There’s been a lot of talk in the fantasy ranks about what Cards RB Beanie Wells is going to bring to the table in 2009. Wells got hurt on his first carry in camp, but has since recovered and looked good in last weeks preseason game.
Now the question is – will Wells be the starter come the opener? Today’s Arizona Republic says that Ken Whinsenhunt appears to be leaning towards starting Wells, making him more of a hot rookie for fantasy players:
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said something this week that perked up some ears. He was talking about rookie running back Beanie Wells and how nice it was to see the first-round draft pick contribute, because after missing most of camp because of an ankle sprain, “Beanie was anxious to get in there because he sees the opportunity to start or to play a lot slipping away.” Start? When training camp opened, and even after Wells signed his lucrative contract a few days later, Whisenhunt said second-year back Tim Hightower was the clear starter. But after Friday’s game against the Packers, in which Wells busted a few big runs on his way to two touchdowns and 46 yards on seven carries, there could be a change of heart.
Looks like Wells could be the player at running back the Cards have been looking for. If he can stay on the field, look for 1000 yards on the ground and 7-9 touchdowns for the Cardinals.