Curtis Samuel - WRPosted 6/14/19 6:25pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel has been the 'MVP' of minicamp, according to Brendan Marks of the Charlotte Observer. 'His catch radius I think has improved,' head coach Ron Rivera said. 'I just think his overall game has improved.'
Huddle Up: Samuel has battled injuries in his first two years in the league, but he averaged 12.3 yards per touch on 47 touches last season and scored seven times. Primed for a bigger role in the offense, Samuel has WR3 upside if he can stay healthy.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 6/12/19 6:21pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is using a new throwing motion in hopes of preserving his shoulder for the long haul. 'Making him a little more compact in his upper body. A little more closed off, just so he's not as open throwing the ball. And just to make him as efficient as possible and putting the least amount of stress possible,' quarterbacks coach Scott Turner said Wednesday, June 12.
Huddle Up: Newton had a good rehab process and he has been throwing in minicamp. Fantasy owners would love to get a full season of Cam. He is a risky play based on his recent shoulder issues over the past couple of seasons, but if he is 100 percent healthy he is a legit QB1 in most fantasy leagues not only for his arm but his running ability, too.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 6/11/19 10:50am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) threw to stationary targets Tuesday, June 11, during the team's minicamp practice. It was the first time Newton has thrown passes publicly since undergoing shoulder surgery in January. 'If you go back and look at a lot of things that happened before he started having shoulder issues, you can see the improvement, you can see the footwork, you can see the whole development of him,'' coach Ron Rivera said. 'As the shoulder started to go, then you saw everything fall by the wayside. Now you get an opportunity to go back, rework those things, do the things he needs to do to improve. He's done a great job.'
Huddle Up: Despite missing two games and being obviously hampered by the shoulder in several others, Newton finished as the 12th-best QB in fantasy in 2018. He's ranked by most as a low-end QB1 this year, and could prove to be a bargain if his recovery progress continues at its current pace.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 6/8/19 8:55am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) will throw in all quarterback drills during the team's upcoming mandatory minicamp.
Huddle Up: Newton's recovery from arthroscopic shoulder surgery appears to be right on schedule. Assuming that he doesn't suffer any setbacks, he should be viewed as a midrange QB1 in all fantasy formats.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 5/30/19 5:44pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) has started throwing a regulation-size football as part of his rehab, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Newton is recovering from offseason surgery and appears to be on track in his rehab. Fantasy players will need to monitor the situation over the next few months to see if he suffers any setbacks. Newton is a No. 1 fantasy quarterback when he is healthy.
Devin Funchess - WRPosted 5/25/19 6:58pm ET
Indianapolis Colts WR Devin Funchess knows how to run a lot of QB Andrew Luck's favorite routes, according to head coach Frank Reich.
Huddle Up: Funchess never seemed to to put it all together in Carolina, but if he can establish himself as the No. 2 option across from T.Y. Hilton, WR3 production isn't out of the question.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 5/22/19 9:48am ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) said he has been fully cleared Wednesday, May 22.
Huddle Up: Olsen is declining, but the position in fantasy is still in flux after the top couple of options. He'll be amongst a glut of midrange TE1 options.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 5/10/19 5:14pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) said he is too old to change his playing style.
Huddle Up: Newton has dealt with injuries over the last several seasons but likely will continue to run despite the injuries. He is a No. 1 fantasy quarterback when he is healthy, but fantasy players should keep an eye on him during training camp.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 5/6/19 8:41am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) said he feels at full strength and hopes to be throwing before training camp. Newton hasn't been given a timetable for when he'll be cleared, but he's confident there won't be another setback like last season. He began a vegan diet in hopes of getting his weight into the 237-pound range, which would be the lowest of his career.
Huddle Up: Newton could return to the midrange of the QB1 pack, and he could even elevate a little higher. A healthy showing in camp will go a long way in forecasting his 2019 draft stock. However, the form he showed in his MVP season is probably out of the question.
D.J. Moore - WRPosted 4/28/19 9:55am ET
Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore announced Sunday, April 28, he has switched agents and will now be represented by Drew Rosenhaus and Robert Bailey.
Huddle Up: Moore came on strong during the second half of his rookie season in 2018, and has WR2 potential entering 2019 with Devin Funchess now gone in Carolina.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 4/17/19 3:00pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is making good progress in his recovery from shoulder surgery, but head coach Ron Rivera said there is no timetable for when Newton will be throwing at full strength.
