Jason Avant - WRPosted 11/18/14 3:24pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Jason Avant was waived Tuesday, Nov. 18, according to a source informed of the transaction. Avant had just 21 catches in 11 games this season. Head coach Ron Rivera said the team wants to give WRs Philly Brown and Brenton Bersin more playing time after the Week 12 bye.
Huddle Up: The veteran Avant never seemed to fit in in Carolina with a WR corps headed by first-round pick Kelvin Benjamin, and the Panthers understandably want to start looking toward the future in a season that has gone south.
Mike Tolbert - RBPosted 11/18/14 3:34pm ET
The Carolina Panthers activated FB Mike Tolbert (leg) from the short-term Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Nov. 18.
Huddle Up: Well, we're back to the familiar full house -- DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Tolbert -- in the Carolina backfield. Lower your fantasy expectations for each accordingly.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 11/14/14 2:50pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 14, and will start in the team's Week 11 game.
Huddle Up: Williams has hardly been usable in fantasy gaining 98 total yards and no scores while losing a fumble on 25 touches over the last two games, but then again, fantasy matchups don't get any more favorable than a home date with the defense surrendering the most fantasy points to opposing RBs.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 11/14/14 3:00pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 14.
Huddle Up: DeAngelo Williams will start and will continue to be involved, but Stewart is a decent fantasy option this week going against the shaky Falcon run defense.
Jerricho Cotchery - WRPosted 11/13/14 12:47pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring) may sit out practice Thursday, Nov. 13, but he is still expected to play in Week 11, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Cotchery has fallen off the pace in recent weeks, catching only 10 passes for 128 yards over the last 4 games, but he should be available Sunday if you need to roll with him in a deep league.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 11/13/14 4:38pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (foot) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 13.
Huddle Up: Things are looking iffy for Williams, who missed a second straight practice, but then chances are you weren't counting on him after 21 carries for only 51 rushing yards and a fumble since he returned in Week 9.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 11/12/14 10:02pm ET
Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot, ankle) admitted that he has been playing hurt after saying he was fine following the team's embarrassing Week 10 loss Monday, Nov. 10. Newton hasn't posted a quarterback rating higher than his career average of 85.4 since Oct. 12.
Huddle Up: Newton is obviously hurting and playing for offensive coordinator Mike Shula certainly doesn't help. The one-time fantasy stud is nothing more than a match-up play right now.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 11/11/14 1:09am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton was 25-of-40 for 306 yards, two TDs and three interceptions Monday, Nov. 10 in a 45-21 loss to the host Philadelphia Eagles. Newton added 6 rushing yards on two carries and also lost a fumble.
Huddle Up: Newton received little help or protection most of the night, getting sacked nine times, and appeared to be limping around at various times during the game. He did, however, save some fantasy face by tossing two fourth-quarter TD passes rookie Kelvin Benjamin (3-70 on 7 targets) and finishing with his first 300-yard passing game of the season.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 11/11/14 6:18pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot, ankles), didn't injure his foot or reinjure his ankles in Week 10 Monday, Nov. 10, according to head coach Ron Rivera. "I'm not sure where all that came from. But put it to rest," Rivera said. "He said it at his press conference after the game, he's fine." Newton, however, didn't look right in the loss, and he struggled to accelerate to avoid sacks. He finished the game 25-of-40 for 306, 2 TDs and 3 interceptions.
Huddle Up: Newton actually did all right considering he didn't get a lot of help or protection as Philly registered nine sacks. And while his first 300-yard passing performance of the season was encouraging, he'll need better protection, a reduction in his turnovers and a bump in his rushing numbers -- he had two carries for 6 yards Monday night -- to regain his fantasy impact.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 10/31/14 12:34am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton completed only 10 of his 28 passing attempts for a season-low 151 yards and an interception Thursday, Oct. 30 while rushing for 43 yards and a TD on 7 attempts in a 28-10 loss to the visiting New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: The struggles continue for Newton, who has averaged a paltry 175.6 passing yards with only 1 TD and 3 interceptions over his last 3 games. He has compensated somewhat with 108 yards and a TD on the ground during that span, but his aerial game is a mess right now and it's keeping him well out of QB1 consideration. It's also hurting pass-catchers Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin, who caught only 4 of their 14 combined targets Thursday night for 48 yards.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 10/30/14 4:36pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) will start the team's Week 9 game against the New Orleans Saints Thursday, Oct. 30, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Williams hasn't played since Week 4 and Jonathan Stewart & Darrin Reaves should also get touches tonight, but RBs are thin with 6 teams on bye and it's a decent matchup against the Saints, who allow the 12th-most fantasy points to opposing RBs.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 10/28/14 11:57pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) was limited in practice Tuesday, Oct. 28.
Huddle Up: Williams has missed the Panthers' last 4 games and has been limited in practices so far this week, but NFL.com reported Tuesday that he'll start at RB Thursday night against the visiting Saints. And with 6 teams on bye, you might need to use him this week.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 10/27/14 3:51pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) is expected to play in Week 9, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Williams and Jonathan Stewart will split touches against the Saints. While it's a good matchup, neither is an appealing fantasy option this week.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 10/24/14 3:57pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 8 against the Seattle Seahawks.
