Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers

NFC South

The Panthers have picked up Kelvin Benjamin's fifth year team option. This guarantees Benjamin to be a Panther until the end of the 2018 season. Benjamin bounced back from a torn ACL in 2015 to 941 yards receiving and seven TD's in 2016. (Source: ESPN.com)

Fantasy Impact: At first, Benjamin didn't look fully healthy while coming back from the torn ACL but still scored seven touchdowns. He caught 10 less balls than his rookie season so expect him to bounce back this season with a full training camp. He's a WR 2/3.

Category: Transactions


Jonathan Stewart signs a one-year extension with the Panthers on Friday extending him through the 2018 season. Stewart was rumored to be a cap cut but now seems more likely to stay with the extension. However, the Panthers could still use their No. 8 pick on Leonard Fournette. (Source: panthers.com)

Fantasy Impact: Stewart finished last season with 824 yards rushing and nine touchdowns. However, he's not much of a factor in the passing game leaving him usually as a fourth or fifth round pick. A bonus for Stewart is the arrival of Matt Kahlil, a solid LT who will try to help rebuild their offensive line. If Fournette is drafted by the Panthers, that would push Stewart back to later rounds in re-draft leagues.

Category: Transactions


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (shoulder) will undergo offseason rotator cuff surgery. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It appears Newton suffered a partially torn rotator cuff during Week 14 of the 2016 season and will undergo surgery on March 30 to repair the injury. Per reports, Newton will not throw with the team until 16 weeks following the procedure and could still be ready for the start of training camp at the end of July.

Category: Injury Updates


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


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


Breston Bersin has re-signed with the Panthers on a one-year deal after being a non-tendered restricted free agent. Bersin signs on for his fourth season with the team totaling just one touchdown in three seasons prior. Bersin is purely a special teamer. (Source: Panthers.com)

Fantasy Impact: Bersin isn't going to make any fantasy waves next season but with Ted Ginn being a free agent, Bersin could see time returning punt or kick returns.

Category: Transactions


Fozzy Whittaker has signed a two-year deal to return the Panthers. Whittaker will likely see time behind Jonathan Stewart and Cameron Artis-Payne if the Panthers don't add a back in the draft. His spot isn't safe depending the draft moves. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Whittaker was more of a special teams and third-down back for the Panthers last season and could be pushed further back if they draft or add another back. No long-term fantasy value here.

Category: Transactions


The Carolina Panthers have released fullback Mike Tolbert on Tuesday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After playing five seasons in Carolina, the Panthers have released Tolbert on Tuesday. The veteran fullback was beginning to be phased out of the Panthers' offense in 2016. While he appeared in all 16 games, he only accumulated 186 yards on 45 touches and a touchdown. It was his worst statistical season since 2014. Tolbert, 31, should have no problem catching on with a new club for 2017 as the fullback position appears to be making a comeback in today's NFL landscape.

Category: Transactions


Graham Gano was 1-for-4 on field goal attempts in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gano did make the 54-yard attempt, while converting his lone extra point attempt.

Fantasy Impact: Gano missed 36-yard, 58-yard, and 45-yard field goal attempts on Sunday. Any one of those would have won the game, and the Panthers surely won't forget. Gano did finish as the tenth best kicker on the season for fantasy purposes. He made about 79 percent of his field goals this season. That might not be enough to bring his $3.85 million cap hit back next year.

Category: Game Recaps


Greg Olsen finished on a quiet note in Week 17 against the Buccaneers with three receptions for 22 yards. Olsen finished with season with his third consecutive 1,000 yard season but his fewest touchdowns (3) since his rookie season with the Bears (2).

Fantasy Impact: Olsen finished quietly but had the same amount of catches (77) and targets (123) as last season. He finished with 1,051 yards this season and will be a solid TE1 next season. Expect him to go again around the fifth round in re-draft leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Devin Funchess was able to haul in only one of five targets for nine yards.

Fantasy Impact: Funchess has fallen down the depth chart and even was out gained by TE Chris Manhertz and WR Philly Brown. Funchess isn't on the radar for Week 17.

Category: Game Recaps


Cameron Artis-Payne is a healthy inactive for the Panthers' Week 6 game against the Saints. (Source: Joe Person on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Artis-Payne being inactive is a great sign for Jonathan Stewart's health, as the Panthers must feel he can handle a full workload. Stewart makes a solid start in Week 6.

Category: Transactions


Regarded as one of the top backups in the NFL, Derek Anderson struggled in what was expected to be a favorable matchup for him versus the Buccaneers. Anderson turned the ball over three times including a fumble and two interceptions. Anderson finished with 278 yards passing (181 of those to TE Greg Olsen) and one carry for four yards with no TD's.

Fantasy Impact: Anderson will return to the bench in Week 6 with Cam Newton expected back.

Category: Game Recaps


Kevin Norwood suffered a hip injury last night and now likely be on the list of cuts to get the roster down from 75 to 53. (Source: David Newton, ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Norwood spent one season with the Seahawks and one with the Panthers. He's a return specialist at this point and hopes to find work on special teams.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions


Brandon Wegher rushed eight times for 24 yards. He was not targeted in the passing game. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Wegher is a third string running back. He did have a nice 11 yard run in the second half, but was mostly stuffed on the rest of the runs. He should not be on anyone's fantasy radar at this time.


