There is nothing more maddening than an inconsistent running back on your fantasy football squad.
That's why steering clear of Carolina Panthers veteran DeAngelo Williams would be a good idea this season.
We all know about the time share between Williams and backfield mate Jonathan Stewart throughout the years. It benefits the Panthers to keep both backs healthy by distributing their carries, but it's a nightmare for fantasy owners week in and week out.
Williams had 155 carries last season. Stewart had 142 carries. That's why, despite averaging 5.2 yards per carry last season, Williams posted ho-hum totals of 836 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground (Stewart had 761 yards and four touchdowns).
Then you add dual-threat quarterback Cam Newton to the mix, along with offseason acquisition Mike Tolbert, and there is absolutely no way you can start Williams with confidence each week.
Newton had 126 carries last season in his rookie year and he has 24 carries through three games this season. Tolbert, a proverbial bowling ball, vultures touchdowns away from Williams just like Stewart and Newton do.
Week 3 was supposed to be the week Williams had a great chance of making a dent with Stewart out due to injury. Instead, he managed just 50 yards on 11 carries because the Panthers fell behind the New York Giants early and they were forced to air it out. It seems like even when things look bright for Williams before a game, something happens to remind us he is not a reliable fantasy football running back.
The Panthers face a pliable Atlanta Falcons run defense in Week 4. Williams could go off...or he could stink it up.
Williams rushed for over 80 yards in just three games last season. The only reason he made some sense was the fact that he found the end zone a few times.
But you can never predict when Williams will score and the Panthers have added another goal-line option in Tolbert this season.
Do yourself a favor and spare yourself the headache that is DeAngelo Williams.