Panthers Fantasy News

Bears looking to replace Matt Forte with a committee

Friday, May 20, 2016, 12:51pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

After Matt Forte spent the last eight seasons as the offense's heartbeat, coach John Fox seeks to keep it pumping with a committee approach. Replacing Forte's production, dependability and steadying presence is one of the team's greatest challenges entering Fox's second season.

"Maybe not one can do all that Matt brought to the table," running backs coach Stan Drayton said. "But they all bring a strength that can probably add up to what he brought. To say you're going to replace Matt Forte — it's going to take years, right?"

Probably. But Fox at least has a feel for managing a committee of backs, having deployed it as coach of the Panthers and Broncos. He knows what he's looking for as the competition progresses through spring practices, the preseason and into the regular season. Typically, he settles on two backs after analyzing a variety of factors.

"Who they are, what their strengths and weaknesses are," Fox said. "Then situationally, it can be…whoever has a hot hand."

While the uncertainty involving Jeremy Langford centers more on how he'll perform than whether he'll be in the rotation, the rest of the time share offers more questions than answers.

Jordan Howard's bruising style appealed to the Bears as a complement to Langford's speed. He'll have to prove his durability over a full NFL season, but the Bears like his chances to do so as part of a committee.

Related players: KaDeem Carey

Fantasy Impact:

The Bears fed the ball to Langford in the three games that Forte missed last year (21.3 touches per game), but Fox has always favored a committee approach at the position. The team tried to sign C.J. Anderson, so clearly they weren't sold on Langford as their workhorse back. He should lead the team in RB touches, but he'll share the workload with Howard and/or KaDeem Carey.

Panthers rescind franchise tag on CB Josh Norman making him a free agent

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 5:48pm

Adam Caplan - [Full Article]

Panthers announced Wednesday that the team has rescinded the non-exclusive franchise tag on cornerback Josh Norman.

Fantasy Impact:

We don't cover a lot of IDP news, but this is a major story and will certainly affect at least two fantasy defenses in 2016. Norman is considered one of the best cornerbacks in the game and wherever he lands there will be fantasy implications, especially for opposing receivers.

Packers to sign TE Jared Cook

Monday, March 28, 2016, 10:15am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Tight end Jared Cook will sign a deal to join the Green Bay Packers, sources told ESPN.

Cook is in Green Bay taking a physical before the deal will be official, a source told ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky.

The Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears also had interest in the 28-year-old, sources told ESPN, but he opted to join Green Bay and its offense led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Fantasy Impact:

Cook finished #28 in 2015 (PPR), but in the four prior seasons, he posted an average ranking of 16.3. He ran a 4.49 40-yard dash at the combine back in 2009 and while he's probably lost a step along the way, he can still threaten the seam better than Richard Rodgers. It's not inconceivable that he turns into a fantasy starter, but the position is deep this year and unless he vastly outplays Rodgers, he's more likely to form a committee with the third-year tight end.

Peyton Manning to retire on Monday

Sunday, March 6, 2016, 11:08am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Peyton Manning's Super Bowl 50 victory over the Carolina Panthers was indeed his last rodeo.

The five-time NFL MVP is retiring, the Denver Broncos announced Sunday. The team will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. ET Monday for Manning to discuss his stepping away from the game after 18 seasons and two Super Bowl victories.

Fantasy Impact:

Manning's retirement clears the way for Brock Osweiler, who is in contract negotiations with the Broncos.

Sunday, February 7, 2016, 5:12pm

Panthers Inactives

WR Brenton Bersin
CB Lou Young
S Dean Marlowe
RB Brandon Wegher
RB Cameron Artis-Payne
WR Kevin Norwood
DE Ryan Delaire

Friday, February 5, 2016, 9:30pm

Panthers RB Mike Tolbert (knee, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 21. Tolbert is expected to play, though he isn’t much of a fantasy option.

Thursday, February 4, 2016, 8:01pm

Panthers RB Mike Tolbert (knee) took full practice reps again Thursday. Tolbert is expected to play, though he isn’t much of a fantasy option.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 7:22pm

Panthers RB Mike Tolbert (knee) practiced fully Wednesday. Tolbert is expected to play, though he isn’t much of a fantasy option.

Cameron Artis-Payne OUT vs. Cardinals

Sunday, January 24, 2016, 5:32pm

Panthers Inactives
RB Cameron Artis-Payne
CB Louis Young
WR Brenton Bersin
S Dean Marlowe
RB Brandon Wegher
DE Jared Allen
WR Kevin Norwood

Fantasy Impact:

Artis-Payne is a healthy scratch in the NFC finals. It's perhaps due to a lost fumble last week.

Friday, January 22, 2016, 4:44pm

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 20. Looks like Stewart is a go for Sunday.

Friday, January 22, 2016, 4:44pm

Panthers RB Fozzy Whittaker (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 20.

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 5:50pm

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Stewart is expected to play against Arizona.

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 5:50pm

Panthers RB Fozzy Whittaker (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 5:55pm

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Stewart has a sprained ankle, but should be able to play this week against the Cardinals.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 5:55pm

Panthers RB Fozzy Whittaker (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday.

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