In an article on the team's website, it is noted that Carolina Panthers wide receiver Damiere Byrd impressed during spring practices after finding himself on the practice squad last year. (Source: Carolina Panthers)

Fantasy Impact: Listed at 5'9", 175 pounds, Byrd is known for his 4.28 forty time and blazing speed. That speed was frequently on display during spring practices this year, and it gives him an inside track for a spot on the 53-man roster over hyped-UDFA Keyarris Garrett. He is worth monitoring in deep dynasty leagues only at this point.


Ed Dickson was shut out Sunday's victory over the Cardinals. He failed to haul in either of his two targets and finished with 0 yards. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Cam Newton overshot a wide-open Dickson in the second half, leading to his only interception. Dickson is primarily a blocking tight end, and is not fantasy relevant.

Category: Game Recaps


Cotchery was able to catch four passes for 24 yards in Week 16. He also had a carry for 16 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Cotchery is not on the fantasy radar.

Category: Game Recaps


The Carolina Panthers signed former Packers WR Jarrett Boykin to a one-year contract. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: This is not a terrible move for Boykin as he was clearly on the way out in Green Bay. The Carolina Panthers have a need at WR and he could get decent playing time with a strong camp and preseason. That being said, his value is extremely low for fantasy owners given his struggle to make any meaningful impact with the best QB in football last season. Additionally, the Panthers may be looking to add another WR or two via free agency or the draft.

Category: Transactions


Former Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams has signed with the Steelers. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: 31-year-old DeAngelo Williams will likely serve as the backup behind Le'Veon Bell. Bell could be facing a suspension of between 2-4 games, making Williams a smart late-round draft pickup as Bell's handcuff.

Category: Transactions


With his 54 yards and score, Avant also added 5 receptions.

Fantasy Impact: Avant's performance was relevant in all league formats. In two games, between two QB's, the Panthers haven't displayed any favoritism among their WR's. TE Greg Olsen has been the only consistent target. Anyone has the potential to go off vs the Steelers Sunday night, but I don't recommend starting Avant.


Panthers rookie running back Tyler Gaffney from Stanford, tore his lateral meniscus and will be placed on season ending injured reserve. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Tyler Gaffney was considered depth for the Panthers at running back during his rookie season and would have served on special teams had he made the final roster. The Panthers will now bring in another running back to compete for a roster spot, as well as be a camp body for Jonathan Stewart while he recovers from his hamstring injury. DeAngelo Williams is now the favorite for an early season workload along with Mike Tolbert serving as the 3rd down back. Gaffney’s injury could have also secured Kenjon Barner’s spot on the roster.


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (shoulder) will undergo offseason rotator cuff surgery. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It appears Newton suffered a partially torn rotator cuff during Week 14 of the 2016 season and will undergo surgery on March 30 to repair the injury. Per reports, Newton will not throw with the team until 16 weeks following the procedure and could still be ready for the start of training camp at the end of July.

Category: Injury Updates


Regarded as one of the top backups in the NFL, Derek Anderson struggled in what was expected to be a favorable matchup for him versus the Buccaneers. Anderson turned the ball over three times including a fumble and two interceptions. Anderson finished with 278 yards passing (181 of those to TE Greg Olsen) and one carry for four yards with no TD's.

Fantasy Impact: Anderson will return to the bench in Week 6 with Cam Newton expected back.

Category: Game Recaps


Jonathan Stewart signs a one-year extension with the Panthers on Friday extending him through the 2018 season. Stewart was rumored to be a cap cut but now seems more likely to stay with the extension. However, the Panthers could still use their No. 8 pick on Leonard Fournette. (Source: panthers.com)

Fantasy Impact: Stewart finished last season with 824 yards rushing and nine touchdowns. However, he's not much of a factor in the passing game leaving him usually as a fourth or fifth round pick. A bonus for Stewart is the arrival of Matt Kahlil, a solid LT who will try to help rebuild their offensive line. If Fournette is drafted by the Panthers, that would push Stewart back to later rounds in re-draft leagues.

Category: Transactions


Fozzy Whittaker has signed a two-year deal to return the Panthers. Whittaker will likely see time behind Jonathan Stewart and Cameron Artis-Payne if the Panthers don't add a back in the draft. His spot isn't safe depending the draft moves. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Whittaker was more of a special teams and third-down back for the Panthers last season and could be pushed further back if they draft or add another back. No long-term fantasy value here.

Category: Transactions


The Carolina Panthers have released fullback Mike Tolbert on Tuesday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After playing five seasons in Carolina, the Panthers have released Tolbert on Tuesday. The veteran fullback was beginning to be phased out of the Panthers' offense in 2016. While he appeared in all 16 games, he only accumulated 186 yards on 45 touches and a touchdown. It was his worst statistical season since 2014. Tolbert, 31, should have no problem catching on with a new club for 2017 as the fullback position appears to be making a comeback in today's NFL landscape.

Category: Transactions


Cameron Artis-Payne is a healthy inactive for the Panthers' Week 6 game against the Saints. (Source: Joe Person on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Artis-Payne being inactive is a great sign for Jonathan Stewart's health, as the Panthers must feel he can handle a full workload. Stewart makes a solid start in Week 6.

