Panthers Fantasy News

Panthers set to release RB DeAngelo Williams

Monday, February 23, 2015, 5:11pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Carolina Panthers have released franchise leading rusher DeAngelo Williams, the running back told a Charlotte television station.

Williams told WBTV in an exclusive interview Monday that he was cut by the Panthers last week during a meeting with coach Ron Rivera and general manager Dave Gettleman.

"We sat down, and he told me, 'The fact of the matter is we're going to have to release you,'" Williams told the station. "I said, you know, 'Why?' and he said, 'Because we don't run the ball enough. Just like you said back before the season started, we don't run the ball enough to keep you and [Jonathan Stewart] both, so we're going to release you.'"

Carolina will save $2 million in salary-cap space by designating Williams as a post-June 1 cut. Williams has one year left on his deal and is scheduled to count $6.3 million against the 2015 salary cap.

Fantasy Impact:

Jonathan Stewart was tremendous down the stretch, averaging 105 total yards (97.0 rushing) in the final seven games, including two playoff games. He averaged 5.30 YPC in that span, including 5.13 YPC versus Arizona and 5.38 YPC against Seattle in the playoffs. Over the final five games of the regular season, he was the #10 fantasy running back. He turns 28 in March, so there is definitely some tread left on his tires. Even though he has missed 20 percent of his team's games due to injury throughout the career, he'll be a high-upside pick with Williams out of the way.

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Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams may be a cap casualty

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 10:45am

Charlotte Observer - [Full Article]

GM Dave Gettleman said he wanted to sit down with DeAngelo Williams before saying anything publicly about the status of the franchise’s all-time rushing leader. Last year, Gettleman was widely criticized for his noncommittal comments about Steve Smith’s future with the team before talking to the Panthers’ popular, all-time receiving leader.

“I need to talk to DeAngelo, I really do. He’s a pro’s pro, and he had a tough season,” Gettleman said. “The obvious loss of his mom was very, very difficult. He only played six (regular season) games this year, and it was tough for him. Before I say anything, just know he’s a pro’s pro. And the way he finished the season, he finished it like a man.”

Williams, who turns 32 in April, finished with career lows in every major rushing category after battling injuries most of the season. When Williams returned from a broken hand in December, he was reduced to part-time work behind Jonathan Stewart and Fozzy Whittaker.

Fantasy Impact:

Jonathan Stewart was tremendous down the stretch, averaging 105 total yards (97.0 rushing) in the final seven games, including two playoff games. He averaged 5.30 YPC in that span, including 5.13 YPC versus Arizona and 5.38 YPC against Seattle in the playoffs. Over the final five games of the regular season, he was the #10 fantasy running back. He turns 28 in March, so there is definitely some tread left on his tires. Even though he has missed 20 percent of his team's games throughout the career, he'll be a high-upside pick if Williams is let go.

Saturday, January 10, 2015, 7:15pm

Panthers Inactives
DT Star Lotulelei
CB James Dockery
S Robert Lester
LB A.J. Klein
OT David Foucault
G Amini Silatolu
DE Frank Alexander

Friday, January 9, 2015, 6:47pm

Panthers WR Corey Brown (shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 19. Brown is iffy for Saturday’s game. Brenton Bersin is the next man up, but there was even some talk of the team calling up Stephen Hill from the practice squad.

Seahawks will force Cam Newton to throw the ball

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 6:52pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Seattle has held Cam Newton to one touchdown in three games since 2012. What has been the key to that?

Seahawks beat writer Terry Blount: Newton shouldn't feel too bad. The Seahawks have made a lot of very good QBs look bad the past couple of years -- Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl and Aaron Rodgers this year in the season opener, to name two. But the biggest thing is they've done what I'm sure the Panthers want to do to Russell Wilson -- cut off his running lanes and force Newton to beat them throwing. Newton had 12 carries for only 24 yards in the game at Charlotte earlier this season. Forcing any QB to beat them just by passing is a chore against the No. 1 pass defense in the NFL, which has three Pro Bowlers in Chancellor, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas.

Fantasy Impact:

Newton has averaged 146 passing yards and 35 rushing yards in his last three games against Seattle. He has thrown one touchdown pass and one interception (total) in those three games. Daily fantasy players should look elsewhere for a strong quarterback play.

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 6:24pm

Seattle Times - [Full Article]

Panthers WR Philly Brown hurt his shoulder late in the playoff win against Arizona last week, and his status is uncertain enough that the team could make a roster move to replace him, as the linked ESPN story details, possibly adding Stephen Hill, a former second-round pick of the Jets.

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) ACTIVE

Saturday, January 3, 2015, 3:38pm

Panthers Inactives

DE Frank Alexander
S Thomas DeCoud
CB James Dockery
T David Foucault
LB A.J. Klein
DT Kyle Love
G Amini Silatolu

Fantasy Impact:

DeAngelo Williams is going to play, but Jonathan Stewart is expected to continue to serve as the lead back against Arizona. He has averaged 19.6 touches since Week 13.

