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.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 1/30/19 4:50pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) said his surgically repaired shoulder is feeling good.
Huddle Up: Newton probably will be limited during offseason workouts but should be ready for the start of training camp. Newton can still be considered a No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues because of his running ability, but owners should keep an eye on his rehab during the offseason.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 1/29/19 10:55am ET
Los Angeles Rams RB C.J. Anderson said Tuesday, Jan. 29, he is now playing at 235 pounds -- up from his previous playing weight of 225.
Huddle Up: The extra weight hasn't seemed to hamper Anderson so far in L.A. as he rushed for at least 123 yards in each of his first three games with the Rams before gaining 44 on 16 carries in the NFC title game. Next up, though, is a Patriots' rush defense that has surrendered only 60 rushing yards in two postseason games. Fellow RB Todd Gurley should also be much more involved in the Super Bowl game plan as well after receiving only five touches in the NFC Championship Game.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 1/25/19 5:12am ET
Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is hopeful be back to throwing by organized team activities and ready for training camp.
Huddle Up: Newton has regressed since his MVP season, and he has fallen into the mid-to-low QB1 area in fantasy.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 1/25/19 5:38pm ET
Los Angeles Rams RB C.J. Anderson (illness) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 25.
Huddle Up: Anderson has played well since joining the Rams and should be part of a running back committee for a team next season. He can be a No. 3 or No. 4 fantasy running back next season depending on his role.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 1/24/19 1:54pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Thursday, Jan. 24. A timetable for his return was not disclosed.
Huddle Up: The procedure doesn't appear to be overly serious, but the Panthers will likely take it easy with Newton, especially since it's his throwing shoulder that's been operated on. He does have several months to make a full recovery and be drafted comfortably in QB1 territory.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 1/24/19 4:25pm ET
Los Angeles Rams RB C.J. Anderson (illness) did not participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 24.
Huddle Up: Anderson should be available to play in Super Bowl LIII and likely will receive a solid amount of touches. He has played well and could return to the Rams next season. Anderson probably will be part of a running back committee for a team next season and could be a No. 3 or No. 4 fantasy running back.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 1/20/19 3:39pm ET
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley rushed four times for 10 yards and a touchdown and he added a three-yard catch in the NFC Championship Game against the New Orleans Saints, while RB C.J. Anderson handled the majority of the workload with 17 total touches.
Huddle Up: There was no official word from the Rams during the game, but Gurley was obviously not right. He had two dropped passes in the first half and he apparently is still not 100 percent from the knee injury which hampered him down the stretch. He'll have two weeks to rest before Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, but expect him to split the load with Anderson.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 1/20/19 3:36pm ET
Los Angeles Rams RB C.J. Anderson rushed 16 times for 44 yards in the NFC Championship Game against the New Orleans Saints and he added a five-yard catch.
Huddle Up: Anderson was just on the scrap heap a month ago, but he stepped up and gave the Rams some semblance of a run with Todd Gurley obviously ailing and not at 100 percent. The veteran back could have played himself not only into a job for 2019, but a rather prominent role with someone.
Devin Funchess - WRPosted 1/19/19 12:24pm ET
Carolina Panthers impending free-agent WR Devin Funchess likely will not re-sign with the Panthers this offseason because of WR D.J. Moore's performance during the second half of the season.
Huddle Up: Funchess probably will receive interest from some teams if he hits the free-agent market, but it is not known if he can find a starting job. He can be a No. 3 fantasy receiver depending on his role.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 1/17/19 8:53pm ET
Los Angeles Rams RB C.J. Anderson said he is the freshest running back in the league heading into a matchup with the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game. 'I look faster than everyone else, part of it because I'm fresh,' Anderson said.
Huddle Up: Anderson has played three games for the Rams, topping 120 rushing yards and scoring at least once in all of them. Even with Todd Gurley back in the fold, Anderson has shown he deserves a look in playoff contests. There could be plenty of touches to go around if the conference title game resembles the 45-35 shootout the Rams and Saints had earlier this year.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 1/15/19 2:46pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton's (shoulder) offseason recovery remains unclear as team owner David Tepper admitted he has 'no idea' if Newton will have surgery.
Huddle Up: Newton's rushing numbers were down in 2018 - including a career-low four rushing touchdowns - but his passing statistics were better. He even completed a career-high 67.9% of his attempts. His rushing ability will always have him in QB1 territory.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 1/15/19 5:19pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is not guaranteed to play at all in 2019 as the team considers all of its options regarding his injured shoulder. Per ESPN.com's David Newton, the organization has been in discussions with medical personnel on the best plan to strengthen the shoulder - whether that's with rest or another surgery. A surgery opens the possibility Newton could miss a season - just as Andrew Luck did in 2017 - after undergoing surgery on his throwing shoulder.
