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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

NYG RB Jonathan Stewart - 2018 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

After 10 years and 51 rushing touchdowns with the Panthers, Jonathan Stewart joins a Giants team that has struggled running the ball consistently ever since Tiki Barber’s prime years. Stewart has no shot at the starting job with first-round rookie Saquon Barkley in the fold, but he should play a traditional backup role. Should Barkley go down with an injury, Stewart could get a dozen carries per game, which would put him in borderline RB2 territory, particularly in standard league formats.

Fantasy Downside

Stewart is 31 years old, has a history of injuries, and only averaged 3.4 yards per carry last season. He’s lost the burst that made him dangerous early in his career, and he has no shot of competing for a starting job. He also may be challenged for backup and change-of-pace touches from Wayne Gallman, who showed flashes last year.

2018 Bottom Line

Stewart probably shouldn’t be drafted in most leagues as anything more than a handcuff on a team with a deep bench. Even if an injury forces him into a full workload, expect more of a committee approach with Gallman, and the Giants passing attack to do the heavy lifting.

by Brandon Niles

CAR RB Jonathan Stewart - Week 18 Fantasy Football Outlook

Wild Card Round at New Orleans Saints

Jonathan Stewart sat out the last game of the season, and he may be a little banged up against the Saints this week. However, assuming he plays as expected, he should be in for a healthy workload, at least on first and second down. Stewart hasn’t put up big numbers this year, but averaging 13.2 carries per game makes him a viable fantasy option.

The Saints were above-average against the run this season, and Stewart has limited upside because he doesn’t do much in the passing game anymore. However, if you need a low-cost, deep option in standard league formats, then Stewart has some value.

by Brandon Niles

CAR RB Jonathan Stewart - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 at Atlanta Falcons

Jonathan Stewart struggled last week against the Bucs, along with the rest of the Panthers offense, and he finished with only 19 yards on 7 carries. Stewart has been a high-floor option in standard leagues for much of the season, but with Christian McCaffrey getting the bulk of the touches lately and the Falcons allowing only 6 rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs this year, he should probably be on the bench this week.

by Brandon Niles

CAR RB Jonathan Stewart - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jonathan Stewart was back to his paltry average last week, putting up only 27 yards on 11 carries. Stewart has found space at times this season, but has struggled for much of the year. He continues to get double-digit carries each week though, giving him value.

The Bucs just gave up 126 yards on 22 carries to Devonta Freeman last week, so Stewart has a chance to deliver. He’ll continue to get two-down work, giving him a high floor in standard league formats.

by Brandon Niles

CAR RB Jonathan Stewart - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 vs. Green Bay Packers

Jonathan Stewart had a huge day against the Vikings last week, rushing for 103 yards and 3 touchdowns on 16 carries. Much of that was due to a 60-yard touchdown early in the game, but it was good to see Stewart back above the century mark for only the second time this season.

The Packers have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this year, but only seven rushing touchdowns to the position. Stewart has been disappointing for much of the season, so fantasy owners might want to remain cautious, but he has some upside due to the number of carries he’s likely to get. He should be considered a high-floor option in deep standard leagues.

by Brandon Niles

CAR RB Jonathan Stewart - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 vs. Minnesota Vikings

Jonathan Stewart had only 45 yards on 11 carries last week against the Saints, but he scored another touchdown, his third in his last five games. Stewart remains the primary two-down option in the Panthers backfield, giving him some potential in standard and in touchdown-only leagues, but his lack of work in the passing game and his 3.2 yards-per-carry average this season make him tough to trust in most leagues.

by Brandon Niles

CAR RB Jonathan Stewart - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 at New Orleans Saints

Jonathan Stewart had a touchdown last week against the Jets, but he only averaged 1.7 yards per carry, and finished with 26 yards. More concerning is that Christian McCaffrey has out-snapped him 95 to 52 over the past two games.

Stewart did get 15 carries, and he has some value in standard leagues because he continues to get two-down work. However, he’s very touchdown dependent and will face a Saints team that has allowed only 4 rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs this year. Stewart is a desperation option only.