RB Jonathan Stewart - Carolina Panthers
|5-10, 235||Born: 3-21-1987||College: Oregon||Drafted: Round 1, pick 13|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Stewart got a feature back workload, but a goal line fumble and tough play from the Bucs kept him from doing much for his fantasy owners. The Cleveland matchup is great in Week 16, but DeAngelo Williams could return and ruin the party for Stewart and his owners.
Week 16: vs Cleveland Browns
Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Jonathan Stewart has been the featured back for the past few games while DeAngelo Williams has been sidelined due to a hand injury - Stewart posted 22/73/0 rushing and 1/6/0 receiving vs. Tampa Bay last week and 20/155/1 rushing at New Orleans two weeks ago - he is getting a high volume of work and doing fairly well in his shot at headlining for the Panthers. The Browns' rush D was destroyed by Cincinnati last week (45/244/3 rushing), after they allowed 20/93/1 to the Colts two weeks ago. With rookie Johnny Manziel under center, the Browns couldn't sustain drives, leading to a 38:52 to 21:08 time of possession disparity in favor of Cleveland last week (leading to fatigue for the Browns' over-worked defenders). Manziel is in to stay, which probably means another long day at the office for the Browns' D - advantage, Carolina.
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Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 13 vs MIN (12 / 85 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
The lone bright spark in what was a dismal performance in all phases by the reeling Panthers, Jonathan Stewart showed the rest of the team how it is done. The former Oregon back showed terrific burst, patience and power throughout on only 12 carries to give the Panthers a semblance of a ground game that they so badly needed. A 26-yard scamper off left tackle was Stewart's highlight as he followed the lead block of his left guard Andrew Norwell and shot through a gap once it appeared to scoot down the left sideline. Stewart did a great job throwing a block for Newton on a broken play as the quarterback wheeled right to get a first down. It was evident that Stewart was getting stronger as the game wore on; between the tackles he was a load to deal with and often broke two tackles before being taken down.
2014 Week 14 vs NO (20 / 155 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Running hot and continuing to show why he should be the de facto number one back, Jonathan Stewart looked spry, shifty and powerful against a Saints defense that had no answers. Stewart's runs set a tone early and he was able to run through first contact and bull past would-be tacklers for some nice gains. Combined with his power and toughness, he showed an excellent patience when the holes weren't there; in general, however, the offensive line which had been much maligned for many weeks blew open gaps. Stewart was able to capitalise and showed breakaway speed to kill off the game at the start of the second half with a career-long run of 69 yards for a touchdown. Stewart felt the hole developing off right guard and sprang into life, shooting through and down the right sideline. It was a sensational display by a back whose toil of the past few weeks in losing efforts was rewarded at last.
2014 Week 15 vs TB (22 / 73 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Handed the bulk of the workload with DeAngelo Williams unable to play due to injury, Jonathan Stewart once more showed why he should remain the Panthers' top running back going forward. Stewart's economy of motion, combined with a swift yet powerful running style, allowed him to start this game off red hot. The offensive line, much maligned in recent games, maintained their blocks and gave Stewart an excellent platform, with rookie guard pairing Trai Turner and Andrew Norwell excelling in particular. Stewart burst through arm tackles for several long gains early, but even as Tampa Bay firmed up their run defense Stewart still found creases and exploited them when he could. A fumble in the red zone was the lone lowlight of an otherwise solid performance. On the play in question, Stewart tried to bounce a run outside after being stuffed initially. However, the Bucs were wise to it and within seconds three defenders converged on Stewart, ripping the ball free.
Latest NewsPanthers | Jonathan Stewart enjoying expanded role (Fri Dec 12, 10:20 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (hip) has averaged more than seven yards per carry in each of the team's last two games, and his 32 carries between those games are his most over a two-game stretch this year. Our View: Stewart has looked better with this expanded role. That being said, we still only trust him as a low-end RB2/flex play in Week 15.
link to story Panthers | Probable status for Jonathan Stewart (Fri Dec 12, 05:05 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (hip) practiced in full for the second straight day Friday, Dec. 12, and is probable for Week 15 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Our View: Stewart will get the bulk of the work in the Panthers backfield, and Cam Newton's absence could make him the #1 option at the goal line. He's worth a look as your RB2 this week.
link to story Panthers | Jonathan Stewart practices in full (Thu Dec 11, 03:01 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (hip) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 11. Our View: As we said earlier, we have Stewart as a solid RB2 this weekend against a terrible Buccaneers offense. With Cam Newton out, he could get an even bigger share this weekend. The one thing that trips this up is DeAngelo Williams. If Williams plays, Stewart's fantasy value goes down.
link to story Panthers | Jonathan Stewart on injury report (Wed Dec 10, 04:46 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (hip) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 10. Our View: Great....just what Stewart's fantasy owners don't want to hear. Stewart had a nice game last week, and he makes for a nice RB2/RB3/flex play in Week 15 versus the Buccaneers.
link to story Panthers | DeAngelo Williams will return to mix (Tue Dec 9, 04:12 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) will be in the mix in the backfield when he returns from a broken bone in his right hand, but head coach Ron Rivera would not say if he would start over RB Jonathan Stewart, who has been strong in Williams' absence. 'My preference. That's the only reason,' Rivera said. 'DeAngelo is a part of who we are. We'll see. We'll see how it is. It will be a day-by-day process with him. As the hand gets stronger and heals up, we'll go forward.' The offensive line was solid in the Week 14 win over the New Orleans Saints, and they helped Stewart run for 155 yards. QB Cam Newton also ran for 83 yards on the ground, while RB Mike Tolbert had 62 total yards and RB Fozzy Whittaker had 31 total yards and a touchdown. Our View: This is not what fantasy owners of Jonathan Stewart wanted to hear. Williams will be back, and he'll likely split time with Stewart. We'll know more about Williams health status in the near future.
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