2010 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics
Pros: Williams stayed healthy in '09 and had a serviceable season, hitting the end zone seven times total with 823 ground yards, 28 receptions and 217 receiving yards. It was his best output since his rookie campaign in 2005. He's entrenched as the Bucs' featured back. Tampa Bay will still lean on the ground game as quarterback Josh Freeman continues his development; there isn't much of a passing game to speak of. He's 28 but doesn't have age-appropriate mileage. Another year of Greg Olson's offense could create a better rhythm. Another year removed from knee surgery could give Williams improved burst, something closer to his '05 production.
Cons: Tampa Bay plans to use Kareem Huggins to keep Williams fresh or pick up any slack. Williams' absence of tread wear doesn't dismiss his two major knee injuries; Caddy's engine hasn't been explosive since '05, the last time he topped 4.0 yards per tote. He could improve, but he'll probably need to be fed ample carries to make a significant dent each week. The Bucs could ride the hot hand each week. Fullback Earnest Graham might vulture some goal line work, too.
Fantasy tip: Even with his injury history, tailbacks with Williams' combo of scheduled workload and upside are hard to find in the eighth round, where he is taken, on average. The opportunity for his stabilized knee to do more with those touches makes him an alluring No.3 or No. 4 running back with potential No. 2 or flex consistency; he's a competent enough receiver to have that title in PPRs, as well. He is still a sleeper, despite his resurgence and the emergence of Huggins.
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