NFL fantasy football: A new star in Arizona?

The Arizona Cardinals have decided to part ways with oft-injured veteran running back Beanie Wells after four seasons. A former star at Ohio State, he has missed a combined 13 games over the last three years – including eight last season – due to an assortment of ailments.

This move opens a chance for Ryan Williams to take over the top spot on the depth chart, at least for now. But when you consider that he’s missed most of his first two pro seasons due to injuries, well, I can’t see the Virginia Tech product suddenly making a big fantasy impact.

In fact, I would be shocked if the Cardinals didn’t make a move to add a runner either via free agency or the NFL Draft. Rashard Mendenhall, who has ties to coach Bruce Arians from their time in Pittsburgh, and Reggie Bush, have both been linked to the team.

Regardless, I’m guessing the Cardinals starting running back for 2013 isn’t on their current roster. That might not be what Williams owners in dynasty leagues want to hear, but his lack of durability is a major issue. Look for the team to make a move sooner than later.

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on NFL.com and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!

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