Beanie Wells: Is Injured Cardinals RB Worth Stashing on Your Fantasy Bench?

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistOctober 3, 2012

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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Fantasy football owners, it's time you dropped Arizona Cardinals running back Beanie Wells from your roster.

Last year's viable fantasy starter is expendable in 2012. For one, there's the whole injured reserve designation to worry about. From Mike Sando of ESPN:

He won't be threatening that total in 2012, it appears, after the Arizona Cardinals placed Wells on injured reserve with a designation to return after eight weeks. A turf-toe-injury was to blame. The team has re-signed running back Alfonso Smith to fill the roster spot while Wells recovers. Wells can return to practice Nov. 7 and play in the final six regular-season games, beginning Nov. 25 against St. Louis.

With the bye weeks upon us, can you really afford to keep a roster spot open for a running back who can't play until mid-November?

You could if it was an elite runner who you knew would give you big numbers once he returned from injury. The problem is, Wells is not that guy.

While he did rush for 1,047 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, he was the clear No. 1 in Arizona's backfield. That's no longer the case. Second-year runner Ryan Williams has now earned a big chunk of the carries, and could make himself the top guy in Wells' absence.

While nobody likes the idea of a player losing his starting gig due to injury, Wells was hardly the clear option over Williams heading into the season. Frankly, I thought Williams was far more impressive in the preseason.

Besides, when was the last time Wells was 100 percent healthy? When was the last time, as a fantasy owner, you knew by Thursday that Wells was definitely playing?

We should start calling him Beanie "Game-Time Decision" Wells.

He's expendable, folks. You can't afford to carry dead weight through the end of November, and Williams will seriously cut into his value even when he does play. 

There are better options out there to slip into the roster. Go add a player like Brian Hartline, James Jones (love him this week if Greg Jennings doesn't play) or Andre Roberts. 

Say goodbye to Beanie. It's time to let go. You'll be glad you did.


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