Carolina PanthersIf you want to see fantasy football prizes in your future, you need to research your fantasy team. Here’s our look at the Carolina Panthers. Hopefully, picking – or not picking – one of these players can lead to fantasy football prizes in your future. Here’s a look at the top Panthers players:

Cam Newton, QB

After rushing for 14 TDs as a rookie in 2011, Newton had “only” eight rushing TDs in 2012. His 3869 passing yards and 19 TD passes were down slightly from 2011, while his interceptions fell from 17 to 12. Newton had just six TD passes and eight INTs in the first half but improved to 13 TD passes and four INTs in the last eight games. His 8.0 yards per pass attempt was tied for second-best in the NFL.

Steve Smith, WR

Smith had 73 receptions for 1174 yards, his sixth 70-catch, 1000-yard season in the last eight. His 16.1 yards per reception was tied for eighth-best in the league. But Smith caught only four TDs and has just 13 over the last three seasons.  Smith turned 34 in May.

Greg Olsen, TE

Olsen had 69 receptions (sixth-best among TEs) for 843 yards (fourth-best), both career highs and second on the team to Smith. He had five TD receptions, his fifth straight season with at least that many.  Six of Olsen’s ten TD receptions during his two seasons with the Panthers were longer than 15 yards.

Jonathan Stewart, RB

Ankle woes limited Stewart to nine games last year and he finished with 336 rushing and one rushing TD along with 157 receiving yards and one receiving TD. In the offseason, reports that Stewart had surgery on both ankles and he may not be ready for training camp.  Stewart had ten TDs in each of his first two seasons (2008 and 2009) and rushed for over 1100 yards in 2009, but he has just seven rushing TDs in the three seasons since, with his best yearly rushing total during that time just 770 in 2010.

DeAngelo Williams, RB

Williams, like Stewart, also last had a 1000-yard season in 2009. He ran for 737 yards in 2012 with five rushing TDs and two TD receptions. Williams turned 30 in April and there is speculation that Carolina might want to part ways with him, but that could depend on Stewart’s health.

Mike Tolbert, RB

Adding to the Carolina fantasy backfield logjam is fullback Tolbert, who came over from San Diego in 2012 and had seven rushing TDs, more than Stewart and Williams combined.  Tolbert had a combined 19 TDs his previous two seasons when he was with the Chargers.  Tolbert only had 183 yards rushing and actually gained more yards (268) through receptions. While Tolbert’s TDs all came from one or two yards out, he has competition for goal-line scores from running QB Newton.  He is not something you may want to consider if you are looking to garner fantasy football prizes.