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Updated: September 2, 2010, 1:08 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
I've written about Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Cadillac Williams in a positive light a few times of late, noting how the veteran has been able to overcome multiple serious knee injuries to become someone fantasy owners can rely on as a third fantasy back and maybe a flex option. Last season, Williams won the starting job over Derrick Ward, the free-agent bust picked up before the 2009 season from the New York Giants, and doesn't appear close to losing it.

But that doesn't mean I expected the Buccaneers to release Ward this week. I've participated in a few drafts since Ward's release, and let's just say that bit of news has affected Williams' status as a "sleeper." Now everyone seems to know. Overall, Williams is going in Round 12 in ESPN average live drafts, though in the recent drafts I've participated in, he has gone much earlier. And that makes sense; with Ward unceremoniously dumped, that can only be good for Williams, right?