Huddle Up: Williams will miss his sixth game this season, leaving the Panthers' RB workload primarily on the shoulders of Jonathan Stewart, who returned from his own 3-game absence last week with 62 total yards on 14 touches.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 10/18/14 2:01pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 7.
Huddle Up: Jonathan Stewart is expected to start this week for Carolina. He'll see a majority of the touches and is a flex play consideration against Green Bay.
Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 10/18/14 2:01pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) still needs to pass one more concussion tests before being cleared to play in Week 7.
Huddle Up: Benjamin will be a game-time decision this week, so owners will need to have another option ready to go.
Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 10/18/14 8:38pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) traveled with the team and is on track to play Sunday, Oct. 19, in Week 7.
Huddle Up: Reports say all signs point to Benjamin playing on Sunday. Benjamin would be a strong WR2 against a beat-up Green Bay secondary that is already missing CB Sam Shields and could also be without CB Tramon Williams.
Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 10/17/14 2:13pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) practiced with his helmet on Friday, Oct. 17, and appeared to look good while doing every drill. He is officially listed as questionable, but the Charlotte Observer's Joe Person believes that Benjamin will play in Week 7 against the Green Bay Packers.
Huddle Up: Great sign for Benjamin's fantasy owners after the rookie wideout missed the team's previous 2 practices this week. You're going to need to get a confirmation Sunday morning that Benjamin is indeed active, but right now it's looking good.
Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 10/16/14 2:03pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) is not participating in practice Thursday, Oct. 16.
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners need to remain vigilant as the rookie remains in the protocol and will try to get clearance over the next 2 days.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 10/16/14 2:16pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) said he will start in the team's Week 7 game.
Huddle Up: Stewart hasn't played since Week 3 but has a decent matchup against a suspect Packer run defense and could be plugged in if you're desperate at RB.
Jerricho Cotchery - WRPosted 10/16/14 6:55pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery could be a sneaky start this week if WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) is unable to play. Even with Benjamin in the lineup last week, Cotchery saw 10 targets in a tie with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: The veteran Cotchery has had at least 4 receptions in four of the five games he's played in this season, and should step into the Panthers' No. 1 WR role if Benjamin is indeed out.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 10/15/14 3:28pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) donned full pads and is participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 15.
Huddle Up: Stewart is a good bet to return this week after missing the last 3 games and supplant the Darrin Reaves-Fozzy Whittaker-Chris Ogbonnaya contingent as the Panthers' No. 1 RB option.
Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 10/15/14 6:17pm ET
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 15, because of a concussion. Benjamin is currently going through the concussion protocol.
Huddle Up: A somewhat surprising red flag has cropped up here for the rookie wideout's fantasy owners, and they're going to need to look for signs of protocol progress the rest of the week.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 10/13/14 10:42am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) rushed 17 times for 107 yards in Week 6 Sunday, Oct. 12. Head coach Ron Rivera said Newton was pretty close to being fully back from offseason ankle surgery.
Huddle Up: Newton with the added threat of rushing is a completely different fantasy entity than the version we had seen prior to Week 6. If he's back to swiping goal line looks and threatening defenses with his feet as well as his arm he's not just a fantasy starter but a borderline elite fantasy QB.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 10/13/14 3:46pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) is expected to participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 15, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Stewart would move into flex consideration if he plays this week. DeAngelo Williams is still out and the Panthers have little else at running back right now. Stewart will get most of the touches as soon as he's healthy.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 10/10/14 4:28pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 10, and has been ruled out for the team's. Week 6 game.
Huddle Up: Williams will miss his fourth game of the season. Meanwhile, Jonathan Stewart (knee) is listed as questionable, and it looks like it'll be the Darrin Reaves-Chris Ogbannaya-Fozzy Whittaker show again Sunday in Cincy. The best advice is to steer clear entirely given the Panthers' poor ground performance and the road matchup with what's sure to be a fired-up Bengals' D.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 10/9/14 6:00pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 9.
Huddle Up: Williams just got out of walking boot and likely will miss his second straight game and fourth in the past five Sunday.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 10/8/14 12:20am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle, ribs) said he believes his ribs are fully healed, but he also said that he is still experiencing some ankle pain. 'I think my body is mending up slowly but surely,' Newton said. 'It's giving me a lot of great confidence when I am thinking about running the football, and throwing the football, as well.'
Huddle Up: Newton is coming off his best game of the season (255 yards, 2 TDs passing) Sunday, and even though he didn't gain many yards (9), his 6 rushing attempts were nearly as many (8) as he had in the first 3 games combined, showing he's gaining trust in his wheels.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 10/2/14 2:06pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) is not participating in practice Thursday, Oct. 2.
Huddle Up: Expect Stewart to miss another week, leaving the Panthers' running game in the hands of Darrin Reaves, Chris Ogbonnaya and possibly Fozzy Whittaker on Sunday.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 10/1/14 3:41pm ET
Updating an earlier report, Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) is out for Week 5, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Well, Williams was back for 11 carries and 34 yards last week after missing the previous two games, but the Panthers are now down to undrafted rookie Darrin Reaves, who will get the start Sunday against the Bears.
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