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Trey Benson - Fantasy Points Outlook

Basic StatsTrey Benson's Basic Stats

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ADP: 10.4
Bye: 11
Experience: 0
Age: 21.8
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 216
40 Time: 4.39
Burst Score (Rank): 118.00 (46%)

Trey Benson's Weekly Outlook

Week 1 Projections
Rush Yds Rush TDs Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
28.7 0.2 0.8 5.8 0.03 4.7
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Trey Benson's 2024 Projections & Outlook


#44 Running Back

110.9 Projected Points

ADP Rush Atts Rush Yds Rush TDs 100 Fum Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs
10.4 127.1 560.3 3.89 0.6 0.3 16.4 121.6 0.6

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Basic StatsTrey Benson's Preseason Player Analysis

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Bottom Line

Benson was an early third-round pick and the second RB off the board in this spring’s draft after an efficient two seasons as Florida State’s lead back. He lands in what was a productive Cardinals running game last year and with an offense that could take a leap in 2024 with a healthy QB Kyler Murray and the addition of rookie WR Marvin Harrison Jr.

Benson’s problem is that RB James Conner remained excellent last year, ranking near the top of the league in most rushing efficiency metrics. If Conner rolls that play over to 2024, Benson will be stuck as the No. 2 RB.

But Conner turned 29 in May and has never played a full NFL season. That at least makes Benson one of the best handcuffs in fantasy football.

What We Learned Last Year

  • Benson’s college career started with a multi-ligament knee injury as a freshman at Oregon in 2020. He missed that season and carried just six times in 2021.
  • Benson transferred to Florida State ahead of the 2022 campaign and turned in two highly efficient seasons for the Seminoles.
    • He led the team in carries, rushing yards, and rushing TDs in both years, posting 154-990-9 and 156-906-14 lines.
    • Benson averaged 6.1 yards per carry across the past two seasons.
    • 11.9% of his carries went for 15+ yards.
    • He scored on 7.4% of his rushing attempts.
    • Benson ranked 11th among 168 qualifying RBs in Pro Football Focus’ 2022 rushing grades and 45th out of 157 last year.
    • He totaled 33 catches over the last two years and averaged 11.2 yards per catch.
  • If there’s a knock against Benson, it’s that he was not a high-volume runner.
    • He averaged 12.2 carries per game.
    • He topped 15 carries seven times but also finished with single-digit carries in nine games.
  • Benson boosted his stock at the Combine.
    • He checked in at 6’0 and 216 pounds.
    • He ran a 4.39-second 40-yard dash for a 97th-percentile Speed Score.
    • Benson posted a 37th-percentile vertical but a 74th-percentile broad jump.
    • He earned a 9.76 Relative Athletic Score.

What to Expect in 2024

  • The Cardinals selected Benson with the 66th overall pick of this spring’s draft. He was the second RB off the board, 20 picks behind Jonathon Brooks.
  • James Conner remained excellent as Arizona’s lead back last year. Among 49 RBs with 90+ carries, he ranked:
    • 6th in yards per carry
    • 4th in NFL Next Gen Stats’ Rush Yards Over Expected Per Attempt
    • 12th in yards after contact per attempt
    • 2nd in missed tackles forced per attempt
    • 5th in Pro Football Focus rushing grade
  • Conner turned 29 in May and has missed 24 total games over seven NFL seasons. Our Injury Predictor gives Conner an 88.4% chance of injury and 2.8 projected games missed this season. Those are the fifth- and 12th-highest marks among RBs
  • Benson’s only competition beyond Conner comes from RBs Michael Carter, DeeJay Dallas, and Emari Demercado.
  • OC Drew Petzing returns for his second season with the Cardinals. The run game was productive under Petzing last year, ranking fourth in rushing yards and ninth in rushing TDs. Some of that came from QB Kyler Murray, but Cardinals RBs combined for the 12th most rushing yards on 4.8 yards per carry.
  • The 2023 Cardinals ranked:
    • 26th in Pro Football Focus run-blocking grades
    • 16th in adjusted line yards
    • 6th in ESPN’s run-block win rate
  • OT Paris Johnson, C Hjalte Froholdt, and G Will Hernandez return as projected starters. Johnson played RT last year but is expected to move to LT this season. He ranked 55th among 70 qualifying OTs in Pro Football Focus’ 2023 run-blocking grades but is a candidate to take a step forward this year after going sixth overall in last year’s draft.
  • The Cardinals signed OT Jonah Williams to a two-year, $30 million deal. He ranked 57th in PFF pass-blocking grades last season.
  • Free-agent signee Evan Brown is expected to start at the other guard spot. He’s been an average run blocker throughout his career.
  • Arizona’s offense could be significantly better this year with a healthy QB Kyler Murray and the addition of rookie WR Marvin Harrison.

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James Conner, RB ARI

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James Conner showing no signs of slowing down

Cardinals RB James Conner turned 29 in May, which tends to be a dangerous age for RBs according to our aging-curve research. But Conner has shown no signs of decline. In fact, his 80.0 rushing yards per game last year were a career high and ranked fourth league-wide behind only Kyren Williams, Christian McCaffrey, and Nick Chubb. Conner also excelled in advanced rushing metrics, ranking top-12 among 49 qualifying RBs in NFL Next Gen Stats’ Rush Yards Over Expected Per Attempt, yards after contact per attempt, missed tackles forced per attempt, and Pro Football Focus rushing grade.

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The Cardinals spent a third-round pick on RB Trey Benson from Florida State. Benson suffered a multi-ligament knee injury as a freshman at Oregon in 2020 and did very little in 2021. He transferred to Florida State ahead of the 2022 campaign and turned in two highly efficient seasons for the Seminoles. Benson averaged 6.1 yards per carry and scored on 7.4% of his attempts across the past two years. An explosive runner with strong contact balance, Benson scored TDs of 80+ yards as a runner, receiver, and pass-catcher at Florida State. He confirmed his elite athleticism by earning a 9.73 Relative Athletic Score at the Combine, highlighted by a 4.39-second 40 time. Benson also showed promise as a pass-catcher over the last two years, catching 32 of 39 targets and averaging 11.5 yards per reception. He averaged just 13.2 touches per game at Florida State but has the potential to garner a bigger workload as a pro. Going to Arizona likely limits Benson's touch outlook for 2024. But it's a solid landing spot for his dynasty outlook. Check our rookie rankings to see where he lands.

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Florida State RB Trey Benson helped his NFL Draft case with a 4.39-second 40 time at the Scouting Combine on Saturday. At 216 pounds, that gives him 98th-percentile speed score for the position. That backs up Benson's 6.1 career yards per carry and 11.2 yards per catch -- nearly all compiled over the past two seasons with the Seminoles. We'll see about his draft capital, but Benson has carried a reasonable ADP in early best ball drafting.

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Trey Benson, RB ARI
Dynasty MVP 78.7
Position Rank #45 RB
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Benson’s college career started ominously with a multi-ligament knee tear at Oregon (2020). Transferring to Florida State in 2022, the 6’0, 216-pounder showcased an ideal blend of power and speed. That carried over to the Combine, where he posted an elite 9.78 Relative Athletic Score. He’ll enter the league with plenty of tread on his tires after tallying 156 and 154 carries over the past two seasons. Benson projects as a two-down thumper, but he has room to grow as a pass-catcher and protector. 2025 is a potential breakout year, when James Conner likely departs.
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