GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 10: Running back Beanie Wells #26 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the football during the NFL game against the New Orleans Saints at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Arizona Cardinals teammates Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams both crack the top 40 of Fake Teams' 2012 fantasy football running back rankings.
Coming off a season in which he rushed for for than 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns, Arizona Cardinals tailback Beanie Wells should be entering the 2012 season as one of the most sought-after running backs in fantasy football. Instead, a nagging knee injury and the return of Ryan Williams has Wells' fantasy value tumbling.
SB Nation's fantasy sports blog, Fake Teams, recently released its 2012 fantasy football running back rankings and Wells checked in at No. 33. The ranking is fairly low for a 24-year-old running back coming off a strong season, but Wells had another knee surgery during the offseason, and his recovery has lingered into training camp.
Williams, who is returning after missing the entire 2011 season with a ruptured right patellar tendon, is rising up the fantasy rankings and checks in at No. 36 on Fake Teams' 2012 list. Fake Teams goes as far as to say Williams could even surpass Wells very soon if he continues to prove he is healthy and Wells continues to struggle with knee issues.