Beanie Wells: Solid Replacements for Cardinals RB in Fantasy Football

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIISeptember 6, 2016

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 23:  Running back Beanie Wells #26 of the Arizona Cardinals walks off the field during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Carindals defeated the Eagles 27-6.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Arizona Cardinals placed Beanie Wells on injured reserve Wednesday, per Nate Davis of USA Today. Fantasy owners must find a replacement for him in their lineups. While it wasn’t advisable to depend on Wells for major production, he could have potentially played a solid role as a flex player.

As part of a new wrinkle to the IR rule, the Cardinals can bring Wells back as early as November 25. He is apparently suffering from a severe case of turf toe. So even if he is reactivated, the injury could be a lingering issue that would threaten his effectiveness.

Wells simply isn’t worth keeping on your squad for the remainder of the year. If he somehow returns around Thanksgiving, go ahead and take your chances snagging him again as free agent.

In the meantime, here are three players you should target as a possible replacement.


Ryan Williams

The natural thing to do when one of your fantasy players goes down is to look at his backup. That is a solid option in this case. Williams is a capable back, and he had 83 yards on 13 carries in the team's win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Arizona has evolved into a team that depends on the run just as much as the pass this season. The pass attempts and rushing attempts are dead even at 87 through three games. Williams will carry the load for the team now, and he could be in line for some solid performances.


Michael Bush

With Matt Forte nursing an ankle injury, the very capable Bush has played well. He started in the Chicago Bears' win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. He only had 55 yards on 18 rushes, but his value comes in as it relates to touchdowns. 

He found the end zone against the Rams, and he scored twice in Week 1 with a healthy Forte in action. Even when Forte returns, Bush is still the Bears preferred red zone running option. If he’s still available, or you can get him in a trade, it would be a plus.


Tashard Choice

Both Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller have sustained injuries this season. Though Jackson could return for Week 4, he will probably share carries with Choice. Per ESPN, Jackson gave himself a "70-75 percent chance" of playing against the New England Patriots.

Jackson was hurt last season, and now again this year. His durability could be looked at as a concern.

Spiller is listed as doubtful for Sunday, but he could play against the Patriots. Either way there should be opportunities for Choice to score flex-level fantasy points. He had 91 yards in the Buffalo Bills win over the Cleveland Browns Sunday.

He isn’t as solid of a replacement as Williams and Bush, but he could be helpful if the Bills continue to experience injury issues in the next few weeks.


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