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|The Panthers showed their commitment to Williams in the off-season, signing him to a five-year, $43-million contract that included $21-million in guarantees. Then they showed their commitment to a RBCC approach by signing free agent Mike Tolbert to supplement an already crowded Panthers backfield. And, of course, kill Williams’ chances of duplicating the success he enjoyed during his career year in 2008 (1,518 rushing yards and 20 total touchdowns). There are two problems with owning Williams on your fantasy roster. One is that he sits 4th in the pecking order for short yardage touches behind quarterback Cam Newton, Jonathan Stewart and Tolbert. The other is that he doesn’t catch the ball with just 27 receptions over the past two years. So, his fantasy production comes from rushing yards (54.4 yards per game over the past two seasons) and long touchdown runs (five touchdown runs of 22 yards or more in 2011). That isn’t a recipe for fantasy glory but it is a recipe for major inconsistency (eight games with less than five fantasy points). Consider Williams a low end RB3 in 2012.
| Le'Veon Bell expected to miss rest of season -- Sun Nov 1 10:00 pm --|
MCL tear worse than initially thought
|That optimism apparently was accurate, as to the ACL. However, the MCL damage reportedly is more significant than initially believed.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Bell has a “badly torn” MCL, along with other damage.
Bell is expected to miss the rest of the season. (ProFootballTalk)|
FF Today's Take: There was some optimism early in the evening that Bell had sidestepped a more serious tear, but if the MRI on Monday confirms the worst, Bell is expected to be placed on IR. In his absence, DeAngelo Williams will assume the No.1 running back role in Pittsburgh and is a must add if available in your league.