Derek Anderson Fantasy News

Friday, October 7, 2016, 6:27pm

Panthers QB Cam Newton (concussion) missed practice again Friday. HC Ron Rivera said he’ll know Newton’s status by the end of the week (Saturday?). Newton plays on Monday night, and the Charlotte Observer expects him to sit out, so owners should pick up Derek Anderson as a Plan B. Newton doesn’t typically miss starts, but he can’t tough his way through a head injury. As for Anderson, his last two starts were in 2014 and they were both against the Buccaneers. He completed 49 of 74 passes (66.2%) for 507 yards (for a 6.85 YPA), three touchdowns and zero interceptions. In a good matchup, QB streamers could do much worse.

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 6:05pm

Panthers QB Cam Newton (concussion) missed practice Thursday. HC Ron Rivera said he’ll know Newton’s status by the end of the week (Saturday?). Newton plays on Monday night, so owners worried about his status should pick up Derek Anderson as a plan B. He doesn’t typically miss starts, but he can’t tough his way through a head injury. As for Anderson, his last two starts were in 2014 and they were both against the Buccaneers. (What are the odds?) He completed 49 of 74 passes (66.2%) for 507 yards (for a 6.85 YPA), three touchdowns and zero interceptions. In a good matchup, QB streamers could do much worse.

Plan won't change much for Panthers with QB Derek Anderson

Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 10:15am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Carolina Panthers let backup quarterback Derek Anderson run the read-option once in training camp this year.

That, according to offensive coordinator Mike Shula, was one too many.

"Minus-4," he said with a laugh.

Read-option aside, Shula won’t change his offense if Anderson has to replace Cam Newton for Monday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Fantasy Impact:

Anderson appears to be a good backup option for Cam owners this week since this is a Monday game and the status of Newton may not be known until much later in the week. The story said Shula is so confident in Anderson’s ability to adjust that he’ll begin planning for the Buccaneers as though Newton will play even though there is uncertainty the NFL MVP will be cleared from concussion protocol.

Panthers unsure QB Cam Newton will be ready for Week 5

Monday, October 3, 2016, 4:49pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Carolina Panthers aren't clear at this point whether Cam Newton will be cleared from the concussion protocol in time for next Monday night's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Newton suffered the concussion when he took a legal helmet-to-helmet hit from Falcons linebacker Deion Jones during a two-point conversion run in Sunday's 48-33 loss to Atlanta.

Related players: Derek Anderson

Fantasy Impact:

Players typically aren't cleared from the protocol for at least six to seven days because of the amount of testing they have to go through, the story said. Having an extra day between games gives Newton a chance if the concussion isn't major. Owners should certainly have a backup plan especially since the game is Monday night.

Panthers QB Cam Newton in concussion protocol

Monday, October 3, 2016, 9:09am

Panthers.com - [Full Article]

Quarterback Cam Newton left Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons and entered the concussion protocol.

Newton took a shot to the head from linebacker Deion Jones as he crossed the goal line for a two-point conversion with 11:42 remaining in the game. Newton didn’t appear to see Jones coming, and by the time he did it was too late to avoid the hit.

“They took him in to examine him,” said head coach Ron Rivera, who did not have any further update.

Related players: Derek Anderson

Fantasy Impact:

Newton never returned to the game nor the sideline and his return to game action now depends on how he progresses. If he can't play, Derek Anderson, who nearly rallied the team from a big deficit, would get the start at QB.

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 10:15am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said it last year when he drafted 6-foot-5 wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin in the first round and again in May when he selected 6-4 Devin Funchess in the second round.

This brings me to the highs and lows of individual performances in Friday night’s 25-24 preseason victory over the Buffalo Bills on Friday night at Ralph Wilson Stadium:

HIGHS
WR Kelvin Benjamin -- He caught three passes for 36 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown catch, and drew a 25-yard pass interference penalty. On each of his catches and the penalty, he used his size to his advantage, particularly the touchdown where the shorter defensive back didn’t stand a chance.

WR Devin Funchess -- The rookie had two catches for 53 yards, including a 34-yarder as he tight-roped the sideline. He almost hauled in a high, long touchdown pass from Derek Anderson, but the defensive back made a good play to separate him from the football.

