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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2023 Draft Rankings

Miles Sanders Note
Miles Sanders photo 46. Miles Sanders RB
Miles Sanders signed with the Carolina Panthers reuniting him with many familiar faces from his days with the Philadelphia Eagles. Duce Staley (former Eagles RB coach), Frank Reich (former Eagles coach) and Josh McCown (former Eagles QB) have all seen what Sanders can do, and that surely played a part in bringing him on as the team's 1-for-1 replacement for new Chicago Bears running back D'Onta Foreman. At a minimum, Sanders will operate as the main back on early downs, while Chuba Hubbard (RB62) and Raheem Blackshear split work on third downs. But I say at a minimum because those guys still have to prove themselves to the new coaching staff to earn substantial roles. Sanders has already proven his worth with these coaches before. And last year he showed everyone what he was capable of when he finished as the RB10 in half-point scoring overall/RB13 in points per game from Weeks 1-17. He ended the year averaging just south of five yards per carry and scored 13 rushing TDs after scoring zero in 2021. His carries inside the 10-yard line ranked inside the top five among all RBs.

And when Sanders saw his best-receiving usage to date - 50 receptions for 509 yards as a rookie in 2019 - it was under Staley's tenure.

With Sanders' uber-efficient rushing running behind an offensive line that finished 9th in adjusted line yards in 2022, Carolina is a great landing spot for him. His rushing alone should earn him production similar to what we saw from Foreman after the team traded away Christian McCaffrey. From Week 7 onward, Foreman sat as the RB21 in total points and RB22 in points per game. He ranked fourth in the NFL in total rushing yards (852). But his path to back-end RB2 status was not consistent whatsoever. Foreman rushed for over 110 yards in half of the last ten games, while finishing with fewer than 40 rushing yards in four of his others. His inconsistency was due to a lack of pass-game work causing him to be completely phased out of games that Carolina was out-matched in. But, I don't think that will necessarily be the case for Sanders. The former Eagle has the chance to be a full-blown workhorse with an expanded receiving role based on the four-year, $25 million ($13 million guaranteed) commitment from his new team.
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Chuba Hubbard Note
Chuba Hubbard photo 154. Chuba Hubbard RB
Adam Thielen Note
Adam Thielen photo 166. Adam Thielen WR
DJ Chark Jr. Note
DJ Chark Jr. photo 173. DJ Chark Jr. WR
Terrace Marshall Jr. Note
Terrace Marshall Jr. photo 209. Terrace Marshall Jr. WR
Hayden Hurst Note
Hayden Hurst photo 217. Hayden Hurst TE
After catching 26 passes for the Falcons in 2021, Hayden Hurst had 52 receptions for the Bengals in 2022, but he averaged a career-low 8.0 yards per catch and scored only two touchdowns. Now with the Panthers, Hurst will be entering his age-30 season. The change of venue improves Hurst's target outlook, but those targets will probably be coming from a rookie quarterback and won't be as valuable as targets from Joe Burrow.
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Carolina Panthers Note
Carolina Panthers photo 261. Carolina Panthers DST
Laviska Shenault Jr. Note
Laviska Shenault Jr. photo 289. Laviska Shenault Jr. WR
Raheem Blackshear Note
Raheem Blackshear photo 397. Raheem Blackshear RB
Andy Dalton Note
Andy Dalton photo 418. Andy Dalton QB
Tommy Tremble Note
Tommy Tremble photo 431. Tommy Tremble TE
Shi Smith Note
Shi Smith photo 458. Shi Smith WR
Eddy Pineiro Note
Eddy Pineiro photo 460. Eddy Pineiro K
Ian Thomas Note
Ian Thomas photo 485. Ian Thomas TE