There was one particular bright spot during the 23-20 Week 12 victory that the Arizona Cardinals had over the St. Louis Rams. That was the play of running back Beanie Wells. It was especially so if you had him and started him on your fantasy team. After a good start to the season in which he was getting yards and, more importantly, rushing touchdowns, he recently has been hampered by a nagging knee injury and his production has diminished.
But the faithful were rewarded against the St, Louis Rams. He carried the ball 27 times, had 228 yards and a touchdown. That amounted to, in standard fantasy scoring, 26 points for the game (there were two lost points because of a lost fumble).
In leagues where there are bonus points for long runs, regardless of whether they result in touchdowns or not, he even provided a little of that. He broke off a 71-yard run and then later a 53-yarder. They are the two longest rushes of his NFL career.
The game was not without its worries. Not long before his 53-yarder, he got hit in the backfield and tackled for a loss. He fumbled and lost the ball, and it looked like he suffered a major injury. His right leg got bent awkwardly behind him as he was taken to the ground, and the reaction of many people was that he was going to be out for the rest of the season.
Luckily, he was able to leave the field under his own power and he later returned to show that he has become a very tough player.
So for now, fantasy owners can enjoy the celebrations of Week 12. Beanie is having a career year despite the injuries. We never know what next week, but for now he has earned some fantasy owners a ton of points.