Cam Newton - QBPosted 3/26/17 10:39am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) will be ready for the season opener 'without a doubt', according to head coach Ron Rivera. Newton is set to undergo surgery Thursday, March 30, to repair the partially torn rotator cuff he suffered in Week 14. 'There is no concern, at least in talking with the trainers and doctors. ? They have a timeframe that they've mapped out for the most part. He'll be working with the trainers and he'll be working with us for the most part during the OTAs and minicamps,' Rivera said.
Huddle Up: Newton will have about four full months before the start of training camp and has a little more than five months to recover in order to be ready for the season opener. By all accounts, the team is counting on him making a transition into being more of a pocket quarterback, which would make him far less valuable in fantasy. Between the surgery and his changing game, Newton may no longer make sense as a fantasy QB1 anymore.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 3/25/17 11:37am ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart said he believes it would be a good thing if the Panthers selected a running back in the 2017 NFL draft because it would keep him fresher late in games.
Huddle Up: Stewart should be the starting running back for the Panthers next season but could lose some carries if the team adds a rookie running back. He has rushed for at least 800 yards in each of the last three season and has 15 touchdowns in the last two years. He should be considered a No. 3 running back in most leagues and possibly a low-end No. 2 back in deeper leagues.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 3/24/17 6:10am ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart signed a contract extension through the 2018 season Friday, March 24. Stewart had a cap figure of $8.25 million, and the extension was expected to reduce that in 2017.
Huddle Up: The 30-year-old has been oft-injured, but he has been productive in the spurts he has been out there. His nine touchdowns last season were the most since 2009. However, there are rumblings the team is looking to draft a running back early in the 2017 NFL Draft, maybe Leonard Fournette, and that would reduce J-Stew's potential impact. He's a low-end RB2 for now, but that could dampen as the draft approaches.
Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 3/24/17 6:41am ET
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin has a May 2 deadline for the team to pick up his fifth-year option, which figures to be around $8 million.
Huddle Up: Benjamin had 10 fewer catches for 67 fewer yards and two fewer touchdowns last season than in his rookie year in 2014. It was a 63-941-7 line, which is not bad at all, but it puts him in the low-end WR2 range. Was this a microcosm of him returning from a torn ACL, or is Benjamin just not on the WR1 path he projected towards? This year will likely answer that. His yards per reception jumped more than a yard to 14.9 yards per catch, and he presents a solid choice as a midrange WR2.
Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 3/24/17 9:36am ET
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin's fifth year option for the 2018 season will be picked up, according to general manager Dave Gettleman.
Huddle Up: Benjamin missed the entire 2015 season due to injury and faded after a strong start in 2016, but he's still the best receiver the Panthers have. He'll be two years removed from ACL surgery at the start of the 2017 season, although he needs a healthy Cam Newton to realize his full potential. If Newton is good to go by Week 1, Benjamin can be considered a fantasy WR3 with big upside.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 3/21/17 12:33pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) will undergo surgery on a partially torn rotator cuff Thursday, March 30. The procedure is expected to sideline Newton for about four months.
Huddle Up: That timetable will put Newton right on the brink of being available for the start of the preseason. The Panthers may choose to hold Newton out for all of the offseason to as to ensure a complete and safe recovery. Assuming Newton does make a full recovery and is fully healthy for the start of the regular season, he remains a mid- to low-end QB1 option.
Ted Ginn Jr. - WRPosted 3/9/17 8:55am ET
Carolina Panthers impending free-agent WR Ted Ginn Jr. agreed to sign with the New Orleans Saints Thursday, March 9. Terms haven't been disclosed.
Huddle Up: Ginn's 10 touchdowns in 2015 were probably an aberration, but if he enters the Saints' fold and Brandin Cooks exits, he could be a factor. He actually surpassed his catches and yardage numbers from that big bang in 2015 last season. He'll be a WR4 with potential for more.
Mike Tolbert - RBPosted 2/21/17 10:44am ET
Carolina Panthers FB Mike Tolbert was released by the team Tuesday, Feb. 21.
