Start 'Em: Chris "Beanie" Wells Is Ready | NFL Fantasy Football Rankings

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIDecember 17, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 14:  Running back Beanie Wells #26 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes past safeties Michael Lewis #32 and Dashon Goldson #38 of the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on December 14, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Ever since the Arizona Cardinals drafted running back Chris "Beanie" Wells, fantasy football players have waited for him to break out.

In all this time, we've all known that sooner or later this stud was going to take over the starting job from Tim Hightower, but no one could say exactly when.

Now, it appears that Wells is ready to help fantasy owners as a top-end No.2 fantasy running back after his strong performance against the 49ers.

In that contest Hightower fumbled early, and head coach Ken Whisenhunt gave Wells the feature role for the rest of the game.

Wells responded with 103 total yards and a critical touchdown run that put the Cardinals back in the game. Not only did Wells produce solid stats, but he showed the burst of speed that has been missing from the Cardinals' backfield since I don't know when.

A Chance to Shine

Assuming the Cardinals continue to feed the ball to Wells (get him ready for the postseason), he will have an amazing opportunity to help produce strong numbers for fantasy football owners in the next two weeks.

This week Wells gets to play the Lions, and next week he will face off against the Rams in Arizona.

The two main things I want to see from Wells (other than holding on to the football) is for one, he will need at least 18 carries to be a strong producer in each game. Secondly, he needs to find the end zone like he was able to do last week.

I believe Wells can and will accomplish these objectives because he is playing at a high level coming out of the 49er game, and the Cardinals need this runner to be a factor in the playoffs.

Beyond being a factor, it would also help this team for their opponents to have something extra to fear from this offense than just their great passing game. If Wells has a strong ending to the season, then playoff opponents will be forced to game plan and respect what this team can do on the ground.

That respect can only help ensure the Cardinals' success when the games start counting in the playoffs.

Chris "Beanie" Wells' Fantasy Football Ranking

Beanie Wells is a must start fantasy football option in the next two weeks. This kid is at least a great flex play option if not a solid No. 2 running back. Wells is playing his best football (Hightower his worst) coming into these next two all-important games for fantasy owners.

Many fantasy football leagues end their playoffs in week 16, so this gives you two great games at the very end of your fantasy run.

Start Wells and you should enjoy some solid fantasy production from this future fantasy football stud.

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