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Fantasy Football Cut-N-Go: Is Kareem Huggins Better Than Derrick Ward?

Aug 16, 2010 – 5:45 PM
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Kareem HugginsTampa Bay backup running back Kareem Huggins used to be just an Internet phenomenon. The YouTube video where he ran a 4.28-second 40-yard dash has had viewers in a tizzy since it hit the web.

Now, he may actually be moving up the depth chart in Tampa.

Huggins led the team last week as he rushed eight times for 55 yards in the Buccaneers first preseason game. Sure he was successful against the second and third-team defense, but it was still a great showing, and Huggins is also grabbing attention from the coaching staff in practice as well.
"I don't want to get too far ahead, but he showed great promise," coach Raheem Morris said. "It's what we've been seeing on the practice squad and what we've been seeing throughout this training camp.

"I was glad to see it come to fruition (Saturday) for him, and I just hope it continues throughout the preseason and he gives us that extra dimension that we may need."

Huggins, as you just read, still needs to work to make this team. But, as Stephen F. Holder of The St. Petersburg Times states, Huggins is different than Cadillac Williams and Derrick Ward. That's an advantage for Huggins.
What intrigues the Bucs about Huggins, who is vying to be the third running back behind Cadillac Williams and Derrick Ward, is that he is different from the top two.

Williams and Ward are more physical, between-the-tackles runners. Huggins, who is listed as 5 feet 9, 198 pounds, adds a dimension with his ability to change direction and turn the corner with his speed.
Ira Kaufman of Tampa Bay Online says that Huggins may already be ahead of Ward on the depth chart and that Ward is in danger of not even making the team.

If Ward is cast off and Huggins lands the RB2 job in Tampa, he's a good fantasy reach on draft day. Not just because he's showing early success this season, but also because of the injury history of Williams.

More Fantasy Football Perspective From Around the NFL:

• The Washington Redskins released a new depth chart and running back Willie Parker has moved up to RB3 and will make a start with the first-team offense in the third game of the preseason, according to Rich Campbell of The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star.

Jonathan Stewart led the Panthers in rushing last season, even though he battled through an Achilles injury for the most part. According to Darin Gantt of The Charlotte Observer, Stewart is progressing better this year than he did last year.

• A move to the inside could benefit Eddie Royal -- especially in PPR leagues. Jeff Legwold of The Denver Post says that Royal lined up in the slot with the first team in three-receiver sets and that the Broncos planned to get Royal more involved this year.

• Dan Pompei of The Chicago Tribune says that Johnny Knox is the perfect fit in a Mike Martz offense.

The Cut-N-Go is back to keep you up-to-date on all the NFL news that affects the upcoming fantasy football season.
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