Running back DeAngelo Williams has signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He will be the backup to Le'veon Bell, who led the AFC last year with 1,361 yards. Williams will be a key change of pace back for the Steelers to give Bell a break when needed. (Source: Pittsburgh Tribune Review)
Fantasy Impact: The Carolina Panthers ran a two running back system with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, so their fantasy value would waver week to week. Neither guy was a solid play week to week, and nothing will change when Williams come to Pittsburgh. Williams is a great addition to the Steelers as a football team, but Williams will not be a great fantasy option because he is riding shotgun to Pro Bowler Le'veon Bell. If there is an injury to Bell at any point in the season or Bell gets suspended for any amount of time due to drug possession charges, Williams will be a great waiver wire addition once the season begins.
Former Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams has signed with the Steelers. (Source: NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: 31-year-old DeAngelo Williams will likely serve as the backup behind Le'Veon Bell. Bell could be facing a suspension of between 2-4 games, making Williams a smart late-round draft pickup as Bell's handcuff.
Williams told WBTV in an exclusive interview on Monday that he was cut by the Panthers last week during a meeting with coach Ron Rivera and general manager Dave Gettleman. A team spokesperson said Williams has not officially been released and that no transaction is expected on Monday. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: At the ripe age of 32, Williams' career as a RB is nearing an end whether he is officially cut by the Panthers or not. It's hard to imagine Williams becoming a workhorse for any team at this point of his career, the biggest beneficiary out of this will be Jonathan Stewart who finished the year strong and for the first time, won't have any immediate competition for carries.
DeAngelo Williams returned to a limited practice on Wednesday.
Fantasy Impact: DWill has missed the past 2 games with a hand injury. The fact that he is practicing already on Wednesday would point towards a return on Sunday. This puts a big dent in players relying on Jonathan Stewart. Williams will carry a low RB3 value this weekend if he plays.
DeAngelo Williams is inactive for a second week in a row as he recovers from a hand injury. (Source: FantasyPros)
Fantasy Impact: Jonathan Stewart owners will be happy they were able to grab the running back off the waivers. With the Panthers missing their starting QB and RB, Stewart can more than adequately fill in for DeAngelo Williams.
DeAngelo Williams missed another practice with a hand injury.
Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners are hoping that Dwill sits and the Panthers lean on Jonathan Stewart again. Coach Rivera has said if Williams plays he will get carries, thus destroying the fantasy value of the Panthers backfield.
DeAngelo Williams is considered day-to-day with a fracture in the middle finger of his right hand. (Source: Joe Person on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: DWill can reportedly still suit up on Sunday if the swelling in his hand goes down. This type of injury has to create problems for a running back. This news is much more interesting for Jonathan Stewart. He has played very well in games where DWill did not play. The Panthers next game is against a Saints team that has been getting torched on the ground.
DeAngelo Williams received the start in Thursday's loss to the Saints. He ran the ball 8 times for 20 yards and added 1 catch for 30 yards.
Fantasy Impact: The Panthers are back to the dreaded RBBC. Williams will have little fantasy value with Stewart around, and vice versa. Fantasy players should not count on any consistent value from Williams and should look elsewhere.
Coach Ron Rivera said today that DeAngelo looked good in practice and also said he was actually ahead of schedule. Despite Jonathan Stewart's 4.9 yards per carry in Week 8, Coach Rivera has named DeAngelo the starter for Week 9. (Source: Jeff Darlington on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: DeAngelo Williams was a limited participant in practice Monday and Tuesday and should be a full participant on Wednesday. After 8 weeks the Saints defense is giving up the 11th most fantasy points and 6th most receiving yards to running backs.
DeAngelo Williams is expected to miss a couple more games with his ankle injury. (Source: Joe Person on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: DWill wasn't lighting the world on fire but can be a serviceable fantasy player. The Panthers backfield is a jumbled mess and owners can't expect any reliable numbers when Williams returns. His true value comes when he is the only health back.
Deangelo Williams returns to the Panthers lineup as the unquestioned featured back with Tolbert and Stewart out with injury. While it seems Williams will get a heavy workload, it doesn't mean he is a great play. The highest output by a RB this season against the Ravens is Le'Veon Bell with only 59 yards and no TD's.
Fantasy Impact: While Williams will undoubtedly get heavy touches, his outlook against a stout Ravens run D isn't good. Especially considering he is coming back from a thigh injury. I see Williams as a low end RB2 play this week.
DeAngelo Williams was inactive this past week, leading to playing time for Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert. It did not end well for them. Tolbert is now on the IR/designated to return list and Stewart has a sprained knee that will likely cost him a month of time. (Source: Joe Person on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: DWill has shown that, with opportunity, he can produce. He was a solid RB2 to start last year with Stewart out. Now Stewart and Tolbert are both gone, leaving DWill staring at a potential workhorse situation. Throw in that Newton isn't running with his busted ankle and Dwill looks primed for fantasy glory.
Fantasy Impact: It's a bit concerning that Williams has yet to return to the field after having last week off. Check back tomorrow to see if he returns to the field. If not, he's highly unlikely to play Sunday night.
Ed Werder of ESPN reports that Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams 'did some running today, but still has pain. Barring unexpected improvement, he's not likely to pay Sunday vs. Lions.' (Source: Ed Werder on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: DeAngelo Williams’s owners need to make other plans for Sunday. Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert will see a spike in touches and Stewart makes for an interesting flex play in PPR.
DeAngelo Williams rushed 14 times for 72 yards in Week 2 and failed to convert his only passing target.
Fantasy Impact: DeAngelo posted an impressive 5.1 yards per carry and looks to keep it rolling upon Cam's return in Week 2 at home versus the Lions. Despite having the most rushing attempts DeAngelo is nothing more than a flex/RB3 in deeper leagues.