Huddle Up: Newton probably will not do much this offseason but should be ready for training camp. He is a No. 1 fantasy quarterback when he is healthy, but owners may want to pick up a strong No. 2 quarterback in case Newton suffers any setbacks.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 4/11/19 6:53pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey said his offseason training regiment will allow him to handle another heavy workload in 2019. 'I played in every game last year, felt great,' McCaffrey said. 'I can do it again.'
Huddle Up: The coaching staff has hinted at cutting back on McCaffrey's workload a, but even if he scales back a bit from last year, he's still a safe bet for RB1 production because of his heavy involvement in the passing game.
Devin Funchess - WRPosted 3/28/19 6:25pm ET
Indianapolis Colts WR Devin Funchess was a player that head coach Frank Reich pushed the front office to pursue in free agency. 'I'm so excited about Devin,' Reich said. 'I mean, when I watch his tape, what I see is a big man who is really athletic.'
Huddle Up: Funchess is coming off a down year, but he will be given every opportunity to become the No. 2 option in the passing attack. Consider him a WR4 with upside.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 3/26/19 11:22am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) has encouraged head coach Ron Rivera by the progress he has made in his recovery from shoulder surgery in January. 'I look forward to seeing him soon,' Rivera said, 'but just very happy that things are trending in the right direction.' The Panthers are confident that Newton will be ready for training camp.
Huddle Up: It was an off year for Newton as he missed two games and finished outside of QB1 territory. Assuming he does make a full recovery from the shoulder issue then it would be a surprise not to see him back among No. 1 fantasy quarterbacks in 2019.
Devin Funchess - WRPosted 3/11/19 4:37pm ET
Carolina Panthers impending free-agent WR Devin Funchess plans to sign a one-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts worth as much as $13 million, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Colts have been looking for a No. 2 receiver, so Funchess could take over that role next season. He is coming off a disappointing season where he posted only 549 yards and four touchdowns. Funchess could be a possible late-round option in fantasy leagues.
Torrey Smith - WRPosted 3/7/19 5:23pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Torrey Smith's option for 2019 has been exercised, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Smith was limited to only 11 games this past season and finished with only 17 receptions, 190 yards and two touchdowns. He should be more involved in the passing game next season and could be a late-round option in some deeper fantasy leagues.
Devin Funchess - WRPosted 3/1/19 10:03pm ET
Carolina Panthers impending free-agent WR Devin Funchess is referring to himself as a 'former Carolina Panther' and 'now looking for a new team.' After an unproductive season the team is not expected to re-sign him.
Huddle Up: Funchess racked up 63 grabs for 840 yards and a career-best eight scores in 2017, but he tumbled back to mediocrity with just 44 catches, 549 yards, four touchdowns and a career-low 12.5 yards per grab last season over 14 outings. He might land a new job, but he has a long way to go to prove himself to fantasy owners again.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 2/28/19 7:34pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey needs to have a lighter workload next season after playing more than 90 percent of the snaps in 2018, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: McCaffrey was an all-around weapon for Carolina in his second season, running for more than 1,000 yards on 5.0 yards per carry and catching 107 passes. He's a early first-round pick in any format.
D.J. Moore - WRPosted 2/17/19 9:19am ET
Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore graded out as the league's top rookie wide receiver in 2018, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Moore finished second on the Panthers to RB Christian McCaffrey with 82 targets, 55 receptions and 788 yards and had at least 67 yards in four of his final seven games. Now with fellow WR Devin Funchess not expected back and a healthier Cam Newton after shoulder surgery, look for Moore to challenge for WR2 status next season.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 2/15/19 9:26am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton should be ready for training camp, head coach Ron Rivera said Friday, Feb. 15, on ESPN. Rivera also stressed the need to protect Newton better with the quarterback recently undergoing shoulder surgery, and the coach said the Panthers will use both free agency and the draft, if necessary, to shore up the team's offensive line.
Huddle Up: Cam finished as a top-12 fantasy QB, but tailed off dramatically late in the season once the shoulder flared up, and he wound up missing the final two games of the year. If all is looking good health-wise later this summer, Newton will still go off the board as a QB1 in fantasy drafts.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 2/9/19 8:42am ET
There is growing optimism that Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) may be able to participate in organized team activities in May, since his rehab from right shoulder surgery is going well, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
Huddle Up: Newton had a great deal of scar tissue removed from his throwing shoulder two weeks ago and is expected to be fully recovered by the start of training camp even if he is unable to take part in OTAs. He should be viewed as a low-end QB1 in most fantasy formats heading into the 2019 season.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 2/7/19 10:02am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) on Thursday, Feb. 7, unveiled a YouTube video channel containing a post about his late-January arthroscopic procedure on his throwing shoulder. In the post, Newton says he couldn't throw the ball 30 yards late in the season, but was determined to keep playing. 'I felt like defenses were exposing me because I couldn't throw the ball down field,' Newton said in the video post. 'Not being in a position physically to be able to make the throws that you know you're capable of making, that was the disheartening thing of the whole year.''
