29-Year-Old Running Back – Carolina Panthers
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
The Panthers’ bulldozing fullback and short-yard specialist, Tolbert missed eight games during the middle of last season due to a slight leg fracture. Given the lengthy absence, Tolbert’s hit-or-miss ...
Mike Tolbert Contract Information:
Signed a four-year $10 million deal with Carolina in March of 2012.
Tolbert managed just 78 rushing yards on 37 carries and caught 12 passes for 93 yards through eight games played this season.
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Mike Tolbert: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The Panthers have not provided a recent update on Tolbert's health, but it appears he is feeling good enough to resume playing. He will get one more week to rest with the Panthers off in Week 12, but he figures to be active for Carolina's Week 13 matchup with the Vikings.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Tolbert is currently on the Panthers' designated-to-return list, which will prevent him from playing for four more weeks. However, with the fullback reportedly ahead of schedule in his recovery from a hairline fracture in his left leg, Tolbert is aiming to be full go for that Week 13 contest versus the Vikings.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Tolbert suffered a hairline fracture in his left leg during Sunday's loss to the Steelers. While he was initially expected to miss more than a month, Tolbert's being named Carolina's designated player to return will prevent him from playing until Week 13 against the Vikings. With the bulldozing fullback's injury coinciding with fellow ball-carriers Jonathan Stewart (knee) and Fozzy Whittaker (quadriceps) also expected to miss time, the Panthers figure to use DeAngelo Williams (thigh) and perhaps Darrin Reaves in their running game moving forward.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)As a result, Tolbert will miss Week 4's game against the Ravens, at a minimum. Meanwhile, Jonathan Stewart is dealing with a severely sprained right knee, with about the only positive Panthers' backfield news to emerge Monday being that coach Ron Rivera said that he hopes DeAngelo Williams can practice Wednesday.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
A punishing fullback, the 5-9, 245-pound Tolbert is the primary short-yardage back for the Panthers, causing no end of pain to the touchdown-starved fantasy owners of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. However, even with his heavy usage inside the five – 13 carries – Tolbert ended up with just seven touchdowns on the season to go with his marginal yardage totals. Not a guy who's going to give you a high YPC (just 3.6 last year), he's an entirely touchdown-reliant play for deep leagues who'll contribute some catches out of the backfield here and there.
Tolbert will again be the starting fullback for the Panthers and see short-yardage carries and catches out of the backfield.
Tolbert took more of a backseat to Ryan Mathews last year in San Diego, but he still totaled 923 yards with 10 touchdowns. He was clearly miscast, as his seven drops tied for the most among all backs, and he went just 5-for-18 at the goal line. Moreover, getting just 4.0 YPC on a Norv Turner led Chargers offense is far from exceptional. Despite being offered more money to stay in San Diego, Tolbert curiously signed with the Panthers during the offseason, where he’ll be shifted to fullback with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart on the roster.
Tolbert had never received more than 25 carries in a season before last year, when he got 182 rushing attempts thanks to Ryan Mathews’ injury problems. Tolbert took advantage, rushing for 11 touchdowns, as he went 10-for-18 at the goal line. Any lead back for Norv Turner’s San Diego offense would possess plenty of fantasy value, but it’s clear Tolbert is an inferior talent to Mathews, so he’s slated for a backup role in 2011. Tolbert will be one of the most important handcuffs, however.
Tolbert is the second string fullback in San Diego, which means that offensive touches will be few and far between.
Tolbert spent most of his rookie season as the starting fullback, but he seemed to fall out of favor with the coaches down the stretch and appears to have lost his job to Jacob Hester. But even if he regains his playing time in training camp, he is not a player that will ever touch the ball more than one or two times per game, so he should not be counted on in any fantasy league.
Tolbert is looking to make the squad as a fullback in his rookie season. The team is searching for a replacement for Lorenzo Neal after releasing him in the offseason, and Tolbert is in competition with Andrew Pinnock, who has been slow to recover from offseason knee surgery.