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Better RB3 in a 12-team League, Jonathan Stewart or Fred Jackson?

Inside the Redzone staff September 7, 2011 2


Jonathan Stewart | RB3 | goal line vulture | RBBC

Jonathan Stewart still in RBBC with DeAngelo Williams (photo by Kyle Tsui)


As in any fantasy football season, there will be some disagreements on who will perform what and who will do better, ‘this guy’ or ‘that guy’. Our writers, Bill Seng and JF get to debate a few topics that will be compelling in 2011. More than ever, we encourage you to leave a comment during these point and counter point series of blogs.



This is a tough call between these two running backs.  Talent wise, Stewart is by far a better running back, but both are playing on lousy teams.  Carolina is starting a rookie quarterback and is still splitting with DeAngelo Williams.  Jackson will be competing with the less accomplished CJ Spiller for carries. Spiller is more of a 3rd down/change of pace type back.  I think that Jonathan Stewart has more upside because DeAngelo Williams has only played in a full 16 games 2 out of his 5 seasons. Still struggling on this decision, but I would go with Fred Jackson over Stewart based on who will be getting more carries to start the year off.



Bill Seng

Wow, clean sweep JF! We disagree on every one of these! Jackson will turn 31 soon and has 6 games against solid run defenses like the Patriots, Jets, and Miami. I understand why people are down on Cam Newton, but running quarterbacks do improve the ground attack in general, because defenses have to keep some players “at home” so they don’t get burned on scrambles. In his young career, Jonathan Stewart has already put together two 10 plus touchdown seasons. A lot of unlucky things happened last year in Carolina, one was not having a healthy offensive line. This year, with a fresh start, I think Carolina gets back to being an elite running team.


  1. JF September 8, 2011 at 7:49 am -

    Bill – Good points but in 2009 Williams was hurt for 3 1/2 games and in 2008 that is the only year they had a QB that played well. Look at Stewart’s number last year 14 games 771 yards and 2 TD’s. That and Williams only played in 6 games last year. Those are the numbers for a RB that has a bad QB on a bad team. With a new coaching staff you don’t know if they have John Fox mentality to pound the football. They should but you don’t know that. At least Bills have a passing offense to keep the defense honest.

  2. mh September 8, 2011 at 11:20 am -

    I think last year Stewarts numbers showed that at this point he is not a RB1 or RB2. But when things are rolling in Carolina he will get you TD’s. If you have William you don’t like to see that.

    Fred Jackson is the main guy in Buffalo and they have an offense that likes to get downfield which should open things up for Jackson. Plus he can catch passes out of the backfield.

    I would go with Jackson because he is more versatile and will get more carries/touches.