Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers

by Ryan R. Bonini on July 2, 2010 @ 09:00:00 PDT

 


Jonathan Stewart | Carolina Panthers | 5-foot-10, 235 pounds | 3rd year

2010 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

Run Att Run Yds Run TD Rec Rec Yds Rec TD Tot TD
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Pros: It isn't often you can say a team's No. 2 back is coming off a 1,100-yard outing, but Stewart falls into that category. Simply put, the Panthers love to run and have two talented backs to work with. Carolina averaged 32.8 rushing attempts - second only to the New York Jets - last year, and with Matt Moore taking over at quarterback, they're likely to increase on that number this year. Stewart grew across the board last year, setting new career highs in rushing attempts (221), yardage (1,133), average yards per carry (5.1), receptions (18), receiving yards (139) and receiving touchdowns (1). Even with the timeshare, he had 11 games with double-digit attempts. With DeAngelo Williams injured, Stewart showed he could dominate as a feature back, too. He closed the year strong with three touchdowns and three consecutive 100-yard games, including a 206-yard outing.

Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers

Cons: Regardless of how talented Stewart is, he is still second fiddle to Williams. Timeshares can stink for consistency in fantasy football. In five games last year, Stewart had fewer than 10 rushing attempts. While Moore played well and threw eight touchdown passes over the last month of '09, defenses may key on the ground game until Moore forces them to respect him. Stewart, while he hasn't missed any games, is constantly battling nagging injuries. He had offseason surgery to remove a bone spur from pressing into an Achilles' tendon but is expected to be ready for training camp.

Fantasy tip: Ideally, Stewart would be the No. 3 fantasy football back on your roster, because there will be games he simply doesn't see the touches of a No. 1 or No. 2. However, he is being selected in the third round, on average, so if you snag him make sure you take a third fantasy back capable of posting No. 2-caliber numbers. Stewart's production over the course of the year is attractive, but on a week-to-week basis it can be maddening.

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About Ryan R. Bonini

Founding KFFL in 1996, Bonini now serves as VP of Fantasy Sports Solutions for USA TODAY SPORTS, KFFL's parent company. Bonini was named 2009 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year by the FSWA, received honors with the Best Fantasy Football Series in '10 and was named into their Hall of Fame in '13.

His work has been found in USA TODAY Sports, Yahoo! Sports, FOX Sports, CBS Sports, NFL.com, and many others. He has also been featured on numerous radio programs around the country. Bonini is a member of the PFWA, FSWA and FSTA.

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