Fantasy Football: Should You Be Backing Beanie Wells?

Ryan LesterSenior Writer INovember 25, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 25:  Running back Beanie Wells #26 of the Arizona Cardinals carries the football into the endzone to score a 12 yard rushing touchdown past cornerback Cortland Finnegan #31 of the St. Louis Rams during the second quarter of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Arizona Cardinals running back Chris “Beanie” Wells returned from a seven-game absence in style with a pair of touchdowns. Is it safe to plug Beanie into your fantasy lineups?

The pair of scores were definitely a positive sign. They were his first two of the season, though he only had 29 carries entering this week’s game against the St. Louis Rams.

Beanie did rush for 10 touchdowns last year, so you know he’s capable of getting into the end zone.

Another positive was the lack of competition that Beanie had.

Even though LaRod Stephens-Howling had some good moments, including 133 total yards and a touchdown last week, and scored in three of the four previous games, he only had one carry in this game.

As long as he can stay healthy, Beanie shouldn’t be asked to share the load. Of course, staying healthy isn’t always a simple task for Beanie Wells.

Beanie’s health isn’t the only concern. The Cardinals offense is dreadful. Ryan Lindley threw four interceptions in the loss. He also attempted a whopping 52 passes.

John Skelton and Kevin Kolb each had two games with 45-plus pass attempts. When they get down early, they are forced to abandon the run.

Beanie has just one reception, so he’s not picking up any slack in that department.

Plus, at 3.6 yards per carry they aren’t exactly lighting things up. Beanie is averaging 2.7 yards per carry.

Still, Beanie is a starting NFL running back. He has a nice size/speed mix. He very much belongs on a fantasy roster in virtually any league.

If he’s available in your league, make a play for him.

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