Beanie Wells | Arizona Cardinals | RB
Height: 6-1 Weight: 228 | Born: 8/7/1988
2012 Experience: 4th season
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Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections
A Beanie Wells fan coming out of Ohio State, I thought this guy had what it took to be a feature runner in the NFL. Injuries have been an issue for Wells but I like that Coach Ken Whisenhunt praised him this off-season for playing through a knee injury.
Wells had knee surgery this off-season, but the real hold up for declaring Wells a feature runner this year is the health of Ryan Williams. So far, Williams is making good progress from a nasty torn patella tendon injury that cost him all of last season.
Even if Williams carves out a role in this offense, I do expect the Cardinals game scripts to allow for more running this year, with the defense making strides, in the second half of last year.
Furthermore, Wells and Williams should benefit from the addition of Michael Floyd playing opposite Larry Fitzgerald. With another receiver to worry about, the running backs should find softer holes, but they will still be limited to some degree if the offensive line continues to struggle.
Wells value is also helped by the Cardinals failing to bring anyone in during the draft or as an undrafted free agent.
I’ve tailed back Wells carries, rushing yards and touchdown numbers in my projected stats from those he accumulated a year ago, because I anticipate Williams playing well, as a backup. If Williams goes down (has a history of health problems) Wells could be a high end RB2 in a bell cow, but for now you should target him as about the 20th best runner off the board.
June 2nd Update - Great article by Jene Bramel over at his Second Opinion Blog about Wells knee situation. The Cardinals aren’t sure when Wells will be back on the field this summer, but based on the fact that they’ve failed to bring in depth, we shouldn’t be too concerned at this point.
Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
I’ve been on the Beanie Wells side of the fence in the battle for the Cardinals starting job, and it looks like him right, but it won’t be because Wells won the job outright. Rookie Ryan Williams is likely done for the season with a torn patellar tendon that could threaten his career.
With Tim Hightower gone to the Redskins, Wells will be the feature back for the Cardinals this season and his value is now a legit top twenty five option. Wells came into came in great shape and has looked good running, receiving and in pass protection.
With Kevin Kolb around to give Arizona a respectable passing game, Wells should have the season we all expected a year ago as he’s healthy and will get a full compliment of touches. Don’t be surprised if the Cardinals bring someone in as a comparable backup, but Wells is the man in Arizona this season.
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Count me in as someone who had Chris Beanie Wells to be a breakout running back coming into this second season. His improvement in pass protection, and praise from Coach Ken Whisenhunt only seemed to enhance my optimism of what Wells could do, early in the month of August. Then all hell broke lose as the Cardinals parted ways with projected starting quarterback Matt Leinart in favor of Browns reject Derek Anderson.
Instability at the quarterback position wasn’t a good sign for the running game and things got even worse for Wells after he injured his knee in the fourth preseason game. Wells lost out of the first two games as he was rehabbing the injury. While Wells found the field by week three, he was clearly playing through with the knee still banged up as he played in one of the worst offenses in football.
On draft weekend, the Cardinals surprisingly selected Ryan Williams in the early portion of the second round and at first thought, many had to believe Wells was done as a fantasy option. Not so fast, as reports heading into the summer have Wells in terrific shape as he looks motivated to win the starting job. The presence of Williams probably hurts Tim Hightower the most as the veteran is likely to be phased out of the offense.
While Williams has decent skills, I still believe Wells is the better running back and clearly has more speed. Rotoworld.com did a good job of pointing out that sometimes a high selection can quote, “light a fire” under a promising running back as DeAngelo Williams benefited from the drafting of Jonathan Stewart and even Drew Brees became a great quarterback, only after the Chargers drafted Philip Rivers as one of the top five picks overall.
As was the case for Williams and Brees, I believe Wells will in fact, win the starting job and have his best season as a pro as the team looks to add a respectable quarterback like Kevin Kolb or Kyle Orton in free agency. This offense shouldn’t have a problems moving up and down the field with a signal caller like that and the running game will have a better chance to flourish.
While fantasy owners who had Wells a year ago won’t want to hear this, Wells is a likely sleeper for fantasy football, as his ADP value on Mock Draft Central has his average draft position at 35th best running back (81.23 overall) for standard redraft leagues. Wells can reasonably be had as a backup running back for your team.
While Wells is going as an eighth or ninth round pick in ten team standard leagues, I wouldn’t be surprised if you could land him a little cheaper as many fantasy owners find him to be an unattractive option, after last years’ disappointment.
September 2010: Knee Injury
Beanie Wells suffered a knee injury in the fourth preseason game and had minor surgery afterwords. It would have been nice if the Cardinals let everyone know about this but they decided to break the news after Wells came back from the injury. Wells is back and should be a reliable fantasy option going forward.
2010 Fantasy Football Outlook
2009 Fantasy Year In Review: Chris Beanie Wells fell into a perfect situation on draft day as the Cardinals pick him late in the first round. Unfortunately, for Wells he suffered an ankle injury in August and then had fumbling issues early in the season.
These set backs cost Wells as he was a non factor for fantasy in the first half of the season. As we got deeper into the second half, he became very fantasy friendly as he scored seven touchdowns and was a productive player in the final three weeks for fantasy playoffs.
2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: With the retirement of Kurt Warner the Cardinals will probably lean on the running game more often with Matt Leinart under center. This means Wells will get more opportunities to be a productive fantasy option from week one all the way through the season.
At the end of last year it was clear to see that Wells was a far better talent that Tim Hightower, and he should get the main workload this season.
With a great schedule to run against, and the addition of left guard Alan Faneca, Wells should be a very nice player for you to have in your starting lineup most weeks for 2010.
- Touchdown Maker
- Offensive Line Improving
- Team Should Commit To The Run More
- Winning Team
- Good Schedule To Run Against
- Still Has To Deal With Tim Hightower
- Not Used A Tone In The Passing Game