Stewart plays starring role

Jonathan Stewart shredded the Giants for 222 total yards from scrimmage and a TD.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Carolina's Jonathan Stewart has been the "understudy" to DeAngelo Williams since he came into the league in 2008 as a first-round draft pick (13th overall). Even when he was running well last year, the best he got was a "shared" situation with Williams.

But with Williams in street clothes due to an ankle injury, Stewart showed just how good he can be, shredding the New York Giants defense for 206 yards on the ground, 222 total yards from scrimmage and a touchdown worth 32 fantasy points.

Stewart, who has barely practiced this season because of an Achilles heel problem, carries the ball 28 times and caught the ball twice. His 32 points edged out Green Bay running back Ryan Grant (16-97-2 for 29 points) and Thursday night's Chris Johnson performance of 179 yards from scrimmage and a score (26 points).

Other solid running back totals included: Jerome Harrison (148 yards), Ray Rice (141), Cedric Benson (133), Carnell Williams (129), Thomas Jones (105) and Jamal Charles (102).

It was a very dull week for quarterbacks. The only two who cracked the 300-yard mark in the nine 1 o'clock games were Charlie Frye and Chad Henne. Frye's total wasn't very pretty even with the 300-yard bonus after throwing three interceptions and being sacked four times.

The best fantasy total came from Tom Brady (26 points), who used Wes Welker (13 receptions for 138 yards) to march his team down the field and then found Randy Moss (4-45) three times for touchdowns. Matt Ryan was the only other early-game quarterback to score at least 20 fantasy points with a 250-yards, three TD effort.

Roddy White (31 points) did the most damage for Atlanta, catching eight of Ryan's throws for 139 yards and two scores. White and Welker were two of only four receivers to crack the 100-yard mark (Greg Jennings, Zach Miller) in the early games.

There were just four late games, but they produced two 300-yard throwers. Kurt Warner (24-for-38 for 313 yards) hit the mark for the 52nd time of his career (fourth most all-time), striking for two scores and 20 points. His primary receiver was Anquan Boldin (8-116).

In Philadelphia, Donovan McNabb threw for 322 yards and three scores. One was to DeSean Jackson, one to Jason Avant and the final one went to the No.1 tight end performer of the day - Brent Celek (21 points), who caught four balls for 121 yards and a touchdown.

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