Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers
2014 Outlook: Bust (overvalued)Last updated on Jul-04-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith
After missing just about all of 2013 due to a toe injury, Jonathan Stewart is reportedly the healthiest he has been since 2011. He must now prove he can stay healthy over a 16-game season. Stewart has been the "two" in a one-two punch combination with DeAngelo Willliams. The backfield is a little more crowded now though. Even if healthy, his rushing yards will be limited by the presence of Williams, Mike Tolbert, Cam Newton and perhaps the occasional carry from Kenjon Barner. Stewart does add some PPR value because he is the Panthers' best pass-catcher out of the backfield. Don't expect many TDs since the Panthers prefer to use Tolbert and Newton from up close. Stewart has limited value across all formats.
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday that running back DeAngelo Williams, who is coming off of an ankle injury, will start when the team hosts divisional rival New Orleans on Thursday night. The 31-year-old Williams has played in only two games this season, with his last action coming in Week 4 versus Baltimore.
He has run for 106 yards on 25 carries overall.Fantasy Analysis:
While Jonathan Stewart seems like the better of the two backs, Williams is someone to consider as a flex play this week. It appears, at the very least, that Williams will get a fair amount of carries. The matchup is nothing to be scared of as the Saints allow the 10th-most fantasy points per game to running backs. Williams will be the fresher of the two Panthers' backs during this short week, and there are six teams on bye, meaning many fantasy owners will be missing their lead RBs.
The Panthers' backfield has been a fantasy headache for what seems like a decade, yet this is one week when throwing one of the two out there could pay off.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors10/29 - Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams to start Thursday versus Saints
10/17 - Panthers news: WR Kelvin Benjamin questionable with concussion; RB Jonathan Stewart to start
10/5 - Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 5?
Latest References to Jonathan Stewart on FFToolbox:
2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|13.07||Bluefish Blitz - I still need a Defense and a back up TE in case Vernon no shows, but decided to handcuff. By the time I need JStew or DeAngelo, one of them might emerge and be useful.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|13.08||#28 World Ranked - Probing for upside here. J-Stew is hard to trust, but in round 13, if he's truly healthy and able to contribute to what looks like a run heavy offense he could provide depth for me.|
You must login in order to comment:
If you do not have an account yet, register here -- it's free