Fantasy Football Profile: Jonathan Stewart
Jonathan Stewart had an amazing Rookie season, especially when you consider he wasn’t even the feature back. He ran for 836 yards with 10 TDs. If only DeAngelo Williams wasn’t ahead of him on the depth chart, we may be talking about a first round pick. As it stands he is a backup fantasy back that will likely be taken in the 7th-10th round depending on format. There is plenty of value for him though, especially as an RB3 and in TD-heavy leagues. You can try to pair him with DeAngelo Williams, but that would require investing two early picks, much like the year when Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson went early. I don’t expect DeAngelo to flounder like Priest nor J-Stew to dominate like LJ though.
As I mentioned in DeAngelo’s profile, the Panthers have a tough fantasy playoff schedule. They face New England, Minnesota, and the New York Giants, though his running style may be more effective against them. Unfortunately one of the Saints games comes in Week 17, which doesn’t help most fantasy owners. His easiest games appear to be Week 8 & 9 against Arizona and New Orleans.
Assuming he stays healthy, I expect J-Stew to compile 1150 total yards and 10 TDs.