start.


Benny Cunningham set to return


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/29/2013) Rams running back Benny Cunningham, inactive the past two games with an ankle injury, has "a pretty good chance" to return to practice this week, coach Jeff Fisher told reporters. Cunningham could be needed with starter Zac Stacy also dealing with an ankle injury.


Rams list Week 8 inactives


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/28/2013) The Rams listed seven players as inactive for Monday's game against Seattle: quarterback Brady Quinn, running backs Isaiah Pead and Benny Cunningham (ankle), offensive linemen Barrett Jones and Mike Person, defensive tackle Matt Conrath and defensive end Gerald Rivers.

Pead is a healthy scratch and hasn't gotten a carry since Week 3.


Rams have three questionable players


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2013) The St. Louis Rams posted the official injury report for the Week 8 Monday night game against Seattle on Saturday. Among those having issues practicing due to injuries were CB Cortland Finnegan (hamstring), C Scott Wells (thigh) and RB Benny Cunningham (ankle).

All three players listed above are considered questionable to play in the game against Seattle and will be game-time decisions for the Rams.

Rams inactives feature mostly healthy players


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2013) The Rams inactives list for Week 7 against the Panthers was unveiled prior to kickoff, and it is not heavy on injured players. Among those listed on Friday's injury report, only running back Benny Cunningham (ankle) and defensive back Cortland Finnegan (thigh) were unable to take the field.

They are joined by defensive linemen Gerald Rivers and Matt Conrath, and offensive linemen Mike Person, Barrett Jones and Brandon Washington.  


Benny Cunningham ruled out against Panthers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/18/2013) Rams RB Benny Cunningham has been ruled out against the Panthers Week 7.

Cunningham is dealing with an ankle injury, and has not been able to participate in practice this week. 


Benny Cunningham still doing little


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2013) Rams running back Benny Cunningham continued to see just a small role in the team's offense in Week 6, a 38-13 win over the Texans Sunday.

Cunningham rushed the ball just three times for 11 yards, finishing second on the team.

Cunningham has 17 carries for 46 yards on the season, and is currently third on the running back depth chart heading into Week 7 against the Panthers. 


Benny Cunningham finishes with 13 yards


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2013) Rams running back Benny Cunningham rushed four times for 13 yards as the third-string back Sunday during the Week 5 win over Jacksonville. 

Cunningham did not score in the game and was not targeted in the passing game, either. He has yet to score this year and the 13 yards were his second-best effort to date on the season. The Rams play at Houston Week 6. 


Jeff Fisher drops hint on who will run for Rams


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/2/2013) In an interview posted by 101ESPN in St. Louis, Rams coach Jeff Fisher was directly asked on Monday about the running game and changes he'll make to it.

"There's going to be some adjustments made that you'll recognize. Some different people on the field," Fisher said. 

Later in the interview, he was asked by a fan if Isaiah Pead is going to see a more prominent role in the backfield in the near future.

"Yeah, I think so. I think you'll see it," Fisher said. " ... I think you'll see him get more opportunities. If he gets his hands on the ball enough he's gonna make some plays." 

That was on Monday. On Wednesday, Fisher told the media that he plans to use most, if not all of their running backs if they're active

Fisher vowed last week to fix the running game after Daryl Richardson struggled to find room since the start of the season. Both he and Pead, along with potentially Benny Cunningham and Zac Stacy, should be in the mix beginning with the matchup vs. Jacksonville this week. 


Fantasy owners meet Benny Cunningham


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2013) Rams running back Benny Cunningham became a viable Fantasy option last week as he unexpectedly was the sole backup RB to Daryl Richardson in Thursday's game against the 49ers. Unfortunately, neither player did much on the ground in that game.

It will be interesting to see how Cunningham is used Week 5 at home against Jacksonville after Isaiah Pead was inactive for last week's game and Zac Stacy didn't even see a touch behind Richardson and Cunningham.

Richardson remains the top dog, but we expect Cunningham to continue to receive the secondary touches after he rushed the ball four times for 6 yards, while adding a single reception for 17 yards against San Francisco Thursday.

The backup RB will be facing a Jacksonville team allowing the eighth-most Fantasy points per game to opposing RBs on the year. Only Darren McFadden of the Raiders eclipsed 100 yards against them this season, but the Jags have given up two rushing touchdowns in the last three weeks. That said, due to his backup status, he's the lowest of the low-end Fantasy options for Week 5.

