Panthers Fantasy News

Friday, September 23, 2016, 6:21pm

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 3. Stewart is going to miss this week, maybe longer. When he was sidelined for a three-game stretch late in the season, Cameron Artis-Payne turned 38 total touches into 210 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 4.60 YPC during that span and even though he’s been inactive the first two weeks (thanks to not having a role on special teams), he’ll most likely step into a lead back role with Stewart out for Week 3. Ron Rivera basically confirmed this earlier in the week by calling Fozzy Whittaker a change of pace back. Whittaker had a nice Week 2 and will be involved in the game plan.

Friday, September 23, 2016, 6:21pm

Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (groin) missed practice Friday. Diggs isn’t on the injury report, so he’s going to play against the Panthers.

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:07pm

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) missed practice again Thursday. Stewart is going to miss this week, maybe longer. When he was sidelined for a three-game stretch late in the season, Cameron Artis-Payne turned 38 total touches into 210 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 4.60 YPC during that span and even though he’s been inactive the first two weeks (thanks to not having a role on special teams), he’ll most likely step into a lead back role with Stewart out for Week 3. Ron Rivera basically confirmed this earlier in the week by calling Fozzy Whittaker a change of pace back. Whittaker had a nice Week 2 and will be involved in the game plan.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:15pm

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. Stewart is going to miss this week, maybe longer. When he was sidelined for a three-game stretch late in the season, Cameron Artis-Payne turned 38 total touches into 210 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 4.60 YPC during that span and even though he’s been inactive the first two weeks (thanks to not having a role on special teams), he’ll most likely step into a lead back role with Stewart out for Week 3. Ron Rivera basically confirmed this earlier in the week by calling Fozzy Whittaker a change of pace back. Whittaker had a nice Week 2 and will be involved in the game plan.

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart to miss 'at least a week'

Monday, September 19, 2016, 1:34pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

According to Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review, the Panthers are awaiting the results of an MRI on running back Jonathan Stewart’s hamstring strain, but coach Ron Rivera said: “It’s going to be at least a week.”

Related players: Cameron Artis-Payne, Fozzy Whittaker, Mike Tolbert

Fantasy Impact:

Backup Fozzy Whittaker ran 16 times for 100 yards against the 49ers yesterday, but Rivera said they prefer to use him as a change-of-pace back, along with fullback Mike Tolbert. So with Stewart out this week against the Vikings, they could be starting Cameron Artis-Payne, who hasn’t played in either of this year’s games. With Stewart sidelined for a three-game stretch late in the season, Artis-Payne turned 38 total touches into 210 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 4.60 YPC during that span.

Steelers Beat: Team should experiment with Le'Veon Bell, DeAngelo Williams on field together

Monday, September 19, 2016, 7:46am

ESPN - [Full Article]

With Ben Roethlisberger and LeVeon Bell healthy, perhaps Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley can find a way to capitalize on both tailback's talents. Both players were on the field at times during the third preseason game at New Orleans.

DeAngelo Williams isn't sure how this is going to shake out, but he knows a two-back system can work. Williams and Jonathan Stewart employed one for years in Carolina.

Fantasy Impact:

Bell is still be the fantasy back to own here, but Williams has at least earned some touches and snaps once Bell is back for Week 4. However, as the story said, the Steelers have seemed to favor more of a one-back game plan over the years.

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart has hamstring injury

Sunday, September 18, 2016, 6:21pm

WPTZ.com - [Full Article]

Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart left Sunday's game in the first quarter with a hamstring injury and didn't return.

Fantasy Impact:

Fozzy Whittaker went into concussion protocol shortly after Stewart's injury, but was cleared and returned to action in the first half. Whittaker would seem poised to get the workload should Stewart miss any time, and assuming Whittaker doesn't develop any more symptoms. Cameron Artis-Payne could also see some work. Stewart was also dealing with an ankle injury coming into this game.

