Panthers’ Stewart a viable option if Williams can’t go

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Maurice Jones-Drew leads all running backs in fantasy points on heading into Week 10. (Steve Cannon / Associated Press)

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (knee) missed Friday’s practice and is listed as questionable to face the Falcons. He’ll likely be a game-time decision.

If he can’t go, RB Jonathan Stewart would be a borderline No. 1 fantasy option in what is a very favorable matchup. Atlanta ranks 24th in run defense.

The Panthers ran for 144 yards against the Falcons in their Week 2 matchup. Williams rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown, while Stewart ran for 65 yards on only nine attempts.

  • Chiefs coach Todd Haley wouldn’t commit to RB Jamaal Charles as his starter in Week 10, saying that it would depend on the first play the team decided to run. Charles, RB Kolby Smith and RB Dantrell Savage will likely share carries in a committee. Charles is the best fantasy bet against the Raiders, but he’s no more than a flex starter.
  • NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reported on Thursday that Vikings CB Antonie Winfield has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Lions due to his injured foot. Sources told La Canfora that Winfield hopes to return in Week 11, when the Vikings play host to the Seahawks. Winfield’s absence is great news for Lions WR Calvin Johnson whose matchup this week just got a lot easier. Keep him active.
  • Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (knee) put in a full practice on Friday and is listed as probable to face the Jets. Jones-Drew has emerged as one of the top players in fantasy football, so this is good news for owners who’ve leaned on him all season. He’ll face the host Jets, who rank 14th in the league against the run.
  • Redskins RB Ladell Betts (ankle) is questionable for Week 10. Coach Jim Zorn said he is prepared to go with a committee of Betts, RB Rock Cartwright and RB Quinton Ganther against the Broncos. Be sure to keep tabs on Betts’ status at game time. He’s still a viable flex starter, but a shared workload would obviously make him a greater risk for owners.
  • Cardinals QB Kurt Warner has absolutely owned the Seahawks in recent seasons. Warner has averaged 254 yards and thrown for a combined 10 touchdowns in his last five starts against Seattle. That includes a 276-yard, two-touchdown performance against them back in Week 6. Unless you have one of the top three quarterbacks, Warner is pretty close to a must-start player.
  • Panthers WR Steve Smith has certainly been a disappointment for fantasy owners. After eight games, he’s only on pace to finish with 68 catches, 956 yards and two touchdowns based on his current numbers. But Smith is still an attractive option against the Falcons. Smith has recorded an impressive 22 receptions, 395 yards and one touchdown in his last three game against Atlanta.
  • Eagles RB Brian Westbrook, who has missed two consecutive games due to a concussion, returned to practice this week and is listed as probable to face the Chargers. The aging veteran hasn’t met fantasy expectations this season, but it’s hard to bench him based on what looks like a great matchup. The Bolts have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to running backs (22.3 PPG) this season.
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