Benny Cunningham plays backup role


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2013) The Rams Went in a different direction with their backup running back spot Thursday against the 49ers, as rookie Benny Cunningham took on the role in a 35-11 loss.

Cunningham was the lone back to receive touches behind Daryl Richardson. He rushed the ball four times for 6 yards, while adding a single reception for 17 yards.

Isaiah Pead was inactive for the game and Zac Stacy didn't receive a touch, so it will be interesting to see how the Rams continue to experiment with the backup role. They take on the Jaguars in Week 5. 


What to make of the Rams RBs on Thursday night?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/26/2013) Late Thursday the Rams announced running back Isaiah Pead was inactive for Week 4 vs. the Niners. Pead wasn't on the injury report so it was assumed he was a healthy scratch. 

Pead's out and Zac Stacy is in. 

We've seen Daryl Richardson play -- he's a nice passing downs back but he doesn't have the look of a full-time starter. Undrafted running back Benny Cunningham is a thick, physical back but he has looked slow. Stacy was a heady, versatile rusher in college but couldn't quite make it translate in the preseason and became a forgotten man. 

Until tonight -- maybe. 

I don't mind cutting Pead before kickoff to claim Stacy off waivers. What's the harm? Pead wasn't doing much for you anyway. If we guess wrong and Cunningham gets a chance, then we make a move on waivers for him next week. But we've seen Cunningham and would roll the dice on Stacy clogging a roster spot for a weekend. I wouldn't drop someone with some good long-term value for him but if you've got nothin', give Stacy a whirl. 

As for Richardson -- I think he'll probably see a little bump in playing time but still wouldn't call him anything more than a Flex for Week 4. 


Rams running backs struggle to replace Daryl Richardson


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2013) Rams running back Daryl Richardson only played one snap Sunday at the Cowboys in Week 3 after his injured foot was stepped on. In his place, the rest of the running backs corps struggled.

Isaiah Pead had six carries for 20 yards and seven catches for 43 yards. Benny Cunningham had four carries for 16 yards and one catch for 6 yards. Zac Stacy was inactive.

Richardson might not be ready for Week 4 against the 49ers since the game is Thursday night, which means Pead and Cunningham might have to step in. We'd give the significant edge to Pead based on his ability to play in the passing game.

Pead had seven targets, and the Rams will likely be throwing all game against the San Francisco defense. Add Pead where needed, and hopefully he does well if Richardson is out.

Ignore Cunningham and Stacy in the majority of leagues.


Benny Cunningham sees significant action in Week 3


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2013) Rams running back Benny Cunningham had four carries for 16 yards in Sunday's 31-7 loss to the Cowboys. Cunningham also had one catch for six yards. 

Rams starter Daryl Richardson was active, but played just one early snap, setting up a timeshare in the backfield for Cunningham and Isaiah Pead. While Pead had the better numbers, Cunningham spent a significant amount of time on the field and had two first-half carries to Pead's one. 

The Rams face the 49ers in Week 4, in the Thursday night game. 


Rams backup RBs not reading too much into starter's absence


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2013) Rams running back Isaiah Pead and Benny Cunningham earned more reps in practice Wednesday with starter Daryl Richardson sidelined by a lingering foot injury. With Rams coach Jeff Fisher expecting Richardson back at practice Thursday, Pead said you can't look too much into Wednesday's workload.

"Can’t worry about coaches’ decisions. I just have to focus on the next day’s practice and on doing what I need to do to get better," Pead said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Cunningham had similar sentiments.

"I don’t feel (Richardson) not practicing will change my approach at all," he said. "I just feel like no matter who’s practicing, I have to prepare myself as if I’m a starter. That way, when my number is called, I’m ready because I’ve prepared myself for the opportunity."


Isaiah Pead, Benny Cunningham barely contribute


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2013) Making his return from a one-game suspension to begin the season, Rams running back Isaiah Pead got only one carry in relief of starter Daryl Richardson, picking up 1 yard. Benny Cunningham was used just a little bit more as a rusher, carrying twice for 0 yards.

Pead was a bigger factor in the passing game, getting targeted four times, but still had only two catches for 18 yards. Cunningham was targeted once but went without a catch.

The two will continue to compete for touches behind Richardson Week 3 at Dallas.


Rams backup running back a mystery


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2013) Rams running back Daryl Richardson will start Sunday against the Cardinals, but it's unclear whether Zac Stacy or Benny Cunningham will back him up, reports the Post-Dispatch. Both Stacy and Cunningham could play, the report said.

Isaiah Pead is suspended for the opener.