After serving as the team's workhorse down the stretch, Carolina running back Jonathan Stewart was limited to 13 carries for 70 yards as the Panthers lost to Seattle 31-17 in the NFC divisional round of the playoffs on Saturday. Stewart also made one catch for four yards.
Fantasy Impact: Ever since replacing injured teammate DeAngelo Williams as the starting running back in Week 13, Stewart had been the most productive rusher in the NFC. He averaged 101.5 yards per game during that stretch and had carried the ball at least 20 times in four of his last five. But on Saturday with his team trailing the entire game Stewart wasn't able to get his usual volume and his production suffered as a result. However he still managed to average 5.4 yards per carry against Seattle and he proved over the last two months that Carolina can lean on him as the sole back in the offense. If the Panthers finally move on from Williams in the offseason and hand over the full-time role to Stewart expect him to be drafted as a RB2 for 2015.
Carolina running back and Washington native Jonathan Stewart returns to his home state on Saturday when the Panthers take on the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC divisional-round game. Stewart, who played his high school and college football in the state of Washington, made his first return trip as a pro in 2010, but Saturday's playoff game is on an entirely different level. "There's definitely been times when you either dream or have visions of playing against the Seahawks or for the Seahawks," Stewart said. "Being able to go up there during this playoff run is definitely something I cherish." (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: It's difficult to determine who is hotter right now - the Panthers or Stewart. Carolina enters Saturday on a five-game winning streak, while Stewart has averaged an NFL-best 101.5 rushing yards per game since taking over for the injured DeAngelo Williams as the full-time starter in Week 13. Stewart has also already proved that he can produce in the playoffs as he shredded the Cardinals defense for 123 yards and a touchdown in last week's wild-card win over Arizona. The former Oregon Duck will probably have a more difficult time gaining yards on the ground this week against the defending Super Bowl champs. As a result it might be wise to look elsewhere when you fill out your fantasy lineup this week.
Carolina running back Jonathan Stewart plowed through the Arizona defense for 123 rushing yards and one touchdown to help the Panthers claim a 27-16 victory over the Cardinals in the wild-card round of the playoffs on Saturday. Stewart had a long run of 35 yards and scored Carolina's first touchdown of the game on a 13-yard scamper in the first quarter.
Fantasy Impact: After suffering through years of injuries and sharing the backfield with teammate DeAngelo Williams, Stewart is making the most of his current role as the lead back in the Panthers offense. He has rushed for at least 122 yards in three of his last five games and has exceeded 20 carries in four of them. Stewart faces a stout Seattle run defense in the next round and will definitely earn every yard he gets. But given his recent production and his increased role in the offense, Stewart might actually serve as an unlikely source of fantasy value against the Seahawks.
Jonathan Stewart ran the ball 13 times for 49 yards and caught 2 passes for 20 yards in Sunday's blowout win over Atlanta.
Fantasy Impact: The game was all but over moving into halftime. Stewart still got the majority of the work, but there wasn't a high volume of work to go around. With a large lead in the 2nd half, the Panthers put Fozzy Whitaker in to rest Stewart up for the playoffs. The Carolina backfield will be an interesting watch this offseason. If they choose to move on from DeAngelo Williams, The Daily Show will likely become a hot fantasy commodity.
Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart had a strong performance against Cleveland in Week 16. Stewart had 26 touches for 129 yards and a touchdown as Carolina edged the Browns 17-13.
Fantasy Impact: Stewart's 2014 campaign was a mild surprise as he landed a larger role with DeAngelo Williams sidelined for much of the season. Stewart will only be 28 years old in 2015, but has a lot of mileage for a player his age.
Jonathan Stewart ran the ball 22 times for 73 yards and caught 1 pass for 6 yards in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.
Fantasy Impact: Stewart fumbled away his chance at RB1 production, but he still had a decent game. DeAngelo Williams status for next week is unknown at this time. If Williams sits, Stewart will be a feature back again against a Browns team that was just demolished by Cincinnati's running game.
Jonathan Stewart crushed the Saints on Sunday. He ran the ball 20 times for 155 yards and 1 TD.
Fantasy Impact: KABLOOM! We talked Stewart up as a sneaky start and he delivered! He highlighted the game with a career-long 69-yard TD run. Stewart gets a shot at the Bucs next week. If Williams misses another game, look for Stewart to continue his RB2 ways.
Jonathan Stewart's counterpart, DeAngelo Williams, has a fracture in his right middle finger. Williams is considered day-to-day, but could miss Sunday's game against the Saints. (Source: Joe Person on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Stewart would become a tremendous RB fill in if DWill can't play. With the fantasy playoffs beginning and running backs always a premium, Stewart against a helpless Saints rushing defense could be a tide-changing roster move. He should be grabbed in all 12-team formats on the chance that Williams sits.
Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart carried 12 times for 85 yards and caught two passes for 25 more in Carolina's Week 13 loss to the Vikings.
Fantasy Impact: Stewart failed to reach the end zone, but had a strong day otherwise averaging more than seven yards per carry. Stewart will continue to have his opportunities limited as the Panthers are typically playing from behind. Stewart should be regarded as a quality bench option in light of his production limitations.
