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By R.J. White

Jan. 03, 2010 - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DANIEL WALLACE | Times.TP_316732_WALL_Bucs_4 (01/03/2010 Tampa) Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Kareem Huggins (32) celebrates recovering the opening kickoff with linebacker Matt McCoy (50), left, and linebacker Quincy Black (58). FIRST HALF ACTION: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Sunday, January 3, 2010. [DANIEL WALLACE, Times.

When the offseason started, Kareem Huggins was a virtual nobody. His play started turning heads on his team in practice, and when he rushed for 55 yards on eight carries in the Buccaneers’ first pre-season game (as well as catching two passes for 16 yards), fantasy owners started to take notice. Now, the Bucs plan to play Huggins with the starters in their next pre-season game. Can you say sleeper?

An undrafted free agent in 2009, Huggins spent the end of the season active on the Buccaneers roster, even garnering a few kickoff returns. While he didn’t do anything carrying the ball, neither did any Bucs running back. Both Carnell Williams and Derrick Ward averaged under four yards per carry last season, totaling 1,232 yards on 325 carries.

Now Huggins enters the picture. He’s already reportedly surpassed Ward on the depth chart, and one more impressive performance could have him splitting time with Williams and seeing significant action this season. With no stud running back ahead of him — Williams may wind up being your league’s lowest-drafted No. 1 back — Huggins has the potential to make a severe fantasy impact immediately. If his talent is legit, he’ll do just that.

R.J. White is a fantasy blogger at the sports site FanHouse. Check out his work both here and there, and feel free to talk to him in the forums, where he posts under the name daullaz.
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