Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 8/9/18 7:21pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey rushed four times for 11 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 29 yards in a 28-23 win over the Buffalo Bills in the preseason Thursday, Aug. 9.
Huddle Up: It's too early to tell how carries will be split, but McCaffrey and C.J. Anderson both had four in the preseason opener. McCaffrey has already shown he can be a PPR monster, and he could vault into RB1 territory if he sees enough touches on the ground.
D.J. Moore - WRPosted 8/9/18 7:16pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore caught four passes on six targets for a game-high 75 yards in a 28-23 win over the Buffalo Bills in the preseason Thursday, Aug. 9.
Huddle Up: Moore should continue to be given every opportunity to make an impact as a rookie. He is a WR4 with upside in redraft leagues and a first-round option in rookie drafts.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 8/9/18 7:27pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB C.J. Anderson rushed four times for 16 yards and a touchdown in a 28-23 win over the Buffalo Bills in the preseason Thursday, Aug. 9.
Huddle Up: Anderson and Christian McCaffrey both had four carries in this one, and he should do a chunk of the heavy lifting on the ground during the regular season. He's a solid RB4 with flex potential against the right matchups.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 8/5/18 5:55pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (illness) did not participate in practice Sunday, Aug. 5, because of an illness, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: McCaffrey could miss a few practices but likely will be fine soon. He should receive a lot of touches in the running and passing game his season even if he does not start and can be No. 2 running back in most fantasy leagues.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 7/28/18 7:33pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton said his body 'feels great' after taking the proper steps this offseason to make sure he is fully healthy.
Huddle Up: His passing numbers can ebb and flow, but Newton's rushing ability gives him a QB1 floor and the chance to be one of the best fantasy options at his position.
Devin Funchess - WRPosted 7/26/18 8:28pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess (cramps) exited practice with cramps Thursday, July 26.
Huddle Up: Funchess is the closest thing the Panthers have to a No. 1 receiver right now, but Cam Newton has never been the most consistent passer and rookie D.J. Moore figures to make a quick impact. Funchess is a solid WR3 but doesn't have a lot of upside.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 7/25/18 12:29pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey added some weight this offseason and is up to 208 pounds. He played at 202 pounds last year.
Huddle Up: McCaffrey needed to add some weight in order to bear the wear and tear of more carries and/or more touches. C.J. Anderson will limit McCaffrey's ceiling some, but he's still an RB1 PPR candidate.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 7/25/18 1:21pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey's ideal workload would be 25 to 30 touches per game, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: As reported earlier, McCaffrey is up to 208 pounds from 202 pounds, so he can afford to see a few more touches this year. The question is how many touches are in store for C.J. Anderson? Either way, McCaffrey has RB1 appeal as a PPR stud.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 7/25/18 5:58pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey may be in store for a large workload this season, as head coach Ron Rivera said it would be 'ideal' that he gets the ball 25 to 30 times per game.
Huddle Up: McCaffrey had a very solid rookie campaign a year ago, carrying the ball 117 times for 435 yards and two rushing touchdowns as well as hauling in 80 catches for 651 yards and five touchdowns through the air. C.J. Anderson being in town now figures to maybe prevent him from getting a huge workload, but he's still in the RB2 discussion.
Ron Rivera - HCPosted 7/24/18 9:12am ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey could reach the 200-carry mark, according to head coach Ron Rivera. The coaching staff is reportedly confident McCaffrey can run between the tackles, much like he did in college. McCaffrey has bulked up about five pounds to 210 pounds to be better prepared for the pounding.
Huddle Up: It's the second time this offseason Rivera has stated publicly McCaffrey could handle that many carries after last year's No. 8 overall pick finished with 117 rushing attempts as a rookie. If McCaffrey were to hit that number and only experience a minimal drop from his 80 catches in 2017, he would be a near-lock for RB1 production. ESPN's David Newton seems to believe C.J. Anderson will be 'a nice change-of-pace option.'
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 7/8/18 6:17pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey is going to be put in position to make more big plays this year, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner, and Turner envisions using McCaffrey in a similar fashion to retired RB LaDainian Tomlinson.
