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Keep your aspirin handy for Jonathan Stewart and the Carolina backfield. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Staff/Getty Images.
Keep your aspirin handy for Jonathan Stewart and the Carolina backfield. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Staff/Getty Images.

This RBBC has been keeping aspirin companies in business for years, but it looks like we’re stuck with another year of asking “DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart or, gulp, Mike Tolbert?” All things equal, Stewart presents the most potential of this crowded backfield, but he also can’t stay on the field (he only suited up for nine games last year). DeAngelo Williams is serviceable and will give owners two or three games that will lure them into thinking he’ll be useful for the team, but Williams isn’t in a situation to give you the numbers that he did back in 2008 and 2009. As for Tolbert, everyone’s favorite TD vulture will remain in the picture to make things frustrating again in 2013. While this is a bit of an overstatement, it wouldn’t be the most shocking thing in the world to see him finish with the most points of all three of these backs in 2013 (he was only 45 points away from doing so last year). This is most definitely a situation to avoid, but if I had to put my eggs in one basket, I’d bang my head against the wall for upside and go with Stewart in the later rounds of my draft if he’s still there.