Fancy fantasy football: Buccaneers' LeGarrette Blount, Arrelious Benn

      September 26, 2012 @ 15:06:13 PDT


Greg Schiano on LeGarrette Blount:

"We need to get him more involved."

Ya think?

What fantasy owners need to do is get him on their rosters, if someone jettisoned the bruising back. Blount could do some real damage, even with 10 to 12 carries, against the Washington Redskins this week.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Arrelious Benn
Benn there, done that

Arrelious Benn wasn't active for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' regular season opener because of a sprained MCL he suffered at the beginning of training camp. Still, after his 2012 debut, his head coach, Schiano, wanted to expand the receiver's role prior to their Week 3 contest.

That didn't amount to much, though. Benn, 24, played in Week 2 (zero targets) and Week 3 (one reception on one target), but he's just not a big part of the offense. He did return kicks in both games, averaging a modest 24.4 yards on them and breaking one against the New York Giants for 55 yards.

So why should fantasy owners care about a non-starting wideout on a team that runs a conservative O? Any time soon, they probably shouldn't. But they should keep him in the backs of their minds, because the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder might be the most talented player the Bucs have at the position.

Unlike 2010 fourth-rounder Mike Williams, Benn was asked to learn all three receiver spots in his rookie season. The organization knew what kind of capacity the youngster had. The 39th overall pick that same year struggled with the adaptation from his college team's spread offense to the pros, however, so he rarely contributed. Then, in December, he tore his ACL.

Between his predictable lack of burst and Josh Freeman's struggles, in 2011, the Illinois product's blip on the fantasy radar became virtually inaudible and invisible. Williams disappointed, too, but he'd already established himself with an occasionally brilliant freshman season.

Then, Vincent Jackson's offseason arrival ensured that Benn wouldn't climb to the top of the mountain quickly.

Benn still lacks the polish that comes only with extensive experience and veteran guidance. But, 21 months removed from his ACL tear, he's certainly regained the speed and cutback ability. He can execute from wherever he lines up, which this season has become an expectation for all receivers on the team's roster. In that respect, he may have an advantage.

He has the array of skills to supplant Williams, whose game just doesn't have as many dimensions. It's going to take time - it may not even happen until 2013 - but Benn will make an impact.

And when he becomes a bigger part of the offense, Tampa Bay may gain the confidence to open things up a bit. When that happens, fantasy owners will want to watch what Benn does next.

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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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