Can’t Ward Off Huggins: The Fantasy Football Impact of Derrick Ward’s Release

August 31, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

As we expected, Derrick Ward was released by Tampa Bay today.
The Bucs signed Ward last year to challenge Cadillac Williams for the No. 1 running spot on the depth chart, but it simply never happened.
He produced just 409 yards and one score last season and was severely outplayed this preseason by both Williams and upstart Kareem Huggins. In fact, coach Raheem Morris cited “skill level” as the reason Ward was let go.
For Ward, it’s a big career blow. He likely thought he’d end his career with Tampa Bay after signing a four-year contract worth upwards of $17 million before last season. Little did he know his career may still end with Tampa Bay, but three years before he expected.
The market for 30-year-old running backs who have seemingly lost a step is pretty slim, so Ward is going to have a very hard time finding a job this late in the preseason.
So, what now in dynasty and fantasy leagues?
If I was a Ward owner, I&rsquo...

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