Taylor Heinicke will get the start for the Panthers Week 16 after the team shut down Cam Newton for the remainder of the season.
Newton's shoulder issues made him a shell of himself, and now we'll get to see the backup Taylor Heinicke. While this will be his first start, he did show strong athletic traits coming out of college. He gets a solid matchup against the Falcons, but he's no more than a desperation play in 2QB leagues for Week 16. His presence should mean the team will continue to feed Christian McCaffrey and isn't a huge downgrade for the RB given how ineffective Newton has been lately.