Mike Tolbert Fantasy News
Thursday, February 14, 2013, 12:19pm
The Panthers would take an immediate $7 million cap hit if they released Jonathan Stewart, who is scheduled to count $3.015 million against the 2013 cap. That’s largely because Stewart’s base salary is guaranteed for each of the next three seasons and only one year of his pro-rated money has been eaten up.
Releasing DeAngelo Williams, whose contract runs through 2015, might be the more practical way to go. Williams is carrying an $8.2 million cap figure for 2013. If the Panthers release him and designate him as a June 1 cut (and spread his hit out over this year and next) they immediately would clear $3.4 million in cap space for 2013.
DeAngelo Williams is a player we're watching closely this offseason. He finished with the 5th-highest FP/touch among RBs with at least 150 touches on the season. If Williams is out of the way, Stewart will likely go in the 4th or 5th round of fantasy drafts with Mike Tolbert vulturing goal line carries. The 29-year-old Williams could land elsewhere and be productive. He has a career 4.9 YPC and made some big plays in the passing game in 2012.
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Sunday, February 10, 2013, 10:12pm
DeAngelo Williams has a lot of pro-rated money – $9.6 million, all of which would count against the Panthers’ cap if they traded him. Jonathan Stewart’s ankle issues last season showed the value of having two running backs, although there are younger and cheaper alternatives. The Panthers could designate Williams as a June 1 cut, allowing them to split the $9.6 million cap hit over the next two years.
The team may be ready to part ways with Williams, who finished with the 5th-highest FP/touch among RBs with at least 150 touches on the season. If Williams is out of the way, Jonathan Stewart will likely go in the 4th or 5th round of fantasy drafts with Mike Tolbert vulturing goal line carries. The 29-year-old Williams could land elsewhere and be productive. He has a career 4.9 YPC and made some big plays in the passing game in 2012.
Jonathan Stewart has ankle setback
Thursday, December 27, 2012, 3:56pm
Panther HC Ron Rivera said Jonathan Stewart had a setback with his ankle injury.
It sounds like Stewart is unlikely to suit up this week. DeAngelo Williams will again be the lead back with Mike Tolbert in the mix. The Panthers get a Saints team who has been improving against the run lately. Williams is an unreliable flex play. Last week he managed only 19 rush yards on 10 carries against the Raiders after having a long TD called back early.
Brandon Lafell active for Panthers
Sunday, December 16, 2012, 2:47pm
Saturday, December 1, 2012, 6:47pm
Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart did not travel with the team to Kansas City and has been ruled out for Sunday’s game versus the Chiefs. DeAngelo Williams will once again start in his place while Mike Tolbert will be Carolina’s change-of-pace back.
Friday, November 30, 2012, 9:57am
Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart sprained his right ankle during the preseason and re-injured it during the first half Monday at Philadelphia. Then he sustained a high ankle sprain to his left leg in the second half.
Jonathan Stewart has high ankle sprain
Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 1:57pm
The team didn't mention a timetable for a return, but usually you can expect a player to miss some time with the dreaded high ankle sprain. DeAngelo Williams will start in place of Stewart at RB and has some limited fantasy potential, but probably will never be higher than a middle of the pack RB2. Mike Tolbert could also get a few more touches.
Ryan Mathews listed second on depth chart
Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 3:53pm
Beat writer Michael Gehlken had this to say via Twitter: Team spokesman on why Battle listed No. 1 RB ahead of Mathews on online depth chart: "He just started last week, so that's why he's there." Wouldn't read into it. Chargers confident in Mathews. Likely only matter of time before he's the guy ahead of Battle, who'll stay involved.
Our concern is not that Battle is going to out-touch Mathews over the rest of the season, it's that Battle appears to be moving into more of a Mike Tolbert role, where he gets most of the goal line touches. This would put a serious dent in Mathews' value. He'd be more of a fantasy RB2 than a RB1.
Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart inactive as expected
Sunday, September 9, 2012, 3:09pm
Sunday, September 9, 2012, 10:10am