Beanie Wells

Beanie Wells

Week Sixteen Analysis: It's not every day you can drop a running back after he scored three touchdowns in the previous game, but Beanie Wells is the perfect candidate to do so. Sure, Wells scored three times against the Lions, but facing the Bears this week is a completely different scenario. Four of the six touchdowns the Bears have given up to opposing running backs, and yes, they've only allowed six, were to Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson and Marshawn Lynch. Wells can't carry their jocks. For starters, he'd get hurt doing it. He's averaging 2.8 yards per carry in the last four weeks, which means you're looking at 45 yards tops from him this weekend.

Week Thirteen Analysis:
Last week Beanie Wells finally returned to action, and failed to top 3.8 yards per carry for the eight consecutive game. Fortunately, a pair of touchdowns saved his owners from a 17-carry, 48-yard disappointment against St. Louis, and he could very well stumble into more fantasy goodness this week against the Jets' 31st-ranked run defense. Last week Patriots backs combined for 249 combo yards and two scores against New York, so it's a very good matchup if you can stomach the idea of hitching your playoff hopes to a notorious sled dog.

Week Twelve Add:
I discussed Beanie Wells last week, when I recommended that you beat everyone to the punch and get him. But so many of you have asked about him, I'll discuss Wells again now, briefly. Wells will come off injured reserve this week, and by all accounts, he's healthy enough to get carries right away. He could start this week against St. Louis. But, bear in mind that he's always been a disappointing fantasy producer, his offensive line remains among the worst in the league, and he gets zero help from his quarterback position. I'm not breaking the bank for him. I'd bid $7 for Wells, with the knowledge that someone else will almost certainly bid more.

Week Ten Add:
When Beanie Wells was put on IR back in week three, almost everyone dropped him, and rightfully so. He had done very little, failing to score, and averaging just 2.6 yards per carry. But, he received the Cardinal's special IR tag that allows him to return, and he's set to come back in week 12. LaRon Stephens-Howling could easily regress to his usual form by then, and Wells could walk into the starting job. He'll get two easy matchups immediately in weeks 12 and 13: the Rams and the Jets, and his turf toe should be healed by then. But, beware that his playoff schedule is nothing short brutal. I'd bid $2 on Beanie.

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