Miami Dolphins RB Ricky Williams quietly had a historic 2009 season. At 32 years old, he rushed for 1,121 yards on just 241 carries and tallied 11 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 35 passes for 264 yards and scored two more touchdowns.
That allowed him to be one of the biggest surprise of 2009 and the seventh-ranked running back in fantasy football, beating out first round picks like Atlanta Falcons RB Michael Turner, Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte and St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson.
The last time Williams cracked the top 10 in fantasy points among running backs was 2003, when he had a league-leading 392 carries for 1,372 yards and scored nine rushing touchdowns. That gap of six years between 1,000-yard seasons set an NFL record for the longest gap between 1,000-yard seasons.
Furthermore, at the age of 32, most backs are not enjoying that type of success; the last running back to post 1,000 yards rushing at 32 years old was Dallas Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith back in 2001, and he scored only three rushing touchdowns. It was truly an unexpected season for the Dolphins back, and the owners that had the foresight to take Williams in their fantasy drafts were richly rewarded.
The question for Fantasy Owners is whether Williams has another season like 2009 in his future...