The Carolina Panthers came into the 2010 season with two all-star running backs in DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. Fantasy football players didn’t know which one to stick with but the teams who brought in both players reaped the benefits of the gamble thanks to injuries limiting each but, combined, earned owners the worth of one great runner.
With DeAngelo Williams becoming a free agent, it looked like the Panthers might just turn to Jonathan Stewart and hope for a healthy year for the young star. This decision might have hurt fantasy owners who rely on both since, even when healthy, they have both proven they can run for over 100 yards in the same game.
However, the Panthers chose not to travel that route and brought back DeAngelo Williams with a five-year, $43 million contract, which includes $21 million guaranteed.
Jonathan Stewart is excited about the return of his teammate, tweeting that he is back and then using the hash-tag #doubletrouble.
In 2010, Williams played in only six games, running for 361 yards and one touchdown. However, in the two years before that, he ran for a combined 2632 yards and 25 touchdowns.
Jonathan Stewart, sharing the load with Williams, ran for 770 yards in 2010 but only scored two touchdowns. However, in the two years before that, Stewart ran for a combined 1,969 yards with 20 touchdowns.
Combined, in the two years that both remained healthy, they averaged for a combined 2,300 yards and 22 touchdowns. That makes them worth owning in almost any fantasy football league.
The signing of Williams was one of four the Panthers have already made since the end of the NFL lockout. They also signed defensive end Charles Johnson, kicker Olindo Mare and tight end Ben Hartcock.
Fantasy football players need to keep their eye on specific dates leading up to fantasy football drafts.
July 26 – At 10 a.m. ET, Trading begins for 2011 League Year.
July 29 – At 6 p.m. ET, clubs may sign, or extend offer sheets to, all eligible players, in addition to drafted and undrafted rookies. Clubs may have such players report to the club’s facilities for physical examinations prior to signing. Eligible players may visit or try out at any club facility.
Aug. 4 – All clubs must be within the salary cap at 4:01 p.m. ET
Aug. 13-17 – Each club has until five days prior to its second preseason game to provide any tendered but unsigned exclusive rights player or restricted free agent with written notice of the club’s intent to place the player on the exempt list if the player fails to report at least the day before the club’s second preseason game.
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