Beanie Wells, RB, Arizona Cardinals

by Ryan R. Bonini on July 2, 2010 @ 09:00:00 PDT


Beanie Wells | Arizona Cardinals | 6-foot-1, 228 pounds | 2nd year

2010 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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Pros: Say goodbye to Kurt Warner, Anquan Boldin and Arizona's elite passing game. Now say hello to Arizona's new conservative offense. That's good news for Beanie, as the Cardinals should rely on him much more in his second season. The team slowly worked Wells into the mix last year, as injury problems slowed the former first-round pick. In the second half of the season, he rushed for 483 yards and six touchdowns, while clicking along at 4.6 yards per tote. The offensive line was upgraded during the offseason and, even if the passing game isn't what it used to be, defenses still have to respect Larry Fitzgerald and play the Cardinals honest.

Beanie Wells, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Cons: Tim Hightower remains a factor to be reckoned with for Wells, as he will continue to steal touches and receptions a year after scoring eight times and hauling in 63 grabs. Injuries are something to always be mindful of when considering Beanie. He wasn't incredibly durable in the college ranks, and the injury bug popped up early in his rookie campaign, too.

Fantasy tip: Wells is typically going off the fantasy football draft board near the end of the second round, so fantasy footballers are onto his potential in 2010. If the Cardinals can find some respectability in the passing game and Wells can keep Hightower at bay, he could post very strong numbers this year. Value him as No. 2 back with plenty of upside. Don't be afraid to handcuff Hightower to him later in the draft, too.

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About Ryan R. Bonini

Founding KFFL in 1996, Bonini now serves as VP of Fantasy Sports Solutions for USA TODAY SPORTS, KFFL's parent company. Bonini was named 2009 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year by the FSWA, received honors with the Best Fantasy Football Series in '10 and was named into their Hall of Fame in '13.

His work has been found in USA TODAY Sports, Yahoo! Sports, FOX Sports, CBS Sports,, and many others. He has also been featured on numerous radio programs around the country. Bonini is a member of the PFWA, FSWA and FSTA.

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