Category: Transactions


Brandon Wegher rushed eight times for 24 yards. He was not targeted in the passing game. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Wegher is a third string running back. He did have a nice 11 yard run in the second half, but was mostly stuffed on the rest of the runs. He should not be on anyone's fantasy radar at this time.


Former Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams has signed with the Steelers. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: 31-year-old DeAngelo Williams will likely serve as the backup behind Le'Veon Bell. Bell could be facing a suspension of between 2-4 games, making Williams a smart late-round draft pickup as Bell's handcuff.

Category: Transactions


Panthers rookie running back Tyler Gaffney from Stanford, tore his lateral meniscus and will be placed on season ending injured reserve. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Tyler Gaffney was considered depth for the Panthers at running back during his rookie season and would have served on special teams had he made the final roster. The Panthers will now bring in another running back to compete for a roster spot, as well as be a camp body for Jonathan Stewart while he recovers from his hamstring injury. DeAngelo Williams is now the favorite for an early season workload along with Mike Tolbert serving as the 3rd down back. Gaffney’s injury could have also secured Kenjon Barner’s spot on the roster.


The Panthers have picked up Kelvin Benjamin's fifth year team option. This guarantees Benjamin to be a Panther until the end of the 2018 season. Benjamin bounced back from a torn ACL in 2015 to 941 yards receiving and seven TD's in 2016. (Source: ESPN.com)

Fantasy Impact: At first, Benjamin didn't look fully healthy while coming back from the torn ACL but still scored seven touchdowns. He caught 10 less balls than his rookie season so expect him to bounce back this season with a full training camp. He's a WR 2/3.

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


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


Breston Bersin has re-signed with the Panthers on a one-year deal after being a non-tendered restricted free agent. Bersin signs on for his fourth season with the team totaling just one touchdown in three seasons prior. Bersin is purely a special teamer. (Source: Panthers.com)

Fantasy Impact: Bersin isn't going to make any fantasy waves next season but with Ted Ginn being a free agent, Bersin could see time returning punt or kick returns.

Category: Transactions


Devin Funchess was able to haul in only one of five targets for nine yards.

Fantasy Impact: Funchess has fallen down the depth chart and even was out gained by TE Chris Manhertz and WR Philly Brown. Funchess isn't on the radar for Week 17.

Category: Game Recaps


Kevin Norwood suffered a hip injury last night and now likely be on the list of cuts to get the roster down from 75 to 53. (Source: David Newton, ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Norwood spent one season with the Seahawks and one with the Panthers. He's a return specialist at this point and hopes to find work on special teams.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions


In an article on the team's website, it is noted that Carolina Panthers wide receiver Damiere Byrd impressed during spring practices after finding himself on the practice squad last year. (Source: Carolina Panthers)

Fantasy Impact: Listed at 5'9", 175 pounds, Byrd is known for his 4.28 forty time and blazing speed. That speed was frequently on display during spring practices this year, and it gives him an inside track for a spot on the 53-man roster over hyped-UDFA Keyarris Garrett. He is worth monitoring in deep dynasty leagues only at this point.


Cotchery was able to catch four passes for 24 yards in Week 16. He also had a carry for 16 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Cotchery is not on the fantasy radar.

Category: Game Recaps


The Carolina Panthers signed former Packers WR Jarrett Boykin to a one-year contract. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: This is not a terrible move for Boykin as he was clearly on the way out in Green Bay. The Carolina Panthers have a need at WR and he could get decent playing time with a strong camp and preseason. That being said, his value is extremely low for fantasy owners given his struggle to make any meaningful impact with the best QB in football last season. Additionally, the Panthers may be looking to add another WR or two via free agency or the draft.

Category: Transactions


With his 54 yards and score, Avant also added 5 receptions.

Fantasy Impact: Avant's performance was relevant in all league formats. In two games, between two QB's, the Panthers haven't displayed any favoritism among their WR's. TE Greg Olsen has been the only consistent target. Anyone has the potential to go off vs the Steelers Sunday night, but I don't recommend starting Avant.


Greg Olsen finished on a quiet note in Week 17 against the Buccaneers with three receptions for 22 yards. Olsen finished with season with his third consecutive 1,000 yard season but his fewest touchdowns (3) since his rookie season with the Bears (2).

Fantasy Impact: Olsen finished quietly but had the same amount of catches (77) and targets (123) as last season. He finished with 1,051 yards this season and will be a solid TE1 next season. Expect him to go again around the fifth round in re-draft leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Ed Dickson was shut out Sunday's victory over the Cardinals. He failed to haul in either of his two targets and finished with 0 yards. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Cam Newton overshot a wide-open Dickson in the second half, leading to his only interception. Dickson is primarily a blocking tight end, and is not fantasy relevant.

Category: Game Recaps


Graham Gano was 1-for-4 on field goal attempts in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gano did make the 54-yard attempt, while converting his lone extra point attempt.

Fantasy Impact: Gano missed 36-yard, 58-yard, and 45-yard field goal attempts on Sunday. Any one of those would have won the game, and the Panthers surely won't forget. Gano did finish as the tenth best kicker on the season for fantasy purposes. He made about 79 percent of his field goals this season. That might not be enough to bring his $3.85 million cap hit back next year.

