Can't We All Just Get Along? DeAngelo Williams vs. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers RBs
Both of these guys look to be capable of carrying the full load as an every-down RB, however there are only so many carries to go around. This damning fact prevents either of these guys from reaching full value. For DeAngelo, he can't be a surefire RB1 each week. Williams is only getting 52% of RZ carries and 56% of GL carries, which combined with losing carries to JStew, really hurts his value.
For Stewart it makes him nothing more than a RB2 in good matchups. His chunk of the scoring opportunities (44% RZ, 38% GL) really serve more to hurt DeAngelo than to help Stewart's value. Stewart's main problem is, obviously, averaging less than 10 carries per week. At that rate, no one can be trusted.
The Panthers play an awful Bills run defense this week, so I wouldn't do anything rash with these guys until next week, when they will each be near their peak values. I do see them as great sell-high candidates after this week, seeing as they face one of the toughest schedules against the run from here on out (including Minnesota and the Giants in Weeks 15 and 16).Brandon Jacobs vs. Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants RBs
Last week, I felt confident Jacobs would regain his status as the Giants go-to RB. This week, not so much. Six games in, it's clear Bradshaw is the more effective RB. The once big gap in RZ and carry % between the two has shrunk significantly. Jacobs now sits at a pedestrian 58%, while Bradshaw climbs the ranks at 42%.
While they face a tough matchup in Arizona this week, Bradshaw is still a solid RB2 in all formats, while Jacobs is now relegated to being a fringe RB1. This is one situation that will be very interesting to watch, and it goes to show you should always handcuff your stud RBs. Don't Give Up, Yet Ryan Grant, Packers RB
Grant clearly doesn't have the same speed and acceleration as the guy we were introduced to in 2007. However, he still has a few things going for him. For starters, Grant plays in a good offense which generates a good amount of scoring opportunities. More importantly, Grant continues to receive nearly all of the Packers' carries in the RZ and GL. With 85% of RZ carries and 5 of 7 GL carries,
Grant is still be giving an elite chunk of his team's scoring chances.
Although Ahman Green
was just signed, I see that more as a replacement for the disappointing Brandon Jackson
than a bad omen for Grant. Stick with Grant. He's going to turn it around and start rewarding Mike McCarthy's trust in scoring opportunities.Updated Red Zone Information for RBs:Updated Red Zone statistics for WRs: