Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers

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Cam Newton is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. So far, he has been limited in practice and has yet to play in the preseason. Thursday, Newton will see his first preseason game action. (Source: Charlotte Observer)

Fantasy Impact: This is welcome news for the Cam Newton owners. If Newton continues to progress, he will be on track to start in the first week of the season.

Category: Injury Updates


Carolina Panthers rookie RB Christian McCaffrey rushed three times for 33 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 39 more yards versus the Tennessee Titans on Saturday, Aug. 19.

Fantasy Impact: McCaffrey took a counter run and beat everyone to the edge on a 17-yard score before adding a 38-yard catch-and-run on a screen pass the following possession. The rookie's explosion is as advertised, and about the only thing that may keep him from being a league-winning player this year is if Jonathan Stewart can play 16 games again. McCaffrey should be a high-end RB2 even in a committee with elite RB1 upside if/when Stewart needs to miss games.

Category: Game Recaps


Kelvin Benjamin finished the second preseason game against the Titans with 31 yards on two receptions. Benjamin hauled in both targets in this game.

Fantasy Impact: Benjamin continues to be the No. 1 WR on the Panthers and is a solid bet to reach 10 touchdowns this season when Cam Newton returns. He's a solid WR3 in fantasy circles this season.

Category: Game Recaps


Luke Kuechly (ribs) has sore ribs and will not suit up for precautionary reasons. (Source: Panthers.com)

Fantasy Impact: LB Kuechly doesn't need to practice and fantasy owners should not worry at this point. It is early preseason and rest won't hurt the likelihood he'll be a top fantasy play in IDP leagues.

Category: Injury Updates


Russell Shepard is currently the No. 3 WR on the depth chart as rookie Chris Samuels missing time due to an injury. Shepard was signed to help fill the void of Ted Ginn but he's behind Greg Olsen, Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess in targets. (Source: panthers.com)

Fantasy Impact: Shepard could see some more snaps if Devin Funchess doesn't take that next step. However, Christian McCaffrey figures to also see plenty of targets out of the backfield. He's a WR5/WR6 at best at this point until Chris Samuels returns.


Jonathan Stewart saw two carries for four yards in the Panthers' preseason win over the Houston Texans.

Fantasy Impact: It's unclear how the Panthers will use Stewart after the team drafted Christian McCaffrey. Regardless, Stewart's late ADP suggests he'll likely be a value pick this season.

Category: Game Recaps


Derek Anderson got the start for the Panthers on Wednesday night. Anderson is was 4-for-5 passing and tossed one touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: Anderson is the clear number two in Carolina. Not much of a reason to have him on your team. He would be a nice addition if Cam Newton missed some regular season time.

Category: Game Recaps


Devin Funchess had one reception for four yards in the Panthers 2017 Preseason Opener.

Fantasy Impact: Even though, he did not show up on paper, the biggest takeaway is that he played all nine snaps with most of the starters. This is showing that Ron Rivera is placing Devin Funchess as a first-team WR and an every-down player. As of right now, he is a very intriguing late-round flier.

Category: Game Recaps


Damiere Byrd scored two touchdowns in the preseason opener against the Texans both from QB Joe Webb. Byrd scored on a 50-yarder and from eight yards out. Byrd finished with four grabs for 98 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Byrd could be the missing piece to help fill the shoes of Ted Ginn Jr. Byrd is looking like a solid dynasty add but we aren't seeing much more than a late-round flier in re-draft leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


DT Vernon Butler (knee) will have an MRI on what the Panthers are hoping is only a sprained knee. (Source: NFL.com's Ian Rapoport)

Fantasy Impact: A top reserve defensive tackle for the Panthers, any fantasy owners who own him will want to keep an eye on his situation. Butler (knee) has future IDP upside when the Panthers are forced to address whether they pay their starting DT Star Lotulelei in 2018.

