Fantasy Football Trader’s Redraft Debate: Try, Try Again

Mar 28, 2011

This week’s topic
What player did you have good vibes for last offseason that fell short of your expectations…yet you remain high on.
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My response:
Beanie Wells ran for 793 yards as a rookie at a 4.5 yards per carry clip along with seven touchdowns. He added 12 catches for 143 yards. He split carries with Tim Hightower, who ran for 598 yards and caught 63 passes for 428 yards. 2010 was supposed to be the year that Beanie took over as the lead back and Tim Hightower handled third down duties.
Flash forward to 2010 and you have Beanie Wells carrying the rock 116 times to Tim Hightower’s 153. Wells ran for 397 yards while Hightower ran for 736. Beanie averaged just 3.4 ypc while Hightower averaged 4.8. Basically 2010 was a disaster for Beanie Wells. That could be said for the whole Cardinals organization though.
Despite his lackluster performance I’m still willing to give Beanie another shot. He’ll be just 23 when (if) the season starts. It will just be his third year in the league and with just 292 career carries, he’s still getting his feet wet. I expect the Cardinals to provide more stability at quarterback, which should open things up for Beanie and the running game. He’s got too good a blend of quickness and size not to improve. That is, if he can avoid the injuries that have haunted him for years.
This time around I am going to be more cautions with Beanie. Instead of a top 15 projection, I’ll probably look for him to be a top 25 back. It’s put up or shut up time for Beanie. If he fails to deliver this year, I’ll be so over him. However, I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt one more time.


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