Derrick Ward, RB, N/A
There is no 2012 profile for this player yet. Here is his 2011 profile:
2011 Outlook: Quality Backup
Ward was excellent for the New York Giants, averaging 5.6 yards per carry, eclipsing 1,000 yards and starting three games in place of Brandon Jacobs during the 2008-09 season. Ward signed a 4 year $17 million deal with the Buccaneers during the 2009-10 offseason, but the success he had in New York didn't carry over to his first season in Tampa Bay (as many fantasy owners had expected it would). Cadillac Williams -- not Ward -- took over the starting role, and put up respectable fantasy numbers last season.
Ward was a colossal disappointment for fantasy owners last season finishing the year with only 409 yards and one touchdown on 114 carries. Ward continued to excel as a receiver out of the backfield, catching 20 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns last season. The most disappointing stat from last year was that Ward only topped 10 total touches in half of the games he played.
Ward remains in the mix for a couple of touches per game, but the starting job is firmly in the grasp of Williams. Ward is worthy of a selection in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts this season because given Williams' lengthy history of injuries, there is a good chance Ward could take over the starting role at some point in the 2010-11 season.
Ward carried the ball 12 times, but gained only 20 yards and fumbled twice (losing one) against Miami in Tampa Bay's preseason opener. Ward's job could be on the line according to some local sources, but with very little competition on the roster he should hold onto the backup job. Fantasy owners should avoid Derrick Ward at this point until he gets it together again.
Ward turned in another mediocre performance gaining 11 yards on five carries in Tampa Bay's second preseason game against Kansas City. Ward is battling for the backup job behind Cadillac Williams against Kareem Huggins and Carlos Brown, who have looked promising in preseason action so far.Last updated on Aug-24-2010 by George Bissell
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