Category: Game Recaps


Carolina DST gave up 33 points in Week 16 to Matt Ryan and the Falcons. Ryan threw for 277 yards and two TD's while the combination of Tevin Coleman and Devonte Freeman was too much to handle. They ran for a combined 143 yards and one score. On a positive note, the Panthers DST was able to sack Matt Ryan four times.

Fantasy Impact: Even with a favorable matchup next against the Buccaneers in Week 17, the Panthers DST is one to avoid.

Category: Game Recaps


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


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.


The Saints get help defensively by signing 25- year old LB A.J Klein. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Klein has been okay during his time starting in place of LB Luke Keuchly, recording 31 tackles, one sack, and two forced fumbles. If Klein can earn the starting job in New Orleans, which is expected, consider him a fantastic IDP selection in upcoming fantasy drafts.

Category: Transactions


Colin Jones re-signs with the Panthers on a two-year $2.4 million deal.

Fantasy Impact: Jones will return as a core special teams player for the Panthers. Jones has only one sack in his career and one interception.

Category: Transactions


Andrew Norwell received a second round tender from the Panthers and the deal is worth $2.746 million for this upcoming season. Norwell has been a strong addition to the Panthers offensive line which is a need in the off season. He will return as the starting LG this season while the tackle positions are a huge need for the Panthers. (Source: ESPN.com)

Fantasy Impact: Norwell has been solid for the Panthers after coming out of Ohio State in 2014. Norwell will return as the starting LG and have a new LT this season with Michael Oher still out with a concussion and Mike Remmers is a free agent.

Category: Transactions


Charles Johnson re-signed with the Panthers on Tuesday on a two-year deal worth $9.5 million. Johnson has played in 22 games over the past two seasons while being hampered by injuries and limiting him to just five sacks in those two seasons. Panthers will still look to upgrade the pass rush in the draft or with a familiar face like Julius Peppers. (Source: Adam Caplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson is likely now to start and finish his career with the Panthers and is a veteran presence the Panthers DST needs. Look for them to big a bounce back bounce back candidate this season for fantasy purposes. Injuries to Johnson, Luke Kuechly and the loss of Josh Norman really hurt this DST last season.

Category: Transactions


Kawann Short gets the franchise tag from the Panthers and it's the non-exclusive tag which doesn't allow other teams to try to sign him. Short will make $14.77 million this season unless a long term deal is reached. Short hasn't missed a game in four seasons with the Panthers totaling 22.0 sacks. (Source: panthers.com)

Fantasy Impact: Short is one of the top defensive interior lineman behind only players like Aaron Donald. Short's availability has also been good not missing one game in his four seasons. Short is a very important piece to the Panthers DST and they should be a much better unit this season.

Category: Transactions


Wes Horton has re-signed with the Panthers on a two-year deal. Horton was a summer cut but then was brought back due to the lack of depth for the Panthers on their front four. Horton ended up playing well finishing with 2.5 sacks.

Fantasy Impact: Horton will provide depth on the front line for the Panthers but they will likely target a veteran edge rusher and/or another pass rusher in the draft.

Category: Transactions


Mario Addison has signed a 3-year deal worth $22.5 million to return to the Panthers. Addison is coming his best season of his career with 9.5 sacks and one fumble recovered to go along with a career-high 27 total tackles in 14 games. Addison will provide the Panthers another edge rusher which is a position of need for them in the draft or free agency. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Addison isn't a Jared Allen type name but he played well this past season. With Allen gone and Charles Johnson likely leaving town, Addison and some fellow newcomers will lead the pass rush next season. The Panthers DST hinges on the health of Luke Kuechly.

Category: Transactions


Paul Soliai cut by Panthers

Tue, Feb 21st 1:23pm EST
By Anthony Cervino

The Carolina Panthers have released defensive lineman Paul Soliai Tuesday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After playing only one season in Carolina, the Panthers released Soliai Tuesday. The 10-year veteran only appeared in four games in 2016 and was unimpressive during his minimal time on the field. He could have a difficult time finding a landing spot for 2017 this offseason and may have to wait until training camp when players begin to fall to injury.

Category: Transactions


Ben Jacobs has re-signed with the Panthers on a two-year deal. Jacobs is a core special teamer who was going to be a restricted free agent. He's been on and off the roster so his spot isn't guaranteed. (Source: ESPN.com)

Fantasy Impact: Jacobs will mainly stay on special teams making him not someone whose on your IDP radar.

Category: Transactions


Michael Oher's status for next season remains in doubt as Oher is still in the NFL's concussion protocol. Panthers GM David Gettleman said he's going to look at tackles in free agency and the draft, sounding like a guy who isn't willing to tie himself to Oher. Oher missed the final 13 games of this past season after suffering a concussion in Week 2. Carolina allowed 36 sacks this past season but Cam Newton was consistently getting knocked to the ground. Mike Remmers is the current RT and could become a swing tackle if they grab two tackles in the draft or free agency. (Source: ESPN.com)

Fantasy Impact: The Panthers top priority would be to get a better offensive line for their star QB Cam Newton. Everyone remembers how easy it was for LB Von Miller to get to the QB against the Panthers in the Super Bowl last season. An improved o-line will help Cam Newton and Jonathan Stewart's outlook for next season.

