Tag:DeAngelo Williams
Posted on: March 27, 2008 10:33 am

Time to study DeAngelo Williams?

I'm in the process of doing our annual projections (we get a head start on them before the draft, then tweak them after the draft), and I'm on the Carolina Panthers.

With the club passing on other RB options (aside from LaBrandon Toefield) in free agency, third-year RB DeAngelo Williams is about a month away from being the unquestioned, No. 1 RB for the Panthers. If that happens, Williams would vault into No. 2 Fantasy RB territory with the potential to be a No. 1. Take away any durability reservations you might have on him, and he's virtually a perfect running back. Small, quick, speedy, great field vision, very good hands ... Williams was a huge favorite of mine coming out of Memphis three years ago and I'd like to see him get a real chance to play.

But here's the cherry on top: In 7 games last season where he had at least 10 carries, Williams had at least 4.0 yards per carry in ALL SEVEN. Additionally, he's topped 4.0 yards per carry in 10 of 12 career games with at least 10 rushes -- the two he missed on were games where he averaged 3.9 and 3.7.

Could it be that the Panthers wanted to give Williams' body a 24-month quasi-break after being used so much in college? Could it be that they're ready to rev him up for the 2008 season?

We'll find out next month -- if the Panthers don't draft a running back, then Williams will be the top cat in Carolina.
Category: NFL
Posted on: February 21, 2008 2:20 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2008 9:26 am

More Fantasy Rankings Changes

We just put out our newest player rankings. You can find the positional rankings here: cbs.sportsline.com/fantasy/football
and the top 200 here: www.sportsline.com/fantasy/football

Here's what's changed:

Travis Henry restructures to stay with the Broncos. He shoots up, Selvin Young and Andre Hall plummet. When the 2007 season ended, we felt that Selvin Young would be the best man to run the ball for the Broncos. We also thought Henry would get cut after the drug test fiasco that messed with his head, as well as his sprained knee. The 2008 draft is deep at running back; we figured Denver would pounce on a big man via the draft and pair him with Young. Oops. Instead, Henry agreed to a new deal (terms not disclosed but probably not flattering). The Broncos would be fools to restructure his deal and then not use him, so now the expectation is that Henry will get in the neighborhood of 15 touches per game including goal-line work. That's not bad at all, providing he can stay healthy. In turn, Selvin Young slips bigtime, and Andre Hall is barely on the radar, especially after getting arrested on a driving charge (not a DUI).

Late-round WRs on the move. We had Justin Gage too low to begin with, so we bumped him up. He's going to get some nibbles in free agency. Demetrius Williams and Drew Carter also made the top-80 Fantasy WR list, bumping a currently unemployed Muhsin Muhammad, who will likely find a spot on the list again soon. Terry Glenn was also taken off, also possibly temporarily.

Tony Gonzalez gains a buck in auction value.
No big news here. Just wanted to get him some separation from the rest of the second tier of tight ends.

Alge Crumpler still down, but should rebound. The cutting of 'Crump' will likely be a good thing for his Fantasy value as he'll land with a contending team that will intend to use him. Might mean 700 yards and five touchdowns. A lot of teams are interested in him. The NFL draft is very weak at tight end this year ... I think.

What about DeShaun Foster and DeAngelo Williams? Frankly, we were expecting Foster to either take a backseat role in Carolina or find himself elsewhere. He has since been cut and will play for a new team in 2008. As for Williams, we still expect him to share the ball with someone next season even though he's a former first-round pick with tons of upside. That's why neither player moved in our rankings. If the Panthers go all offseason without bringing in an additional runner to assist Williams, then he'll be moved into No. 2 Fantasy RB category.

We had some great banter on my last rankings changes blog. Looking forward to getting into more fights this time. If you see something in the rankings that look odd, or have a Fantasy Football comment in general, bang it in the message board.

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