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Head coach of the Carolina Panthers Matt Rhule said that he “anticipates” Cam Newton to be the starter when the Panthers take on the Falcons on Sunday. (Source: David Newton on twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Newton has had two different sides of him shown so far in starts this year. In Newton’s first start against the Washington Football Team he flashed the Super Cam of old but then in his very next start he unraveled against the Dolphins throwing 2 INT’s and then proceeded to get benched in favour of the PJ Walker. For now it may be best to leave him on the bench as he really only holds value as a QB2 at best in a two quarterback league and is facing a defense that just picked off one of the greatest of all time for a Pick-Six.


The Panthers fired offensive coordinator Joe Brady on Sunday afternoon. Over the final five games of the season, senior offensive assistant Jeff Nixon will run the offense with help from the rest of the coaching staff. (Source: Carolina Panthers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It’s an interesting development out of Charlotte. Although Carolina has certainly struggled this season, much of the blame can be placed on never-ending quarterback turmoil plus nagging injuries to Christian McCaffrey. Brady was seen as a prime head coaching candidate last winter and into this season. There will be no shortage of interest in Brady for many major vacancies throughout the NFL this offseason.

Category: Transactions


Cornerback Donte Jackson has been placed on injured reserve by the Carolina Panthers. He's dealing with a groin injury. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jackson, a starting cornerback for the Panthers, will miss at least three weeks. While he wasn't relevant in IDP leagues, his absence could impact the Panthers D/ST, which has become a useful unit.

Category: Injury Updates


The Panthers placed RB Christian McCaffrey (ankle) on IR, which rules him out for the remainder of the 2021 season. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: It's the second IR stint of the year for CMC, who injured his ankle in Sunday's Week 12 loss to the Dolphins. It was previously reported that McCaffrey would likely return after the team's Week 13 bye, but an MRI showed the more significant injury. Chuba Hubbard and Ameer Abdullah will be popular waiver wire pickups this week.

Category: Injury Updates


Panthers WR Brandon Zylstra caught 1-of-2 targets for 24 yards in Sunday's Week 12 loss to the Dolphins.

Fantasy Impact: Zylstra is down in the pecking order for targets on the Panthers. He should remain on waivers.

Category: Game Recaps


Panthers TE Tommy Tremble caught 1-of-3 targets for a four-yard gain in Sunday's Week 12 loss to the Dolphins.

Fantasy Impact: Similar to Ian Thomas, Tremble brings nothing to the table in fantasy. There might be TE3s on some teams with more value.

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Panthers TE Ian Thomas failed to catch his only Week 12 target.

Fantasy Impact: The Panthers' tight end room is an afterthought in fantasy. Barring a sporadic decent outing, Thomas brings nothing to the table.

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Panthers RB Ameer Abdullah rushed two times for four yards and caught 2-of-6 targets for 20 yards in Sunday's Week 12 loss to the Dolphins.

Fantasy Impact: Abdullah has PPR value in deep leagues. However, should Christian McCaffrey miss any time with his latest (ankle) injury, his value could trend upwards following the Panthers' Week 13 bye.

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Panthers RB Chuba Hubbard rushed two times for six yards in Sunday's Week 12 loss to the Dolphins.

Fantasy Impact: Hubbard was targeted only once as a receiver and did not catch it. If Christian McCaffrey misses any time with his latest (ankle) injury, Hubbard will return to a plug-n-play RB2. Otherwise, his value will remain limited.

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Panthers WR Robby Anderson caught 1-of-4 targets for 15 yards in Sunday's Week 12 loss to the Dolphins.

Fantasy Impact: It was another letdown outing for Anderson, whose fantasy value continues to dwindle no matter who is under center. Anderson should begin to appear on more and more waiver wires for the duration of the yea, barring an unexpected turnaround.

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Panthers WR D.J. Moore caught 4-of-10 targets for 103 yards in Sunday's Week 12 loss to the Dolphins.

Fantasy Impact: Moore has gotten back on track since the Sam Darnold injury. However, he has yet to pop as he had earlier in the year. Moore gets a great matchup with the Falcons following their Week 13 bye.

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Panthers K Zane Gonzalez was successful on his only extra-point attempt and on his only field goal attempt in Sunday's Week 12 loss to the Dolphins.

Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez has been erratic this season, but he will have his games when he delivers. His fantasy value rides on Carolina's offense to put him in a position to score.

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Panthers WR Terrace Marshall Jr. failed to catch his only target in Week 11.

Fantasy Impact: Marshall blanked for the second straight game. It would take a miracle to turn his rookie year around. It is not on Marshall, however. The opportunity has not been there for him. Things can change, but he is running out of time in year one.

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Panthers QB P.J. Walker completed 22-of-29 passes for 167 yards and one interception while running for six yards on three carries in Sunday's Week 10 win over the Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: Walker played the role of game manager in Week 10's win while Cam Newton did a lot of the early damage. With Newton likely taking over as the starter, Walker can go back to waivers in leagues where you can start more than one quarterback.

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The Panthers placed QB Sam Darnold (shoulder) on injured reserve. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As expected. Darnold is expected to miss 4-6 weeks as he recovers from his shoulder injury. It's entirely up in the air as to whether or not he'll even get his starting job back upon returning. Carolina recently signed former franchise icon Cam Newton to take over as the team's starting signal caller. Darnold posted an ugly 2:8 TD:INT ratio over his final five games.

Category: Injury Updates


The Carolina Panthers are expected to sign quarterback Matt Barkley pending a physical, per Mike Garofolo. (Source: Mike Garafolo via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Panthers are bringing in Barkley to serve as the teams backup to P.J. Walker, who has been named the teams starter after it was discovered Sam Darnold has been diagnosed with a partial fracture to his right scapula. Even with Darnold in line to miss multiple weeks, it's highly unlikely Matt Barkley becomes fantasy relevant.

Category: Transactions


The Carolina Panthers waived RB Royce Freeman on Monday. (Source: David Newton via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Freeman was brought on to give the Panthers depth with CMC out, but now that he's returned Freeman was waived to make way for P Lachian Edwards.

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Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports the Panthers are expected to activate CB Stephon Gilmore (quad) from the PUP list prior to Sunday's Week 8 game against the Falcons. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Carolina just wants to see how he handles Saturday's walkthrough. Gilmore's presence is a nice boost to the Panthers' defense moving forward.

Category: Injury Updates


Panthers WR Keith Kirkwood caught 3-of-5 targets for 16 yards in Sunday's Week 7 loss to the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Kirkwood got some extra run with Brandon Zylstra and Terrace Marshall sidelined. That will end upon their return.

Category: Game Recaps


Panthers WR Shi Smith caught both of his targets for 20 yards s in Sunday's Week 6 loss to the Vikings.

Fantasy Impact: Smith is just a guy taking targets from Carolina's fantasy-relevant assets.

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