The NFL injury report continues to grow as we head into Week 6 of the fantasy football season. After losing the likes of Damien Harris, Rashaad Penny, Javonte Williams and Jonathan Taylor over the past few weeks due to various injuries, some season ending, some less serious, we now have news that Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner is likely to miss this week's matchup against the Seahawks in what was supposed to be a can't miss spot. The Seahawks themselves will be starting a new running back with Kenneth Walker taking over but the choice in Arizona is far less heralded with Eno Benjamin now in line to be the starting back for Arizona.  So,  is Benjamin a “must-start” this week with Conner and Darrell Williams on the shelf? Let's dive in! 

Is Eno Benjamin a must pick-up and start this week?

The Cardinals find themselves on the road in Week 6 as they head up to Seattle to face the Seahawks. The Seahawks have one of the leagues worst overall defenses and when it comes to fantasy football they have been a great source of fantasy points for the opposing players. Though James Conner has struggled this season, many expected this matchup to be his “get right” game. Unfortunately, Conner suffered an injury in Week 5 and as the week has gone on it is looking more and more likely that he will not be available for this weekend's matchup. Next man up is seemingly Eno Benjamin with Darrell Williams also ruled out. The Cardinals drafted Benjamin in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Benjamin did not play during his rookie season but last year he saw some playing time when Chase Edmonds went out with an injury. Benjamin, in nine games, had 34 carries for 118 yards and a touchdown while adding six catches on seven targets for 42 yards. His role expanded this season with Edmonds out as he has split time with Darrell Williams as the backup running back while also playing on third-downs. So far this season Benjamin has 30 carries for 136 yards and a touchdown while adding 12 catches on targets for 97 yards. Against the Eagles last week, once Conner and Williams went out, Benjamin finished with eight carries for 25 yards and a touchdown while adding three catches on four targets for 28 yards. 

So, when it comes to whether or not Benjamin is a “must-start” this week? I think the answer here is a big-time yes. The matchup alone should provide a real nice fantasy floor and the fact that Benjamin is capable of being a three-down back will add value in this spot. The current Vegas lines in this matchup have the Cardinals as a three-point favorite with a 50.5 game total. In both DFS and seasonal fantasy football, fire up your shares of Eno Benjamin this week.




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