Panthers Fantasy News

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert says his back 'feels great'

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 3:00pm - [Full Article]

“I’m feeling good. I continue to get better. My back feels great,’ Bengals TE Tyler Eifert assured on Monday.

Eifert doesn’t know when he’ll be cleared to resume regular workouts or work in the May and June camps, but he says he’ll ready for training camp. He isn’t running full steam yet, but he’s been running enough that he feels he’s close to being in tip-top shape.

“I’ll be ready and healthy and strong and be ready to go by the time it’s go time,” Eifert said. “I’m close.”

“It will be nice to have somewhat of an offseason to get ready for the year,” Eifert said. “Instead of coming into camp straight off of injury.”

When Eifert is healthy, well, the numbers say it.

There is that .650 winning percentage and those .54 TDs per game. That’s what eight-time Pro Bowler Antonio Gates has in 204 games. No one is near Rob Gronkowksi’s .77 TDs per game, but consider that Jimmy Graham is at .56, Jordan Reed at .43, one-time Pro Bowl MVP Kyle Rudolph at .36, Greg Olsen at .34, Travis Kelce at .29, 10-time Pro Bowler Jason Witten at .28, and Delanie Walker at .19, and you’re looking at a guy that scores with the best of them.

Fantasy Impact:

In 21 games over the last two seasons, Eifert has averaged 3.9 catches for 48 yards and 0.86 TD per game (on 5.8 T/G). That equates to 13.8 PPG (PPR), which is what Travis Kelce averaged last season as fantasy’s #1 tight end. It will be tough for Eifert to maintain that touchdown rate, though he did manage 0.82 TD per game in the 17 games over the last two seasons that A.J. Green also played, which underlines Eifert’s red zone role in the passing game. If his touchdowns regress, he’ll be hard-pressed to make up the difference in receptions or yards, since his targets are low, relatively speaking.

Panthers extend RB Jonathan Stewart through 2018

Friday, March 24, 2017, 3:18pm - [Full Article]

The Carolina Panthers want running back Jonathan Stewart around beyond 2017.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Carolina extended Stewart's contract one year, meaning he's signed through 2018.

The 30-year-old running back was slated to count $8.5 million against the salary cap in 2017. The extension alleviates part of that hefty number this season, while giving Stewart some security for next year.

This type of extension for a veteran is a common move for teams to earn cap space in the short term. What it secures, is that Stewart -- a player some thought could be a surprise cap casualty -- is in the Panthers' plans at least this season and perhaps beyond.

Fantasy Impact:

Stewart finished as the #28 fantasy running back (PPR) even though he missed three games and a large portion of a fourth. Stewart's 2017 value will depend in large part on what the Panthers do in the draft (and the rest of free agency).

Panthers QB Cam Newton to undergo rotator cuff surgery

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 3:39pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Panthers believe Cam Newton's March 30 rotator cuff surgery will sideline him about four months.

Fantasy Impact:

Newton supposedly first injured the shoulder in Week 14, but if he sustained it earlier, it might explain why his completion percentage (52.9%) and YPA (6.9) fell off a cliff in 2016. His career numbers entering the season were 59.5% and 7.7, respectively. It's a four month recovery, which would put Newton back in mid-July.

Sunday, March 12, 2017, 5:41pm

Bills Wire - [Full Article]

The Buffalo Bills finally made a move to bolster their skill position group four days into the 2017 NFL free agency period, signing former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Corey Brown.

Russini: WR Ted Ginn signing with the Saints

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 12:02pm

Dianna Russini - [Full Article]

WR Ted Ginn is signing with the New Orleans Saints per sources.

Fantasy Impact:

Ginn finished the season as the #48 WR (PPR) after finishing #33 the year before. Even with Kelvin Benjamin back, Ginn’s targets remained remarkably consistent; he saw 95 targets in 2016 after getting 97 targets in 2015. Still one of the fastest receivers in the league, Ginn is being brought to New Orleans to stretch the field since it looks like Brandin Cooks is on his way out of town. The Saints’ three starting receivers each saw at least 104 targets, so Ginn could post similar (or better) numbers in 2017, provided he enjoys a smooth transition.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 5:19pm

Joe Person - [Full Article]

Panthers have agreed to terms on a two-year deal w/ RB Fozzy Whittaker, per league source.

Bills hire Sean McDermott as head coach

Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 4:16pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Bills ended their latest head-coaching search Wednesday, agreeing to hire Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott to succeed the fired Rex Ryan, a source told ESPN's Dan Graziano.

McDermott is expected to bring a 4-3 defensive scheme back to the Bills, who finished fourth in yards allowed in 2014 while using former defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's 4-3 system.

Fantasy Impact:

The hire is a good sign for the Bills' defense, but more importantly, who will McDermott hire as offensive coordinator? And will the franchise keep Tyrod Taylor?

Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) won't need surgery

Monday, January 2, 2017, 12:35pm - [Full Article]

The silver lining to Cam Newton's turbulent 2016 campaign: His beaten-up body won't require surgery.

The Panthers passer confirmed Sunday that the throwing shoulder he injured against the Chargers in Week 14 will simply require a little TLC this offseason.

"Rest," Newton said, per The Charlotte Observer. "Rest. A lot of rest."

Fantasy Impact:

One year removed from a torrid MVP campaign, Cam finished 2016 with the NFL's lowest completion percentage among qualified passers (52.9) and a career-low passer rating (75.8).

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Panthers QB Derek Anderson (illness, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Panthers QB Cam Newton (right shoulder, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 17. Newton should play in the finale.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (foot, questionable) took full practice reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 17. Stewart should play, but there’s nothing on the line.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Panthers WR Devin Funchess (knee) was removed from the injury report Friday.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (elbow, questionable) took full practice reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 17. Olsen should play, but there is nothing on the line, so don’t be surprised if he has a quiet day.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Panthers K Graham Gano (left ankle) took full practice reps all week.

Panthers QB Cam Newton's mechanics under debate

Monday, December 26, 2016, 4:24pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The mechanics of quarterback Cam Newton were front and center on Monday as the Carolina Panthers entered their final week of their 2016 season.

Has the reigning NFL MVP gotten back into old habits of throwing off his back foot too much? Has the rest of his footwork gone askew?

In terms of mechanics, Coach Ron Rivera said there are “times you do see’’ a slippage.

“He is playing with the bad shoulder, trying to do the best he can with that,’’ he said. “Part of it, too, is having to get comfortable again with a [new] group of guys in front of him [because of injuries].

Fantasy Impact:

The story speculated it could be the pressure of losing in the Super Bowl and again in a Week 1 to the Broncos as well as a Week 3 setback to Minnesota that impacted his psyche. Protecting Cam Newton has been as big of an issue, but perhaps the shoulder is worse than the team is letting on.

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