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DeAngelo Williams suggested that he should be a first-round fantasy football pick due to Carolina's weak receiver corps.

"I joked with people that my fantasy value went up after we got rid of our four receivers, but it's the truth," Williams said. "I went from probably being drafted in the fifth and sixth round to being in the first round, me and Jonathan (Stewart) alike because we have no receivers." We found this more humorous than helpful, but it's a slow news day. Williams rushed 201 times for 843 yards (4.19 YPC) and three touchdowns last season. He turns 31 in two weeks.

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DeAngelo Williams expressed concern over potentially facing stacked boxes this season.

Williams was brutally honest when asked about losing Steve Smith and the Panthers' wideout situation, saying, "I mean, I don't know where we go from there." He didn't even mention our bigger concern, the state of the offensive line. Worries about a lack of running room for both Williams and Jonathan Stewart are well-founded.

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DeAngelo Williams managed 13 yards on five rushes in Carolina's playoff loss to San Francisco.

The Panthers let Cam Newton be their Divisional Round centerpiece on offense, running him frequently out of read-option looks and letting Cam air it out. Williams was the primary tailback throughout, but not an emphasized part of OC Mike Shula's game plan. In the 2013 offseason, Williams signed a three-year deal that essentially locks him onto Carolina's 2014 roster. Although he's lost big-play ability and devolved into more of a late-career grinder, Williams will enter training camp as the favorite to start in Week 1. He turns 31 in April.

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DeAngelo Williams rushed 10 times for 33 yards and caught two passes for 75 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win at Atlanta.

With Jonathan Stewart inactive, Williams got 12 touches compared to 10 for Mike Tolbert. He nearly cost his team a win by fumbling at the end of a long screen pass, giving Atlanta late life. Williams heads into the playoffs as a strict committee back, the same spot he's been in for the last three years. Despite all of Stewart's injury woes, D-Will ends the regular season with 201 carries for 843 yards and three touchdowns, as well as 26 catches for 333 yards and one more score. He'll be a weak pick in fantasy playoff drafts.

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DeAngelo Williams rushed 12 times for 67 yards and a touchdown in Carolina's Week 16 win over the Saints.

D-Will was held without a gain on his lone reception. Williams was a major factor in the first half, but went invisible after the break as the rains came and the Panthers went into a shell. Just 11 of Williams' 67 yards came in the second half. Williams had success both around the edge and up the middle. He'll be an excellent daily-league option in Week 17 against the Falcons' porous defense.

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DeAngelo Williams had 13 carries for 53 yards in Sunday night's Week 14 loss to the Saints.

Williams started and got the majority of snaps in the first half, but struggled to get anything going and had a long run of just nine yards. Even with the Panthers playing from behind for most of the night, he finished with only one catch for 11 yards and wasn't a factor in the passing game. Jonathan Stewart suffered a knee injury in the third quarter, so Williams is a candidate for an expanded workload in Week 15. He'll be on the low-end RB2 radar in a tough matchup against the Jets.

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DeAngelo Williams (quad) is active for Sunday night's Week 14 game against the Saints.

Williams was held out last week due to his quad injury, but his status was for Sunday night's game was never in doubt. He's expected to get the start and be used in a committee with Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert, leaving all three with limited upside. Inactive for the Panthers are RB Kenjon Barner, CB Josh Norman, LB Jordan Senn, WR Marvin McNutt, OL Chris Scott, WR Tavarres King, and DE Frank Alexander.

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Coach Ron Rivera said DeAngelo Williams (quad) will start Sunday night's game against the Saints.

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DeAngelo Williams (quad) is listed as probable for Week 14.

Carolina's three-headed backfield will be intact against New Orleans.

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DeAngelo Williams (quad) is practicing again Thursday.

Williams will almost certainly be back to reclaim his role in the Panthers' three-headed running back committee. None of the trio will be strong fantasy plays at New Orleans on Sunday night.