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DeAngelo Williams runs well, but has poor fantasy outing against Saints

Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams ran well on Sunday against the Saints. We break down the fantasy implications.

Chris Graythen

The Carolina Panthers couldn't get much going on the ground Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, at least when it came to the running backs. DeAngelo Williams led the way with 13 carries for 52 yards, which was solid at 4.0 yards per carry, but he didn't find the end zone.

Quarterback Cam Newton, once again, put up solid rushing yards. Newton kept the ball six times and rushed for 48 yards, and in total, the Panthers had 23 carries for 128 yards, which is far better than New Orleans' 69 yards. Had the Saints not built an early lead with three touchdowns in the second quarter, Williams might have been able to put something together.

Jonathan Stewart had just the one carry for 16 yards before going down with an injury. It's unfortunate given his lengthy injury history already, especially given that this seems to be significant.

Fantasy Impact: Stewart has little to no fantasy value for the short remainder of the fantasy season at this point. Williams has some, but really, Newton is the only true must-start fantasy option for Carolina, due to his ability to put up passing and rushing yardage. Williams is a deep start at best, though he did run well when he actually had the ball on Sunday.

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