Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers

NFC South

Shaq Thompson (foot) has been ruled out Week 15 versus Green Bay. (Source: espn.com)

Fantasy Impact: With Thompson out David Mayo could possibly see an uptick in playing time, but is unlikely as in last weeks contest with Thompson out Mayo received very little time on the field. It is likely they are opting to allow strong safety Mike Adams support stopping the run game more. Thompson's IDP owners will once again look elsewhere for a replacement.

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Devin Funchess is listed as questionable for Week 15 versus the Packers due to a shoulder injury. Funchess got in a limited practice on Wednesday, a full practice on Thursday, and didn't practice on Friday with the team likely managing reps. Funchess should be fine for Week 15. (Source: panthers.com)

Fantasy Impact: Funchess is a borderline WR1/2 for the potential shootout looming with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Expect a heavy dose of targets for Funchess, especially if the Panthers get down early. Funchess remains a solid mid-range option in DFS also.

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Luke Kuechly led the defense with 8 solo tackles and adding a sack. It was a group effort with the defense tallying eight sacks, two interceptions, and a fumble recovery.

Fantasy Impact: Giving up 24-points usually doesn't equal success in fantasy football, but with the Vikings being a tough match up and what the Carolina defense was able to create, this was a non issue. With Aaron Rodgers set to return in week 15, you may want to seek a better match up for the semi-finals.

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Stewart rushed 16 times for 103 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Vikings.

Fantasy Impact: Stewart started the practice week with foot and ankle soreness, but those issues didn't stop him from turning back the clock to produce a vintage performance Sunday. The 30-year-old set it off with a 60-yard touchdown on the Panthers' first offensive drive, marking his longest run in over three years, then quickly followed with a more common one-yard plunge on Carolina's next series. After the Vikings tied the game in the fourth quarter, Stewart put an exclamation point on his day by scoring another one-yarder to clinch victory with under two minutes remaining. Overall, Stewart not only topped 100 rushing yards for just the second time this season, but he also scored three rushing touchdowns for the first time in 129 career regular-season appearances. While that evidences the extent of Stewart's improbable outburst -- which came against one of the league's elite defenses, no less -- Stewart's fantasy owners can take added satisfaction knowing he's now found the end zone in three straight outings.

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Christian McCaffrey quiet in win

Mon, Dec 11th 1:03pm EST
By Jeff Latka

CAR

McCaffrey rushed eight times for 35 yards and caught three of four targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Vikings

Fantasy Impact: McCaffrey entered Sunday's contest with good momentum, but a couple of factors combined to contribute toward his Week 14 dip. Not only was the rookie going against Minnesota's exceptional defense, but veteran Jonathan Stewart's 103-yard, three-touchdown performance meant he wasn't needed as much as usual. Fortunately for McCaffrey, a bounce-back outing could be in store, as an inferior Packers defense visits Carolina next Sunday.

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Graham Gano was perfect in Week 14 connecting on all four extra point attempts plus a 41-yard field goal.

Fantasy Impact: Gano lost out on a few opportunities with Jonathan Stewart's three TD's in Week 14. He remains a back-end starting option with the shootout coming up against the Packers and Aaron Rodgers.

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Cam Newton threw for 137 yards, one touchdown, an one interception. However, Newton rushed for 70 yards; including a big run in the 4th quarter.

Fantasy Impact: Cam Newton continues to have an up and down year but his running ability gives Newton a high floor. The Vikings' defense is one of the best units in the NFL, so this matchup would have been tough either way. Look for Newton to get into the end zone more next week.

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Greg Olsen made his way back on to the field since dealing with a foot injury for most of the season. However, he failed to make a catch against the Vikings.

Fantasy Impact: Brighter days are surely ahead for Greg Olsen; but this was a tough game for fantasy owners. Olsen should see a return to fantasy productivity next week.

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While Thomas Davis was active for Carolina in the win over Minnesota, he only recorded a stat line of four tackles. In a contest that fellow linebacker Luke Kuechly manage to record fourteen combined tackles one has to wonder if Davis is over his hamstring issues. He has now recorded only six combined tackle since the injury.

Fantasy Impact: It'll be a situation that Davis's fantasy owners for IDP leagues will want to consider. At this time of the year with fantasy playoffs at hand inserting a gimpy linebacker into their line up will be adding a lot of risk on the outcome. Davis is normally an upper tier type IDP play, but this should be concerning at this point and time.

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It is the second time this season that Kawann Short has recorded two sacks in a contest. The first came in Week 5 versus the Detriot Lions. This brings his total on the year at six.