Category: Injury Updates


Luke Kuechly has been ruled out for Week 15 against the Redskins. A.J. Klein will start in his place again on Monday Night Football.

Fantasy Impact: With Kuechly out, it's a downgrade for the Panthers DST but a plus for Kirk Cousins and Robert Kelley on Monday Night Football. Charles Johnson is also inactive making Cousins' matchup even more mouth-watering.

Category: Injury Updates


Leonard Johnson tackled eight Arizona Cardinals players in Sunday's game. He sacked Carson Palmer once and defended one pass.

Fantasy Impact: Leonard Johnson returned to action for the first time this season, after an Achilles injury kept him on the sideline. This is good news for a Panthers secondary that was gashed with injuries. The Panthers take on the Rams in Week 9.

Category: Game Recaps


Daryl Worley recorded 11 tackles, including a sack in Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals. He also added one defend pass.

Fantasy Impact: With Carson Palmer completing 35 passes in the game, there were ample opportunities in the secondary. Prior to Sunday's game, Worley's highest tackle total this season was six, so let's not put too much stock in this game.

Category: Game Recaps


Bradberry got in limited practices all week while trying to get back on the field from turf toe. We will have more information on Saturday as doctors try to assist him with a different shoe and additional padding.

Fantasy Impact: Dial up Arizona WR's this week with or without Bradberry.

Category: Injury Updates


Teddy Williams has been placed on season ending I.R. today with a knee injury. He was thrown into the lineup against the Saints and did have an interception but the Panthers gave up 41 points in a loss. (Source: ESPN.com)

Fantasy Impact: Carolina's pass defense is one to target moving forward. Get your Arizona WR's in your lineups.

Category: Injury Updates


Kurt Coleman brought down eight Saint players in Sunday's matchup.

Fantasy Impact: In the shootout of a game, most of the plays ended in the secondary. It's no surprise that Coleman had plenty of tackles. The Panthers are heading into a bye week and will take on the Cardinals in a lower scoring affair in Week 8.

Category: Game Recaps


Robert McClain has been ruled out for Week 6 with a hamstring injury. He joins CB James Bradberry as another Panthers defensive back to be already ruled out. Teddy Williams or Zach Sanchez will start opposite Daryl Worley.

Fantasy Impact: With McClain and Bradberry out, QB Drew Brees and WR Willie Snead receive an additional boost in all leagues.

Category: Injury Updates


Thomas Davis is listed as questionable for Week 5 against the Buccaneers with a hamstring injury suffered in Week 4. (Source: Joe Person on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If Davis can't go, it's an upgrade for RB Jacquizz Rodgers and TE Cameron Brate.

Category: Injury Updates


Bene Benwikere has been waived by the Panthers. WR Julio Jones, who was mostly covered by Benwikere, finished the game with 12/300/1 contributing to the move by GM Dave Gettleman. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Benwikere will most likely be claimed on waivers by a few teams. It's a blow to the Panthers secondary as Benwikere played well in 2014 and 2015. WR Mike Evans should feast on the Panthers secondary this week.

Category: Transactions


Former Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings S Michael Griffin signs a one-year deal with the Panthers. The Panthers are looking for Griffin to make an immediate impact and play for a team struggling with their safeties.

Fantasy Impact: S Kurt Coleman rejuvenated his career in Carolina so maybe Griffin can do the same. Carolina DST is still a top 10 weekly play.

Category: Transactions


First round pick DT Vernon Butler will miss two to three weeks with a high ankle sprain suffered in Week 3. Butler has three tackles and one sack in three games this season. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: DT Kawaan Short and DT Star Lotululei will continue to start and dominate the defensive line. Panthers DST is a weekly top 10 choice depending on the matchup.

Category: Injury Updates


Dean Marlowe was placed on season ending injured reserve with a hamstring injury. In his second season as a UDFA, he played only three snaps on defense. He's mainly a special teams and depth DB.

Fantasy Impact: Carolina lost another depth reserve in the secondary but he only played special teams. He will look to compete again in 2017 on special teams.

Category: Injury Updates


Shaq Thompson returned a RB Carlos Hyde fumble for a TD. Thompson was last years first round pick who is now coming into his own as a part of this DST. Thompson also had three total tackles and one solo tackle.

Fantasy Impact: Thompson plays alongside two of the best LB's in the NFL. He's a nice addition to one of the best front seven's in the NFL. He will continue to be off the IDP radar unless an injury occurs.

Category: Game Recaps


Tre Boston had four tackles and one sack in Thursday's loss to the Denver Broncos.

Fantasy Impact: Tre Boston was unable to reel an interception on his defended pass. Kurt Coleman would be the safety own if you have to own one on the Panthers.

Category: Game Recaps


Panthers have released P Mike Scifres among other reserve players. The Panthers recently traded for P Andy Lee from the Browns making Scifres expendable. (Source: David Newton, ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Scifres was battling a knee injury as well. Scifres will look to the open market but may have to wait until he's fully healthy.

Category: Transactions


Trenton Robinson suffered the injury in the second preseason game and is expected to miss the entire season.

Fantasy Impact: Robinson was signed for depth and special teams. Robinson will be in a free agent after this season.

