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Scouting report

by Chris Kucharski

BUF RB Mike Tolbert - Week 7 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 7 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Tolbert is clearly the backup for LeSean McCoy, but that does not produce many touches because McCoy's usage is top-five in the NFL. Where Tolbert has some fantasy value is in goal-line situations. He only has 1 touchdown but will get those opportunities should they become available.

Since that is Tolbert's main strength, it's not enough to have him in a starting lineup, and he is even a borderline roster player at this point.

by Brandon Niles

CAR RB Mike Tolbert - 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Mike Tolbert remains a powerful battering ram with surprisingly soft hands who led Carolina RBs in targets last year with 27. He also caught three touchdown passes. He also had 17 red zone carries last year and is still used frequently in short yardage situations.

Fantasy Downside
Tolbert loses a lot of his goal line value merely by playing on the same team as Cam Newton, who was second on the team with 29 red zone carries last year. Tolbert will be 31 in November and hasn’t looked as powerful the last two years as he did from 2010 to 2013.

2016 Bottom Line
Tolbert will remain the starting fullback and will continue to get some short yardage runs and looks in the passing game, but his upside is so limited and he’s unlikely to put up consistent enough fantasy numbers to warrant serious draft consideration. In touchdown-only leagues, he has a little bit of value as an end-of-the-bench guy and bye-week fill-in. Ultimately however, fantasy owners should look to someone with more upside.

by Brandon Niles

CAR RB Mike Tolbert - Week 21, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Super Bowl vs. Denver
Mike Tolbert had one catch and three carries in the NFC Championship Game against the Cardinals, but ended up with only 18 total yards from scrimmage in a blowout victory for the Panthers. This week probably won’t be any better for Tolbert against Denver’s top ranked defense in rushing yards allowed per attempt. However, if fantasy owners are looking for a low cost option outside of the top three running backs to fill out their lineups, you could do worse than Tolbert, who always has an outside chance at a touchdown and is active in the passing game some weeks. Tolbert isn’t a good option, but he’s the best-of-the-rest of the options after you get past the main guys this week.

by Brandon Niles

CAR RB Mike Tolbert - Week 20, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

NFC Championship vs. Arizona

Mike Tolbert had seven carries for 17 yards last week against the Seahawks. He’s a situational player for the Panthers when Jonathan Stewart is healthy and his workload will be limited as a result. His size and activity in the passing game can lead to scores sometimes, making him a better option than several other backups playing this weekend, but with other options available, Tolbert probably should be avoided.

by Brandon Niles

CAR RB Mike Tolbert - Week 19, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 19 vs. Seattle
Mike Tolbert had ten carries for 59 yards to finish the season against the Bucs, but was largely used to complement rookie Cameron Artis-Payne in the absence of starter Jonathan Stewart. With Stewart likely back in the fold this week against the Seahawks, Tolbert’s workload should decrease. Tolbert has a nose for the end zone, giving him some value in touchdown only leagues, but unless Stewart is a late scratch from the game, Tolbert is probably too risky to warrant fantasy consideration in most league formats.

by Brandon Niles

CAR RB Mike Tolbert - Week 17, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs. Tampa Bay

Mike Tolbert had only four touches last week, including a pair of receptions, and wound up with only 29 yards on the day against a surprisingly stout Falcons defense. The Panthers suffered their first loss of the season and gave most of the rushing work to Cameron Artis-Payne and Fozzy Whitaker instead of the big, bruising Tolbert. Fantasy owners should consider Tolbert a low end fantasy option due to his lack of touches, and against the Bucs this week, there’s no reason to think he’ll get any additional work.

by Brandon Niles

CAR RB Mike Tolbert - Week 16, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 vs. Atlanta
Mike Tolbert had five carries last week, but only managed 10 yards on the day. He remains a short yardage kind of player who will occasionally catch the ball out of the backfield, and will reward fantasy owners with a touchdown once in a while. However, Cameron Artis-Payne got the bulk of the work last week, and there’s no reason to expect that to change this week with Jonathan Stewart still being rested for the upcoming playoffs. Tolbert has a little more value in TD only leagues, but generally doesn’t get enough touches to warrant being on a fantasy roster.

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