Greg Olsen - TEPosted 6/21/17 7:21am ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen doesn't rule out holding out of training camp for a new contract.
Huddle Up: The 32-year-old has three straight 1,000-yard seasons, but last year's three touchdowns really hurt his stock. He's still an effective, high-end TE1 in fantasy. However, the ceiling might not be as high as others in that tier.
Russell Shepard - WRPosted 6/19/17 9:16am ET
Carolina Panthers WR Russell Shepard consistently got open from the slot this spring and caught everything thrown his way, according to beat writer Joseph Person.
Huddle Up: Monitor his progress in training camp as he could be worth a flyer as a WR5.
Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 6/19/17 9:11am ET
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin appears to have worked himself back in shape, in the opinion of beat writer Joseph Person. Head coach Ron Rivera said that Benjamin didn't weigh the reported 280 pounds in April, but he might have been 270 pounds. On the final day of minicamp, Benjamin reached down to catch a pass a couple of inches off the ground and got both feet inbounds.
Huddle Up: Benjamin appears to have received the wake-up call, but this appears to be an issue that could be an ongoing thing. He has low-end WR2 prowess in fantasy, but he's safer as a WR3.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 6/16/17 12:29pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) did not throw during minicamp, but his recovery from shoulder surgery is still on track. Head coach Ron Rivera said last week he expected Newton to throw, but clarified that statement this week.
Huddle Up: Rivera initially said following the surgery that his quarterback would start throwing 12 weeks after the procedure, which is next week. Newton's fantasy star is dimming a bit as the Panthers want to reduce their reliance on his running ability, although he still figures to generate more fantasy value on the ground than most quarterbacks for at least another year or two. He should be considered a mid- to low-end QB in most fantasy leagues in 2017.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 6/15/17 8:49pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey had his first practice Thursday, June 15, and he said he hopes to be used in as many ways as possible.
Huddle Up: There is no denying his versatility, and while his exact role in the offense remains to be seen, you can comfortably draft him as flex option in PPR formats. In rookie drafts, McCaffrey should be in the mix for the top pick.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 6/13/17 7:36pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen hopes to receive a new deal that would pay him like one of the top tight ends in the NFL, according to sources. His $7.5 million per year average ranks seventh among tight ends in the NFL.
Huddle Up: Olsen has posted at least 1,000 yards in each of the last three seasons and has at least five touchdowns in eight of his last nine seasons. Olsen will continue to be one of the main targets in the team's passing game and should be a No. 1 tight end in all fantasy leagues.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 6/12/17 3:08pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey will not be allowed to participate in the upcoming minicamp until Thursday, June 16, because Stanford is still having final exams.
Huddle Up: McCaffrey has missed the offseason because of the rule and will only have a limited time with the veterans before the start of training camp. He probably will be used in a variety of ways this season but may see most of his work as a receiver. He probably should be considered a flex option in most leagues and could be a low-end No. 2 RB in point-per-reception leagues.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 6/12/17 3:07pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) will not throw during the minicamp this week, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Newton will not throw until training camp and probably will be limited during practice so his surgically repaired shoulder can heal. Newton will have more weapons to work with in the passing game this season and will still be a threat to run. Owners in all leagues should consider him a No. 1 quarterback as long as he is healthy.
Curtis Samuel - WRPosted 6/9/17 6:51pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel will establish himself as one of Carolina's best receivers, according to NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt, and Brandt believes Samuel could have a Percy-Harvin-type impact as a rookie.
Huddle Up: If Carolina takes advantage of Samuel's versatility, he could be a dangerous weapon. He is worth taking a chance on as a WR4.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 6/5/17 10:24am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is ahead of schedule with his rehab and expected to throw on the side during Carolina's three-day minicamp next week, according to head coach Ron Rivera. Newton will work directly with trainer Ryan Vermillion, and it is unknown how much he will throw.
Huddle Up: Newton has obvious ability to dominate but a fair amount of risk will be assumed by prospective drafters. Returning from rotator cuff surgery is no joke. The veteran is a midrange QB1 in most situations.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 6/5/17 12:32pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is expected to throw off to the side at next week's minicamp, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Newton is ahead of schedule in his rehab process, but it's unclear just how far away he is from being fully recovered from his shoulder surgery. It's not likely that he'll see much preseason action, but he remains a QB1 candidate as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks.
Curtis Samuel - WRPosted 5/30/17 9:00am ET
Carolina Panthers second-round pick WR Curtis Samuel (personal) returned to practice Tuesday, May 30, after missing OTAs last week for personal reasons.