Category: Injury Updates


According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, free agent CB Brandon Boykin's (hip) is battling a hip injury "that might end his career." (Source: Pittsburgh-Post Gazette)

Fantasy Impact: Brandon Boykin played four seasons in the NFL before his career came into question. The free agent corner signed with the Panthers this offseason only to be released shortly after being acquired. Boykin is a solid NFL corner who has tallied two sacks, eight interceptions and a touchdown in his short tenure in the league.

Category: Injury Updates, Rumors


The Carolina Panthers and center Ryan Kalil agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension worth $16.75 million with $13 million in guaranteed money. (Source: Rand Getlin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Carolina Panthers awarded five-time Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil with a two-year contract extension on Monday. Kalil is the anchor of Carolina's front five that produced one of the NFL's best offenses in 2015. Carolina finished the 2015 season with the second best-ranked offensive line.

Category: Transactions, Rumors


Just two days after the Panthers annulled the franchise tag they placed on CB Josh Norman, the Pro Bowl defensive back is now scheduled to visit the Washington Redskins on Friday. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The 49ers are also in the mix for Norman, who is expected to acquire somewhere between $14-15 million per season over a five-year contract. Both the Redskins and 49ers plan to offer Norman five-year deals. The Redskins only have $11.4 million in cap space, which wouldn't be enough to sign him. The 49ers' $53 million in cap space makes them the immediate favorite to sign Norman based on their financial flexibility alone.


Jared Allen announced his retirement on Thursday after 12 seasons in the NFL. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jared Allen finished his NFL career with 136 sacks in 12 seasons.

Category: Transactions


Charles Tillman tackled three in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay. He left in the third quarter with a knee injury. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The Panthers are getting thin at cornerback and will need Tillman in the playoffs. He is an unrestricted free agent this off-season, and his injury history suggests this could be his last year in the league.

Category: Game Recaps


Cortland Finnegan tallied five tackles in the win over Tampa Bay on Sunday. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Cortland Finnegan has gotten more play as the weeks have progressed, and could time in the playoffs if Charles Tillman is out for an extended period of time. The Panthers are already missing Bene Benwikere.

Category: Game Recaps


Roman Harper has six tackles in the loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Roman Harper wasn't able to lead the team to win. He had an average season for a safety, and it should be interesting to see if he's brought back in 2016. For those playing in Week 17, Harper will not be a major factor in IDP leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Baltimore Ravens signed former Panther's safety Tom Nelson on Wednesday after waiving WR Cam Worthy. Nelson will switch from safety to play wide receiver, a rarity. Nelson has been around the NFL. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009. After one year he bounced around landing with the Philly Eagles in 2011. He did not make the final roster cuts with the Chicago Bears in 2013 nor the Carolina Panthers in 2014. (Source: Baltimore Ravens )

Fantasy Impact: Nelson has not been in one place long enough to achieve recognizable stats. According to BaltimoreBeatdown.com, Nelson has only played a total of 24 games in three NFL seasons. He last played with the Eagles in 2011. He was a safety before coming to the Ravens. I don't see him making the roster, but if he does, it will be an interesting conversion.

Category: Transactions


Greg Hardy is the newest Cowboy

Wed, Mar 18th 3:59pm EDT
By Chris Zolli

Greg Hardy signed a one year deal with the Cowboys that could be worth up to $13.1 million. (Source: Gil Brandt on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a huge move for the Cowboys, signing the maligned Hardy to help their punchless pass rush. The Cowboys ranked 28th in the NFL in sacks and Hardy had 26 sacks in 2012 and 2013. He missed 2014 because of domestic dispute charges.

Category: Transactions


Panthers' DT Star Lotulelei has been ruled inactive for Week 13.

Fantasy Impact: Lotulelei was supposed to return this week, but his ankle sprain will keep him out for another week. Filling in for him be Colin Cole and Dwan Edwards mostly, while Kawann Short will rotate in and out also.


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.


Charles Johnson re-signed with the Panthers on Tuesday on a two-year deal worth $9.5 million. Johnson has played in 22 games over the past two seasons while being hampered by injuries and limiting him to just five sacks in those two seasons. Panthers will still look to upgrade the pass rush in the draft or with a familiar face like Julius Peppers. (Source: Adam Caplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson is likely now to start and finish his career with the Panthers and is a veteran presence the Panthers DST needs. Look for them to big a bounce back bounce back candidate this season for fantasy purposes. Injuries to Johnson, Luke Kuechly and the loss of Josh Norman really hurt this DST last season.

Category: Transactions


Kawann Short gets the franchise tag from the Panthers and it's the non-exclusive tag which doesn't allow other teams to try to sign him. Short will make $14.77 million this season unless a long term deal is reached. Short hasn't missed a game in four seasons with the Panthers totaling 22.0 sacks. (Source: panthers.com)

Fantasy Impact: Short is one of the top defensive interior lineman behind only players like Aaron Donald. Short's availability has also been good not missing one game in his four seasons. Short is a very important piece to the Panthers DST and they should be a much better unit this season.

Category: Transactions


Wes Horton has re-signed with the Panthers on a two-year deal. Horton was a summer cut but then was brought back due to the lack of depth for the Panthers on their front four. Horton ended up playing well finishing with 2.5 sacks.

