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The Green Bay Packers have placed running back Cedric Benson on injured reserve after the former first round selection of the Chicago Bears in 2005 suffered a foot injury Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. Benson will be able to practice with the team in six weeks, and could return to game action in Week 14 after the team used the new “designated to return” tag on him, a new rule in the NFL this season.

On the season, Benson has rushed for 248 yards on 71 carries and one touchdown. Replacing Benson will be a tough task for head coach Mike McCarthy, who will apparently go with the “hot hand” for an offence that ranks 20th in rushing yards per game in the NFL.

Second year man Alex Green should be your first choice on the wire if you need some help at running back. Green rushed for 55 yards on nine carries after the injury to Benson, and looks to be the starter Sunday against the Texans. James Starks, if available, should be your next option, with John Kuhn, owner of 19 career touchdowns in his six years in Green Bay, as your third option.

Did your first-round pick tear a muscle you can’t pronounce? Is your top running back doing more sucking than running? Welp, Let’s look for sleepers and waiver wire gold together, and be wrong together, and cry together.

As the sands of time pass through the hour glass, the waiver wire thins. This week, Alex Green is your waiver hero, and he could be stuck in an ugly committee if he doesn’t produce immediately.

Yep, it’s come to this in Week 6.

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Do you like impressing people with knowledge you acquired on the Internet? Or maybe you’re in a deep league, like stupid deep. We’re talking 14 teams, or maybe even 18. Yeah, 18-team leagues exist. So let’s look for sleepers and waiver wire gold together, and be wrong together, and cry together.

You could argue that it would be more appropriate if we slapped the handcuff label onto Packers running back Alex Green. But the problem with that moniker is that you’re assuming Cedric Benson stays healthy and is able to lead Green Bay’s backfield all season, and therefore the only way his backup  — another possibly problematic title — has any fantasy value whatsoever is if the starter is injured.

On one hand, that seems reasonable because Benson’s only missed one game over the past two seasons. On the other, it doesn’t because he’ll turn 29 in December, and he’s had 895 carries since 2009.

It also seems reasonable to believe that since James Starks is still hanging around, last year’s platoon man figures to get at least a small chunk of the touches even if Benson is the starter. But Starks isn’t healthy. Not at all.

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