It took nearly half the season, but Beanie Wells has finally taken hold of the Cardinals' featured back job — and the fantasy value that goes with it.
Named the starter over Tim Hightower late last week, Wells responded with 16 carries for 50 yards and a TD in Sunday's narrow loss to the Buccaneers. While it might not have been the offensive outburst that owners were hoping for, it was a harbinger of things to come.
Those concerned with Hightower taking away carries from Beanie, especially at the goal line, don't need to worry about that any longer. The former starter had just one rush on Sunday, and he has been outcarried by Wells 50-11 over the past three games. Arizona was simply tired of Hightower's fumbling issues, so it's unlikely he will have a significant role anytime soon.
Meanwhile, Wells should continue to build on this performance. He was almost always effective when he saw around 15 carries in his rookie season, and he could get closer to 20 per game in the weeks to come as the Cards try to emphasize the run more. Given his ability to break long runs and pick up tough yards, he has a boatload of upside in the second half.