NJ.com's Matt Lombardo believes Wayne Gallman -- not Jonathan Stewart -- has the "inside track" to win the Giants' #2 RB job. Lombardo notes Gallman's burst, elusiveness and pass-catching ability as edges over Stewart, who looked like "a plodding veteran running back trying to hang on" this spring. It's a situation we'll monitor when training camp opens, but neither guy is worth a pick outside of deep best-ball drafts. The bigger takeaway here is that rookie Saquon Barkley is already entrenched as the Giants' feature back.
The Giants selected Penn State RB Saquon Barkley with the 2nd pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Barkley checks all the boxes. He was a dual-threat over the past 3 seasons, totaling 3,843 rushing yards and 43 TDs on 5.7 yards per carry, plus another 1,195 yards and 8 scores on 102 receptions. The tape shows a home run hitter with plus, plus pass-catching ability. Barkley looks like some sort of cyborg mix between Barry Sanders and David Johnson. He went to the Combine and measured 6’0, 233 pounds and recorded a 98th percentile SPARQ score. The cherry on top is that he just turned 21 in February. Barkley is the 5th RB to be selected inside the top 10 picks over the past 4 years. The 4 previous — Todd Gurley, Ezekiel Elliott, Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey — all finished their rookie seasons as top 10 PPR RBs. Even behind a shaky offensive line in New York, Barkley will have a good shot to make it 5-for-5. He’ll have volume on his side in a backfield that includes only Jonathan Stewart, Wayne Gallman and Paul Perkins.
The Giants have reached a 2-year agreement with RB Jonathan Stewart. The former Panther fell off to 3.8 and then 3.4 yards per carry over the past 2 years, while catching just 8 passes each season. Stewart is well past his prime and joining an offense that still has O-line questions to answer. It's tough to like him at all in fantasy football. We'll see how early the team drafts backfield competition.
The Panthers have released RB Jonathan Stewart. He turns 31 in about a month and averaged a career-worst 3.4 yards per carry this past season. If he earns a role elsewhere in 2018, it'll be primarily as a short-yardage and goal-line specialist. Carolina, meanwhile, is left with Fozzy Whittaker and Cameron Artis-Payne behind Christian McCaffrey, who averaged 3.7 yards per carry on 117 attempts as a rookie. McCaffrey's rushing volume should grow this coming season, but the Panthers might also add another back behind him.
Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (back) put in a full practice on Thursday. He was a surprise inactive after his back tightened up last weekend but is on track to play against the Saints on Sunday. Stewart totaled 23 carries for 102 yards (4.4 YPC) in 2 regular-season games vs. New Orleans.
Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart is inactive for today's game against the Falcons after his back tightened up on him this morning, according to the team's official website. The report adds that Carolina "will likely split carries" between Christian McCaffrey and Cameron Artis-Payne. McCaffrey will obviously dominate the pass-catching work.
Max Henson of the Panthers' official website expects RB Jonathan Stewart to get the "bulk of the carries this season," despite the addition of 1st-round rookie Christian McCaffrey. Media members throw around predictions like this all the time -- and they shouldn't be taken too stringently. We're still betting on McCaffrey out-carrying Stewart this year, but the important takeaway is that the veteran will remain involved. That figures to be especially true near the goal line, where Stewart scored on 9 of 16 carries from inside the opponent's 5-yard line. There's some best-ball appeal here, especially at his recent 12th-round MFL10 ADP. McCaffrey, meanwhile, should settle into the 200-250 touch range. But he's pricey with an ADP at the 3rd/4th-round turn.
The Panthers selected Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey with the 8th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. McCaffrey was a do-it-all weapon for the Cardinal, tallying 3,622 yards and 21 TDs on the ground and 955 yards and 8 more scores through the air over the past 2 seasons. His breakout 2015 campaign — as a true sophomore — featured 2,019 rushing yards (2nd most in the country), 45 catches and 645 receiving yards. McCaffrey was the only player in FBS to lead his school in both rushing and receiving. This past year wasn’t quite as productive, but he still totaled 1,913 yards, averaged 6.3 yards per carry and scored a career-high 16 TDs. He also contributed in the return game, and his 6,191 all-purpose yards over the last 2 years are the most over any 2-year span in FBS history. McCaffrey is lightning-quick on tape and confirmed that with elite 3-cone and shuttle times at the Combine. And despite going just 5’11 and 202 pounds, he proved capable of handling a big workload at Stanford, averaging 23.6 carries per game and missing just 1 contest over the past 2 seasons. McCaffrey figures to share the rushing load with Jonathan Stewart and dominate passing-down work in the short term. Longer term, he’s a guy who could approach or even top 300 total touches.
The Panthers have inked RB Jonathan Stewart to a 1-year extension. He was set to hit free agency next offseason but is now signed in Carolina through the 2018 campaign. Stewart turned 30 a few days ago and averaged just 3.8 yards per carry last year, so this is a curious move. He's the favorite, at least at this point, to serve as Carolina's lead back in 2017. But the Panthers are still a candidate to add a RB early in next month's draft.
Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (foot) is active for today’s game against the Bucs. There’s still a chance that his workload is limited in a game that means nothing to Carolina, making Stewart a risk/reward fantasy play.
Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (foot) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Bucs. He didn’t practice on Wednesday or Thursday but was a full-go on Friday. That suggests that he’ll play, but his workload could still be limited in a game that means nothing to Carolina.
Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart missed practice on both Wednesday and Thursday with a foot injury. His last carry in Week 16 came late in the 3rd quarter. It looks like he's in danger of missing this weekend's finale -- which, of course, is meaningless to the Panthers. Stewart's absence would leave Carolina's backfield to Cameron Artis-Payne and Fozzy Whittaker.
Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart rushed for just 66 yards on 24 carries (a 2.8-yard average) in Sunday's win over the Chargers but scored 1 of Carolina's 2 offensive TDs. San Diego presents a solid run D but isn't stellar. Stewart added 0 catches on 2 pass targets, but his fantasy line shows why he's in lineups at this point. We can't count on efficiency from Stewart, but volume and scoring opportunities have often been on Stewart's side.
Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Saints. He put in full workouts on Thursday and Friday. J-Stew is a RB2 with upside vs. the league’s 32nd-ranked RB defense. RB Cameron Artis-Payne is a healthy scratch today, leaving RBs Fozzy Whittaker and Mike Tolbert behind Stewart.
Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) practiced all week, including full workouts on Thursday and Friday. He's listed as questionable but is good to go for this weekend's dream matchup against the Saints. No team has allowed more fantasy points to RBs than New Orleans.
Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) told reporters on Thursday that he's "definitely" playing against the Saints this weekend. He figures to return as the lead back in a dream matchup. New Orleans ranks dead last in fantasy points allowed to RBs. Stewart went for 113 total yards and a score in the Superdome last year.
Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) "appears set to return" for Sunday's game against the Saints, according to ESPN's Mike Triplett. Stewart has missed the past 3 games but should be reinserted as Carolina's clear lead back. He's immediately back on the RB2 radar for a dream matchup vs. New Orleans' 32nd-ranked RB defense.
Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) has been ruled out for Monday night's game against the Bucs. HC Ron Rivera said Saturday that he feels "pretty comfortable" with Stewart being ready to return for Week 6. Fozzy Whittaker and Cameron Artis-Payne will again share backfield duties this week.
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