Who Should I Draft?

Jonathan Stewart or Shane Vereen (2015)

Jonathan Stewart
Jonathan Stewart (CAR - RB)
 
Shane Vereen
Shane Vereen (NYG - RB)
99%
Expert Pick %
1%
19
ECR
35
14
Best Rank
28
33
Worst Rank
44
146.9
Ave Projection
111.2
165.3
Best
132.6
140.8
Worst
89.9
99%
Expert Pick %
1%
 
99%
Expert Pick %
1%
19
ECR
35
14
Best Rank
28
33
Worst Rank
44
2.4
Ave Targets / Game
4.9
31.0
Total Targets
78.0
Stewart was the featured back during the homestretch playing almost 70% of the snaps and tallying 99 yards rushing per contest. He has RB2 value with upside if he can see that workload in 2015.

- Derek Lofland, Fantasy Football Maniax

 
J-Stew finally grew up into a legit featured back and D-Will is a goner, but this is a guy who just never stays healthy. I'm supposed to bet an early pick on that changing?

- Kevin Roberts, Breaking Football

Vereen's landing spot in free agency will be key. He's versatile enough to be a top-25 threat, but he'll largely hold his value in PPR leagues.

- Kevin Roberts, Breaking Football

He's scary, but he's also awesome. A healthy Stewart is rare, but one of the best runners in the league as evidenced by his finish to the 2014 season when he ran 128 times for 679 yards over his last seven games (including two playoff games vs Arizona and Seattle). That 5.3 yards per carry isn't going to be accomplished by many other runners as he was ranked second in the league by Pro Football Focus with 1 missed tackle per every 3.5 touches. Marshawn Lynch was ranked first.

- Chet Gresham, WalterFootball

Vereen is a good player who could never get any semblance of continuity from game to game under Bill Belichick. That might have helped the Patriots win a Super Bowl, but it did not help Vereen's fantasy numbers. In New York he should have a more stable presence as the main receiving back on an up tempo offense. I'll be grabbing Vereen in all the PPR leagues I can manage and if I can get him at value in non-PPR I'll have no qualms queuing him up.

- Chet Gresham, WalterFootball

Jonathan Stewart missed 3 games last season and still led Carolina in carries with 175 and touches with 200, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. DeAngelo Williams is now in Pittsburgh which increases Stewart's fantasy value, but Stewart is injury prone. Since 2012, Stewart has missed a total of 20 games due to injuries. Stewart could have 220-230 carries under offensive coordinator Mike Shula this season.

- Jeff Boggis, Fantasy Football Empire

With a likely 55/45% touches split between Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen, along with Andre Williams getting the call for goal line carries, this is a true RBBC situation that fantasy owners want to avoid this season. Jennings, Vereen, and Williams are RB3 at best.

- Jeff Boggis, Fantasy Football Empire

Panthers lead back with Williams gone, but hasn't turned in a full season in three years.

- Sablich Brothers, The NY Times

Giants claiming Vereen will be used more than just a passing down specialist.

- Sablich Brothers, The NY Times

DeAngelo Williams is finally out of the picture and if Stewart can (big uncertainty) continue where he left off in 2014, owners will get tremendous return on investment.

- Tom Schriner, FFLockerRoom