Fantasy Football: With Beanie Wells Out, Is It Ryan Williams' Time to Shine?

Ryan LesterSenior Writer ISeptember 28, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 23:  Running back Ryan Williams #34 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes the football against the Philadelphia Eagles 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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When Ryan Williams was selected with the 38th pick in the 2011 NFL draft, the stage was set for him to push incumbent Beanie Wells for carries.

Clearly, the Cardinals were concerned with Wells' injuries and lack of production in his first couple of years.

Unfortunately for Williams, it was his gruesome knee injury that cleared the way for Wells to rip off a 1,047-yard, 10-touchdown season in 2011. Now that Wells is out of the picture for at least six weeks, will Williams deliver the fantasy goodies?

Before you start plugging him into your lineup on a weekly basis, it should be noted that the Cardinals are averaging 2.8 yard per carry as a team. Williams is doing better at 3.4 YPC, but that’s still more than half a yard per carry less than you’d like.

Then again, the Cardinals have not had an easy road with Seattle, New England and Philadelphia as their first three opponents.

Things may not loosen up this week, as Miami ranks third against the run at 66.3 YPC allowed. They get a reprieve against St. Louis and Buffalo after that.

Next comes Minnesota, San Francisco and Green Bay, which should all be tests. After the bye week, we should know if Wells will be coming back.

Williams should definitely be owned in all leagues, but I wouldn’t necessarily start him this week. He reaches RB2 status in Weeks 5 and 6.

As for Wells, there doesn't seem much sense holding on to him. With bye weeks coming up, you will likely need that roster spot.

If Williams runs away with the job, Wells won't get it back. If he flounders, you can pick Wells up closer to his return date.

What are your thoughts on Ryan Williams?

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