Todd Gurley was drafted to be the future feature back for the St. Louis Rams. Tre Mason was supposed to keep the seat warm to start the 2015 NFL season. Now that may not happen.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher said RB Tre Mason (hamstring) won’t play this week and will be questionable for opener
— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) August 30, 2015
Mason not playing in the Rams’ final preseason game isn’t the issue. Most starters play briefly or not at all in the final preseason game, as it’s understandably meaningless and there is no reason to risk injury. Even with Mason’s hamstring issue deemed “mild”, St. Louis wouldn’t put him in harm’s way a week before the games start counting.
Of course, just because Mason is being held out as a precaution on the surface, doesn’t mean the injury isn’t bad enough to keep the Rams current starting running back out for their week one date with the Seattle Seahawks. Fantasy football league managers may want to pay some notice to the situation. Mason already wasn’t looking like a dream play against the vaunted Seahawks’ run defense, but he looked like a bargain in DFS fantasy football leagues at DraftKings and still possesses the talent to take any touch the distance.
He might not play now, however, and DFS and season long gamers need to prepare, alike. With Gurley for sure out and Mason possibly sitting, Benny Cunningham suddenly becomes the hot name. If you drafted poorly and your running backs are banged up or just flat out terrible, Cunningham could potentially be the first hot name on your league’s waiver wire. His impact could be minimal and almost certainly brief, so the real draw is in the DFS scene. Should Cunningham make the start, he’d at least be at home and would have almost no competition for touches. That’d be enough to make him worth a shot at DK or other fantasy sites, provided his price remains dirt cheap.
There is obviously a decent chance Tre Mason still plays in week one. If he can suit up, he remains a great value play and you can probably forget about Cunningham, altogether.