Huddle Up: McCaffrey isn't going to be an every-down workhorse like Tomlinson, but he should surpass the 80 catches and 1,086 total yards he delivered as a rookie if Turner moves him around more often. He's a high-end RB2 and likely a RB1 in PPR formats.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 7/8/18 6:14pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Torrey Smith could have the same impact on the offense that New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. had in his three years in Carolina, according to David Newton of ESPN.com, and Newton believes Smith could help bring out the best in QB Cam Newton.
Huddle Up: Newton is a QB1 because of his rushing ability, and any boost Smith provides to his passing numbers will be icing on the cake. For his part, Smith should deliver some big plays, but he probably won't provide enough consistency to be more than a WR4.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 7/7/18 8:53pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton is the 'hardest player to defend in the league' when he is clicking, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner.
Huddle Up: Accuracy continues to be an issue for Newton, and his MVP season is probably an outlier as far as his passing ability goes. However, his production as a runner allows him to produce QB1 numbers even when struggles throwing the ball. Newton has never rushed for fewer than five touchdowns in a season.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 7/1/18 7:20pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB C.J. Anderson could have a similar impact to retired RB Stephen Davis when he signed 15 years ago, according to multiple people with the organization.
Huddle Up: Expecting Anderson to be an MVP candidate like Davis was when he came to Carolina is a stretch, but he should immediately fill the role that Jonathan Stewart has occupied in recent years. Christian McCaffrey is going to handle most of the duties in the passing game, but Anderson should be a solid flex option.
Curtis Samuel - WRPosted 7/1/18 8:55pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel has been using a personal JUGS machine to try to improve his hands this offseason, and Bill Voth of Panthers.com believes Samuel could 'eventually emerge' as the No. 3 receiver.
Huddle Up: An ankle injury ended his rookie season prematurely, but Samuel is expected to be ready for training camp. He has the speed to turn any touch into a big play, but a lack of consistency limits his appeal to dynasty formats for the time being.
D.J. Moore - WRPosted 6/18/18 12:46pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore signed his four-year rookie deal Monday, June 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Moore has one of the easiest paths to success among rookie wide receivers this year. He will start opposite Devin Funchess, but he is, in fact, the No. 4 target for Cam Newton behind Funchess, Greg Olsen and Christian McCaffrey. Drafting Moore in WR3 to WR4 territory is ideal.
D.J. Moore - WRPosted 6/18/18 11:40pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore has 'looked the part' thus far during organized team activities and minicamp, according to Albert Breer of SI.com.
Huddle Up: That's good news for those buying into Moore to make an impact in his rookie campaign after he was the first wide receiver selected in this year's draft. While he's decisively the fourth option in the passing game, Moore could still put up useful numbers for a WR4 with the ceiling of a WR3.
D.J. Moore - WRPosted 6/14/18 8:56pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore is 'more than ready to contribute' for the offense, according to Max Henson of Panthers.com.
Huddle Up: The rookie has been receiving plenty of praise this offseason. He has more than enough upside to select in the later rounds of redraft leagues, and he is worth considering in the first round of rookie drafts.
Devin Funchess - WRPosted 6/13/18 6:36pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess (cramps) left practice early Wednesday, June 13, and was treated for leg cramps.
Huddle Up: Funchess may sit out the last practice of the minicamp but should be ready for the start of training camp. He had a breakout season in 2017 and should be the No. 1 receiver for the Panthers again this season. He can be a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in most fantasy leagues.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 6/5/18 10:42am ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey will be the featured back this season following the release of Jonathan Stewart, according to ESPN's David Newton, who reports head coach Ron Rivera said Monday, June 4, that he sees no reason why McCaffrey cannot reach 200 carries in 2018 after finishing with 117 as a rookie.
Huddle Up: Norv Turner has given his lead back at least 200 carries in seven of his eight full seasons as an offensive coordinator, and there's no reason McCaffrey can't add to that number. Newton speculates McCaffrey's ability as a receiver should not affect his number of carries, although the Panthers' addition of D.J. Moore and the return of Greg Olsen will probably knock his team-high 80 receptions down a bit. Even with C.J. Anderson on board, McCaffrey is likely to become a fantasy RB1 in all formats if he sees 250 touches.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 5/29/18 9:09am ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey estimates he has 'gained five pounds of good muscle' this offseason, according to Bill Voth of Panthers.com.
