William Powell: Updated Fantasy Outlook and Analysis for Cardinals RB

Gary DavenportNFL AnalystOctober 14, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 14:  Kevin Kolb #4 of the Arizona Cardinals pitches the ball to teammate William Powell #33 against the Buffalo Bills at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. Buffalo won 19-16. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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After a hot start to the season, the Arizona Cardinals have now dropped two games in a row, but while the Redbirds may have lost to the Buffalo Bills in overtime, in doing so, the team may have found an answer to how to bolster its ailing ground game.

With starter Beanie Wells and backup Ryan Williams both on the shelf with serious injuries, the Cardinals were forced to turn to scatback LaRon Stephens-Howling and rookie William Powell in the backfield.

Powell, who led the National Football League in rushing during the preseason, played fairly well against the Bills, gaining 70 yards on only 13 carries. And as ESPN's Adam Schefter recently reported on SportsCenter, according to The Examiner, Powell's success, while surprising to some, didn't shock those within the organization.

There's a buzz in the Cardinals' organization about him. The players believe he can do it. He'll have to prove he can during the regular season. But there are some people in the Cardinals' organization who believe Powell can get the job done for Arizona.

It certainly appears that Powell was able to get it done to an extent for the Cardinals Sunday, and with any running back with a pulse having value in fantasy football leagues, the question becomes how much faith fantasy owners should place in Powell.

The answer, unfortunately, is not a whole lot. This isn't to say that Powell isn't worth a pickup, as with injuries ravaging the running back position and the bye weeks in full swing, any player that can add to your depth in the backfield is welcome.

However, with that said, the fact of the matter is that Powell's day came against a Buffalo defense that has been terrible for much of this season, as has Arizona's offensive front, and the sledding is apt to be significantly tougher when the Cardinals face a stout Minnesota defense next week.

So, if you have a roster spot to spare, give William Powell a look as a depth addition, but the youngster is much more bye-week fill-in than the sort of breakout performer than can make or break a fantasy season.