Fantasy Impact: Short has been a decent IDP play for fantasy owners this season with a stat line on the year of 41 tackles and the six sacks with one forced fumble. He'll be facing a Green Bay squad in Week 15 and his fantasy owners may want to consider him as a starter in their lineups if they are needing to insert a defensive tackle.

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Luke Kuechly was playing with a bigger purpose in Week 14 with Carolina fighting to reach the playoffs. As of right now, they are in those playoffs with this win where Kuechly recorded a dominate stat line of fourteen combined tackles while adding a sack.

Fantasy Impact: Going into Week 15 Kuechly and his Carolina Panthers will be facing Green Bay who just might have Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) back in the lineup. Green Bay is allowing in the upper half in the league to linebackers and with or without Rodgers should be above average matchup for Kuechly.

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Russell Shepard caught three of five targets for 29 yards on Sunday against the Saints.

Fantasy Impact: Even without Greg Olsen, Shepard simply doesn't get the volume to be a viable wide receiver play. He's only an option in extremely deep leagues.

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Ed Dickson caught both of his targets for 18 yards on Sunday against the Saints.

Fantasy Impact: Filling back in for Greg Olsen, Dickson couldn't get anything going on Sunday. Olsen is likely to be back next weekend against the Vikings, so feel free to put Dickson back on the waiver wire.

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Mike Adams emerged versus New Orleans with his best game since returning to the strong safety position in week seven. Prior to this, he had his best games playing the free safety position while Kurt Coleman was nursing a knee injury. In this contest, both Adams and Coleman recorded six combined tackles, with Adams edging out Coleman with one pass defended and the forced fumble. Adams forced fumble came when he popped New Orleans Josh Hill after a catch.

Fantasy Impact: Adams emergence in this contest again was more than likely due to fellow defensive players injuries. Both Thomas Davis and Shaq Thompson were nursing their own injuries in this contest setting Adams up for opportunities that might not have been there otherwise. When the team is healthy around Adams he isn't a suggested top IDP play. His owners will want to monitor his fellow player's health this week to see if he has that same situation in Week 14 versus Green Bay.

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Ryan Kalil is listed as questionable for Week 13 due to a neck injury which has been a problem for most of the season limiting him to just two games. If he returns, Tyler Larson will move back to the bench. (Source: panthers.com)

Fantasy Impact: If Kalil can return, it would be a boost for the running game and for Christian McCaffrey against the Saints.

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Charles Johnson of the Carolina Panthers has been suspended for four games for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. (Source: panthers.com)

Fantasy Impact: It's not like Johnson has been setting the world on fire this season with 16 combined tackles and no sacks. He has received nearly 60% of the snaps on the field each game on average. Those snaps should be divided up between Julius Peppers, Mario Addison, Wes Horton, and even possibly defensive tackle Vernon Butler who would be serviceable at defensive end for those four games.


Coleman recorded a modest stat line of four combined tackles in the win over New York Jets in Week 12. This coming off a two-tackle game in Week 9 before the teams Week 10 bye. He also was beaten by Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson for a touchdown that was a little un-Coleman like. But in his defense, Anderson is quite deceiving in his burst of speed on the field of play.

Fantasy Impact: Coleman has still been running 100% of the snaps on the defense in both these last two contest. One has to think "game flow" or the possibility of the defense around him playing better as a whole might be the factor in his recent production. He remains a top option either way until further notice.

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Curtis Samuel left Week 10's game early with an ankle injury and now has been ruled out for the rest of the season as the ankle injury will require surgery. Samuel was starting to come on with Kelvin Benjamin now in Buffalo but this leaves a hole at WR2 opposite Devin Funchess. Samuel finishes his rookie season with 15/115/0. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Samuel will be a high-upside late-round pick in re-draft leagues who may get overhyped in the offseason and preseason. Devin Funchess is the No. 1 in Carolina now and is WR2. Russell Shepard and Breston Bersin will see additional snaps opposite Funchess.

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the Carolina Panthers have traded WR Kelvin Benjamin to the Bufffalo Bills. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: One last blockbuster that likely was agreed upon right at the 4 pm deadline. Benjamin was dealt to a Bills’ team who are attempting to make a playoff run. His presence will bolster a horrible Bills’ WR corps, likely sending Zay Jones to the bench. Benjamin should remain in the back-end WR2/ WR3 mix for the rest of the season.

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Julius Peppers recorded two tackles, one sack with a forced fumble in the win over Tampa Bay in Week 8. This young man is 37 years old and playing at the level of a player in his prime.

Fantasy Impact: Peppers is far from being an every down player (50% on average), but until there are some signs he is slowing down there is no reason not to have him inserted into fantasy lineups.

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