Huddle Up: It means he should be roughly 208 pounds at the moment if the 203 pounds he was listed at last season was correct. While McCaffrey broke 27 tackles on receptions - tied for fourth-most in the league - he broke only 20 tackles as a runner. Even with the admission of C.J. Anderson, McCaffrey should be poised for more carries in his second season, so anything he can do to increase his yards per carry (3.7 as a rookie) is a good thing. Consider him a low-end RB1 in PPR with huge upside.
Devin Funchess - WRPosted 5/27/18 8:06pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess has the talent to reach 1,000 yards, according to Bill Voth of Panthers.com, but Voth doesn't believe offensive coordinator Norv Turner wants a 'true No. 1 wideout' for his offense.
Huddle Up: Funchess became Carolina's top receiver for much of last season, but with Greg Olsen returning and some offseason additions to the receiving corps, he won't be the only mouth to feed. Don't expect him to be more than a WR3.
Ian Thomas - TEPosted 4/28/18 9:11am ET
The Carolina Panthers selected Indiana TE Ian Thomas with the 101st overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft Saturday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Thomas likely will serve as the No. 2 tight end for the Panthers and could take over the starting position when Greg Olsen retires. He probably will not have much value in standard leagues but should have value in keeper leagues.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 4/26/18 8:10am ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen will sign a two-year extension Thursday, April 26, worth $8.55 million per season with a maximum value of up to $10.05 million per year. He could become the highest-paid tight end in the league.
Huddle Up: Olsen is a good PPR tight end. However, he's 33, coming off an injury-riddled year and doesn't catch a high number of touchdowns. He'll be an upper-middle TE1 in fantasy.
D.J. Moore - WRPosted 4/26/18 7:47pm ET
The Carolina Panthers selected Maryland WR D.J. Moore with the 24th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft Thursday, April 26.
Huddle Up: Moore should be at least the No. 3 receiver for the Panthers and could win a starting job as a rookie. He probably should be considered a late-round pick in deeper leagues but will have value in keeper leagues because he has a chance to become a No. 1 receiver.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 4/17/18 12:30pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) said his injured foot is completely healed and that his focus this offseason is securing a contract extension before the regular season begins. If an extension is not achieved then Olsen said broadcasting for Monday Night Football would be a viable option.
Huddle Up: Olsen is one of the best tight ends in the NFL when he's 100%. Before missing seven games last year, he had averaged 1,061.6 yards and 5.3 touchdowns in the previous three years. Assuming he plays, he should be one of the first three to five tight ends drafted.
Curtis Samuel - WRPosted 3/27/18 9:04am ET
Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (ankle) is reportedly doing some straight-ahead running but will be slowly worked back into cutting and breaking on his surgically repaired ankle throughout the offseason, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Rivera said adding Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright earlier this month were done in part to give Samuel an opportunity to work back into the rotation at a pace 'not detrimental to his physical recovery,' so his status for Week 1 cannot be taken for granted. The second-year pro can probably be avoided in most fantasy drafts this summer.
Torrey Smith - WRPosted 3/14/18 2:57pm ET
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Eagles WR Torrey Smith was officially acquired by the Carolina Panthers Wednesday, March 14, in exchange for CB Daryl Worley.
Huddle Up: Smith should serve as a deep threat for the Panthers this season and will have some fantasy value because of his big-play ability. He could be a No. 3 or No. 4 fantasy receiver in 2018.
Ed Dickson - TEPosted 3/7/18 3:25pm ET
Carolina Panthers impending free-agent TE Ed Dickson and Philadelphia Eagles impending free-agent TE Trey Burton are expected to receive interest from the Miami Dolphins during free agency.
Huddle Up: The Dolphins likely will be losing two tight ends this offseason, so Burton and Dickson could be starting options for them. Burton would have more fantasy value if he signs with the Dolphins and could be a low-end No. 1 fantasy tight end, while Dickson likely would be a No. 2 tight end.
Graham Gano - PKPosted 3/6/18 11:09am ET
Carolina Panthers impending free-agent PK Graham Gano agreed to a three-year contract, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Gano is one of the better kickers in the league when healthy and should kick his way to another PK1 season following this new deal.
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