Fantasy Impact: Horton will provide depth on the front line for the Panthers but they will likely target a veteran edge rusher and/or another pass rusher in the draft.

Category: Transactions


Mario Addison has signed a 3-year deal worth $22.5 million to return to the Panthers. Addison is coming his best season of his career with 9.5 sacks and one fumble recovered to go along with a career-high 27 total tackles in 14 games. Addison will provide the Panthers another edge rusher which is a position of need for them in the draft or free agency. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Addison isn't a Jared Allen type name but he played well this past season. With Allen gone and Charles Johnson likely leaving town, Addison and some fellow newcomers will lead the pass rush next season. The Panthers DST hinges on the health of Luke Kuechly.

Category: Transactions


Paul Soliai cut by Panthers

Tue, Feb 21st 1:23pm EST
By Anthony Cervino

The Carolina Panthers have released defensive lineman Paul Soliai Tuesday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After playing only one season in Carolina, the Panthers released Soliai Tuesday. The 10-year veteran only appeared in four games in 2016 and was unimpressive during his minimal time on the field. He could have a difficult time finding a landing spot for 2017 this offseason and may have to wait until training camp when players begin to fall to injury.

Category: Transactions


First round pick DT Vernon Butler will miss two to three weeks with a high ankle sprain suffered in Week 3. Butler has three tackles and one sack in three games this season. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: DT Kawaan Short and DT Star Lotululei will continue to start and dominate the defensive line. Panthers DST is a weekly top 10 choice depending on the matchup.

Category: Injury Updates


Jared Allen announced his retirement on Thursday after 12 seasons in the NFL. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jared Allen finished his NFL career with 136 sacks in 12 seasons.

Category: Transactions


Greg Hardy is the newest Cowboy

Wed, Mar 18th 3:59pm EDT
By Chris Zolli

Greg Hardy signed a one year deal with the Cowboys that could be worth up to $13.1 million. (Source: Gil Brandt on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a huge move for the Cowboys, signing the maligned Hardy to help their punchless pass rush. The Cowboys ranked 28th in the NFL in sacks and Hardy had 26 sacks in 2012 and 2013. He missed 2014 because of domestic dispute charges.

Category: Transactions


Panthers' DT Star Lotulelei has been ruled inactive for Week 13.

Fantasy Impact: Lotulelei was supposed to return this week, but his ankle sprain will keep him out for another week. Filling in for him be Colin Cole and Dwan Edwards mostly, while Kawann Short will rotate in and out also.


The Saints get help defensively by signing 25- year old LB A.J Klein. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Klein has been okay during his time starting in place of LB Luke Keuchly, recording 31 tackles, one sack, and two forced fumbles. If Klein can earn the starting job in New Orleans, which is expected, consider him a fantastic IDP selection in upcoming fantasy drafts.

Category: Transactions


Ben Jacobs has re-signed with the Panthers on a two-year deal. Jacobs is a core special teamer who was going to be a restricted free agent. He's been on and off the roster so his spot isn't guaranteed. (Source: ESPN.com)

Fantasy Impact: Jacobs will mainly stay on special teams making him not someone whose on your IDP radar.

Category: Transactions


Luke Kuechly has been ruled out for Week 15 against the Redskins. A.J. Klein will start in his place again on Monday Night Football.

Fantasy Impact: With Kuechly out, it's a downgrade for the Panthers DST but a plus for Kirk Cousins and Robert Kelley on Monday Night Football. Charles Johnson is also inactive making Cousins' matchup even more mouth-watering.

Category: Injury Updates


Thomas Davis is listed as questionable for Week 5 against the Buccaneers with a hamstring injury suffered in Week 4. (Source: Joe Person on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If Davis can't go, it's an upgrade for RB Jacquizz Rodgers and TE Cameron Brate.

Category: Injury Updates


Shaq Thompson returned a RB Carlos Hyde fumble for a TD. Thompson was last years first round pick who is now coming into his own as a part of this DST. Thompson also had three total tackles and one solo tackle.

Fantasy Impact: Thompson plays alongside two of the best LB's in the NFL. He's a nice addition to one of the best front seven's in the NFL. He will continue to be off the IDP radar unless an injury occurs.

Category: Game Recaps


Colin Jones re-signs with the Panthers on a two-year $2.4 million deal.

Fantasy Impact: Jones will return as a core special teams player for the Panthers. Jones has only one sack in his career and one interception.

Category: Transactions


Leonard Johnson tackled eight Arizona Cardinals players in Sunday's game. He sacked Carson Palmer once and defended one pass.

Fantasy Impact: Leonard Johnson returned to action for the first time this season, after an Achilles injury kept him on the sideline. This is good news for a Panthers secondary that was gashed with injuries. The Panthers take on the Rams in Week 9.

Category: Game Recaps


Daryl Worley recorded 11 tackles, including a sack in Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals. He also added one defend pass.

Fantasy Impact: With Carson Palmer completing 35 passes in the game, there were ample opportunities in the secondary. Prior to Sunday's game, Worley's highest tackle total this season was six, so let's not put too much stock in this game.

Category: Game Recaps


Bradberry got in limited practices all week while trying to get back on the field from turf toe. We will have more information on Saturday as doctors try to assist him with a different shoe and additional padding.

