Jonathan Stewart Looks Good In Fantasy Debut

Sep 16, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (28) runs the ball during the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

Jonathan Stewart scores in 2012 debut. We break down the fantasy implications.

Jonathan Stewart returned from his ankle injury with flying colors by rushing for 51 yards on 11 carries and hauling in a 17-yard TD reception.

Analysis: A 4.6 YPC is a good way to start the season even though he had a better average last year. The Panthers have some of the best run blocking in the league and Stewart should be able to hold some low-end RB2 value as long as he gets 12 touches. Those touches could go up, but odds are that the Panthers will use their aerial attack against the pathetic Giants pass D. The Oregon Duck should definitely be owned, but he's not a must-start by any stretch.

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