bagobonez wrote:Am I missing something here? He finished as the TOP fantasy RB in most leagues, and nothing has really changed in Carolina. Will Jonathan Stewart get some carries? Sure, but only enough to keep D-Will from wearing down late in the season. I really don't see Stewart taking D-Will's job from him, especially with the nagging injuries he's had again this pre-season. It's not as if Carolina's not going to be running the ball enough for Williams to get his chances. I just don't understand why he's falling to the end of Round 1? Sure, if you wanna take Adrian Peterson over him I get that, but he definitely does not deserve to be ranked RB6 or lower.
I am very high on DeAngelo, but I can see why other people aren't.
Players and units just don't repeat historic success very often. No quarterbacks follow up 45 TD seasons with anywhere near another 45 TD season. No RBs follow up 25-30 TD seasons with anything near 25-30 TD seasons, etc.
Carolina's top two rushers last year combined for 3000 yards and 30 TDs. That is absurd. Like really, really absurd. Anyone expecting them to get back near that mark next year is expecting a whole, whole lot. Further, Jonathan Stewart was a rookie last year who was also impressive when he was healthy. I think a lot of people expect him to get a larger share of the work this year (not larger than Williams, but larger than Stewart had last year). Keep in mind that DeAngelo didn't blow up until Stewart got hurt last year.
In short, I think a lot of people are expecting DeAngelo to get a smaller piece of a smaller pie next year. Personally, I think DeAngelo is one of the most talented RBs in the league, with one of the best run blocking O-lines in the league, and I think Stewart's achilles is going to bother him all year, so like I said I am very high on him. That said, if Stewart DOES stay healthy this year, even I don't think DeAngelo will get anywhere close to the numbers he put up last year.