Friday, September 16, 2016, 6:38pm

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 2. The full participation indicates that Stewart is good to go for a nice matchup against San Francisco. If the Panthers jump out to a lead, it could be a high-carry day for Stewart.

Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6:05pm

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Stewart should be fine for a date with the 49ers. If the Panthers jump out to a lead, it could be a high-carry day for Stewart.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 8:02pm

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. The Panthers are just being cautious with Stewart, who has a history of foot/ankle injuries. He should be fine to play against the 49ers this week.

Rivera: QB Cam Newton showing no signs of concussion

Monday, September 12, 2016, 4:49pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has shown no symptoms of a concussion in the aftermath of Thursday's opener against Denver that would prevent him from playing in Sunday's home opener against San Francisco.

Fantasy Impact:

Newton took a helmet to helmet hit that wasn't called. Rivera added he's only sore from the game, but was moving around good on Monday, so it's good news for owners he's on track to play in Week 2.

Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin back to being top target

Monday, September 12, 2016, 10:43am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Perhaps lost in the 21-20 loss and the violent helmet-to-helmet hits to quarterback Cam Newton was the successful return of WR Kelvin Benjamin.

The 6-foot-5, 245-pound receiver made his presence known early, catching two passes on Carolina’s opening drive. The second was a 14-yard touchdown over the middle in which Benjamin used his size to create an easy target for Newton.

Fantasy Impact:

Benjamin finished with six catches for 91 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 12 targets. There was lots of talk in the offseason about how Newton still wanted to spread the ball even with Benjamin back, something that led to a successful run in 2015. But that wasn't the case in Week 1 where Benjamin by far had more catches than any other WR.

Thursday, September 8, 2016, 7:17pm

David Newton - [Full Article]

Panthers Inactives

S Dean Marlowe
WR Brenton Bersin
RB Cameron Artis-Payne
G Tyler Larson
WR Damiere Byrd
LB Jared Norris
DE Lavar Edwards

Panthers will look to get WR Kelvin Benjamin about 35 snaps a game

Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 6:04pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Kelvin Benjamin's snap counts all of a sudden have become a daily question for Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera.

On Monday, Rivera said the goal remained about 35 snaps a game for the third-year wide receiver who is returning from a season-ending ACL injury. He seemed to consider anything more in Thursday’s NFL opener at Denver a bonus.

Fantasy Impact:

On Tuesday, Rivera indicated he would be happy with less. He made it clear he’s not looking for the 57.8 snaps a game Benjamin got during his rookie season in 2014. That year, the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Benjamin played 926 out of 1,105 snaps -- 83.8 percent of team’s offensive plays. He caught 73 passes for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns. But the Panthers were thin at wide receiver then, trying to find a replacement for all-time leading receiver Steve Smith. That’s not the case this season with Benjamin, Devin Funchess, Ted Ginn Jr., Philly Brown and even Brenton Bersin playing at a higher level, the story all said.

Broncos Beat: QB Paxton Lynch won't wait long to play QB

Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 7:20pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

The Broncos used a first-round draft pick on quarterback Paxton Lynch, then told him to wait. They put Trevor Siemian and Mark Sanchez through a ringer to decide on a starting quarterback. But the competition will not stop when the season starts.

Lynch is on a fast track, Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Tuesday. And Denver is pressing the 22-year-old rookie from Memphis as much as he can be pushed.

“As fast as we can get it,” Kubiak said. “You never know what’s going to happen.”

Lynch will likely play the first snap to last Thursday in the Broncos’ final preseason game, at Arizona against the Cardinals. Siemian, who will start when the season opens Sept. 8 against the Carolina Panthers, will not play. If there’s a moment when Lynch can’t go Thursday, Sanchez would be his backup, Kubiak said.

Fantasy Impact:

The author senses the team is in a hurry to get Lynch up to speed, and rushing toward their future. Kubiak says he wants to seem consistent improvement from Lynch. Another issue is getting too deep in the gun, due to his height. The story added the team is impressed with his internal clock.

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