Panthers Fantasy News

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Panthers QB Cam Newton (back, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 16. Newton will return against the Browns, who are #3 in QB aFPA. He is currently our #14 QB for Week 16 due to the bad matchup and potential re-injury risk.

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Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 16. Williams will be used in an emergency-only capacity. Jonathan Stewart is averaging 19.0 touches in the last three games and is averaging 5.8 YPC in that span. He’s a solid fantasy RB2.

Rivera: Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams would only be used 'in an emergency'

Friday, December 19, 2014, 12:54pm

Steve Reed, Twitter - [Full Article]

Panthers HC Ron Rivera said RB DeAngelo Williams would likely only be used in an emergency situation.

Fantasy Impact:

This means that owners can dial up Jonathan Stewart with confidence for the third straight week. He has averaged 21.5 touches in the last two weeks with Williams sidelined, and the matchup against the Browns is favorable (#25 in RB aFPA).

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Newton is on track to return against the Browns, who are #3 in QB aFPA. He is currently our #14 QB for Week 16.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Williams may make his return this week, but isn’t much of a fantasy option, especially with Jonathan Stewart running well. Stewart is averaging 19.0 touches in the last three games and is averaging 5.8 YPC in that span. Williams will be fitted for a cast, so don’t expect much in the passing game.

Panthers QB Cam Newton 'getting the bulk of first-team reps' on Thursday

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 12:48pm

Steve Reed, Twitter - [Full Article]

Panthers beat writer Steve Reed: Cam Newton getting the bulk of first-team reps today at practice during the session that was open to the media... Looking more and more like Cam Newton will start against the Browns based off what I saw at practice today.

Fantasy Impact:

It appears that Newton is on track to face the Browns, who are #3 in QB aFPA.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Newton might be able to play against Cleveland this week if his back responds well to practice.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Williams may make his return this week, but isn’t much of a fantasy option, especially with Jonathan Stewart running well. Stewart is averaging 19.0 touches in the last three games and is averaging 5.8 YPC in that span.

Browns sticking with Johnny Manziel

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 10:25am

National Football Post - [Full Article]

The Browns really have no choice in the matter. By switching to Johnny Manziel at quarterback this late in the season, there's no turning back.

After a terrible NFL debut that saw Manziel go 10-18 for 80 yards and two interceptions, Browns coach Mike Pettine announced that Manziel will remain the starting quarterback. At 7-7 and at fourth in the AFC North, reaching the playoffs will be extremely difficult at this stage anyway.

Fantasy Impact:

Manziel replaced Brian Hoyer, who was wildly ineffective over the past month. However, Hoyer never had a game as dreadful as Manziel's display this past Sunday, the story said. We considered Manziel a wild card heading into Week 15 and if you went with him it likely blew up your postseason run as it turns out. It would't be wise to trust him again but this week's matchup with Carolina is at least a little better in terms of fantasy as the Panthers are 12th in allowing fantasy points to QBs.

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.

Joe Haden day-to-day with shoulder injury

Monday, December 15, 2014, 1:35pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Cornerback Joe Haden, who exited the 30-0 loss to the Bengals with a shoulder injury, apparently won’t be missing the last two chances to climb back into playoff contention.

Per a league source, Haden is day-to-day.

With trips to Carolina and Baltimore to end the season, the Browns need to weigh the risk of playing Haden against the potential rewards. The postseason hopes took a major blow on Sunday; it possibly makes sense not to take a chance with Haden’s shoulder, if further injury could impact his preparation for 2015.

Fantasy Impact:

Even after Sunday’s outcome, the Browns have a far better chance than anyone envisioned entering the season to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2002, the story went on to say. Haden will want to be part of the effort to finish the campaign on the right side of .500 — and to hope for the help that they’ll need in order to make it to January. If Haden plays Week 16, it likely brings down the value a little of the Panthers Kelvin Benjamin, the team's top receiving threat.

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 RB Jonathan Stewart (hip, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 15. Stewart should see another big workload if DeAngelo Williams continues to miss time. He racked up 155 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries last week, and has averaged 15.7 touches (and 78 total yards) in his last six games without Williams in the lineup.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand, doubtful) took limited practice reps again Friday and is doubtful for Week 15. The Panthers said via Twitter that Williams could play in an “emergency situation,” so look for Jonathan Stewart to see another big workload against the Bucs. He racked up 155 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries last week, and has averaged 15.7 touches (and 78 total yards) in his last six games without Williams in the lineup.

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).