Huddle Up: It sounds as if missing all of 2019 is only a worst-case scenario, but the fact it is even on the table this early in the offseason is concerning. Kyle Allen played well in the regular-season finale and could conceivably be asked to fill in, but Carolina will probably try hard to secure a capable placeholder in free agency or spend a relatively early pick in the draft at quarterback to protect itself. At this point, it's probably best if fantasy owners assume the worst and hope for good news sometime this summer.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 1/13/19 11:32am ET
Los Angeles Rams RB C.J. Anderson had the full confidence of head coach Sean McVay, who signed the free agent on Dec. 18. 'He's a guy that's played in big-time games,' coach Sean McVay said Saturday, Jan. 12, following the Rams' 30-22 divisional-round playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys. 'You know that no moment is too big for him. This is a guy that's had a big-time role and a Super Bowl champion team. He's just got a great feel for the game. I think he did a great job again tonight. Was really just impressed with him from the jump -- the way that he was able to come in, I guess it would be about a month ago now, and how quickly he was able to pick things up. Really smart, cerebral player and does a great job putting his pads down, finishing falling forward.'
Huddle Up: In three games with the Rams, Anderson has rushed for 167, 132 and 123 yards and has totaled four TDs while subbing for/complementing No. 1 RB Todd Gurley. And even with Gurley back from a two-game knee-injury absence Saturday, Anderson handled 23 of the 41 RB touches. That likely will switch as soon as the NFC title game, but expect Anderson to still see at least a third of the touches, especially if the game is close.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 1/12/19 8:36pm ET
Los Angeles Rams RB C.J. Anderson rushed 23 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-22 win over the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round Saturday, Jan. 12.
Huddle Up: Talk about one man's trash being another man's treasure. Denver, Carolina and Oakland all kicked Anderson to the curb within the last year, but he has been churning out 100-yard efforts since being scooped up by the Rams in the final weeks of the regular season. Even with Todd Gurley back in the fold, Anderson can't be ignored in playoff contests.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 1/5/19 6:44pm ET
Los Angeles Rams RB C.J. Anderson could continue to have a role in the offense during the playoffs, according to head coach Sean McVay. 'But, he's certainly earned the right to be on the field,' McVay said. 'He's done a great job these last couple weeks.'
Huddle Up: Although Anderson topped 100 rushing yards in Week 16 and Week 17 while Todd Gurley was sidelined, Gurley is expected to be ready to go for the divisional round. It's hard to imagine Anderson doing more than spelling Gurley during the playoffs.
Cameron Artis-Payne - RBPosted 12/30/18 3:00pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Cameron Artis-Payne ran 16 times for 56 yards and a touchdown in Week 17 against the New Orleans Saints in his most extensive action of the season.
Huddle Up: With nothing to play for the Panthers powered down Christian McCaffrey and gave CAP a chance to play and show what he can do. He'll likely return in 2019 as the backup to CMC, but his fantasy value is basically predicated upon disaster striking McCaffrey and the Panthers.
Kyle Allen - QBPosted 12/30/18 2:55pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Kyle Allen completed 16-of-27 passes for 228 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 17 game against the New Orleans Saints in his first NFL start.
Huddle Up: The Panthers are obviously Cam Newton's team, but Allen and Taylor Heinicke looked capable of handling the backup chores in their brief looks down the stretch. No fantasy value here, however.
Ian Thomas - TEPosted 12/30/18 3:19pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Ian Thomas posted five grabs for 61 yards and a touchdown in the Week 17 game against the New Orleans Saints on seven targets.
Huddle Up: Thomas emerged as a useful fantasy option in deeper leagues down the stretch, taking over for the injured Greg Olsen (foot). If the team moves on from Olsen, Thomas has TE1 potential heading into 2019 since tight end is a big part of Carolina's offense.
Curtis Samuel - WRPosted 12/30/18 3:15pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel ended up with two grabs for 72 yards and a touchdown in Week 17 against the New Orleans Saints on four targets.
Huddle Up: Samuel finished up the season with 39 catches, 495 yards and five touchdowns through the air, with 84 rushing yards and two scores on the ground. He looks to have some big-play potential heading into 2019, making him a nice sleeper for fantasy purposes.
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