Aug 17, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams (34) runs the ball between Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston (50) and defensive end Allen Bailey (97) during the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Football 2014: Carolina Panthers RB Rundown

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The Panthers have a really good rushing attack, but usually the yards on the ground are divided amongst all the running backs with a big chunk also going to Cam Newton. The division of labor ultimately waters down the value of all the Panthers rushers and the fact that they have so few receiving options could also lead to defenses stacking the box to stop the run.

Carolina is the last of my RB Rundowns which means their top RB is the lowest ranked of any team in my top 80 rankings which came out last week and which will be updated later today.  The Panthers rushers just aren’t that productive and the division of labor only serves to further dilute their stats.

From week-to-week there aren’t many options in the Panthers offense that you want in your lineup.  The running backs are no exception unless someone emerges as a clear #1 option which I don’t think will happen.

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DeAngelo Williams

RB, Carolina Panthers

The fact that a 31-year old back who ran for just 843 yards last season is the top fantasy option in Carolina should tell you all you need to know about the Panthers RB situation.  Williams could be a useful flex play on bye weeks in PPR leagues if you have to roll the dice that he’ll get into the end zone.  He doesn’t have a high ceiling based on his situation, but he should get touches meaning he won’t be a complete whiff in most weeks either.  
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Jonathan Stewart

RB, Carolina Panthers

Stewart could have some upside if he can stay healthy and Williams goes down with an injury.  The problem for Stewart is that he seems to always be battling some kind of injury and is sharing the ball.  He is squarely behind Williams on the depth chart and in fantasy rankings even though he ultimately has a higher upside if he could only stay healthy.  In most leagues, Stewart will start the season on the waiver wire, but the timeshare does bear watching as the season starts.  

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Mike Tolbert

RB, Carolina Panthers

Tolbert is one of the factors that caps the value of the other Panthers backs since Coach Ron Rivera likes to use him as a goal line and short yardage back. Outside of touchdown only leagues, Tolbert doesn’t have a ton of value but he could have productive games from time-to-time based on how often he finds the end zone .  
This post is part of a series detailing the backfield situation for each NFL team from a fantasy football perspective. Check out my top 80 rankings and click here for the full series. 
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