Huddle Up: Samuel is expected to take over the slot role previously occupied by Ted Ginn Jr. and figures to be used in a host of other ways all over the formation. The Ohio State rookie should be considered a potential fantasy WR4 with upside for more if Kelvin Benjamin doesn't get his weight under control.
Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 5/25/17 6:22pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin has been facing unfair criticism, according to head coach Ron Rivera, and Rivera said Benjamin has 'looked great' on the field.
Huddle Up: Benjamin reportedly arrived at OTAs overweight and not in the best shape, but he hasn't had a history of weight issues. His size makes him a touch matchup, especially in the red zone, and Benjamin can be drafted as a low-end WR2.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 5/12/17 12:03pm ET
Carolina Panthers first-round RB Christian McCaffrey will not be allowed to visit the team's facility until mid-June after Stanford holds its commencement exercises.
Huddle Up: Every year, several players are penalized as a result of their schools holding late graduation ceremonies, although McCaffrey is still taking classes and wasn't going to be available until the end of the quarter anyway. To his credit, he impressed the team's brass at rookie minicamp last weekend. McCaffrey has a very high floor in an offense which has promised to use his vast array of talents and is probably the safest of all the rookie running backs. He should be a RB2 in PPR at worst this season.
Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 5/8/17 1:08pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin has been receiving extra treatment at the Panthers' facility for purposes of general fitness and well-being, according to head coach Ron Rivera. Much was made of Benjamin's physique last week when he reported for offseason activities overweight and out of shape.
Huddle Up: Benjamin has a large frame as is, but the reported 280 pounds is too much. Whether or not that number was true is one thing, but Benjamin is trying to get into football shape. Assuming he can do so, he's a WR2 candidate again this year. He achieved WR2 status in 2014 and 2016.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 5/8/17 5:02pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is making progress in his recovery from shoulder surgery and is on schedule for the regular season, according to general manager Dave Gettleman.
Huddle Up: Newton probably will be sidelined until at least training camp because of his shoulder and could be limited during camp and preseason as well. He should be ready for the start of the regular season and will be looking to improve on his 2016 season. He will have more weapons to work with the passing game this season and should be a No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 5/4/17 7:13pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey signed his standard four-year rookie contract Thursday, May 4.
Huddle Up: McCaffrey will still have to contend with Jonathan Stewart for touches for the time being, but he should see enough work to be a solid flex play this season, especially in PPR formats. His value should only go up over the next couple of years, so draft him aggressively in keeper formats.
Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 5/2/17 11:12am ET
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin's fifth-year option was picked up Tuesday, May 2.
Huddle Up: It's ironic that Benjamin's option was 'exercised' just a few days after reports that Benjamin has ballooned to 280 pounds this offseason. Benjamin has a big frame, but he'll need to drop significant weight before the season starts. If he can get back into shape he'll warrant WR2 consideration, but don't be surprised to see WR3 numbers or worse from him at the end of the season. The stars just aren't aligned with Benjamin's physique and Cam Newton's perpetual erroneousness.
Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 4/29/17 5:50pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin is overweight, according to head coach Ron Rivera, and it's a concern. Benjamin, listed at 6-5, 245 pounds, was rumored to weigh 280 pounds, but Rivera disputed the report. He did not offer a specific weight, but he said Benjamin is a 'little heavy' right now and is working hard to lose the weight.
Huddle Up: KB is a big dude, so weighing north of 250 isn't that much of a concern, but 280 is a big tight end in today's NFL. Assuming he manages his weight properly, there is no reason to be overly concerned this time of the year. Benjamin is a WR2 in most fantasy setups.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 4/28/17 9:04am ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey drew a comparison to the Hall-of-Famer Curtis Martin from general manager Dave Gettleman shortly after the team selected him Thursday, April 27. 'It doesn?t happen very often. The best tackle-box runner I?ve ever seen is Curtis Martin out of Pitt. Christian is right there with him. Running in that tackle box takes unique vision and unique quickness, and he?s got it. Curtis Martin had it, and he had a great career ? a Hall of Fame career ? and this kid?s got those kind of skills,' Gettleman said.
Huddle Up: One gets the sense Carolina sees McCaffrey as a feature back down the road, as Martin ran for 14,101 yards in 11 seasons. McCaffrey is likely to start out his career in the back end of a committee with Jonathan Stewart and will probably be considered the team's slot option as well as its top punt returner. McCaffrey will not lack for work, although it might take him a year or two before he gets the high-volume offensive role fantasy owners desire. Regardless, he should make for a fine flex option as a rookie.
