More late changes for fantasy owners

Carnell "Cadillac" Williams is now listed at the top of the running back chart in Tampa Bay.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - A couple of days ago, we outlined six stories which would change how you draft those players and some of their teammates. The six included: Steve Slaton, Maurice Jones-Drew, Malcolm Kelly, Donnie Avery, James Davis and Greg Camarillo.

Now we have more news.

Checking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' depth chart, we see a complete reversal at running back. After signing Derrick Ward to a huge off-season contract, he was No.1 for most of the preseason. However, over the last few weeks, Earnest Graham had been listed at No.1 and Ward at No.2. The latest news out of Tampa is that Carnell "Cadillac" Williams is now listed at the top of the running back chart with Ward No.2 and Graham at No.3.

It appears that Williams will start the game and get the first two series, Ward will get the third and fourth series while Graham is reduced to series No.5. This puts the used of any of the three players on hold as far as fantasy purposes are concerned.

Until the situation gets sorted out by performance or injury, none of the three Buccaneers running backs are "fantasy-worthy."

Detroit Lions head Coach Jim Schwartz has chosen rookie Matthew Stafford over Daunte Culpepper as the starting quarterback. For fantasy owners, only Culpepper could have been started and this knocks him out of the box. If you are starting a rookie in game No.1, you should be playing video games not fantasy football. I certainly hope you have another choice for at least the first half of the season.

Cleveland's head coach Eric Mangini said he had made a decision as to who, between Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson, will start at quarterback for the Browns...but he's not going to tell you, me or his opponent - the Minnesota Vikings.

Our guess is it's Quinn, but hopefully you don't have to make a decision because neither choice is particularly appealing.

Nate Washington, former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and currently playing with Tennessee, returned to practice, but is unlikely to play in Week 1 against his old team. Tennessee will go with Justin Gage and rookie Kenny Britt. I like Britt as a sleeper pick this year, but don't like either receiver in game No.1 against the best defense in the NFL.

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