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Fantasy Shakeup in Tampa?


The St. Petersburg Times reported Carnell Williams is going to start in Tampa Bay's preseason game on Thursday night.

That's potentially bad news for Derrick Ward owners, many of whom had visions of the former New York Giants backup emerging as perhaps a No. 1 fantasy back. Ward amassed 1,409 yards from scrimmage last season behind Brandon Jacobs, and the Buccaneers paid handsomely for his services as a free agent.

Worse yet for fantasy players, Bucs Coach Raheem Morris said he envisions a running back-by-committee situation in which the starter gets the first two series, another running back getting the next two and a third playing the fifth series.

Sounds like the Denver or New England backfields, doesn't it?

At this writing, fantasy sites have not devalued Ward to the point where he's below Williams and Earnest Graham on cheatsheets, but RotoWorld cautioned: "Ward is Tampa Bay's best runner, but may not see more than 12-15 touches a game if the plan sticks."

By Gene Wang  |  August 26, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football , Tampa Bay Buccanneers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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