Fantasy Football Week 4 Injury Report: Beanie Wells and 3 RBs to Bench

Kyle SkovCorrespondent IIOctober 2, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 11:  Runningback Beanie Wells #26 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes the football against the Carolina Panthers during the NFL season opening game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Carindals defeated the Panthers 28-21.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Fantasy football is a guessing game when it comes to injured players especially when their listing is questionable or probable.

It becomes a gamble if you start the player. He might play he might not but many times his production will be very different then what you are used to.

Here are three running backs that you will want to start, but you should stay away from this week.


Beanie Wells

Beanie Wells had surgery just before the season. What does this mean for fantasy owners?

Anything that happens to him in regards to that knee is something to look into.

Wells had to leave last weeks game because he twisted his surgically repaired knee. This means that his production is going to be down even if he does play, which is looking very probable.

Wells practiced in two full practices prior to this weekend meaning the athletic training staff and team doctors are feeling confident that he will be able to perform.

So should you have that same confidence? No, Beanie runs a physical style and if he is tentative at all during the game say goodbye to your fantasy points from the running back position.


Ray Rice

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 11:  Running back  Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens carries the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the season opener at M&T Bank Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Ray Rice was limited in practice Friday, which was also the only day he was able to participate.

Ray Rice is  going to look especially tempting because the Jets have given up the seventh-most fantasy points to running backs this season. They have given up a substantial amount of points to running backs that catch out of the backfield.

Yes, Ray Rice will probably play but this does not mean that you should let him see the field for your team. Do what the Baltimore Ravens wont do—bench him.


Cedric Benson

If Cedric Benson was guaranteed to put up the same numbers as he did against the Bills last year he’d be a lock to start for your team.

Here is the thing though. It is a new season and Cedric Benson has an injury.

Oh, and did I mention the Bills are a totally different team from the previous season.

Benson will do OK this game, but if you have an different option for running back, let Benson and his injured knee rest in the fantasy world.