Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers

NFC South

Kelvin Benjamin missed both Thursday and Wednesday's practice due to a knee injury. Benjamin's status is not looking so good this week and an official status should be provided on Friday. (Source: Bill Volt on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If Benjamin misses this game, Ed Dickson and Devin Funchess will see a boost in the passing game along with scat-back Christian McCaffrey. Funchess would be a WR2 in Week 7 if Benjamin is out.

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Kurt Coleman, who’s missed the last two games with a sprained knee (MCL), returned to practice and could be on track to play Week 7. (Source: charlotteobserver.com)

Fantasy Impact: Good news for his fantasy owners if Coleman can go as projected. His matchup vs. Chicago should result in a good week for fantasy owners as they rank first in points allowed to safeties.

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Luke Kuechly took a step forward in the concussion protocol by riding a stationary bike Wednesday. But where Kuechly is in the protocol, it seems unlikely he would be cleared before Sunday’s contest vs. Chicago. (Source: charlotteobserver.com)

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners should probably make other arrangements at this point for Week 7. It'll be disappointing if he isn't active, but if there is any chance he can manage to make it thru the season by sitting out a week his fantasy owners shouldn't be too upset. The odds are Thomas Davis and Shaq Thompson will receive the bulk of the work vs. Chicago. It'll be a juicy matchup for their owners as Chicago currently ranks second in points allowed to linebackers.

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Ryan Kalil is expected to play in Week 7 after missing the last five games with a neck injury. Kalil will slide back in at center with Tyler Larsen going back to the bench. (Source: Steve Reed on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kalil brings an upgrade to the Panthers o-line for Week 7 against the Bears. Christian McCaffrey is a RB1 in PPR formats this week with a plus matchup while Jonathan Stewart is near the RB2/3 range.

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Panthers RB Fozzy Whittaker is sidelined with a right ankle injury.

Fantasy Impact: Whittaker was carted to the locker room in the first quarter of Thursday's contest. He's not a viable fantasy option at this point in any format.

Category: Injury Updates


Jonathan Stewart a no-show

Tue, Oct 17th 12:24pm EDT
By Jeff Latka

CAR

Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart had eight carries for minus-four yards during the team's Week 6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Stewart was targeted twice in the passing game but did not record a reception.

Fantasy Impact: After gaining just 21 yards on 18 carries in Motown, Stewart went backwards Thursday night, giving him 17 yards on his last 26 carries. The veteran hasn't scored this season and hasn't reached 70 yards in a game. That's a bad combination, and it's ample reason to keep Stewart on your bench until further notice.

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Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey is on pace to catch 99 passes this season, which would be the second most by a rookie in NFL history.

Fantasy Impact: He has a 37-293-2 receiving line, but he's averaging just 2.7 yards per carry with 38 rushes for 104 yards. McCaffrey is an RB2 in PPR leagues when the Panthers suit up against the Chicago Bears Oct. 22.

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Overall, the score of the game wasn't indicative of what this defense accomplished. Second year QB Carson Wentz is just that good, and he single hanedly willed his team to victory Thursday night.

Fantasy Impact: The defense came out strong in the first half and for the most part shut down the Eagles offense. The loss of linebacker Luke Kuechly (concussion) will be difficult to overcome but they should be a an excellent start against the Bears next week when they take on rookie QB Mitch Trubisky.

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Graham Gano was perfect in Week 5 making all five attempts including three field goals from 39, 20, 46 yards out. Gano also connected on both extra point attempts finishing 5-for-5 on the night.

Fantasy Impact: Gano posted another solid 11 points in fantasy making him a solid top-12 weekly kicker. Continue to fire him up in Week 6 against the Bears.

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Devin Funchess posted disappointing 36 yards on just three receptions on TNF and failed to score a TD for the first time in three games. However, Funchess did get a whopping nine targets which were third on the team to Kelvin Benjamin and Christian McCaffrey.

Fantasy Impact: Funchess will look to get back into the end zone next week against the struggling Bears. Funchess remains on the WR3 radar in Week 6 with teams starting to go on bye.

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Ed Dickson had four receptions for 36 yards and no touchdowns Thursday against the Eagles.

