Buccaneers becoming a fantasy wasteland in 2009

It’s probably bad enough being a fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season, but it might be worse if you have any of their players on your fantasy squad.

The team has already demoted Byron Leftwich and will turn to Josh Johnson as their quarterback this week. Johnson, a second-year player out of San Diego, has about as much fantasy value as Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell.

Right, he has none.

Johnson’s presence under center hurts the value of every player in that offense, at least the ones that had value before the announcement was made that he would start.

Wide receiver Antonio Bryant, healthy or not, is no longer worth starting on fantasy teams. That’s unfortunate considering he was likely taken as a No. 3 wideout in most drafts after a spectacular 2008 season.

I’m even seeing him on the waiver wire in some of my leagues.

Fellow WR Michael Clayton hasn’t been a usable fantasy player since his rookie season, and TE Kellen Winslow has had an inconsistent start to his first season in pewter.

Now comes word that running back Derrick Ward could miss this week’s game in Washington. Ward missed practice on Wednesday with a knee injury, but coach Raheem Morris “hopes” that Ward will be active to face the Redskins.

Running back Cadillac Williams was able to put in a full practice today, but his knee problems are always a concern. Even if Ward is held out, Williams won’t be more than a low-end flex starter as the ‘Skins load up the box to stop the run. Chances are, they won’t have to worry too much about stopping Johnson, Bryant and the rest of the passing game.

Outside of Williams and Winslow, there isn’t a member of the Buccaneers roster I’d use on my fantasy team in Week 4. And I can tell you right now, I’d have to be forced to use either of them out of desperation.

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