Falcons Fantasy News

Jonathan Stewart has sprained foot

Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 11:01am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Panthers have a chance to wrap up home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a win this weekend and a Cardinals loss, but they may not have running back Jonathan Stewart available to help them with their end of the equation.

Stewart exited last Sunday’s game against the Falcons early because of a foot injury, but coach Ron Rivera said it wasn’t a serious injury after the game and suggested Stewart might have returned had the Panthers not been up by so much on their way to a 38-0 victory. That caution may extend to this weekend.

Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that Stewart is dealing with a sprain and that his status for the game against the Giants is “unclear” at this point in the week.

Fantasy Impact:

Given the Panthers’ record, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them opt to go with Mike Tolbert, Fozzy Whittaker and Cameron Artis-Payne out of the backfield to ensure Stewart is healthy when the Panthers need him in the postseason.

Monday, December 14, 2015, 10:35am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Perhaps the best way for Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera to rest players late in the season is for them to build a big lead early in games, as they did in Sunday’s 38-0 win over the Falcons.

The snap counts reveal that only three Carolina players were on the field for every down.

Quarterback Cam Newton sat out the entire fourth quarter and played only 48 of 65 offensive snaps after helping the Panthers to a 28-0 lead at halftime and a 38-0 lead through three quarters.

Running back Jonathan Stewart, who had gone eight consecutive games with 20-plus carries, was in for just 19 snaps.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say there are no guarantees the Panthers (13-0) will build big leads in their final three games as they continue to pursue a perfect regular season record. But Sunday’s snap counts show that Rivera is taking advantage of opportunities when they arise.

Greg Olsen, Jonathan Stewart injured vs. Falcons

Sunday, December 13, 2015, 6:42pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen went down late in the first half of Sunday's NFC South game against the Atlanta Falcons holding his knee after an incompletion in the end zone.

Initial tests did not reveal damage to Olsen's ACL.

Also, running back Jonathan Stewart suffered a foot injury late in the first half, and kicker Graham Gano was being tested for a possible concussion.

Stewart rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries in the first half.

Fantasy Impact:

Reports on Olsen say he should be fine. Stewart was questionable to return but with a big lead there wasn't a good chance the Panthers were going to bring either player back. The Panthers have now clinched a first round bye which means there isn't a big need to rush guys like Olsen and Stewart back on the field over the next few weeks. It's a situation to monitor for fantasy owners as all that's left for the Panthers is clinching home field advantage.

Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:22pm

Falcons WR Devin Hester (toe, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 14.

Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:22pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (knee, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 14. Jones is not a recommended daily play this week, at least in cash games. He has not fared well against Carolina in recent games (10 catches for 117 yards combined in two games last year) and Panther CB Josh Norman is playing as well as anyone. Since Week 4, Jones is the #11 WR, and given the matchup, he’s not necessarily a must-start in season-long leagues either.

Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:22pm

Falcons TE Tony Moeaki (hamstring, probable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 14.

Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:22pm

Falcons TE Jacob Tamme (shoulder, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 14. Tamme should be fine to play on Sunday. He had a disappointing Week 13, but is a bounce back candidate this week with the Panthers likely focused on stopping Julio Jones.

Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:22pm

Falcons K Matt Bryant (right quadricep, out) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is out for Week 14. Bryant is done for the year, so Shayne Graham will continue to kick for the Falcons.

Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6:31pm

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (not injury related) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. He’s a nice play against the Falcons, who have given up 15 rushing touchdowns in 12 games.

Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6:31pm

Falcons WR Devin Hester (toe) took limited practice reps again Thursday.

Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6:31pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Jones is not a recommended daily play this week, at least in cash games. He has not fared well against Carolina in recent games (10 catches for 117 yards combined in two games last year) and Panther CB Josh Norman is playing as well as anyone. Since Week 4, Jones is the #11 WR, and given the matchup, he’s not necessarily a must-start in season-long leagues either.

Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6:31pm

Falcons TE Tony Moeaki (hamstring) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice.

Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6:31pm

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (not injury related) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Olsen is good to go for a nice matchup with the Falcons.

Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6:31pm

Falcons TE Jacob Tamme (shoulder) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Tamme should be fine to play on Sunday. He had a disappointing Week 13, but is a bounce back candidate this week with the Panthers likely focused on stopping Julio Jones.

Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6:31pm

Falcons K Matt Bryant (right quadricep) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Shayne Graham has been filling in.

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