Fantasy Football 2012: Tread Lightly with Arizona Cardinals' Beanie Wells

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IMay 27, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 18:  Runningback Beanie Wells #26 of the Arizona Cardinals walks off the field before the NFL game against the Cleveland Browns at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Browns 20-17 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Once considered a can’t-miss prospect, the Arizona Cardinals' Beanie Wells has had far too many knee issues to make him a reliable fantasy option in 2012. He was downright nasty at times last year in posting his first 1,000-yard season. Beanie’s total last year was a little less than his total over his first two years.

Beanie also had 10 touchdowns, which was one more than his previous two seasons. He also missed two games.

Over the first two weeks, he had 381 yards and six touchdowns. He also lit up the St. Louis Rams to the tune of 228 yards and a score in Week 12. Clearly there were some high points to his 2011 season.

Unfortunately, Beanie had yet another knee surgery this offseason. While it wasn’t a serious knee surgery, there is always cause for concern when a player goes under the knife.

Not only does Beanie have to deal with the knee issue, he also has the deal with Ryan Williams, assuming he can return from a knee injury of his own. Williams is coming off a serious knee injury, having torn his patella tendon last summer. Even if he does return, he’ll likely just be the change-of-pace back for Beanie.

The Cardinals did draft Michael Floyd to complement Larry Fitzgerald. If they get competent QB play, they will likely continue to be near the bottom of the league in rushing attempts.

Beanie Wells did show some grit by playing, and playing well, despite knee issues last year. Can he handle another 245-carry season? That’s hard to say. If you do roll with Beanie as one of your top two or three backs, make sure you have insurance.


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