Fantasy Impact:

QB Cam Newton once again has some dangerous weapons around him on the outside, even though they are young. Benjamin enters his second season after an impressive rookie year and should be able to improve on his fantasy numbers. Add in TE Greg Olsen and RB Jonathan Stewart and you can see why the Panthers feel they can have one of the top offenses in the league, as we reported in a news story a few weeks ago.

Friday, January 2, 2015, 5:04pm

Panthers QB Derek Anderson (illness, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 18.

Still no timetable for Cam Newton's return

Monday, December 15, 2014, 2:09pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Panthers have yet to put a hard timetable in place for QB Cam Newton.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera indicated to reporters Monday that Carolina is still feeling the situation out after Newton sustained two fractures in his lower back in a car accident last week. Rivera said the decision will come down to a coaching decision on whether Newton puts himself at risk of a setback by taking the field against the Browns in Week 16.

"I don't want to put a guy out there that can't protect himself," Rivera said Monday, according to The Charlotte Observer. "By that it's being able to run out of the way, scramble out of the way, stay alive, keep the play alive by being able to get away. That's all part of it. That's all part of the decision that went into the first Tampa Bay game."

Fantasy Impact:

As the story points out, Rivera is referring to Week 1, when the Panthers kept Newton on the sidelines with a cracked rib. Derek Anderson started and won that game, then beat the Bucs a second time on Sunday. The win moved the 5-8-1 Panthers into first place in the NFC South with two games to play. Anderson would play again in Week 16 if Newton can't go.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Panthers QB Cam Newton (back, out) has been ruled out for Week 15. Newton has been released from the hospital, but he’s not going to play in Week 15. Derek Anderson will draw the start and is probably the better pocket passer. This means we don’t see this situation as a downgrade for Kelvin Benjamin or Greg Olsen. They both produced big fantasy lines in Week 1 when Anderson started against the Bucs.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (knee, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 15. Olsen played well through the injury and there’s no reason he can’t do so again in Week 15. And don’t worry about Derek Anderson starting at quarterback — Olsen posted an 8-83-1 line on 11 targets in Anderson’s only start this season (Week 1 vs. Tampa Bay).

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) missed practice again Thursday. Newton has been released from the hospital, and he’s not going to play in Week 15. Derek Anderson will draw the start and is probably the better pocket passer. This means that we don’t see this situation as a downgrade for Kelvin Benjamin or Greg Olsen. They both produced big fantasy lines in Week 1 when Anderson started against the Bucs.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Olsen played well through the injury and there’s no reason he can’t do so again in Week 15. And don’t worry about Derek Anderson starting at quarterback — Olsen posted an 8-83-1 line on 11 targets in Anderson’s only start this season (Week 1 vs. Tampa Bay).

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) did not practice Wednesday. Newton has been released from the hospital after a car accident, but it’s highly doubtful that he’ll play in Week 15. Derek Anderson will draw the start and is probably the better pocket passer. This means that we don’t see this situation as a downgrade for Kelvin Benjamin or Greg Olsen. They both produced big fantasy lines in Week 1 when Anderson started against the Bucs.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Olsen played well through the injury and there’s no reason he can’t do so again in Week 15. And don’t worry about Derek Anderson starting at quarterback — Olsen posted an 8-83-1 line on 11 targets in Anderson’s only start this season (Week 1 vs. Tampa Bay).

Cam Newton has 2 transverse process fractures in back

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 4:11pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suffered two fractures in his back when he was involved in a car crash near the team’s stadium today. Panthers spokesman Charlie Dayton said today that Newton is in fair condition and will remain hospitalized overnight.

“Cam does have two transverse process fractures in his lower back but no other internal injuries,” he said. “He’ll stay overnight but there are no more tests scheduled, and that’s it.”

Fantasy Impact:

PFT went on to say that two transverse process fractures is the same injury suffered by Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo this season. Romo missed one game. The transverse process is a small bone that sticks out from either side of the vertebrae. According to the story, the Panthers say they are only thinking about Newton’s well-being and have not begun thinking about when he will be able to return to the field. Derek Anderson is the team's backup and in Week 15 the Panthers will face the Bucs.

From a fantasy standpoint, Anderson is a better pocket passer so he probably represents a small upgrade to Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen. Anderson started in the team's previous game against the Buccaneers (in Week 1) and threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns (one to Olsen and the other to Benjamin).

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