QB - FA
Panthers QB Taylor Heinicke completed 33-of-53 passes for 274 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions while adding three rushes for 33 yards in Sunday's Week 16 loss to Atlanta.
Heinicke looked good from the start, tossing an early touchdown score. But it was all downhill from there as he threw three picks following a second-quarter elbow injury, which kept him out of the game for a few plays. Perhaps the injury bothered him en route to his dismal second half. If healthy, Heinicke will start in the season finale versus the Saints.
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.