If there is one thing that fantasy football owners cringe about more than anything else when it comes to running backs it’s when teams decide to go with a “running back by committee” approach. If you are unfamiliar with what this means, it means that the team does not have just one starting running back that will carry the ball 20-25 times for 100 yards. It means that a team will choose to share the carries and time that their running backs are on the field. This method is great for NFL teams, especially when you want to rest your running backs and not overwork them. However, if you are a fantasy football owner, you hate this idea!
For most of the season, the Carolina Panthers had a pretty good system working at running back. DeAngelo Williams would carry the ball on the early downs, and on third down and goal line situations the ball would go to Mike Tolbert. Owners could own one of these guys, and even though it was a type of “running back by committee” both players were scoring fantasy points for their owners.
Then in Week 9, injured running back Jonathan Stewart came back to the running back rotation for the Panthers. If any of you saw the numbers from the game then you already know what I am going to say.
If you now own any of the Carolina Panthers’ running backs, then it might be time to trade them now while they still have some value. Stewart had nine carries for 43 yards and Williams had 11 carries for 42 yards. Yes, Tolbert had a touchdown in the game, but this timeshare is going to hurt all of their values.
If I was a betting man, I would say that this timeshare will last most of the year (unless of course someone gets injured). If you have room on your bench, I would keep the Panthers running back that I own. However, if I could trade one of them away to get a piece of the puzzle that I need to make the playoffs, I would do so and quickly!