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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%: 16/0 | Average Draft Position: 167.42
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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.

Zac Stacy was not demoted


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) The Rams' decision to start Benny Cunningham over Zac Stacy in Saturday's preseason game was not significant, coach Jeff Fisher told ESPN.com. "We just gave [Cunningham] a chance to run behind the first offensive line," Fisher said. "We know what Zac can do."

Cunningham rushed for 32 yards on five carries. Stacy entered on the second drive and gained 11 yards on five totes.


Tre Mason listed on fourth string


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) Rams rookie running back Tre Mason has a long way to go to earn meaningful snaps. The team's first depth chart lists him on the fourth team, behind starter Zac Stacy, backup Benny Cunningham and third-stringers Isaiah Pead and Chase Reynolds.

A third-round draft pick, Mason shares the fourth line of the depth chart with undrafted back Trey Watts.


Benny Cunningham ahead of Tre Mason for backup job


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Rams running back Benny Cunningham has "held on firmly to the primary backup role" behind Zac Stacy, reports TurfShowTimes.com. Cunningham, who averaged 5.6 yards per carry last year, is holding off third-round pick Tre Mason.

"But things could change once the preseason begins," the report said. "The Rams didn't draft Mason not to play him."


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.