FLAGSTAFF AZ - AUGUST 02: Runningback Beanie Wells #26 of the Arizona Cardinals practices in the team training camp at Northern Arizona University Walkup Skydome on August 2 2010 in Flagstaff Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

2011 Fantasy Football Sit/Start Projections, Week Five: Can Beanie Wells Do It Again?

The Cardinals take on the Seahawks this weekend. Who should you start on your fantasy team?

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2011 Fantasy Football Week 5 Start/Sit: Will Beanie Wells Have Another Great Week Against Minnesota?

The Arizona Cardinals didn't envision themselves getting out of the gate at 1-3, but they'll have a decent chance at getting a W this Sunday against the 0-4 Minnesota Vikings. Both teams haven't had much go there way this season yet, but could turn it around up at the Metrodome this weekend or stay on track from the "Suck for Luck' campaign. 


Beanie Wells

numberfire.com projections: 18.84 rushing attempts for 69.59 yards and 0.52 touchdowns for 11.25 total fantasy points.

Analysis: Beanie broke out against the Giants last week, though numberfire doesn't exactly see him doing the same against Minnesota. That being said, Wells is the lynchpin of the offense right now and Minnesota's defense isn't quite what it used to be (check out the record), leading me to believe that Beanie will have another effective day for your squad.

Larry Fitzgerald

numberfire.com projections: 5.26 receptions for 73.50 yards and 0.48 TD's for 10.27 total fantasy points.

Anaylsis: Even though I've decided to bench his QB, Fitz will be nabbing some balls over the Vikings heads this Sunday for sure. Larry didn't have a TD last week, but aside from Fitz and Beanie the offense is rather stagnent, and options are very limited. Look for some points from him, but not a whole lot. 


Kevin Kolb

numberfire.com projections: 170.27 passing yards, 0.94 pass TD's, 0.64 INT's, 9.75 rushing yards, 10.99 total points. 

Analysis: Kolb hasn't been the Kurt Warner that the team had been looking for yet, and don't expect him to come out of his cocoon against the Vikings this weekend either. His projected numbers are down from last week against a worse defense, so that has to say something. If he's your best option at QB, I'd hand over my fantasy league money now, or find myself a new starter. 

Cardinals Defense

numberfire.com projections: 25.03 points allowed, 2.16 sacks, 1.82 TO's, 0.15 TD's. 

Analysis: These numbers aren't bad for the Cardinals D, though they are ranked 18th by numberwire. I have a sinking feeling that the Vikings are going to be a tough team to beat this week as Donovan McNabb looks to get his first win in the Purps. If you have another D or there's one available, you might want to sideline Arizona for the week. 


2011 Fantasy Football Week 3 Start/Sit: Beanie Wells, Ryan Matthews Look Good While AZ Receivers, Jeremy Maclin Do Not

Week 3 of the NFL is upon us, and it's time to really start moving up the ranks with your fantasy team . But which players should you start and sit? Here's a look at some of this week's underrated and overrated fantasy commodities:


Beanie Wells

The running back racked up 93 yards and one touchdown on 14 touches last week against the Washington Redskins. Perhaps more important than that stat line, though, is the fact that Wells received all but one of Arizona's carries.

Wells is set to be the primary back in Week 3 and onwards, and he is guaranteed to get anywhere from 15 to 20 touches each game. Wells should average what he's given fantasy owners each of the past few weeks, which is around 90 yards (possibly more, depending on the exact number of carries) and one touchdown.

Ryan Matthews

Matthews played well in Week 2 against the New England Patriots, recording 64 rushing yards and one touchdown on 12 carries and adding 62 receiving yards on nine receptions. He got more carries than Mike Tolbert (12 to 9) and he certainly posted better yardage (5.3 to 1.1).

If Matthews can keep up this type of production, he will start seeing significantly more playing time than Tolbert. He took a step in the right direction in Week 2 and gets a nice match-up against the Kansas City Chiefs' 25th-ranked run defense this week. If the Chargers get up early (which they should), expect the team to run the ball more in the second half and give the ball to Matthews.


All Cardinals receivers not named Larry Fitzgerald

The Cardinals pass attack is still developing, and as a result you can't expect consistent production from any receiver besides Fitzgerald just yet. In Week 1, Early Doucet went off for 105 yards and one touchdown. He was nowhere to be found in Week 2 and finished with only 20 yards.

Fitzgerald, though, is a must-start. The talented wideout recovered from his mediocre 62-yard performance in Week 1with a 133-yard, one-touchdown performance in Week 2. He should continue to post solid WR1-tpye numbers as his chemistry with quarterback Kevin Kolb grows.

Jeremy Maclin

Maclin had a huge game against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2, recording 173 yards and two touchdowns on 13 receptions. Don't expect an encore performance this week: Michael Vick could be out or limited and DeSean Jackson will certainly get targeted more than three times (his total number of  targets in Week 2). 


2011 Fantasy Football Week 2 Start/Sit: Beanie Wells, Larry Fitzgerald And Early Doucet Are Strong Starts

The Cardinals take on the Redskins this weekend. Who should you start on your fantasy team?

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