For those looking to draft Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart in their fantasy draft, look no further.
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Stewart injured his right ankle on August 26 against the Jets. X-rays were negative, and Pro Football Talk reported that it was just a sprain. Stewart was held out of the final preseason game, and was listed as day-to-day. It does seem that he should be ready to go for Week 1.
Season projections: ESPN has him with 772 rushing yards, four rushing touchdowns, 175 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown. CBS Sports has him rushing for 743 yards, five touchdowns, 247 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown.
Stewart will likely receive 30% of carries, with DeAngelo Williams getting 35%, Cam Newton getting 20% and Mike Tolbert getting 15%.
Same Tier Players You Should Take Before Stewart
You should take Ahmad Bradshaw, Donald Brown, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Willis McGahee before you take Jonathan Stewart.
Same Tier Players You Should Take Stewart Over
You should take Jonathan Stewart before you take C.J. Spiller, Shonn Greene, Ryan Williams and Ben Tate.
Stewart, assuming health, fits fantastically as a RB4 and is passable as a RB3, but given that the Panthers have Cam Newton and Mike Tolbert to run the ball near the goal line takes away Stewart's TD potential, and makes him a risk before the 7th round.