Panthers Fantasy News

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 2:25pm - [Full Article]

The Redskins aren’t losing trust in rookie running back Matt Jones after his league-high fourth lost fumble in Sunday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers, but they know it’s a situation that needs to be addressed.

“He wants every play to be a touchdown, and you love that competitive fire about him,” Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said. “We just have to continue to teach him how to secure the ball and the importance of that ball. It is an issue. You can’t turn the ball over if you are a running back no matter how big you are or how little you are, you have to protect the football. We are not going to give up on Matt, but he has to understand the importance of that ball.”

The fumble against the Panthers occurred in the middle of the second quarter when the game was still a competitive battle, as the Redskins were trailing just 21-14 when Jones, running to the left, had the ball stripped from his possession by Luke Kuechley, who would also recover the ball.

The Panthers would go on to score a touchdown six plays later.

Fantasy Impact:

Of his four lost fumbles this year, three of them have been non-contact situations, an easily correctable facet of his game the story said. With Alfred Morris dealing with a rib issues, the Skins many not have a choice but to keep trusting Jones. Washington hosts the Giants in an early game on Sunday in Week 12.

Devin Funchess on track to start Week 11

Saturday, November 21, 2015, 10:58am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

As expected, Panthers rookie receiver Devin Funchess is on track to make his first career start on Sunday, at home against Washington.

With Corey Brown officially listed as doubtful (and unofficially described as “very doubtful“), the second-round pick from Michigan will move into the starting lineup.

“It’s kind of another achievement knocked off the chart,” Funchess said Friday, via “I don’t sound excited, but I am excited about it.”

Fantasy Impact:

Funchess, who appeared in every regular-season game, has 12 catches foe 202 yards and a touchdown. His preparation for the 2015 season was hampered by a hamstring injury. It's probably best to take a wait-and-see approach with Funchess this week, but if he's on your wire he may be worth stashing for a week or two with the hope he impresses enough to remain a starter going forward.

Panthers Beat: Cameron Artis-Payne's time could be coming

Saturday, November 21, 2015, 10:44am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Cameron Artis-Payne, the rookie out of Auburn, has been inactive the past two games and hasn’t played in three straight. His only carry since getting eight carries for 25 yards in an October 4 win at Tampa Bay was the one carry he had for no yards in the Sunday night game against Philadelphia. He got that because Stewart asked for a break.

The Panthers want to get Artis-Payne experience under fire, but he’s behind Stewart, Fozzy Whittaker and Mike Tolbert. That Stewart has been durable and is valuable in terms of blocking as well as running has made it tough to get him off the field. Even Tolbert's carries are way down. But to assure Stewart is fresh for the playoffs (assuming there is not a major collapse), I look for Artis-Payne to get more involved once the Panthers lock down a playoff spot.

Fantasy Impact:

With a three-game lead over Atlanta in the NFC South, that could happen over the next three games if Carolina continues to win, the story said. Coach Ron Rivera has said several times that he wants to get Artis-Payne more reps and give Stewart a break. Stewart has five straight games with 20 or more carries, the story added. Owners doing the math may now notice Stewart's workload dropping could be during fantasy playoff time, so this is certainly something to monitor.

Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm

Redskins RB Alfred Morris (rib, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 11. Morris is good to go for a so-so matchup with the Panthers.

Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm

Panthers RB Fozzy Whittaker (hip, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 11.

Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm

Panthers WR Corey Brown (shoulder, doubtful) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is doubtful for Week 11. HC Ron Rivera said that Devin Funchess would pick up most of Brown’s snaps. Funchess has shown some signs of life in recent weeks, posting 3-71-1 against the Packers in Week 9 and 2-41 on just two targets last week against the Titans. He hasn't played more than a third of the snaps since Week 4, so maybe the extra playing time and recent experience will lead to production against a shaky Washington pass defense.

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5:53pm

Panthers RB Fozzy Whittaker (hip) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday.

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5:53pm

Panthers WR Corey Brown (shoulder) was added to the injury report Thursday after taking limited practice reps. This injury was suffered in practice, so his Friday participation will be key. If he’s out, Devin Funchess and Jerricho Cotchery figure to pick up most of his snaps.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6:07pm

Panthers RB Fozzy Whittaker (hip) took limited practice reps Wednesday.

Monday, November 16, 2015, 12:50pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

It was troubling that Tennessee Titans rookie wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham didn’t finish a route and allowed Panthers free safety Kurt Coleman to make a third-quarter interception on Sunday. It was more troubling that Green-Beckham didn’t understand he was largely responsible for the turnover.

Fantasy Impact:

With Kendall Wright out and now Justin Hunter missing the season, this could be a great time for DGB to get involved. But as the story said, the mental part of his game, nine games into his rookie season, should be further along - to where he knows he has to drive to the sideline on that route no matter what, and to where he can recognize the consequences of not doing so.

Justin Hunter (broken ankle) out for season

Sunday, November 15, 2015, 7:37pm - [Full Article]

The Titans were dealt two losses on Sunday.
Every game, all season

During the team's loss to the Panthers, Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter broke his ankle and will miss the remainder of the season, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of his injury.

Hunter had four catches for 47 yards receiving before getting carted off the field late in the fourth quarter. He leaves as Tennessee's fourth-leading receiver with 22 catches for 264 yards and a touchdown on the season.

Since being drafted in the second round in 2013, Hunter has yet to play a full 16-game slate.

Fantasy Impact:

With Kendall Wright also out, Dorial Green-Beckham, Harry Douglas and Rico Richardson would seemingly be the team's top three WRs.

Panthers Beat: Team could increase Devin Funchess' role

Saturday, November 14, 2015, 10:31am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Carolina Panthers rookie wide receiver Devin Funchess had what could be considered a breakout game in Sunday’s win against the Green Bay Packers.

The second-round pick out of Michigan caught three passes for 71 yards and a touchdown. He had only 90 yards receiving entering the game.

I thought the snap counts might increase after Funchess caught a 14-yard pass over the middle in traffic against New Orleans in Week 3, but it didn’t happen. After getting snaps the following week against Tampa Bay, he went from 24, 18 and then 10 snaps against Indianapolis.

But the performance against Green Bay felt different. The 52-yarder he caught over the middle with tight defense gave you a glimpse of what the Panthers saw when they drafted him and what they have seen in practice. That was a huge confidence builder. Then came the 14-yard touchdown. Funchess was so excited that he wouldn’t give the ball to quarterback Cam Newton for his “Sunday Giveaway’’ program to kids. Newton understood and let Funchess keep the ball.

Fantasy Impact:

The author said he can see Carolina increasing Funchess’ role, but probably not to the level of Kelvin Benjamin. Funchess can play all three receiver positions, and he creates mismatches against smaller defensive backs that the Panthers were looking for when they drafted him. There typically comes a point with every rookie receiver where things begin to click. If the Green Bay game was one for Funchess, the Panthers won’t have any choice but to increase his snaps, the story said.

Friday, November 13, 2015, 6:45pm

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 10. This is a new injury for Stewart who has a history of foot/ankle injuries. (He had knee and tibia injuries earlier in the year.) The probable tag means that Stewart is going to play against the Titans.

Friday, November 13, 2015, 6:45pm

Titans WR Kendall Wright (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 10. Dorian Green-Beckham, Justin Hunter and Harry Douglas will pick up extra snaps, but the Panthers are a tough matchup.

Friday, November 13, 2015, 6:45pm

Panthers TE Ed Dickson (quadricep, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 10.

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