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Week 3 Outlook
Head coach Matt Rhule told reporters that Ian Thomas will likely miss 1-2 weeks with a rib injury he suffered during the team's training camp session on Tuesday.
Thomas will miss the Panther's preseason opener against the Commanders but may be able to return for the team's second contest on August 19. Thomas enters the upcoming season in a backup role behind second-year TE Tommy Tremble, which takes him out of fantasy relevance. The former Indiana Hoosier has an expert consensus ranking of TE56 in PPR leagues.
As reported by Ian Rapoport, Ian Thomas and the Panthers have agreed to a 3-year contract worth $16.5 million. He will receive $6.435 million in cash the first year and $8 million guaranteed.
The 25-year-old tight end chose to stay with the team that drafted him versus testing the free agent market. Thomas was not a fantasy asset this past season, catching 18 passes out of 30 targets for 188 yards and zero touchdowns. It is hard to see a path where he becomes fantasy relevant.
Panthers TE Ian Thomas caught his only target for a five-yard gain in Sunday's Week 15 loss to the Bills.
Thomas has zero fantasy value. He should not be on anyone's radar.
Panthers TE Ian Thomas failed to catch either of his two Week 14 targets.
The tight end position on the Panthers is a fantasy dead zone. They aren't even worth a look in deep formats at this point.