Huddle Up: The move clears $1.725 million in cap space for Carolina, which appears set to go with either former Washington Redskin Darrel Young or Devon Johnson. Although he earned three Pro Bowl nods in five seasons with the Panthers, they never did use the 31-year-old much as a receiver. Tolbert should find another employer in relatively short order, but his days as a fantasy asset are well in the rear-view mirror.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 2/7/17 7:14am ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart appears to be in the team's plans for 2017. Head coach Ron Rivera mentioned Stewart by name in saying the team can't rely on its quarterback as its leading rusher. 'We've got to get guys like Jonathan Stewart rolling. We've got to put it in our backs' hands and get the ball to our playmakers.'
Huddle Up: There was some question as to whether the team would move on from the soon-to-be 30-year-old. However, they're expected to bring in competition at the position. Stewart is oft-injured, but he has been serviceable in committees. Age and attrition might bump him down into the RB3 area in fantasy.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 1/11/17 6:42am ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart could be a possible cut in the offseason, in the opinion of beat writer David Newton. The move would save the team $6.25 million with a post-June 1 designation.
Huddle Up: Stewart turns 30 in March, and he has really been dogged with injuries the last five seasons. The best-case scenario would be for him to land in another timeshare role and be a low-end RB2 in drafts.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 1/9/17 4:01pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton tallied career lows in completion percentage (52.9) and passer rating (75.8) just one year after winning the NFL MVP. He also managed a career low in rush attempts (90) and rushing yards (359) and tied his career low in rushing touchdowns (5).
Huddle Up: Newton is one of the most dynamic players in football, but his propensity for inaccuracy clearly led to the demise of the Panthers and himself. Newton's running ability will always make him a QB1 consideration, however. Even with his worst season so far in his career, he still finished as a high-end QB2.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 1/2/17 3:39pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton likely will be asked to run fewer zone reads next season because head coach Ron Rivera said he wants to see Newton evolve as a quarterback and take fewer hits. 'You can't sit there and expect us to run 20 zone reads and expect him to carry the ball 10 out of those 20 times,' Rivera said. 'That's the truth of the matter.' Rivera said the team will still look for ways to use Newton's athleticism like play action passes.
Huddle Up: Newton rushed for 359 yards and five touchdowns in 2016 but also took a lot of hard hits during the season, so the Panthers likely will look for Newton to become a better pocket passer. He is a solid quarterback when he is healthy and can be a No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues next season.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 1/2/17 4:04pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) said he will not need to undergo surgery on his injured should this offseason.
Huddle Up: Newton dealt with various injury this season but should have a normal offseason unless the injury does not heal with rest. Newton had a down year compared to previous seasons but still posted solid numbers for owners. He may to less running in 2017 but should still be a fine starting quarterback for fantasy owners.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 1/1/17 7:42am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is expected to play in Week 17's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: Newton was listed as questionable on the injury report despite being a full participant in practice Friday, Dec. 30, after having been limited in the team's two other sessions earlier in the week. He's still worthy of consideration as a low-end QB1 option even though he has posted fewer than 200 passing yards in three of his last four games due to Tampa Bay's shaky pass defense.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 1/1/17 9:32am ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (elbow) is officially active for the team's Week 17 game.
Huddle Up: Olsen received a few days off during practice this week but should not be limited against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Olsen should continue to be a solid No. 1 tight end for fantasy owners.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 1/1/17 9:30am ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (foot) is officially active for the team's Week 17 game.
Huddle Up: Stewart should continue to receive most of the working in the running game and can be a low-end No. 2 running back or a flex option in most leagues.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 1/1/17 7:52pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton completed 18 of his 32 pass attempts for 237 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in the Week 17 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also ran three times for six yards.
Huddle Up: Newton's Week 17 line was a snapshot of his season. He passes for just 3,509 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions while completing just short of 53 percent of his passes. Newton was an MVP last season, and was a high-round pick in most fantasy leagues. He was one of the biggest disappointments in fantasy football in 2016, and didn't likely lead many to championships.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 1/1/17 8:12pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen posted three receptions for just 22 yards in the Week 17 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was targeted four times.