Curtis Samuel - WRPosted 4/28/17 4:56pm ET
The Carolina Panthers selected Ohio State WR Curtis Samuel with the No. 40 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Samuel likely will be used as a slot receiver and will take over the role that Ted Ginn Jr. used to handle. He will have some value in standard leagues this season but will not be a weekly starting option. Owners in keeper leagues should consider him a No. 3 receiver or flex option in the future.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 4/27/17 7:10pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey has 'elite skills,' according to general manager Dave Gettleman. 'So much value there,' Gettleman said. 'He was a guy we targeted.'
Huddle Up: McCaffrey will have an immediate role as both a runner and a receiver in Carolina. He is no worse than a flex play as a rookie, and he'll have even more value in PPR formats. In rookie drafts, he should be in consideration for the top pick.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 4/27/17 9:37pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey will be used in a similar capacity to his time at Stanford, according to head coach Ron Rivera, who also indicated McCaffrey will serve as a punt returner.
Huddle Up: Position flexibility and versatility are the name of the game with McCaffrey, who figures to line up all over the field and be heavily involved in the running, passing and return games. He's well positioned to flourish as a rookie and will draw a lot of interest early in drafts with his value spiking in PPR formats.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 4/21/17 12:36pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is 'on schedule'' to be ready for training camp after having arthroscopic shoulder surgery on March 30, according to general manager Dave Gettleman.
Huddle Up: Newton had a miserable season by his standards last season, although his offensive line and the bum shoulder didn't help him much in that regard. While a bounce-back year could be in order, the primary focus of the Panthers' offseason has been to cut down on the amount of punishment Newton receives, which should mean a decline in his number of rushing attempts. If that happens, Newton becomes more of a midrange fantasy QB1 instead of the elite one he was in 2015.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 4/20/17 4:50pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) doesn't expect to be allowed to throw until late-June, but remains on track to be 'all-clear' by the time training camp opens a month later.
Huddle Up: Newton will be seeking to follow up a season in which he was one of the biggest disappointments in all of fantasy football. Fortunately, it looks like he'll at least be healthy from the onset, and considering how he's descended draft boards everywhere, he could be a good value pick later on for owners.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 4/20/17 7:54pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton said he played injured last year because he felt it was his duty as team captain.
Huddle Up: Newton was a perennial top-five fantasy option at his position prior to last year's injury-plagued campaign. If he slips in drafts, he could end up being a good value pick in 2017.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 4/17/17 8:00pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) will be restricted from throwing throughout organized team activities, but he'll be able to participate in the two weeks of strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation that makes up Phase 1. He should also be able to take part in Phases 2 and 3, with the exception of anything that might put stress on his right shoulder.
Huddle Up: Newton's coming off a season in which he registered by far the lowest quarterback rating of his career -- 75.8 -- while also rushing for a career-low 359 yards. In other words, he was one of the biggest disappointments in all of fantasy football last year. Even though he'll also be trying to come back from surgery, owners might be able to view him as a value pick later on in drafts, but he certainly no longer warrants an early selection like in years past.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 3/30/17 5:34am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton needs to repair his confidence in the offseason, according to head coach Ron Rivera. 'He's going to have to rebuild his confidence,' Rivera said. 'It was shook. Let's be honest, I'm not going to lie about that.'
Huddle Up: Newton is slated to miss most of the offseason after surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff that he played the last three games with. They addressed the offensive line and are planning to add a running back in the draft. Newton should be in the midrange of the QB1 area in fantasy. However, coming off a down season and an injury adds some caution flags.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 3/30/17 10:15am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) underwent successful shoulder surgery on his partially torn rotator cuff Thursday, March 30.
Huddle Up: If Newton fully heals in time he could be ready to participate in training camp, but don't be surprised if he doesn't see much preseason action. Newton is coming off a season to forget -- arguably the worst of his six-year career. As such, drafting him as more than a low-end QB1 is ill-advised.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 3/27/17 8:23am ET
Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart is due up to $9.5 million over the next two seasons with an $8 million base value. His new deal freed up $2.075 million in cap space for 2017.
Huddle Up: The Panthers are expected to add an impact running back, and J-Stew has been frequently hobbled. Now 30, he's a low-end RB2 with minimal upside.
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