Ryan Williams: Viable Fantasy Options to Replace Injured Cardinals RB

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 9, 2012

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 04:   Ryan Williams #34 of the Arizona Cardinals carries the ball as  James Laurinaitis #55 and Janoris Jenkins #21 of the St. Louis Rams defend during the game at Edward Jones Dome on October 4, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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After being diagnosed with a shoulder fracture that would require season-ending surgery (h/t AZCardinals.com), Arizona Cardinals running back Ryan Williams will miss yet another year of action due to a matter beyond his control.

With fellow injury-prone back Beanie Wells on the mend as well, fantasy owners and Cardinals fans are absolutely devastated by this news.

This was supposed to be Williams’ breakout year, but instead he finds himself back on the medical list. If you had him on your fantasy team and are looking to avoid another bust, take a chance on one of the following waiver-wire stars.


David Wilson, New York Giants

While the backfield is stacked in New York with Ahmad Bradshaw and Andre Brown, David Wilson is the heir to the throne and will steadily see an increased workload each week; especially after breaking off a huge 40-yard TD run Sunday.

Two carries last week should have fantasy owners scared, but this pickup is a long-term investment. If you pick up Wilson, you’re thinking that Brown or Bradshaw falls down the depth chart because of injury or fumbling issues and the rookie gets a chance.

If Wilson gets a chance to start, he won’t relinquish the role to Bradshaw or anyone. Like I said, though, this is a long-term plan for fantasy owners looking to take a calculated risk.


Jahvid Best, Detroit Lions

Another huge risk worth taking would be snagging Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best off the waiver wire and hoping the team activates him off the PUP list.

If the Lions don’t activate him, owners can drop him with no problem. If he passes his tests, though, Best will be the starter in Detroit within two games.

Especially in PPR leagues, that means big fantasy points.

While it is obvious that Mikel Leshoure will poach away carries, the young back hasn’t looked that impressive in his time on the field. If Best comes out of the gates and plays well, the starting job will be his.


Alex Green, Green Bay Packers

After Cedric Benson suffered a serious foot injury in Week 5 (h/t Adam Schefter), the Green Bay Packers were forced to turn to young running back Alex Green.

The team may have stumbled upon a star.

With 57 yards on just 11 carries so far, the Packers are hoping they found what they were looking for when they signed Cedric Benson as a free agent this offseason: a consistent rushing attack.

If the Green Bay offensive line can open up holes for Green and he is given the majority of the carries, he could be the waiver-wire star that sends your team to the fantasy Super Bowl.


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