By: Chad Robbins
For years, fantasy football owners have been shat on by their hopes of coming out with a stud running back named either DeAngelo Williams or Jonathan Stewart. The two backs obviously complement each other well, but that doesn’t really help for fantasy purposes. The problem with these two is that there might be a diamond in the rough, but you will have to flip a weekly coin to see who’s going to get you some points. Both rank somewhere between the 25th and 32nd RBs in most leagues because of that purpose, and that was with last year’s statistics.
Add in the Cam Newton factor. You now have a hybrid quarterback, strong and quick, possessing a cannon for an arm that can eat up to cover-2 or a slow moving CB. But we are not talking about his arm. His legs are only part of the nightmare for fantasy owners (unless you have this stud). In 2011, Newton ran for 706 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns. 14 rushing touchdowns for a QB… If you split those between Williams and Stewart, you wouldn’t be reading this article and I could write about something not as frustrating, like futuristic urinals with no splash effects.
Just when things couldn’t get any worse, this is how the Panthers offseason has panned out. With Williams having signed a five-year $43 million contract in July 2011, we can finally take a breather on this reverse handcuff running back system. Stewart would have to get a solid contract from another team and Cam might be able to land a weapon to help out the always solid Steve Smith. He could go anywhere in the league and I really wouldn’t care because he might actually have some fantasy prevalence.
This just in: Jonathan Stewart signs to a $36 million deal. With CAROLINA.
Makes no sense, right? Last year, the Panthers went 6-10. Logically, you would want to improve something to increase your chances for improving your record. Enter Mike Tolbert. At 5’9 and 250 lbs or so, you have a human wrecking ball. Maybe, this plan is starting to come together. Take away some of the goal line runs by Newton and give them to Tolbert. Ok. I get it. So why keep Stewart?
I guess fantasy owners will just have to pick one and hope that something significant happens in their player’s favor. Because, like it or not, Williams and Stewart will be together for the next half-decade. Good luck this year. Don’t forget to bring your coin to the draft. Or use a beer cap, it might foreshadow something.