Fantasy Football is all about making decisions and sometimes its the decisions you don’t make that turn out to be the most valuable. It’s kind of like those ‘don’t make bad decisions’ DIRECTV commercials…
When you don’t know all of the latest NFL news, you don’t know the Carolina Panthers have two 1,000 yard rushing running backs and a touchdown vulture.
When you don’t know the Carolina Panthers have two 1,000 yard rushing running backs and a touchdown vulture, you draft Jonathan Stewart on your fantasy football team.
When you draft Jonathan Stewart on your fantasy football team, you get frustrated and get drunk every Sunday by 2:00pm.
When you get drunk every Sunday by 2:00pm, you eat the entire box of donuts your roommate bought.
When you eat the entire box of donuts your roommate bought, you get diabetes.
Don’t get diabetes. Don’t draft Jonathan Stewart on your fantasy football team.
Basically, the moral of the story is – Don’t draft a Carolina Panthers running back on your fantasy team. You just don’t want the headache (or diabetes…) and trust me, it will be a headache. Deciding who i going to get the majority of in game touches from week to week in either Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams has been tough enough for the last few years, but this year the Panthers decided to throw in the bowling ball, Mr. Touchdown Vulture himself –Mike Tolbert. So now you’ve got basically two number 1 running backs, you have no idea who is going to get the touches on any given drive, and then as soon as they get within ten yards of the goal line, BAM! Bring out the bowling ball and Tolbert vultures your precious six fantasy points.
Here’s a look at the numbers in 2011 for the three Carolina Panthers running backs:
Jonathan Stewart: 761 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns on 142 rushing attempts
DeAngelo Williams: 836 rushing yards, 8 rushing touchdowns on 155 rushing attempts
Mike Tolbert (With San Diego): 490 rushing yards, 8 rushing touchdowns on 121 rushing attempts
Now, if your head doesn’t already hurt, notice I haven’t even mentioned Cam Newton(706 rushing yards, 14 rushing touchdowns on 126 rushing attempts). The dude is practically another running back for Carolina. He did it last year near the goal line and there’s no reason he can’t do it again. Cam is a big, strong boy, and goal line scampers for touchdowns only give him more reason to do his famous Superman celebration.
Realistically, the only way one of these guys is going to be consistently valuable to your fantasy team is if one goes down with injury. Of course, that is part of the game and can turn out in your favor if you can afford to keep a guy riding your bench that isn’t going to produce week in and week out for you, think about it. I don’t want to be completely negative, because the truth is, these Panthers running backs can be valuable if you draft them in the right spot. Currently, they just aren’t a bargain and your best bet is to just stay away from all three of them. In playing fantasy football, I firmly believe in playing it safe for most of your roster as well. None of the Panthers’ running backs are either safe or a home run hit.