Carolina Panthers

NFC South

Cam Newton has been cleared to throw at Panthers minicamp. (Source: Max Henson on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Newton can participate fully in QB drills at the Panthers three-day minicamp this week, but he has not yet been cleared to participate in team drills. Newton’s outlook is trending up after an offseason arthroscopic procedure on his injured throwing shoulder. He last played in Week 15 of last season, turning in a dismal performance while playing through the injury and ultimately sitting out the final two weeks. Under new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, Newton turned in the highest completion of his career at 67.9 and ranked as the overall QB5 through the first 14 weeks of the 2018 season. His rehab seems to be going much better than expected, boding well for his fantasy prospects in 2019.

Category: Injury Updates

Greg Olsen (foot) has been medically cleared to resume all football related activities. (Source: Max Henson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Olsen was hobbled by his foot injury all season long in 2018, totaling just 27 receptions for 291 yards and four touchdowns. The 34-year-old will enter 2019 as a back-end TE1 in fantasy.

Category: Injury Updates

Christian McCaffrey is not concerned about his workload entering 2019. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: McCaffrey played 75 more snaps than any other running back last season. He played 91.3% of Carolina's offensive snaps. The Panthers reportedly want to lighten his workload this season but currently do not have a running back on the roster with a similar skillset to McCaffrey. Carolina might then draft a RB, but McCaffrey should remain an uber-elite fantasy option this upcoming season.

The Panthers have released left tackle Matt Kalil. (Source: Jourdan Rodrigue on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kalil had a disastrous 2017 season before missing all of 2018 with a knee issue. This is a "post-June 1 designation", which means it creates over $7 million in cap space for Carolina.

Category: Transactions

Former Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis announced on Twitter Tuesday morning that he intends to sign with the Los Angeles Chargers. (Source: Thomas Davis on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The terms of the deal are not yet known, but it’s a fresh start for the veteran after 14 seasons in Carolina. Davis announced in a Twitter video in January that he would not be returning to the Panthers for the 2019 season. Since being drafted by Carolina 14th overall in 2005, he has 1,111 tackles, 28 sacks and 13 interceptions in 176 games.

Category: Transactions

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports Devin Funchess is signing a one-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pelissero adds the deal has a max value of $13 million should Funchess hit all of his incentives. Funchess, 25 in May, had somewhat of a down season in 2018 but his presence can only help Andrew Luck. Two years ago Funchess totaled 840 receiving yards and scored eight touchdowns.

Category: Transactions

The Carolina Panthers have informed head coach Ron Rivera that he will remain with the team in 2019, according to multiple reports. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Rivera has gone 71-56-1 in eight seasons with the Panthers, going 7-9 in 2018. His teams have typically had excellent defenses but are sometimes inconsistent on offense.

Category: Transactions

Panthers QB Kyle Allen completed 16-of-27 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns while adding another 19 yards and a touchdown on five carries in Sunday's Week 17 win over New Orleans.

Fantasy Impact: In his first career start, Allen totaled three touchdowns and no turnovers. He played well enough to get the win. He could compete with Taylor Heinicke for the Panthers QB2 spot in 2019.

Category: Game Recaps

Panthers RB Cameron Artis-Payne rushed 16 times for 56 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's Week 17 win over New Orleans.

Fantasy Impact: Artis-Payne played well in his only significant action of the year. He scored in a meaningless game. Artis-Payne is an underwhelming free agent this offseason.

Category: Game Recaps

Panthers WR Torrey Smith did not catch a pass in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Saints.

Fantasy Impact: Smith did not catch his only target on the day to end the season. He is under contract for the 2019 season and could be back for another underwhelming run.

Category: Game Recaps

Panthers TE Ian Thomas caught 5-of-7 targets for 61 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Saints.

Fantasy Impact: Thomas has scored in back-to-back games to end the 2018 season and played well overall in the second half following Greg Olsen's second significant injury os the year. If Olsen elects to retire, Thomas could be one of the sleeper tight ends of 2019 who could be had at a value.

Category: Game Recaps

Panthers WR D.J. Moore caught 4-of-8 targets for 81 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Saints.

