When the fantasy football draft season came around last August, astute owners were well aware of how the Carolina Panthers were a good team to look to for help at the running back position for this season. After all with perennial first rounder DeAngelo Williams being joined by solid RB2 Jonathan Stewart, fantasy football owners rightfully felt comfortable placing their trust in these two proven commodities at such an important position. Fast forward to the just completed Week 11 games and what has transpired in Caolina is beyond shocking. For starters, DeAngelo Williams has been placed on IR and is out for the rest of the season. This came on the heels of a string of useless fantasy football performances that had owners sitting him on the bench even when healthy. Even worse was Stewart who looked to solid RB 2 with upside off his 19 TD performance last season but who couldnt get anything going in 2010. Stewart was so bad that he was being dropped left and right after the first month of the season which is incredible when you consider who fantasy football owners protect their running back investments tightly. So that brings us to the flavor of the month (actually the flavor of the last two weeks) in third stringer Mike Goodson who got the start the last two games and proceeded to run for 100 yards or more along with catching 8 passes. Those PPR friendly numbers surely caught the attention of the fantasy football community and have man wondering just who this guy is and whether he will be worth adding going foeward as the playoff season nears. Lets figure this out.
As far as Goodson is concerned, he was originally a fourth round draft pick by the team in 2009 and he hardly played as a rookie that season in carrying the ball 22 times for 49 yards along with catching 2 passes for 15 yards. Needless to say there wasnt much to go on as we headed into the 2010 campaign. Being behind both Williams and Stewart, Goodson didnt figure to get his hands on the ball once again. Due to all the injuries and ineffectiveness however, Goodson got his chance and boy did he run with it. What was really impressive about his performance the last two games was the fact Goodson contributed heavily in both the running and receiving game. A PPR worthy running back that is free on the wire this late in the season is gold and Stewart is likely to miss another game or two with his concussion which will cement Goodson’s value for another few weeks. Heach coach John Fox even hinted that Goodson could remain the starter when Stewart gets back due to the spark he has shown. Yeah it looks good.
All in all I think Mike Goodson is worth a pickup in most leagues, with a heavy emphasis placed on those in PPR formats. The inexperienced Panthers QB crop will constantly check down to Goodson out of the backfield like they have been the last two weeks and he thus stands a solid chance of being a contributer across the board. Only thing is dont count on many TD’s as Carolina just cant move the ball enough to get into the red zone often. Still pick Goodson him and see where this takes you.