NFL Fantasy: Puff Puff or Pass on Ricky Williams This Year?

John GustafsonContributor IMay 25, 2010

MIAMI - AUGUST 17:  Running back Ricky Williams #34 of the Miami Dolphins looks for room to run against the Jacksonville Jaguars during a preseason game at Landshark Stadium on August 17, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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I was recently asked if Ricky Williams is being overlooked this year. And my answer is yes.

In my World Championships of Fantasy Football Draft that I just finished, I held off on an RB2 and picked Ricky up in the 7th round.

Ricky does it all, and Ronnie Brown is a half a year player, constantly succumbing to injuries as a result of being asked to carry too heavy a load. I also like the value where you can get Ricky (6th-8th round).

Consider that last year in a points per reception (PPR) format Williams was averaging 15 points a game even with Brown there. That is nothing to balk at as some featured backs struggle to maintain that average.

Ricky actually averaged more points a game during that time than Ryan Grant and Pierre Thomas who are two RB2s that typically cost a 3rd or 4th round pick.

After Brown went down, Ricky was the 7th best RB. Although Ricky is older, there is a lot of upside to be had and it won’t cost you much to find out if he can do it again.

I’m going to target Ricky as my 3rd RB this year, but have no problem if I have to roll with him as my 2nd.