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Last season was a horrible disappointment for Beanie Wells as a late preseason knee injury forced him out of action to begin the season and contributed to a lack of success on the field. With the addition of Ryan Williams in the second round of this years’ draft, many fantasy owners have written off Wells as a potential top twenty fantasy back of the future, but I’m not ready to give way to that thinking.

While Williams will be a part of this offense he should pose more of a threat to Tim Hightower’s playing time as the two running backs have the same style of play. Wells is healthy this off-season and will be motivated to win the starting job over the rookie, and I believe he will do just that. Before Wells’s injury, last summer, Coach Ken Whisenhunt was more than complimentary of his second year backs’ progression in pass protection and his hands out of the backfield. This development shows me that Wells was close to breakout if he had a respectable offense to play in, and was healthy.

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At the end of the day, it was hard for the Cardinals to run the football when they had one of the worst quarterback situations in all of football but that is expected to change with the addition of Kevin Kolb via trade. A respectable passing attack will help set up more chances in the running game and especially around the goal line.

As you can see by the projected stats below, I believe Wells will run for just over 1,000 yards and at least eight touchdowns this season. Those numbers may seem a bit high compared to many around the web, but I still believe this young runner has the work ethic and drive to be a successful starting running back in this league.

Because Wells had a disappointing season, you can probably grab him as an easy third and even fourth running back to stash on your squad. For that price, he’s worth a speculative addition in the middle rounds, and if he wins the starting job he should give you a sound return on your investment.

Below we have our projected stats for all our running back play profiles found on our website. Feel free to click on the players’ names if you want further current information on that specific player as we head into drafts this summer and a new fantasy football season.

Last Update – August 23rd

2011 Projected Running Back Stats

2011 Projected Stats

Rushing Stats

Receiving Stats

Attempts

Yards

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Adrian Peterson

361

1,441

10

36

341

1

Ahmad Bradshaw

245

1,166

7

45

292

1

Alex Green

68

313

1

16

171

1

Anthony Dixon

74

289

3

7

33

0

Arian Foster

312

1,436

13

63

588

2

Beanie Wells

277

1,191

10

16

168

0

Ben Tate

34

134

1

3

9

0

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

208

914

9

7

61

0

Benard Scott

71

284

1

15

69

0

Bilal Powell

31

139

0

2

9

0

Brandon Jacobs

178

936

8

9

72

0

Brian Westbrook

36

166

1

17

154

1

C.J. Spiller

111

468

2

38

349

1

Cadillac Williams

72

233

1

36

262

1

Cedric Benson

291

1,031

6

19

114

0

Chester Taylor

38

131

0

5

44

0

Chris Johnson

289

1,177

9

52

418

1

Clinton Portis

46

208

1

3

21

0

Daniel Thomas

166

732

7

13

81

0

Danny Woodhead

59

272

1

38

363

1

Darren McFadden

231

1,166

6

54

493

2

Darren Sproles

68

303

1

48

439

2

DeAngelo Williams

248

1,155

7

17

107

0

Delone Carter

132

615

5

6

48

0

DeMarco Murray

81

323

1

36

339

2

Derrick Ward

39

172

0

4

21

0

Donald Brown

55

172

1

19

175

0

Evan Royster

64

272

1

5

32

0

Felix Jones

248

1,140

6

52

466

1

Frank Gore

244

1,090

7

55

433

2

Fred Jackson

212

892

5

29

219

1

Jacquizz Rodgers

201

879

4

14

101

0

Jahvid Best

251

1,091

8

68

644

3

Jamaal Charles

292

1,688

8

48

433

2

James Starks

132

545

4

9

82

0

Jason Snelling

136

531

3

41

290

1

Jerome Harrison

64

303

1

11

82

0

Joe McKnight

36

164

0

11

103

0

Jonathan Dwyer

22

96

0

3

18

0

Jonathan Stewart

180

909

7

9

88

0

Joseph Addai

185

722

8

30

209

1

Justin Forsett

94

489

2

38

309

1

Kendall Hunter

68

343

2

8

76

0

Kevin Smith

42

134

1

7

44

0

Knowshon Moreno

282

1,101

5

46

432

2

LaDainian Tomlinson

178

808

6

47

340

0

LeGarrette Blount

274

1,191

8

8

44

0

Leon Washington

50

414

1

15

128

0

LeSean McCoy

262

1,183

8

70

594

1

Marion Barber

88

344

4

17

142

0

Mark Ingram

229

1,022

8

24

161

1

Marshawn Lynch

283

1,112

9

24

153

0

Matt Forte

252

1,055

6

43

412

2

Maurice Jones-Drew

266

1,197

7

30

265

1

Michael Bush

170

722

8

20

177

0

Michael Turner

329

1,312

11

8

66

0

Mike Bell

36

151

1

4

25

0

Mike Goodson

112

481

4

45

333

0

Mike Tolbert

144

608

8

21

171

0

Mikel Leshoure

157

702

8

6

34

0

Montario Hardesty

44

147

1

2

15

0

Peyton Hillis

244

1,034

9

48

368

1

Pierre Thomas

119

588

6

32

212

1

Rashad Jennings

129

651

6

29

255

0

Rashard Mendenhall

330

1,354

11

22

150

0

Ray Rice

309

1,351

10

68

591

1

Reggie Bush

178

801

6

46

367

2

Ricky Williams

81

323

2

12

94

0

Ronnie Brown

64

233

3

15

140

0

Roy Helu

156

721

5

10

89

0

Ryan Grant

220

954

5

19

128

0

Ryan Mathews

238

1,095

6

33

213

0

Ryan Torain

122

515

3

13

91

0

Ryan Williams

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

Shane Vereen

48

202

0

4

35

0

Shonn Greene

207

832

4

13

88

0

Stafon Johnson

0

0

0

0

0

0

Stevan Ridley

116

444

6

13

52

0

Steve Slaton

66

280

1

35

305

1

Steven Jackson

308

1,234

6

39

310

1

Tashard Choice

78

338

2

16

118

0

Thomas Jones

88

366

4

8

62

0

Tim Hightower

159

688

5

24

152

0

Toby Gerhart

98

421

3

25

213

0

Willis McGahee

134

488

8

10

44

0

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