Another day, another backfield committee for fantasy owners to deal with this season.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ most recent official depth chart has been released, and it didn’t have Derrick Ward or Earnest Graham on top at running back.
Instead, Cadillac Williams was named the top back and will start against the Cowboys in Week 1.
Williams, who has had two serious patella tendon injuries in the past two years, saw limited preseason work overall but did look impressive in a 10-6 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
The Auburn product rushed for 54 yards on just eight carries in the game and looked no worse for wear despite his recent knee issues.
Sufficed to say, Williams now warrants a roster spot in most fantasy leagues.
Coach Raheem Morris stated earlier in training camp that he wanted to use a 2-2-1 backfield format, so Williams will see the first two series of a game, Ward the third and fourth series and Graham the fifth.
That rotation figures to continue throughout the course of a game.
If that scenario comes to fruition for the entire season, it would all but ruin the upside of all three backs. Much like the situation in Baltimore in 2008, it will be almost impossible to predict which runner has the best chance to produce in a given week.
As it stands, neither Williams nor Ward should be seen as anything more than low-end flex starters against the Cowboys.
That’s especially bad news for Ward, who had some serious sleeper potential before Williams re-emerged into the backfield mix.