Benson injury makes Green top waiver wire target after Week 5
Is there a fantasy find on the waiver wire in Green Bay?
Cedric Benson, who had been scoring in the low-double digits most weeks despite low yards-per-carry numbers, was carted off the field Sunday and seen in a walking boot after the game. He has a foot injury and will miss at least eight weeks. After Benson's injury, Alex Green rushed nine times for 55 yards, most of it on a 41-yard run in the fourth quarter.
While Green got the bulk of the carries after Benson went out, James Starks is in the mix, too: He's recovered from his turf toe injury but was a healthy scratch on Sunday and is probably the No. 2 back. Green suited up because Starks doesn't play special teams.
Mike Mularkey is usually content to let Aaron Rodgers throw the ball up and down the field, and the Green Bay running game hasn't been good this year. But the offense is strong enough that the Packers' starting running back still has fantasy value as a flex play or an RB2 in a deep league. There's the possibility of a breakout day, and whoever starts should at least score in the low double digits.
The Packers will probably end up employing a running back by committee. Houston's run defense is decent and neither guy is a great start this week, but the possibilities for a starting running back on the Packers is too good an opportunity to pass up. Go after Green first, then Starks as a second option.