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Bills RB Mike Tolbert (hamstring) is out for Sunday's game against the Chargers. He's averaged 6.9 touches per game this season, so his absence gives RB LeSean McCoy a bit of a boost.

The Bills have signed RB Mike Tolbert. The notorious TD vulture has 45 scores on 833 career touches, although just 5 of those TDs have come over the last 3 seasons. Tolbert is 31 now and certainly won't be a 2017 fantasy option in Buffalo. But he could prove frustrating to LeSean McCoy owners.

The Panthers' official website calls Cameron Artis-Payne the "feature back" while Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) is sidelined. That's probably an exaggeration. Fozzy Whittaker and Mike Tolbert will also be involved. Artis-Payne averaged 12.7 touches per game with Stewart out last year. Expect similar volume in Week 3. That makes him just a RB3 or flex option against a stout Vikings defense.

Panthers HC Ron Rivera told reporters Monday that RB Jonathan Stewart will be out "at least a week or 2" with the hamstring injury suffered early in Sunday's win over the 49ers. His absence will leave the backfield to Fozzy Whittaker, Cameron Artis-Payne and Mike Tolbert. Whittaker took over as the lead back after Stewart exited yesterday, carrying 16 times for 100 yards and catching 3 passes for 31 more. Artis-Payne has been a healthy scratch the first 2 weeks because he doesn't contribute on special teams. He figures to have a role as long as Stewart is out, though. So will Tolbert. Whittaker will be your best fantasy bet here but shouldn't be considered more than a low-end RB2. Carolina gets a solid Vikings defense in Week 3.

The Panthers have ruled RB Jonathan Stewart (foot) out for the 3rd straight week. Carolina will run with Cameron Artis-Payne and Mike Tolbert leading the backfield against the Bucs, with RB Fozzy Whittaker also out. CAP is the best fantasy bet, but neither remaining RB looks particularly attractive.

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Falcons.  Carolina is wisely focused on getting him healthy for the postseason.  Cameron Artis-Payne, Mike Tolbert and Fozzy Whittaker will handle backfield duties again this week.  Artis-Payne is the best bet for touches and looks like a lower-end RB2 vs. an Atlanta defense that yielded 5.3 yards per carry to Panthers RBs a couple of weeks ago.

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (foot) was non-commital on his Week 16 status on Tuesday, according to insider Steve Reed.  "I am trying to get back as fast as I can," Stewart said.  HC Ron Rivera followed suit, saying he's "very comfortable" giving Stewart more time off and that he'll continue to "err on the side of caution."  Fantasy owners shouldn't be expecting Stewart to play against the Falcons this weekend.  That'll again leave the backfield to RBs Cameron Artis-Payne, Mike Tolbert and Fozzy Whittaker.

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (foot) has officially been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Giants.  We still don't have any clarity on what Carolina's backfield will look like with Mike Tolbert, Fozzy Whittaker and Cameron Artis-Payne.  It's a situation best avoided in fantasy lineups.  If you wanna dabble, Tolbert is the best TD bet.

Panthers HC Ron Rivera said Wednesday that RB Jonathan Stewart (foot) won't play in this weekend's game against the Giants.  The sprained foot is "not necessarily" an injury that will keep Stewart out beyond this week, Rivera added.  The coach also said that RB Fozzy Whittaker "likely" will start, RB Mike Tolbert "also could start," and RB Cameron Artis-Payne "will get game action."  Thanks, Ron.  Carolina will run plenty against a subpar Giants defense, but none of the Panthers RBs is a reliable fantasy option.

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (foot) did not practice on Wednesday.  His injury isn't believed to be serious, but the 13-0 Panthers have no reason to rush him back.  Stewart is probably worse than 50/50 to play against the Giants this weekend.  That'd leave the backfield to some combination of Cameron Artis-Payne, Fozzy Whittaker and Mike Tolbert.

Panthers insider Joe Person reports that RB Jonathan Stewart's status for Sunday's game against the Giants is "unclear."  Stewart sprained his foot last week, and the team will "err on the side of caution," according to Person.  It sounds like Carolina might opt to hold Stewart out this weekend.  And his snaps could be limited even if he plays.  We'll continue to keep a close eye on the situation over the next few days.  RBs Cameron Artis-Payne and Mike Tolbert figure to share backfield duties if Stewart doesn't play.

