Some fantasy football owners only care about individual players, not NFL teams. Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams knows that, and he also knows that he will be very valuable to fantasy owners next season.
The Panthers shocked a lot of people by winning the NFC South in 2013, but their offense will have a completely different look next season.
Carolina has lost a bunch of receivers in recent days. Veteran Steve Smith was cut by the team and recently signed with the Baltimore Ravens. Ted Ginn Jr. signed with the Arizona Cardinals after only one season in Carolina, and Brandon LaFell joined the New England Patriots.
Anyone outside of Charlotte would have a tough time naming anybody left in the Panthers' receiving corps. That fact hasn't gone unnoticed by current Panthers players.
Running back DeAngelo Williams made a witty remark on Saturday night about the value that Carolina running backs will have to fantasy owners next season:
Well looking at things as they stand Jonathan and I will be high fantasy draft picks — DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) March 16, 2014
If the Panthers don't add any prolific receivers, either through free agency or in the draft, he's right.
Williams rushed for 843 yards last season, and Jonathan Stewart added 180 yards on the ground. Those numbers look like they are poised to increase for both players, given all of the losses the team has suffered this offseason.
Carolina losing receivers has turned into a huge gain for anyone who drafts a Panthers running back.