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Saturday, November 14, 2015, 10:31am
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.
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.
Posted by Brandon Niles
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 11:00am
Week 12 at Dallas
Cam Newton was fantastic last week against Washington. He threw for 246 yards and five touchdown passes as the Panthers dominated the game and advanced to a 10-0 record on the season. Cam is having his best season as a pro and is even starting to look more comfortable with his subpar receiving corps.
This week, Cam will have a harder time against a pretty good Dallas defense, but he should still be a solid fantasy option in all leagues. While Dallas is top-10 in the league in passing yards allowed this season, they are allowing a very pedestrian 22.8 points per game to opposing teams. Because Cam finds the end zone so frequently running the ball, his fantasy potential isn’t always limited to what the pass defense allows. Fantasy owners should keep using Cam this week, as he should be in for a nice Thanksgiving game.
2015 Strength of Schedule - CAR
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2015 Game Stats