Panthers Fantasy News

Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin dealing with a strained hamstring

Friday, May 22, 2015, 1:02pm

Charlotte Observer - [Full Article]

Panthers second-year receiver Kelvin Benjamin strained his hamstring last week, a team spokesman confirmed. As a precaution, he likely won’t participate in next week’s activities, though he has been with the team on the field and in the locker room recently.

Fantasy Impact:

Benjamin had a strong rookie season, finishing as the #15 WR in PPR formats and #16 in standard leagues. However, after his team’s Week 12 bye, Benjamin was just the #42 WR the rest of the way. Benjamin admitted to suffering from mental fatigue as a rookie, which is understandable given how much he was asked to do in his first year.

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LeVeon Bell suspended three games

Thursday, April 9, 2015, 10:23am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Steelers will begin the 2015 season without their top running back. The NFL has suspended RB LeVeon Bell for three games without pay for violating its substance-abuse policy, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.

Bell has appealed the ruling, ESPN reported. The tailback has also been docked a fourth game check by the league, per Schefter.

If the suspension holds, Bell can take part in preseason games and training camp before serving his ban away from the club.

Bell’s suspension stems from a DUI charge last summer. He was sentenced to probation, and the charge, along with a marijuana possession count, can be removed from his record if he completes 15 months of service. His former Steelers teammate, LeGarrette Blount, has garnered a one-game suspension for the incident.

Fantasy Impact:

Obviously losing Bell for any stretch is a major blow to the Steelers offense. Bell emerged as one of the game’s star dual threats at the position in 2014, racking up more than 2,000 rushing-receiving yards. Ex-Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams figures to have a bigger role with Bell out of the Pittsburgh lineup to begin next season. This could drop Bell a few slots come draft time, but given his workload and last year's success, he should still be a very desirable draft-day selection.

Monday, March 30, 2015, 12:48pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

The Panthers have signed running back Jordan Todman to a one-year deal, the team announced Monday.

"Jordan is a veteran running back who has had some success in the league," coach Ron Rivera said in a statement. "We think he has some return skills and we are always looking to be good in that area. At running back, he brings versatility. He is stout and physical enough to run the ball up inside, but he's got the quickness and speed to get outside to the corner."

Fantasy Impact:

Todman will provide depth behind Jonathan Stewart.

Panthers plan to limit Jonathan Stewart to around 15 carries per game

Sunday, March 29, 2015, 12:53pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Carolina Panthers may have given up on all-time leading rusher DeAngelo Williams, but they haven’t given up on the two-back system.

Coach Ron Rivera said on Wednesday at the NFL owners meeting the Panthers ideally would like to get about 15 carries from Jonathan Stewart and then 8-10 from another back.

“The thing you’ve got to be careful about in this league is you can’t rely on one player at one position,’’ Rivera said during the NFC coaches breakfast. “Running back has definitely been proven that you’ve got to have a good two-back tandem.

“And that’s what we’re looking for. We’re looking for that complement to Jonathan.’’

Fantasy Impact:

Stewart averaged 18.3 carries per game in the final seven games of the season (averaging 97.0 rushing yards and 0.29 TD per game). Those are #9 RB numbers in PPR formats, so even if Stewart's carries are limited to 16-17 per game (15 carries plus 1-2 receptions), he should still provide solid RB2 production.

Friday, March 27, 2015, 2:48pm

Adam Caplan, Twitter - [Full Article]

Panthers announced: Signed WR Jarrett Boykin to a one-year deal.

Steelers to sign RB DeAngelo Williams

Friday, March 13, 2015, 4:40pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Former Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams is signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Update: The deal is for $4 million over two years, but is effectively $2 million for one year, per Jason La Canfora.

Fantasy Impact:

LeVeon Bell is facing a 2-4 game suspension and the Williams signing makes Bell more appealing as a 1.01 or 1.02 pick since he can provide starter-caliber numbers while Bell is sidelined. Over the past two seasons, Williams has averaged 12.4 PPR fantasy points in the eight games where he's touched the ball at least 15 times. That equates to high-end RB2 numbers, so he should be able to carry the load while Bell is suspended.

Panthers set to release RB DeAngelo Williams

Monday, February 23, 2015, 5:11pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Carolina Panthers have released franchise leading rusher DeAngelo Williams, the running back told a Charlotte television station.

Williams told WBTV in an exclusive interview Monday that he was cut by the Panthers last week during a meeting with coach Ron Rivera and general manager Dave Gettleman.

"We sat down, and he told me, 'The fact of the matter is we're going to have to release you,'" Williams told the station. "I said, you know, 'Why?' and he said, 'Because we don't run the ball enough. Just like you said back before the season started, we don't run the ball enough to keep you and [Jonathan Stewart] both, so we're going to release you.'"

