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Fantasy Info: Is Panthers’ Jonathan Stewart Injury Prone?

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Jonathan Stewart had a break out rookie season in 2008. With a quality 4.5 yards per carry and 10 touchdowns as well. For all the success Stewart had in ’08 there were still problems that have arisen, that will hold Jon back from being a fantasy stud.

Jonathan’s first major problem is his fellow counter part running back DeAngelo Williams. Williams broke out last season for 20 touchdowns and to many was the fantasy football MVP of 2008.

Furthering Stewart’s problems is that head coach John Fox has been very consistent from day one in Carolina, about using a veteran runner over a young stud. This means that fantasy owners should expect Jon to receive second licks in the offense yet again in 2009.

The second problem that keeps coming up for Stewart is that he always seems to have an ailment that holds him back. I hope for his sake the does not end up with an injury label like Fred “fragile” Taylor received by many in his prime.

This off-season Stewart is out until August

For the second year in a row Stewart has missed all the OTA work in June with Carolina. Last season he had surgery before the ’08 draft and that cost him lots of work in the summer. During the season Stewart played on a bad toe and while he was effective, he was breaking down physically.

At this current time Stewart is resting a sore achilles tendon. It is widely believed that Jonathon acquired this injury while compensating for his toe, in the regular season.

Jonathan Stewart’s Fantasy Football Information

NFL: DEC 08 Buccaneers at Panthers

Right now Jon needs to show that he can bounce back from his injury in August pre-season games. If he looks good then expect Stewart to be used the same way he was last year. Only difference being that he may receive more goal line opportunity’s, should Williams faultier in the early portion of the season.

I liken Stewart’s value this season to Larry Johnson’s value when Priest Holmes was still the star in Kansas City in ’05. That year Priest was still a top four over all selection in fantasy circles, but no one could deny that LJ was a very good runner as well. In some leagues that year Johnson went as high as the 5th round in fantasy drafts. Look for this situation to be the same as Stewart is to valuable to ignore.

If you happen to draft DeAngelo in the first round of your draft, it would be wise to consider using a 5th round pick to have Stewart as well. Remember in ’05 by the middle of the season, Holmes went down with an injury, when he ran into a rookie named Shawn Marriman. Once Johnson took over, he lead many fantasy owners to a championship that season.

In the end if you have invested a top end pick in Williams, the last thing you want to see is someone else partying with Stewart after your stud goes down.

NFL: JAN 10 NFC Divisional Game - Cardinals at Panthers

Written By- Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com

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