Category: Injury Updates


Greg Olsen drew two targets and hauled in one of them for 32 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Olsen will be a big part of the Panthers' offense this year and will be one of the top tight ends in the NFL.

Category: Game Recaps


Carolina Panthers beat writer Jourdan Rodrigue is reporting wide receiver Curtis Samuel (hamstring) "has missed all but one day of camp this summer" with a hamstring injury. (Source: Charlotte Observer)

Fantasy Impact: With Samuel sidelined for all this time, Rodrigue believes he is falling behind the rest of the offense, which is not far fetched as he is a rookie who was expected to have a significant role in 2017. Per Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, the team will "install" their offense without Samuel, noting "we are not going to wait on anybody." If Samuel's injury continues to linger and he does not take the field soon, he could fall behind Devin Funchess, last year's underwhelming starter, and veteran Russell Shepard on the depth chart.

Category: Injury Updates


DT Kawann Short remained sidelined on Wednesday with hamstring and lower back injuries. (Source: Panthers.com)

Fantasy Impact: Short owners may want to see where DT Vernon Butler may be in their leagues. Multiple injuries early could be a reason for concern.

Category: Injury Updates


The Carolina Panthers have waived wide receiver Charles Johnson on Tuesday. (Source: Panthers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although Johnson, formerly of the Vikings, signed with Carolina this offseason, he didn't even make it through training camp before being waived -- likely, as a result of knee surgery. If healthy, I'd expect Johnson to catch on with a new club at some point in 2017.

Category: Transactions


Trai Turner just a solid extension from the Panthers in the amount of $45 million over the next four seasons which includes $20.3 million guaranteed. Turner has reached back-to-back Pro Bowls so the guard deserved it. (Source: Trai Turner on Twittter)

Fantasy Impact: Turner had a down season last year but is one of the more sure bets on Carolina's offensive line. His solid play bodes well for Cam Newton and Jonathan Stewart in fantasy this season.

Category: Transactions


The Panthers have signed their entire draft class, as they just got CB Corn Elder and K Harrison Butker under deals. (Source: Pro Football Talk)

Fantasy Impact: Elder is a small, athletic, and tough corner that adds depth and will compete for snaps at corner, arguably the position the Panthers need the most help at. Butker will compete with Graham Gano, who had a rough 2016 season and is only signed through 2017.

Category: Transactions


Andy Lee restructures his contract with the Panthers swapping his salary for guaranteed money in order to leave the team with more cap space. (Source: Black and Blue Review)

Fantasy Impact: The team receives just $800,000 in cap space this season but $2 million next season. Lee will remain with the Panthers and is one of the best punters in the NFL.

Category: Transactions


Philly Brown signs a one-year deal to join the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Brown joins new coach Sean McDermott in Buffalo while the Bills are in need of depth at WR behind Sammy Watkins. Brown could see some time as Marquise Goodwin and Robert Woods signed elsewhere. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Brown didn't provide much more than depth in Carolina but will get every chance to start opposite Sammy Watkins. Brown isn't much more than a deep league flier in re-draft leagues this season.

Category: Transactions


Patriots acquired DE Kony Ealy and a third-round pick from the Panthers in exchange for a second-round selection. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This will be a big addition for the Patriots defensive line and will help replace some of the players lost in free agency. Ealy had an up and down year in 2016 for the Panthers and finished with five sacks and 19 tackles.


ESPN's Dianna Russini is reporting the New Orleans Saints are signing wide receiver Ted Ginn. (Source: Dianna Russini on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After two years in Carolina, Ginn is moving on from the Panthers and will sign with the Satins. The veteran wideout and return ace had two of the best statistical seasons of his 10-year career while in Carolina. Since 2015, Ginn caught 98 targets for 1,491 yards and 14 touchdowns while only missing one game in that span. With Brandin Cooks expected to be traded, Ginn will likely have a key role in the Saints' passing attack in 2017.

Category: Transactions