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.
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.