Beanie Wells Injury: Should Fantasy Owners Start or Sit the Cardinals RB?

Adam OdekirkContributor IIOctober 9, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 02:   Beanie Wells #26 of the Arizona Cardinals runs in for a touchdown against the New York Giants at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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According to ESPN's Adam Schefter on Twitter:

Cardinals RB Beanie Wells is active today.

What more do fantasy owners of Wells need to hear? He is a definite start this week, despite limited practice and lingering questions about his health.

The same questions were being asked about Wells last week before Arizona's game against the Giants, and those who were gun shy and decided to sit Wells missed out on 138 yards and three touchdowns.

Against a reeling Minnesota Vikings team there is no guarantee that Wells will repeat his performance, and to date the Vikings have been fairly stingy against the run. Still, players like Mike Tolbert and LeGarrette Blount have been very successful near the goal line against Minnesota.

The health of Early Doucet also helps compliment the Cardinals offensive attack, and makes it likely that Kevin Kolb is going to be able to guide the team into the red zone more than a few times in this contest.

The one concern is that the Vikings have had a propensity for taking an early lead in all of their games which might cause the Cardinals to go into "catch-up" mode and throw the ball more than rush.

Even if that were to be the case it does nothing to discount the option of Wells near the goal line if the passing gets them into position. 

If the Cardinals are able to stake an early lead, they will not hesitate to let Wells carry the load and try to salt the game away. Even with a "questionable" tag last week, Wells carried the ball 27 times and it is likely that the Cardinals lightened his load in practice to allow for that possibility again this week.

Don't make the same mistake two weeks in a row and miss out on the potential goal line rewards that Wells has to offer. Beanie Wells needs to find a spot in your lineup in Week 5.