Huddle Up: Overall, it was a great season for Olsen. He became the first tight end in NFL history to go for 1,000 or more receiving yards in three straight seasons. He'll once again be a top TE1 in all fantasy formats in 2017.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 1/1/17 8:12pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart rushed 20 times for 65 yards and a touchdown in the Week 17 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and he added one reception for seven yards on his two targets.
Huddle Up: Stewart finished with 825 rushing yards and nine touchdowns, his second-best rushing yardage total over the past seven seasons. His eight rushing scores were also his most since 2009. When healthy Stewart is a decent fantasy option, but he missed four games again this season. He can be a useful fantasy option, but plan to draft depth in 2017 if you want Stewart.
Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 1/1/17 7:56pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin rolled up six receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown on seven targets in the Week 17 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: Benjamin disappeared for fantasy owners when it mattered most in the fantasy playoffs (Week 13 through 15), posting just five grabs for 49 yards and no scores in three games. He finished up the final two games with 10 grabs for 158 yards and two touchdowns, but overall it was a disappointing season for Benjamin and his fantasy owners.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 12/30/16 4:02pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (elbow) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 30, and is listed as questionable for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Olsen has been one of the better tight end in fantasy leagues this season and should be heavily involved in the passing game in Week 17. He is a must-start player in all fantasy leagues.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 12/30/16 3:57pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (foot) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 30, and is listed as questionable for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Stewart should be able to handle his normal workload in Week 17 despite the injury. He has rushed for at least 50 yards in each of last five games and should be a low-end No. 2 running back or a flex option in most leagues.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 12/30/16 3:50pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 30, and is listed as questionable for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Newton should be able to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and likely will receive his normal workload. He has been held to under 200 yards in three of his last four games and has five touchdowns and three interceptions during that span. Newton can still be a low-end No. 1 quarterback in most leagues despite his recent play.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 12/29/16 5:38pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (foot) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 29.
Huddle Up: Stewart's status for Week 17 is up in the air at this point, and if he sits out, Cameron Artis-Payne could be a source of cap relief in DFS formats.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 12/29/16 5:35pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (elbow) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 29.
Huddle Up: Olsen is a TE1 if he plays in Week 17, but have a backup plan in place in case he sits out a game that means little for Carolina.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 12/29/16 5:31pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Dec. 29.
Huddle Up: Newton hasn't lived up to expectations this year, but his running ability and a matchup against Tampa Bay's shaky pass defense make him a low-end QB1 in Week 17.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 12/28/16 2:23pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 28.
Huddle Up: Newton has had a season to forget, completing just below 53% of his passes. Despite his running ability, he's notorious for being one of the most inaccurate quarterbacks in the league. Even so, he has a favorable matchup versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and should be started in Week 17 fantasy title tilts.
Graham Gano - PKPosted 12/28/16 2:28pm ET
Carolina Panthers PK Graham Gano (ankle) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, Dec. 28.
Huddle Up: Gano hasn't had as many scoring opportunities this year due to the lack of Carolina's offensive success, but he remains a PK1 consideration for the final week of the season.
Devin Funchess - WRPosted 12/24/16 12:32pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess (knee) left the Week 16 game against the Atlanta Falcons and he will not return.
Huddle Up: Funchess finished the game with one grab for nine yards on five targets. When healthy his fantasy appeal is limited to deeper leagues.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 12/24/16 3:49pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen finished with a team-high six receptions for 59 yards on 12 targets in the Week 16 game against the Atlanta Falcons. He became the first tight end in NFL history to record 1,000 receiving yards in three straight seasons.
Huddle Up: Olsen might not be thought about like New England's Rob Gronkowski when it comes to fantasy value, but at least he is durable and consistent. He will be a Top 5 fantasy tight end again in 2017, as he is showing no signs of slowing down.
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