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Benny Cunningham | Running Back | #36

Team: Los Angeles Rams
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/7/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 217
College: Middle Tennessee State
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Benny Cunningham rushed four times for 38 yards and caught 3-of-3 targets for 34 yards in the Rams' Week 17 loss to San Francisco.
He finishes the season with 390 yards from scrimmage and 26 receptions. Although Cunningham has never been a legitimate fantasy asset, the Rams' odd love for him prevents other members of their backfield from hitting their ceilings. Also a contributor on special teams, Cunningham is an obvious Jeff Fisher favorite. He figures to get tendered in restricted free agency. Jan 3 - 8:57 PM

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Benny Cunningham (knee) is probable for Week 4 against the 49ers.

Cunningham didn't practice Friday with a knee issue. The probable tag means the Rams fully expect him to play. Cunningham will see limited third-down snaps behind Tre Mason and Todd Gurley.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 05:57:00 PM

Benny Cunningham caught 2-of-2 targets for 18 yards in St. Louis' Week 3 loss to the Steelers, adding a 12-yard rush.

Cunningham gained just one fewer yard than Tre Mason on seven fewer touches, but is now No. 3 on the depth chart with Todd Gurley ready to rock. Cunningham will catch the occasional pass, but is off the radar in all formats of fantasy.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 06:28:00 PM

Benny Cunningham caught four passes for 27 yards in the Rams' Week 2 loss to the Redskins, rushing one time for no gain.

With Tre Mason back from his hamstring injury, Cunningham took a backseat and headed back to his pass-game role in the Rams' backfield. He had one week of value, but can safely be dropped in redraft leagues, especially with Todd Gurley (knee) expected to make his Rams debut in Week 3 against the Steelers.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 05:05:00 PM

Benny Cunningham rushed for 45 yards on 16 carries and caught 4-of-7 targets for 77 yards in the Rams' Week 1 win over the Seahawks.

Cunningham got the spot start with both Todd Gurley (knee) and Tre Mason (hamstring) sitting out. His 122 total yards were more than serviceable, even if he struggled to a 2.8 YPC mark as a runner. Cunningham routinely turned Nick Foles dump-offs into big gains, spinning off tackles and finding the sticks. If Mason is unable to play Week 2, Cunningham will get all he can handle against the Redskins.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 05:48:00 PM

Benny Cunningham has a chance to be the Rams' every-down back in Week 1 versus the Seahawks.

The matchup is as brutal as St. Louis' offensive line, but Cunningham would be worth a look as a flex play based purely on projected volume. Todd Gurley (knee) has been ruled out, while Tre Mason (questionable, hamstring) did not practice at all this week. Cunningham should be owned in all fantasy leagues. Hamstring injuries like Mason's have a tendency to linger.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 03:10:00 PM

Benny Cunningham was held out of the Rams' preseason finale.

He was a healthy scratch. With Todd Gurley (ACL) not ready and Tre Mason (hamstring) in doubt for Week 1, there is a chance Cunningham will be the Rams' starter versus Seattle. The team's decision to hold Cunningham out of this game may suggest they are aware he could have a big Opening Day role.
Thu, Sep 3, 2015 09:53:00 PM

Benny Cunningham rushed five times for five yards in Saturday's preseason game, adding two catches for an additional 32 yards.

Cunningham was thrust into bell-cow duties after Tre Mason injured his hamstring. He was ineffective between the tackles, but did some nice work as Nick Foles' safety valve in the passing game. Provided he sits out Thursday's finale, Cunningham finishes the preseason with 65 yards on 16 touches. Cunningham could begin the season as the Rams' third-down back if Todd Gurley (knee) isn't ready to go, but touches are going to be much scarcer than they were in 2014. Gurley and Tre Mason are going to dominate St. Louis' backfield.
Sat, Aug 29, 2015 11:00:00 PM

Coach Jeff Fisher expects Benny Cunningham to be his third-down back again this season.

Even after Tre Mason seized feature back duties midway through last season, he ceded passing work to Cunningham. Benny finished with 45 catches for 532 yards and one touchdown. "He’s just really good out of the backfield. He’s probably the better protector of the three," Fisher said. The roles in St. Louis' backfield appear set as Zac Stacy will back up workhorse Mason and Cunningham will slide in on pass downs. Isaiah Pead, coming off a torn ACL, could be the odd man out.
Thu, Apr 2, 2015 08:15:00 AM

Benny Cunningham rushed for 10 yards on four carries and caught 7-of-7 targets for 57 yards in the Rams' Week 17 loss to the Seahawks.

He also lost a fumble at the goal line, resulting in a touchback. Cunningham's season ends with 246 yards and three touchdowns on the ground on 66 totes (3.72 YPC) to go along with a 45-352-1 line through the air. Cunningham is purely a pass-down specialist for the Rams who excels in blitz pickup and as a pass catcher. That’ll be his role again in 2015, though that could change if Tre Mason improves that area of his game. Cunningham also plays special teams, so his roster spot is relatively safe as the No. 2.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 07:54:00 PM

Benny Cunningham rushed one time for negative-one yards and caught two passes for 19 yards in Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Giants.

Cunningham was the primary passing down back, but lost a few change-of-pace chances to Zac Stacy. He'll finish up the season at Seattle in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 08:09:00 PM

Benny Cunningham caught 3-of-4 targets for 23 yards in the Rams' Week 15 loss to the Cardinals, adding two rushes for four yards.

A fairly-standard day at the office for Cunningham. Rarely surpassing 5-6 touches, Cunningham won't be on the RB4 radar for Week 16 against the Giants.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 12:20:00 AM

Benny Cunningham carried just once for five yards in the Rams' Week 13 win over the Raiders.

He wasn't involved in the passing game. Cunningham may have been passed up on the depth chart by Zac Stacy, who had seven carries in Sunday's victory.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 05:22:00 PM

Benny Cunningham rushed for 18 yards on five carries in the Rams' Week 12 loss to the Chargers.

He added two catches for 11 yards. Cunningham is the Rams' critical-situation and red-zone back, but offers no fantasy value behind Tre Mason.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 07:59:00 PM

Benny Cunningham rushed for seven yards on two carries in the Rams' Week 11 win over the Broncos, adding four catches for 31 yards.

Standard day at the office for Cunningham as the distant No. 2 to Tre Mason. Cunningham only plays on surefire passing downs and in an occasional goal-line package. He's not a standalone fantasy option.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 05:14:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Case Keenum
2Nick Foles
3Sean Mannion
RB1Todd Gurley
2Tre Mason
3Benny Cunningham
4Chase Reynolds
5Trey Watts
GLB1Todd Gurley
2Tre Mason
3RB1Benny Cunningham
2Todd Gurley
WR11Tavon Austin
2Stedman Bailey
3Deon Long
4Kain Colter
WR21Kenny Britt
2Bradley Marquez
3Isiah Ferguson
WR31Bradley Marquez
TE1Jared Cook
2Lance Kendricks
3Justice Cunningham
LT1Greg Robinson
2Isaiah Battle
3Darrell Williams
LG1Rodger Saffold
2Garrett Reynolds
C1Demetrius Rhaney
2Eric Kush
3Brian Folkerts
RG1Jamon Brown
2Cody Wichmann
RT1Rob Havenstein
2Andrew Donnal