Fantasy Impact: On the heels of an incredible game against the Lions, Ed Dickson came back to Earth Thursday night. Dickson failed to reach the end zone and failed to get away from the defensive secondary like he did a week ago. This is more of the stat line fantasy owners should expect of Dickson.

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Cam Newton threw the ball 52 times Thursday against the Eagles. Newton threw for 239 passing yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. Newton added 71 yards rushing and a rushing touchdown as well.

Fantasy Impact: Cam Newton threw the ball for a season high 52 times against the Eagles. Unfortunately, he also threw three interceptions. Newton salvaged his fantasy day by rushing for 71 yards and a touchdown though. Newton is being asked to be Mr. Everything for the Panthers' offense. Expect Newton to continue to put up good fantasy numbers.

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Mike Adams recorded eight total tackles in the loss Thursday night vs. Philadelphia. In one situation the longtime veteran showed he is still up to making big plays as he took on Carson Wentz at the two yard line to stop the quarterback who was scrambling at full tilt to try and run for a touchdown. The much smaller Adams stood his ground and stopped Wentz until the rest of the defensive unit joined in.The effort by Adams got Wentz to the ground saving the touchdown on that particular play.

Fantasy Impact: Adams has become more of a relevant IDP play for fantasy owners sense Kurt Coleman (knee) went down with a knee injury. Coleman may still have two to three weeks to recover which in return will keep Adams at the top of the list as a good IDP play.

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At age 37 Julius Peppers needed one sack to become the fifth player to reach 150 since they became an official statistic in 1982. He topped off the sack with a forced fumble on the play.

Fantasy Impact: It was Peppers only contributing factor in this contest but did make a statement that he still has the moves to be a serviceable option for fantasy owners when they need it.

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Thomas Davis spent a majority of his Thursday night rushing the passer. He may have only recorded the one sack but he had a countless amount of pressure on Philadelphia's Carson Wentz. Unfortunately for him and Carolina, it wasn't enough to win. Thomas also recorded six total tackles.

Fantasy Impact: Thomas returned to form in this contest after Carolina had been using him more sparingly when he suffered a rib injury in Week 3. Luke Kuechly went down with a concussion in the contest and may be out for some time. This should keep Davis at high capacity, at least until Kuechly clears the league's concussion protocol.

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Captain Munnerlyn's sack is a little notable as cornerbacks normally are not put in a position to record a sack in a game. He finished the contest with three total tackles with the one sack.

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners may want to keep an eye on how Munnerlyn is used going forward as long as free safety Kurt Coleman (knee) is out. It may be a matter of utilizing the cornerback in the best possible way until Coleman returns.

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Kawann Short wrecked havoc on the Detriot offensive line in this contest. The result was registering a three combined tackles with the two sacks and a forced fumble stat line.

Fantasy Impact: Kawann Short has recorded at least one sack now in the last two contests. Fantasy owners should continue to count on him weekly in IDP leagues that require defensive tackles or possible defensive linemen in general.

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Matt Kahlil is listed as questionable for Week 5 due to a groin injury. Kahlil is shaping up as a game-time call with Amini Silatolu the next man up if needed. (Source: Charlotte Observer)

Fantasy Impact: It's a downgrade for Cam Newton's blindside while the Detroit D/ST has been a surprise this season. Detroit's DST is a top-10 option this week and if Kahlil is out it's a boost for Ziggy Ansah.

Category: Injury Updates


Curtis Samuel will play in Week 5 despite missing last week's game with a back injury. Samuel is currently the No. 4 WR on the depth chart behind Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess, and Russell Shepherd. (Source: Steve Reed on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Samuel had now preseason hype with Ted Ginn now in New Orleans but Samuel just hasn't been healthy. It will take a few weeks and some injuries to key WR for him to be a fantasy option.

Category: Injury Updates


Shaq Thompson played a season-high 69 snaps vs. New England. He recorded ten combined tackles, helping Carolina in their effort to win in Week 4.

Fantasy Impact: Thomas Davis fantasy owners will want to monitor this situation with Thompson receiving so many snaps. It had been rumored in the past offseason that Thompson would start supplementing Davis in 2017. This might take another week or two to clear up. The increase of snaps simply could have been the "game flow" in this particular contest.

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