Rookie Watch: Bruising Beanie a likely No. 3 fantasy running back
Better known to Buckeye fans as "Beanie,"
Like McFadden, Wells will suffer from the hype that surrounds him. McFadden suffered mostly because of his environment; the Raiders were not equipped to support him and so fantasy owners got to see very few flashes of the player McFadden had been at the University of Arkansas. He gained 499 yards and found the end zone four times for Oakland. Fantasy owners can expect a bit more from Wells (700-plus yards and six touchdowns), but nowhere near the numbers set by 2008's elite fantasy rookie running backs --
The Cardinals ranked dead last in 2008 in team rushing attempts (340) and second-to-last in average yards per carry (3.5). Although team officials have stated their commitment to improving the ground game, Wells cannot be expected to solve the problem all by himself. Also of note: Wells caught just 15 passes during his three years at Ohio State -- not good news for those fantasy owners in PPR leagues.
For these reasons, and because Wells is only a rookie, he will probably best serve fantasy owners this season as a spot starter.