Jonathan Stewart ran the ball 8 times for 46 yards in Thursday's loss to the Saints.
Fantasy Impact: DeAngelo Williams got the start, but was out-touched by Stewart. As was expected, the Panther RBs are now cannibalizing the fantasy value of one another. Stewart should only be started in circumstances of extreme need while Williams is healthy.
Jonathan Stewart received 55 of 60 possible snaps Week 8, he was able to turn that into 16 carries and 3 receptions for 94 total yards. (Source: blackandbluereview.com)
Fantasy Impact: Its one of the more underrated tragedies of our fantasy times that an extremely rare 80 grade athlete like Stewart has not only been relegated to a committee, but riddled by constant injuries. Things are seeming to break Steawrt's way, as the backfield has thinned out, and while DeAngelo Williams could return Thursday, Stewart has earned the lead role in the Carolina backfield. While not the monster he once was, Stewart is only 27 and ran with impressive thump and wiggle against the Seahawks. He's an RB2 if Williams cant go, and a FLEX play if he returns.
Jonathan Stewart returned from injury in Week 7 at Green Bay and rushed for 50 yards on 13 carries while getting the start. Unfortunately, 18 of those 50 yards came on 1 carry. He also added 1 reception on 2 targets and that went for 12 yards.
Fantasy Impact: After his first game action since his injury you will need to keep an eye on practice reports this week to see if he needs rest or is full go. Stewart if healthy will start Week 8 in Charlotte against a Seahawks team who gave up the 7th most fantasy points to running backs this past week in St. Louis.
Jonathan Stewart is returning from his injury and will get the start on Sunday against Green Bay. (Source: Joe Person on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Green Bay has been beatable on the ground, so this is great news for Stewart. Stewart's talent has never been questioned, it has always been his health that has held him back. Currently healthy with a decent matchup, look for Stewart to produce low-end RB2 numbers.
Jonathan Stewart sprained his knee during Sunday's game against the Steelers. (Source: Joe Person on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: This is not good for a very talented individual that is rightly labeled injury prone. He has also shown he is a slow healer. Williams will take over the Carolina backfield with Tolbert hurt as well. Stewart is droppable in 12 team leagues.
DeAngelo Williams did not practice Thursday and Mike Tolbert was limited, meaning Jonathan Stewart could be responsible for most of the load Sunday Night.
Fantasy Impact: Jonathan Stewart would face a Steelers defense allowing the 8th most fantasy points and 2nd most rushing yards to running backs. Check back to see if Williams and Tolbert are active Sunday night.
Jonathan Stewart filled in for the injured DeAngelo Williams during Sunday's game against Detroit. He had moderate success, running the ball 15 times for 37 yards with a TD. He also caught 1 pass for 22 yards.
Fantasy Impact: Stewart will be worth a look on the waiver wire this week. DWill's status for next week is still unknown and it is a solid fantasy matchup against Pittsburgh. Mike Tolbert also got a little banged up during the game. Monitor Williams' status through the week. If he sits out, Stewart will be a great fill in option for fantasy.
Jonathan Stewart gained just 20 yards on 9 carries for a putrid 2.2 yard per carry average. Stewart earned 30% of his total yardage on his longest tote of 6 yards. However Jonathan did catch all 3 of his targets for 17 yards.
Fantasy Impact: Last year Stewart was a serviceable RB2/3 in (PPR) point per reception leagues last year and those in deeper leagues need to keep an eye on his usage. An injury to either DeAngelo Williams or Mike Tolbert would make Stewart a solid RB2 in PPR leagues.
Coach Ron Rivera said on Monday that “we took a few shots at him. He took a few bumps, hit the ground a couple of times but he popped up and kept going. That’s good.” Jonathan Stewart said “my run motion coming out the gate, making cuts, all that stuff, is as fluid as I’ve been in a while, which is good,” and that “I don’t have to second-guess anything.” This morning (Tuesday) the Carolina Panthers twitter feed noted that he’s ‘running great in practice’ and ‘looks fast as ever.’ (Source: Charlotte Observer)
Fantasy Impact: Stewart returned to his first training camp action on Sunday and has practiced three consecutive days without rest or a setback. If this progress continues, he’s expected to see his first game action this Sunday night. When healthy Jonathan Stewart is the best of the three Carolina running backs and does offer some upside in PPR formats. Stewart even participated in goal line drills yesterday. He’s worthy of a late round flier.
Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said Jonathan Stewart will likely be out 1-2 weeks recovering from a hamstring injury. Steve Reed went on to say in subsequent tweets that Rivera said it wasn’t as serious as hamstrings can be and that he’ll participate in some walkthroughs. (Source: Steve Reed on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Jonathan Stewart was recovering from offseason ankle surgery and like many injury recoveries, that has lead to an injury in a support area of the body. When healthy, Stewart is a quality RB3 or Flex and even a strong RB2 when getting the bulk of the carries. He is a veteran and knows the system, but a return for week 3 of the preseason would give fantasy owners a better idea of his health heading into the regular season.