ESPN's David Newton reports that Panthers RB Mike Tolbert will factor into the team's plan to replace injured WR Kelvin Benjamin. That will include lining Tolbert up wide at times to run pass routes. Obviously, Tolbert isn't going to shift to WR full time, and Newton mentions his ability to line up at various spots, including at TE. But Tolbert's certainly capable of surprising receiving numbers, as he proved with 54 receptions for the Chargers in 2011. For his career, Tolbert has averaged an impressive 8.9 yards per catch and scored 8 receiving TDs. This guy's probably going to wind up with more fantasy starter weeks than just about anyone expects. We see him -- rather than rookie Cameron Artis-Payne -- as the 2nd Panthers RB to own behind Jonathan Stewart this year.

Panthers HC Ron Rivera would like to limit RB Jonathan Stewart to about 15 carries per game this season.  “The thing you’ve got to be careful about in this league is you can’t rely on one player at one position,’’ Rivera said. “Running back has definitely been proven that you’ve got to have a good two-back tandem. And that’s what we’re looking for. We’re looking for that complement to Jonathan."  Fifteen carries per game would put Stewart at 240 for the season.  That'd actually be a career-high and would have ranked 10th league-wide last year.  It's a workload that makes sense for a RB who's struggled with durability throughout his career.  Carolina currently has Fozzy Whittaker and Mike Tolbert behind Stewart on the depth chart, but they've shown interest in rookies Todd Gurley, Tevin Coleman and Buck Allen.  

Panthers RB Mike Tolbert (leg) is set to return for Sunday's game against the Vikings.  He's been out since Week 3 and totaled just 22 touches for 69 scoreless yards in 3 outings.  Tolbert isn't a fantasy asset, but he makes Carolina's backfield even messier.

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) is doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Bears. With DeAngelo Williams (ankle) and Mike Tolbert (leg) out, Darrin Reaves, Fozzy Whittaker and Chris Ogbonnaya will patrol the backfield. Reaves is the best bet for touches, but this could turn into a 3-man committee. We’d avoid the situation in fantasy if possible.

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart considers himself "week-to-week" with the sprained knee he suffered on Sunday night.  He's never been a particularly fast healer, so we're expecting him to miss at least a couple games.  RB Mike Tolbert (leg) was placed on the short-term IR, so he's out at least Week 13.  RB DeAngelo Williams, if he can get over his own quad injury, is going to dominate carries in the Panthers backfield for the foreseeable future.

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart has been diagnosed with a "severely" sprained knee, according to HC Ron Rivera.  He'll be re-assessed on Friday.  We'll look for a timetable then, but Stewart obviously won't play against the Ravens this weekend.  RB Mike Tolbert will also miss that game -- and likely a bunch more -- after suffering a hairline fracture on Sunday night.  That opens the door for DeAngelo Williams to assume a feature-back role if he can get over his quad injury.

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (quad) is not expected to play against the Lions today, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  That's not a surprise after he was unable to practice on Thursday or Friday.  Jonathan Stewart will serve as Carolina's lead back and is likely looking at 15 or so touches.  The matchup is tough, though, so consider J-Stew just a RB3 or flex.  He'll be spelled by RBs Mike Tolbert and Fozzy Whitaker.

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart has been constantly dealing with injuries since entering the league back in 2008.  He's missed 19 games and been limited in a bunch more.  But Stewart is supposedly enjoying his healthiest offseason in a while.  "Very excited about having Jonathan on the field," HC Ron Rivera said. "He's healthy again. He's moving the way we need him to move. I like what we're getting out of him. Even Jonathan is saying this is the first time he's been healthy [in a while]. So that's a good thing."  We remain skeptical of Stewart's ability to stay healthy.  And he still has DeAngelo Williams, Mike Tolbert and Cam Newton to contend with for carries.  But Carolina wants to go run-heavy this season, and Stewart is still only 27.  His ADP is sitting in the 17th round, which means he's going undrafted in a lot of league.  Stewart isn't a bad flier to take at the end of drafts.

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (quad) is listed as probable and will start Sunday night's game against the Saints.  He was limited in practice all week, though, and will continue to share carries with RBs Jonathan Stewart (probable, ankle) and Mike Tolbert.  The starting nod makes Williams the best bet in Carolina's backfield, but he's just a low-end RB3 or flex.

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