Friday, January 2, 2015, 5:04pm

Panthers QB Derek Anderson (illness, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 18.

Friday, January 2, 2015, 5:04pm

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 18. Williams is going to play, but Jonathan Stewart is expected to continue to serve as the lead back against Arizona. He has averaged 19.6 touches since Week 13.

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart expected to be the lead back vs. Cardinals

Friday, January 2, 2015, 12:25pm

Charlotte Observer - [Full Article]

Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart returned to practice Wednesday and having the day off on Tuesday, and he’s expected to start and get the majority of carries when the Panthers face the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday in the wild-card playoff game.

There’s been discussion on how the Panthers would split the carries between the red-hot Stewart and DeAngelo Williams, who’s recovering from a broken bone in his hand. Stewart didn’t seem concerned about that Wednesday.

“Whatever the offensive coordinator (decides) and whatever the plan is for the game, that’s how we run things,” Stewart said. “You just do your part and just worry about that.”

Fantasy Impact:

Stewart was the #10 fantasy running back from Week 13 to Week 17, and averaged 5.3 yards per carry in that span. Williams has been out for a while and averaged just 3.5 YPC on 62 carries this season.

Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee) ruled out; Ryan Lindley will start

Thursday, January 1, 2015, 4:32pm

AZCardinals.com - [Full Article]

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians confirmed what seemed like was coming all week as quarterback Drew Stanton couldn’t practice with a bad knee: Stanton will not be able to play Saturday against the Panthers, and Ryan Lindley will start. Stanton always seemed like a longshot to go anyway as the week went on.

Fantasy Impact:

This is why the Panthers are our top-ranked defense this week.

Drew Stanton must practice in order to play

Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 8:20pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

If quarterback Drew Stanton wants to play in Arizona's Wild Card game Saturday at Carolina, he has to practice at least one day this week, coach Bruce Arians said.

That’s it. Just one. It doesn’t matter if it happened Tuesday or comes Wednesday or Thursday. That's all Arians wants to see from Stanton before he hands him the ball against the Panthers.

But time is running out on Stanton. He wasn’t on the field during the part of Arizona’s practice Tuesday open to the media. Since an injury report wasn’t required to be distributed, it's unknown if he participated after practice was closed. Arians said there wasn’t a change in Stanton’s status, meaning Stanton continues to recover from a right knee injury suffered against the St. Louis Rams in Week 15.

Fantasy Impact:

The Cardinals will go through a walk-through in Charlotte on Friday, but Stanton would need to go through a full practice in order for Arians to consider playing him. Arizona changed their travel plans to fly to Charlotte on Thursday instead of Friday, as was initially scheduled.

Ron Rivera doesn't rule out using DeAngelo Williams

Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 6:00pm

Charlotte Observer - [Full Article]

Panthers HC Ron Rivera was coy about the running back rotation before the Week 17 win at Atlanta, as well. DeAngelo Williams was listed as probable, but was held out for the fourth straight game with a broken bone in his right hand.

Jonathan Stewart has rushed for 486 yards over the past five games, beginning with the Nov. 30 loss at Minnesota when Williams was hurt. Rivera said he didn't want Williams to aggravate the injury against the Falcons last week.

"I decided we're in a good spot right now," Rivera said. "We've got guys that are 100 percent healthy, and why expose an injury that's something as simple as a nick that could turn into something worse?"

Fantasy Impact:

Williams played in only six regular-season games, while a healthy Stewart had his best season since 2009. But Rivera said he's not worried about disrupting the offensive chemistry by working Williams back in the rotation. "No, he's part of our chemistry," Rivera said, according to the story. But Stewart has excelled as the lead back without Williams around, so it remains to be seen if Rivera reverts back to both RBs. It's not a friendly matchup against the Cards, which could tempt Rivera to change things up.

Cards 'hopeful' Drew Stanton plays in Wild Card game

Monday, December 29, 2014, 10:13am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim made his usual appearance on Arizona Sports 98.7 Monday morning, and had a positive tone when asked about the possibility of Drew Stanton making Saturday’s playoff game with the Panthers.

“At this point it’s day-to-day, but we’re hopeful,” Keim said.

The Cardinals would still likely be underdogs on the road Saturday, but would have a more compelling chance against a suddenly hot Panthers Defense.

Fantasy Impact:

Getting Stanton back would be a huge boost to the Cardinals, who have floundered badly under third-choice Ryan Lindley, the story said. Stanton was recovering well from his previous knee injury when he had to be treated for an infection last week, an infection the team believes was picked up outside its facilities.

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) INACTIVE

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 3:06pm

Panthers Inactives
James Dockery DB
David Foucault T
A.J. Klein OLB
Robert Lester SS
Kyle Love DT
Amini Silatolu G
DeAngelo Williams RB

Fantasy Impact:

Williams is inactive despite a probable tag. Jonathan Stewart should produce big numbers in a great matchup against the Falcons. Stewart has the most rushing yards in the league over the last four weeks.