Derek Anderson Fantasy News

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).

Cam Newton OUT for Carolina, Derek Anderson to start

Sunday, September 7, 2014, 2:59pm

Panthers Inactives Brenton Bersin WR Tre Boston SS Kony Ealy DE David Foucault T Cam Newton QB Andrew Norwell G Brandon Williams TE

Fantasy Impact:

With Newton out, Derek Anderson will draw the start. It's a downgrade for the entire Panthers offense, though Anderson may very well attempt more passes, so if he's competent, it may only be a slight downgrade for Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen . The Bucs become an intriguing defensive play.

Monday, August 18, 2014, 9:49am

Charlotte Observer - [Full Article]

Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin hasn’t looked much like a rookie in the preseason, but his first rookie mistake came Sunday night.

After grabbing a pass well out of bounds on a throw-away from Derek Anderson, Benjamin got up and flicked the ball at Chiefs cornerback Chris Owens.

He wasn’t done, though. He then head-butted Owens and shoved him with two hands. The unnecessary play drew a 15-yard penalty in the final seconds of the first half and pushed the Panthers out of field-goal range.

“I think this is one of those things where you’ve got to stand up for yourself,” Carolina coach Ron Rivera said. “There’s a point where you have to draw a line and a guy has to understand that if you continue to do this, I’m going to draw a line in the sand. I did tell him if you want to get back at somebody, just go make a play.”

Fantasy Impact:

Benjamin doesn’t have the reputation of being temperamental, so the trifecta of the ball flick, head butt and shove seemed out of character, the story said. But it's a reminder for a player who has drawn nothing but positive press lately that he is still a rookie. That aside, he's still primed for a pretty good season as a potential WR1 for the Panthers.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 8:39am

AZCentral.com - [Full Article]

Last season, the Cardinals had one quarterback, Carson Palmer, start all 16 games. This year, Palmer is again the guy and Drew Stanton is the backup.

Saturday, Palmer completed all five pass attempts. Stanton was 11 for 17, and rookie Logan Thomas was 11 for 12. Palmer has said how much he enjoys this locker room because it lacks drama. That's especially true of the quarterback position.

Think back to recent Cardinals locker rooms. Uncertainty at the position found players quietly picking sides. And a coaching staff's inability to help a quarterback's development left some players second-guessing leadership.

Remember the preseason of 2010, when then coach Ken Whisenhunt released Matt Leinart eight days before the first game? That left Derek Anderson, John Skelton and Max Hall to combine for a 5-11 record.

How about 2012? Whisenhunt opened up the competition, and Skelton won the job over Kevin Kolb. Skelton got hurt and Kolb took over. Kolb played well but was injured, and Skelton was back leading the charge.

Fantasy Impact:

The Cards have some stability at QB, but if Palmer would miss time, the talent around him, like WRs Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, would take at least a bit of a hit in fantasy value. For now with Palmer, these are pretty good WRs to target in your second tier after the studs are drafted.

'Catching everything,' Kelvin Benjamin was the 'star' of minicamp

Saturday, June 21, 2014, 5:16pm

Courier Islander - [Full Article]

Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin was the star of the camp, catching everything in sight including two amazing grabs on back-to-back days.

On Thursday, he made a catch in the back left corner of the end zone on pass from backup quarterback Derek Anderson, reaching over cornerback Melvin White and ripping the ball away while falling backward. He showed incredible concentration, somehow managing to keep his feet inbounds as his momentum carried him away from the play.

It's pretty clear the Panthers will use Benjamin's height in the red zone, particularly on fade routes to the corner of the end zone. In some cases he'll have six to eight inches on a cornerback, giving him a huge advantage in those jump ball situations.

Benjamin said his plan is to remain in Charlotte and get a better grasp on the playbook and develop some chemistry with QB Cam Newton, who's recovering from ankle surgery.

Fantasy Impact:

Benjamin figures to play right away for the Panthers even though he’s something of a project as a route runner. At 6’5”, he should be a factor in the red zone at the very least. There is major opportunity in the Carolina passing game.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 8:44pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Guys like Curtis Painter, Charlie Whitehurst, Luke McCown and Derek Anderson found work, while free agent Josh Freeman is wondering what happened to his once-promising career.

The Oakland Raiders were Freeman's best bet before free agency, but they preferred Matt Schaub. Freeman might have to wait until after the draft to find a team.

Fantasy Impact:

Last year at this time Freeman was poised for a big year but it obviously never panned out.

Saturday, January 12, 2013, 2:11pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

New coach Rob Chudzinski declined to comment on whether or not Brandon Weeden will be his starting quarterback.

"I don't want to get into specific players right now, any of the players on the roster," said Chudzinski. "I've seen a little bit and until I get the full look at the 16-game schedule and have the opportunity to see that with our staff, I'm not going to comment and be premature."

Chudzinski described his offense as a "vertical, downfield passing game and a balanced offense. ... We're going to focus on running and throwing the ball and doing whatever we need to do to win."

The vertical passing game should be welcome news for the big-armed Weeden, who can run such a scheme providing he can improve his accuracy on the deep ball. Chudzinski got the best out of a similar passer in 2007 with Derek Anderson, who made the Pro Bowl that year. Anderson went 10-5, throwing 29 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. He also earned a career-high 82.5 rating. They were all by far his best career numbers.

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