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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

CAR WR Devin Funchess - Week 7 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 7 at Philadelphia Eagles

Devin Funchess scored his second touchdown in three games last week against the Redskins, catching five passes for 74 yards. Funchess hasn’t been very explosive this season, but he’s been a grind-it-out type of receiver with a fairly high floor in most league formats. He’s only been held under four catches and 53 yards in one game this year and he’s second on the team to only Christian McCaffrey in targets.

This week, Funchess will face an Eagles team that held Odell Beckham Jr. in check last week, but has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing receivers this season. While he has limited upside, he should be a reasonable bye-week filler in most leagues. Expect another 50-70 yards with a decent chance at a touchdown.

by Brandon Niles

CAR WR Devin Funchess - Week 6 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 6 at Washington Redskins

Devin Funchess had only four catches for 53 yards last week against the Giants. With more weapons present in the Panthers offense, it’s been hard for Funchess to thrive as a traditional WR1. He’s caught only one touchdown and has averaged only 4.5 receptions per game.

Washington has allowed the eighth-least fantasy points per game to the wide receiver position this year, making it hard to think Funchess will be too effective. He may get fed, so there’s a chance he does well, but fantasy owners should look elsewhere if possible. We have him as a fringe WR2/WR3 option.

by Brandon Niles

CAR WR Devin Funchess - Week 5 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 5 vs. New York Giants

Devin Funchess had a nice game before the bye last week, putting up 67 yards and a touchdown against the Bengals. He led the team with seven targets, a feat in and of itself on a team with Christian McCaffrey. Funchess is the clear WR1 on the team, even though he may be a bit miscast for that role, so he remains valuable based on his targets alone.

This week, Funchess faces a Giants defense that has actually been pretty stout. They’ve allowed only one touchdown and the least amount of fantasy points per game to the wide receiver position this year. Funchess should get fed, so it’s worth considering him in deep leagues, but he’s a WR3 in most formats.

by Brandon Niles

CAR WR Devin Funchess - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Devin Funchess was second on the team behind Christian McCaffrey last week with nine targets, catching seven of them for 77 yards. There are more mouths to feed in the Panthers' receiving corps this year than there were in 2017, making it hard for Funchess to remain the top option.

This week, Funchess will face an average Bengals secondary that has given up a touchdown to the wide receiver position in each of their first two games. They have also allowed 695 passing yards so far this season, albeit many of them in garbage time to the Ravens last week. Funchess should continue to get targets, giving him a high floor. He should be active as a solid WR3 or flex option this week.

by Brandon Niles

CAR WR Devin Funchess - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 at Atlanta Falcons

Devin Funchess gained 41 yards on three receptions last week against a surprisingly stingy Cowboys pass defense. Funchess was targeted five times—a number that should increase in games where the Panthers are forced to throw the ball more frequently. The Dallas offense looked pitiful.

This week, Funchess will face a Falcons defense that held the Eagles passing game in check last week but lost two of their best defenders to season-ending injuries. Funchess is still risky because of the additional options available and the inconsistency of the Panthers passing offense, but he has some WR3 potential in deeper leagues.

by Brandon Niles

CAR WR Devin Funchess - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 vs. Dallas Cowboys

Devin Funchess had a breakout year in 2017, finishing with 63 catches for 840 yards and a team-leading 8 touchdown receptions. Funchess enters the season first on the depth chart, but he has more competition than he did a year ago. A healthy Greg Olsen and the arrival of veteran Torrey Smith and rookie first-round-pick D.J. Moore might put a dent in his targets.

This week, Funchess has some upside against a Cowboys defense that allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing receivers in 2017. However, we have him ranked as a low-end WR3 option in most leagues due to the increased competition for targets and the uncertainty surrounding his status as the top receiver on his team. If possible, we recommend a wait-and-see approach to inserting Funchess in lineups.

by Brandon Niles

CAR WR Devin Funchess - 2018 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Devin Funchess finally showed signs of being a fantasy stud last year, finishing the season with career-highs in catches, yards, and touchdowns. With the Panthers trading away Kelvin Benjamin during the season, and Greg Olsen missing most of the year with a foot injury, Funchess racked up 113 targets—he caught 63 of those targets for 840 yards and 8 touchdowns. Funchess is only 24 and has the size Cam Newton likes in a go-to target.

Fantasy Downside

Funchess may find it hard to see another 113 targets with Olsen healthy again and first-round pick D.J. Moore entering the lineup. Additionally, the return of Curtis Samuel to the active roster after spending most of his rookie season injured last year could cut into Funchess’ workload. Funchess also looks best suited in a No. 2 WR role on the team, which might be why the team targeted the position early in the draft.

2018 Bottom Line

Funchess should be a borderline WR2/WR3 most weeks throughout the season, making him a solid guy to have on your bench. His size should continue to work to his benefit in the red zone, and it’s possible less attention from opposing defensive backs due to the increased number of weapons in Carolina allows him to more easily replicate his breakout numbers from last year. His eighth-round ADP in 12-team leagues is about right.

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