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|Tolbert was an unexpected fantasy star in 2010 and he followed that up with another solid season in 2011, averaging more than 10 FPts/G for the second consecutive year. In 2010, he ran for a career-high 735 yards and piled up 11 rushing touchdowns. Last season, he took a slightly different path, producing 490 rushing yards, 433 receiving yards and ten total touchdowns (two through the air). While Tolbert was a solid producer in San Diego, he faces an uncertain future in a crowded Panthers backfield. Tolbert is clearly the third most talented running back on the roster behind Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams but he is a better short yardage runner than either of those players. Unfortunately for Tolbert, the Panthers main threat on short yardage rushing players is quarterback Cam Newton. While Tolbert excelled as a receiver with the Chargers, he will likely split that role with Stewart in 2012. Add it all up and Tolbert shapes up as a player who will likely put a damper on the fantasy production of Stewart and Williams but not produce enough to make him worth owning in the majority of leagues.
| Jonathan Stewart ruled out for Week 16 -- Thu Dec 24 12:25 pm --|
Cameron Artis-Payne in play
|Rivera confirms that Jonathan Stewart won't play Sunday. (Bryan Strickland on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Cameron Artis-Payne is the Carolina running back to take a chance with if you're searching for help at the position. He's likely to share time and snaps with Fozzy Whittaker and Mike Tolbert but is the best bet among the three to get early-down work against the Falcons.
| Jonathan Stewart not practicing Tuesday -- Tue Dec 22 11:43 am --|
Panthers being cautious with injured RB
|Charlotte Observer reporter Jonathan Jones on Twitter: "No Jonathan Stewart as the practice horn blows" -- which leads us to believe the Panthers are being cautious with their No. 1 RB. (Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: He's not ready yet. Look for Cameron Artis-Payne to lead touches and Fozzy Whittaker and Mike Tolbert to help out in passing downs and at the goal line.
|Jonathan Stewart to see fewer carries? -- Thu Dec 3 7:30 pm --|
HC Ron Rivera will look for opportunities to keep his RB fresh
|Panthers HC Ron Rivera says he's going to try to find chances to spell Jonathan Stewart as Panthers head into stretch run. (Joe Person on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Although fantasy owners don't like the idea of one of the few remaining 20-carry backs seeing his carries reduced down the stretch, it makes sense given the team's standing in the NFC, Stewart's injury history and the fact so many of his carries are physical inside runs. Still, it is unlikely Stewart will lose more than 3-5 touches per game to Mike Tolbert or Cameron Artis-Payne, so any drop-off in fantasy should be minimal.