Huddle Up: Later in the video, doctors are seen telling Newton the damage in his shoulder actually wasn't as bad as they had feared so the QB already has a solid head start in his recovery. He's a QB1 that some fantasy GMs in your leagues are bound to bypass because of fears over lingering injury issues.
Devin Funchess - WRPosted 2/7/19 7:24pm ET
Carolina Panthers impending free-agent WR Devin Funchess could be an option for the Baltimore Ravens because his size would allow him to be an effective blocker when QB Lamar Jackson scrambles, according to Clifton Brown of BaltimoreRavens.com.
Huddle Up: Funchess would also be a big target for Jackson in the passing game, but after seeing the run-heavy approach the Ravens adopted with Jackson as the starter, it is hard to see any Baltimore receiver being a great fantasy option in 2019.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 2/5/19 3:41pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) intends to keep playing despite dealing with a nagging foot issue that resulted in two surgeries last season. Olsen said he's rehabilitating his foot every day trying to get back to full health. The veteran tight end has two years remaining on his contract.
Huddle Up: The soon to be 34-year-old veteran has only played in 16 games over the last two years. We can't overlook his dedication and motivation, though. Given the shallow nature of the tight end position, Olsen will garner TE1 attention if he's full go heading into the new season.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 2/3/19 8:28am ET
Los Angeles Rams RBs Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson are likely to split carries in Super Bowl LIII versus the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 3, according to running backs coach Skip Peete.
Huddle Up: Gurley only had five carries in the NFC Championship Game versus the New Orleans Saints two weeks ago but he has been able to take part in all of the team's practices over the last two weeks without limitations, proving that the knee problems which plagued him near the end of the regular season are behind him. He should be viewed as a first-round selection in all fantasy formats for 2019. Anderson has played well since joining the club in December, rushing for more than 100 yards in three of the Rams' last four games, and he should see a decent workload in the Super Bowl based on his recent performance as well as Gurley's conditioning. He's worthy of consideration as a No. 3 or No. 4 running back for 2019 fantasy leagues.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 2/3/19 8:16am ET
The Los Angeles Rams are interested in bringing back RB C.J. Anderson for the 2019 season, according to multiple sources.
Huddle Up: The 27-year-old Anderson has been impressive since being picked up off the free agency scrap heap in December, rushing for more than 100 yards in three of his four games since joining the Rams. He should be part of a running back committee next season regardless of where he lands and is worthy of consideration as an RB3 or RB4 in most fantasy formats.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 2/3/19 12:27pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) will be ready for the start of the 2019 season and could be on the field at the start of training camp, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Newton probably will not do much this offseason but appears to be on track to participate in training camp. He is coming off a disappointing season but will have solid weapons to work with on offense in 2019. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback in most fantasy leagues next season.
D.J. Moore - WRPosted 2/3/19 6:49pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore logged eight or more targets in five of his last seven games in 2018, and he saw 51 of his 82 targets during that stretch.
Huddle Up: After a slow start to his rookie campaign, Moore became more of a focal point of the passing attack down the stretch. He should be a little more consistent in his second year, and he could be a sneaky WR3.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 2/3/19 7:14pm ET
Los Angeles Rams RB C.J. Anderson rushed seven times for 22 yards and caught two passes for 12 yards in a 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII.
Huddle Up: Anderson once again split time with Todd Gurley, but neither back was effective. If the Rams end up bringing Anderson back next year, it could thrust Gurley's role as a top-three pick into doubt. It is one of the bigger fantasy stories to watch heading into 2019.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 1/31/19 12:41pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) said he's greatly increased his range of motion in his throwing arm since undergoing surgery a week ago. He expressed his relief in his bothersome shoulder ailment being fixed. Newton is expected to make a full recovery in time for training camp.
Huddle Up: Newton is trending upward following a frustrating 2018 campaign. Even with the nagging injury and despite missing two games, Newton achieved QB14 status. His 24 touchdowns were tied for the second most in a season of his eight-year career.
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