In week 1, DeAngelo Williams played well for the Carolina Panthers running for 72 yards on 14 carries leaving him with a 5.1 yards per carry average. After dealing with soreness in his thigh last week in practice and later a flaring of the thigh injury, Williams was sidelined for the Panthers week 2 game against the Detroit Lions. Jonathon Stewart assumed the lead back position, not surprisingly running very inefficiently, toting the rock 15 times while amassing a meager 37 yards, or 2.5 yards per carry. Luckily for fantasy owners the day was saved when he tumbled into the end zone on a goal line carry for a touchdown.
Reports out the Panthers camp suggest that Williams will indeed suit up for Sunday night’s showdown against the lackluster run defense of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ranked 4th worst in the NFL through two games, the Steelers have surrendered 5.15 yards per carry to opposing rushers while yielding 170 rushing yards per game. If DeAngelo plays, he will assume his usual position of early down work, while Stewart will mix in stealing some carries on third down and goal line formations, same goes for Mike Tolbert. Both Stewart and Williams can be considered RB3s for week 3, giving the slight edge to DeAngelo, assuming he is healthy and ready to go.