NFL Preview – Carolina Panthers

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NFL Preview – Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers Preview

DFS managers, be prepared for some Real Money Fantasy Football. In the next few weeks, we are going to do a preview of every football team in preparation for the NFL 2015 season. With a 7-8 record, the Carolina Panthers were able to squeak in the playoff. They earned the 27-16 win over the Cardinals in the Wild Card playoff game, but lost the following week against the Seahawks.

The Panthers have been the NFC South division champ for the past 2 years. It’s due in large part to the coaching of 2013 NFL Coach of the Year Ron Rivera. The former Bears linebacker will have to deal with a few changes over the offseason, especially from the receiving core.

Cash Draft Offensive analysis

QB Cam Newton numbers have dipped down every year since his sensational rookie season. In 2014, he has completed 262 pass for 3127 yards and 18 TD while being intercepted 12 times. It’s nothing too alarming though because for Newton, team comes first. He’s the first starting quarterback to win the NFC South back to back. He can also run with the ball, as he’s one of 3 quarter backs to gain 500 rushing yards over the last 2 years.

With declining RB DeAngelo Williams out of the picture, RB Jonathan Stewart has been given the opportunity to run the ball full time. He collected 809 rushing yards, his highest amount since 2009, and 3 touchdowns, in thirteen 2014 games. The powerful running back collected over a 400 yards in the last four week of the season. He can only go up from here.

In a twist this season, WR Kelvin Benjamin will not participate in the 2015 season, after tearing his ACL during practice. The number 1 receiver accumulated 1008 yards and 9 touchdowns in his rookie year. The job will now be given to this year’s rookie Devin Funchess. He made the move from tight end to wide receiver last year with the Michigan Wolverines. The 21 year-old had 733 yards and 4 touchdowns in his senior year. It’s a little less than the amount he had for his sophomore (748 yards and 6 touchdowns). At 6-foot-4, he is built like Benjamin and could be used like him too.

WR Jerricho Cotchery made his way back to a starting role, after signing with the Carolina Panthers last year.  He started the season strong, going 13-fo-13 in catches. He finished the season with 48 receptions for 580 yards and 1 touchdowns. It’s doubtful that he will be a Fantasy Football threat, but it’s hard not to see is value rise a little with the absence of Benjamin in the lineup.

WR Ted Ginn Jr will now have a spot in the wide receiver pool, because of Benjamin’s injury. He was already set to be the starting kick and punt returner, so all this workload will make a bit more attractive in DFS leagues. He averaged 13.6 receiving yards per game with the Cardinals, last year. Ginn also had 53 kickoff/punt returns for 694 yards and 1 touchdown while fumbling twice during the season. He holds a total of 7 kickoff/punt return touchdowns. He can be a Fantasy Pick when facing weaker special team opposition (like the Jacksonville Jaguars on week 1).

TE Greg Olsen is one of the two tight ends to collect more than a 1000 yards in 2014. He led the team last year in reception, with 84. With Benjamin out of the lineup, he’ll be Newton’s primary target once again. He is primed to be a top 3 Fantasy Pick TE this year.

Cash Draft Defensive analysis

LB Luke Kuechly led the NFL with a 153 combined tackles last year. He will have first round draft pick, LB Shaq Thompson, and 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year (honoring players for their volunteer and charity work, as well as his excellence on the field), LB Thomas Davis, by his sides. During the offseason, Carolina acquired CB Charles Tillman, who also won the Walter Payton Man of the year award, in 2013. I have a feeling they are trying to build the nicest defensive squad in the league. But believe me, they will be a nightmare to play against, when seasons starts.

Fantasy Football Outlook

WR Devin Funchess finds himself in the same position WR Kelvin Benjamin found himself a year ago. If Funchess is able to develop his skills and have a good chemistry with QB Cam Newton, we could see another charge for the NFC South crown. This team looks great for the next few years though.

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