Fantasy Impact: Dial up Arizona WR's this week with or without Bradberry.

Category: Injury Updates


Teddy Williams has been placed on season ending I.R. today with a knee injury. He was thrown into the lineup against the Saints and did have an interception but the Panthers gave up 41 points in a loss. (Source: ESPN.com)

Fantasy Impact: Carolina's pass defense is one to target moving forward. Get your Arizona WR's in your lineups.

Category: Injury Updates


Kurt Coleman brought down eight Saint players in Sunday's matchup.

Fantasy Impact: In the shootout of a game, most of the plays ended in the secondary. It's no surprise that Coleman had plenty of tackles. The Panthers are heading into a bye week and will take on the Cardinals in a lower scoring affair in Week 8.

Category: Game Recaps


Robert McClain has been ruled out for Week 6 with a hamstring injury. He joins CB James Bradberry as another Panthers defensive back to be already ruled out. Teddy Williams or Zach Sanchez will start opposite Daryl Worley.

Fantasy Impact: With McClain and Bradberry out, QB Drew Brees and WR Willie Snead receive an additional boost in all leagues.

Category: Injury Updates


Bene Benwikere has been waived by the Panthers. WR Julio Jones, who was mostly covered by Benwikere, finished the game with 12/300/1 contributing to the move by GM Dave Gettleman. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Benwikere will most likely be claimed on waivers by a few teams. It's a blow to the Panthers secondary as Benwikere played well in 2014 and 2015. WR Mike Evans should feast on the Panthers secondary this week.

Category: Transactions


Former Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings S Michael Griffin signs a one-year deal with the Panthers. The Panthers are looking for Griffin to make an immediate impact and play for a team struggling with their safeties.

Fantasy Impact: S Kurt Coleman rejuvenated his career in Carolina so maybe Griffin can do the same. Carolina DST is still a top 10 weekly play.

Category: Transactions


Dean Marlowe was placed on season ending injured reserve with a hamstring injury. In his second season as a UDFA, he played only three snaps on defense. He's mainly a special teams and depth DB.

Fantasy Impact: Carolina lost another depth reserve in the secondary but he only played special teams. He will look to compete again in 2017 on special teams.

Category: Injury Updates


Tre Boston had four tackles and one sack in Thursday's loss to the Denver Broncos.

Fantasy Impact: Tre Boston was unable to reel an interception on his defended pass. Kurt Coleman would be the safety own if you have to own one on the Panthers.

Category: Game Recaps


Trenton Robinson suffered the injury in the second preseason game and is expected to miss the entire season.

Fantasy Impact: Robinson was signed for depth and special teams. Robinson will be in a free agent after this season.

Category: Injury Updates


According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, free agent CB Brandon Boykin's (hip) is battling a hip injury "that might end his career." (Source: Pittsburgh-Post Gazette)

Fantasy Impact: Brandon Boykin played four seasons in the NFL before his career came into question. The free agent corner signed with the Panthers this offseason only to be released shortly after being acquired. Boykin is a solid NFL corner who has tallied two sacks, eight interceptions and a touchdown in his short tenure in the league.

Category: Injury Updates, Rumors


Just two days after the Panthers annulled the franchise tag they placed on CB Josh Norman, the Pro Bowl defensive back is now scheduled to visit the Washington Redskins on Friday. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The 49ers are also in the mix for Norman, who is expected to acquire somewhere between $14-15 million per season over a five-year contract. Both the Redskins and 49ers plan to offer Norman five-year deals. The Redskins only have $11.4 million in cap space, which wouldn't be enough to sign him. The 49ers' $53 million in cap space makes them the immediate favorite to sign Norman based on their financial flexibility alone.


Charles Tillman tackled three in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay. He left in the third quarter with a knee injury. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The Panthers are getting thin at cornerback and will need Tillman in the playoffs. He is an unrestricted free agent this off-season, and his injury history suggests this could be his last year in the league.

Category: Game Recaps


Cortland Finnegan tallied five tackles in the win over Tampa Bay on Sunday. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Cortland Finnegan has gotten more play as the weeks have progressed, and could time in the playoffs if Charles Tillman is out for an extended period of time. The Panthers are already missing Bene Benwikere.

Category: Game Recaps


Roman Harper has six tackles in the loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Roman Harper wasn't able to lead the team to win. He had an average season for a safety, and it should be interesting to see if he's brought back in 2016. For those playing in Week 17, Harper will not be a major factor in IDP leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Baltimore Ravens signed former Panther's safety Tom Nelson on Wednesday after waiving WR Cam Worthy. Nelson will switch from safety to play wide receiver, a rarity. Nelson has been around the NFL. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009. After one year he bounced around landing with the Philly Eagles in 2011. He did not make the final roster cuts with the Chicago Bears in 2013 nor the Carolina Panthers in 2014. (Source: Baltimore Ravens )

Fantasy Impact: Nelson has not been in one place long enough to achieve recognizable stats. According to BaltimoreBeatdown.com, Nelson has only played a total of 24 games in three NFL seasons. He last played with the Eagles in 2011. He was a safety before coming to the Ravens. I don't see him making the roster, but if he does, it will be an interesting conversion.

Category: Transactions