Carolina will save $2 million in salary-cap space by designating Williams as a post-June 1 cut. Williams has one year left on his deal and is scheduled to count $6.3 million against the 2015 salary cap.

Fantasy Impact:

Jonathan Stewart was tremendous down the stretch, averaging 105 total yards (97.0 rushing) in the final seven games, including two playoff games. He averaged 5.30 YPC in that span, including 5.13 YPC versus Arizona and 5.38 YPC against Seattle in the playoffs. Over the final five games of the regular season, he was the #10 fantasy running back. He turns 28 in March, so there is definitely some tread left on his tires. Even though he has missed 20 percent of his team's games due to injury throughout the career, he'll be a high-upside pick with Williams out of the way.

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams may be a cap casualty

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 10:45am

Charlotte Observer - [Full Article]

GM Dave Gettleman said he wanted to sit down with DeAngelo Williams before saying anything publicly about the status of the franchise’s all-time rushing leader. Last year, Gettleman was widely criticized for his noncommittal comments about Steve Smith’s future with the team before talking to the Panthers’ popular, all-time receiving leader.

“I need to talk to DeAngelo, I really do. He’s a pro’s pro, and he had a tough season,” Gettleman said. “The obvious loss of his mom was very, very difficult. He only played six (regular season) games this year, and it was tough for him. Before I say anything, just know he’s a pro’s pro. And the way he finished the season, he finished it like a man.”

Williams, who turns 32 in April, finished with career lows in every major rushing category after battling injuries most of the season. When Williams returned from a broken hand in December, he was reduced to part-time work behind Jonathan Stewart and Fozzy Whittaker.

Fantasy Impact:

Jonathan Stewart was tremendous down the stretch, averaging 105 total yards (97.0 rushing) in the final seven games, including two playoff games. He averaged 5.30 YPC in that span, including 5.13 YPC versus Arizona and 5.38 YPC against Seattle in the playoffs. Over the final five games of the regular season, he was the #10 fantasy running back. He turns 28 in March, so there is definitely some tread left on his tires. Even though he has missed 20 percent of his team's games throughout the career, he'll be a high-upside pick if Williams is let go.

Saturday, January 10, 2015, 7:15pm

Panthers Inactives
DT Star Lotulelei
CB James Dockery
S Robert Lester
LB A.J. Klein
OT David Foucault
G Amini Silatolu
DE Frank Alexander

Friday, January 9, 2015, 6:47pm

Panthers WR Corey Brown (shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 19. Brown is iffy for Saturday’s game. Brenton Bersin is the next man up, but there was even some talk of the team calling up Stephen Hill from the practice squad.

Seahawks will force Cam Newton to throw the ball

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 6:52pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Seattle has held Cam Newton to one touchdown in three games since 2012. What has been the key to that?

Seahawks beat writer Terry Blount: Newton shouldn't feel too bad. The Seahawks have made a lot of very good QBs look bad the past couple of years -- Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl and Aaron Rodgers this year in the season opener, to name two. But the biggest thing is they've done what I'm sure the Panthers want to do to Russell Wilson -- cut off his running lanes and force Newton to beat them throwing. Newton had 12 carries for only 24 yards in the game at Charlotte earlier this season. Forcing any QB to beat them just by passing is a chore against the No. 1 pass defense in the NFL, which has three Pro Bowlers in Chancellor, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas.

Fantasy Impact:

Newton has averaged 146 passing yards and 35 rushing yards in his last three games against Seattle. He has thrown one touchdown pass and one interception (total) in those three games. Daily fantasy players should look elsewhere for a strong quarterback play.

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 6:24pm

Seattle Times - [Full Article]

Panthers WR Philly Brown hurt his shoulder late in the playoff win against Arizona last week, and his status is uncertain enough that the team could make a roster move to replace him, as the linked ESPN story details, possibly adding Stephen Hill, a former second-round pick of the Jets.

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) ACTIVE

Saturday, January 3, 2015, 3:38pm

Panthers Inactives

DE Frank Alexander
S Thomas DeCoud
CB James Dockery
T David Foucault
LB A.J. Klein
DT Kyle Love
G Amini Silatolu

Fantasy Impact:

DeAngelo Williams is going to play, but Jonathan Stewart is expected to continue to serve as the lead back against Arizona. He has averaged 19.6 touches since Week 13.

Friday, January 2, 2015, 5:04pm

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

Friday, January 2, 2015, 5:04pm

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 18. Williams is going to play, but Jonathan Stewart is expected to continue to serve as the lead back against Arizona. He has averaged 19.6 touches since Week 13.

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