Fantasy Impact: Moore was yet again out-played by Curtis Samuel. While Moore has flashed in 2018, he has a lot of work to do this offseason to return his first-round 2018 draft value. Moore and Samuel could open next season as the Panthers' top wideouts much like how they ended this season.

Category: Game Recaps

Panthers WR Curtis Samuel caught 2-of-4 targets for 72 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Saints.

Fantasy Impact: Samuel has been one of the surprise players in fantasy in the second half of the season. While his numbers weren't eye-popping, he's played well enough and showed enough versatility to enter 2019 with an expanded role. The Panthers will look to get healthy and reload for a 2019 run.

Category: Game Recaps

Panthers K Chandler Catanzaro was successful on both of his field goal attempts and on 3-of-4 of his extra point attempts in Sunday's Week 17 win over New Orleans.

Fantasy Impact: Catanzaro played well with Graham Gano out, but it is very likely that Gano will return as the Panthers kicker in 2019. At worst, both players could be brought back for a competition. Catanzaro should be in the NFL in 2019 in some capacity.

Category: Game Recaps

Panthers QB Taylor Heinicke completed 33-of-53 passes for 274 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions while adding three rushes for 33 yards in Sunday's Week 16 loss to Atlanta.

Fantasy Impact: Heinicke looked good from the start, tossing an early touchdown score. But it was all downhill from there as he threw three picks following a second-quarter elbow injury, which kept him out of the game for a few plays. Perhaps the injury bothered him en route to his dismal second half. If healthy, Heinicke will start in the season finale versus the Saints.

Category: Game Recaps

Shaq Thompson placed on IR

Thu, Dec 20th 11:44pm EST
By Alex Johnson

The Panthers announced Thursday that they have placed linebacker Shaq Thompson (shoulder) on injured reserve, ending his season. The move allowed the team to promote rooke quarterback Kyle Allen to the active roster. (Source: Carolina Panthers )

Fantasy Impact: Thompson played through a shoulder injury in Monday night’s loss to the Saints. His season ends with 79 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble, and one pass defensed in 14 games (11 starts). He will be entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2019.

Category: Injury Updates

Graham Gano placed on IR

Wed, Dec 19th 2:48pm EST
By Blaine Blontz

The Panthers have placed Graham Gano on season-ending IR due to a knee injury.

Fantasy Impact: Gano has been replaced by Chandler Catanzaro as the team's kicker for the remainder of the year. Gano should be back next year in the same role considering he signed a long-term deal entering the 2018 season. He finished the season 14-of-16 on field goals and 30-of-33 on extra points.

Category: Injury Updates

Panthers TE Chris Manhertz caught a 50-yard touchdown in Monday night's Week 15 loss to the Saints.

Fantasy Impact: Manhertz caught his 50-yard score fro the arm of Christian McCaffrey on a surprise gadget play. In fact, his touchdown was also Carolina's Week 15 highlight reel in its entirety. Manhertz is a non-factor next week against the Falcons while Ian Thomas is healthy.

Category: Game Recaps

Carolina second-round rookie Donte Jackson stood out in the effort to contain the passing game of Tampa Bay. In the process recording six solo tackles. Captain Munnerlyn also showed up to play with seven solos and a pass defended.

Fantasy Impact: For IDP owners needing a good cornerback play, Jackson has been a nice rookie that was flying under the radar before the season. His production had cooled off after opposing teams figured it out that he is likely the most talented corner on the team. Going forward owners will want to consider the matchups more if they are looking to hit on a week Jackson could produce. This is what could be considered a player heading down the road to being a shut it down defensive back.

Category: Game Recaps

Carolina linebacker Luke Keuchly might have only had five combined tackles in the loss to Tampa Bay Sunday. But he showcased some of those playmaking skills in this contest. He additionally had a fumble recovery, two passed defended and a tackle for a loss.

Fantasy Impact: For IDP owners it was great to have the extra plays made points to the low tackle numbers. Game flow likely kept Kuechly from a few more tackles and closer to his weekly average. As long as Carolina doesn't decide to sit him, Kuechly will have better games and keep producing for teams in any fantasy football playoffs. Fellow linebacker Thomas Davis had a solid game as well with eight combined tackles and his own tackle for a loss.

Category: Game Recaps