New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers

The New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers won’t have long to stew following heart-wrenching defeats as the NFC South rivals tangle on Thursday night at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina (Enter Contest). The Saints fell on the wrong end of history on Sunday when they saw an extra point returned for a defensive two-point conversion in a 25-23 setback to Denver while the Panthers let a 14-point fourth-quarter lead evaporate in a 20-17 loss to Kansas City.

Drew Brees has the NFL’s second-best total passing-yard with 2,992. He torched Carolina in the first encounter, throwing for 465 yards and four touchdowns before rookie Wil Lutz drilled a 52-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining in a 41-38 win on October 16. Cam Newton had a strong performance in his own right with three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) against the Saints, but the reigning NFL MVP ignited the meltdown against the Chiefs as his ill-advised pass was intercepted by Eric Berry and returned 42 yards for a score.

ABOUT THE SAINTS (4-5)

Brandin Cooks enjoyed a career day in his previous encounter with the Carolina Panthers, highlighting his career-high 173-yard performance with an 87-yard touchdown. The lengthy score began a string of four touchdowns in the last five games for the 23-year-old Cooks, who leads the team with six TDs and 694 yards receiving. Fellow wideout Michael Thomas leads rookies in catches (51), receiving yards (613) and touchdown receptions (five), but was held to his lowest yardage total (40) on Sunday and also lost a pair of fumbles. It was his first two of the season. Willie Snead, a former member of the Panthers’ practice squad, had two touchdowns on Sunday, marking the first time he reached the end zone since the first two weeks of the season. Running back Mark Ingram has recorded four touchdowns in his last three road contests.

ABOUT THE PANTHERS (3-6)

Newton has plenty of weapons at his disposal as he tries to exploit a Saints defense that is yielding an NFL fourth-worst 400.6 yards per contest. Kelvin Benjamin looks to atone after his costly fumble led to the Chiefs’ game-winning field goal with another strong outing versus New Orleans, against which he reeled in eight receptions on 14 targets in the first meeting. Fellow wideout Devin Funchess had a touchdown reception on Sunday against Kansas City and also had a 17-yard catch for a score in the first encounter with the Saints. Greg Olsen had six catches for 94 yards in the first meeting with New Orleans and leads all tight ends with 50 receptions and 712 yards receiving.

Running back  Jonathan Stewart rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns against New Orleans last month, but has been limited to 81 yards on 28 carries over his last two games. The Panthers are minus-7 (fourth-worst in NFL) and are saddled with an 0-3 mark in divisions matchups.

Posted in NFL

Buccaneers(1-3) vs Panthers (1-3)

The murky playing status of quarterback Cam Newton is the overriding story in what is shaping up as an early-season elimination game between the Carolina Panthers and the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night (Enter Contests). Newton, who guided Carolina to the Super Bowl last season, has not practiced all week due to a concussion sustained in last week’s loss to Atlanta. Panthers coach Ron Rivera will count on Derek Anderson to take over Newton’s duties this week. This change could be more beneficial than it looks because Carolina has dropped three in a row since a season-opening victory over the Falcons.

ABOUT THE PANTHERS

Carolina has issues on both sides of the ball, scoring only 10 points in a Week 3 home loss to Minnesota before its defense was shredded for 48 points in last week’s drubbing at Atlanta. Anderson was 17 of 23 for 172 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, including a game-clinching pick-six, in relief of Newton last week. He made two starts in place of Newton in 2014 and beat the Buccaneers twice in his career, throwing for three TDs and zero interceptions. Greg Olsen had 24 receptions and a pair of touchdowns. Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin has 14 receptions for 196 yards and a TD in two matchups against Tampa Bay. Carolina had one of the league’s stingiest defenses in 2015, but it was carved up for 503 passing yards by the Falcons.

ABOUT THE BUCCANEERS

The Buccaneers were torched for 104 points during their three-game skid and have lost six straight matchups to Carolina, including both last season by a combined 42 points. They were held to seven points for the second time in three games in last week’s 27-7 home loss to Denver as quarterback Jameis Winston continues to struggle in his second season. Winston has thrown as many interceptions as touchdown passes. Seven of the eight interception he collected came during the past three weeks. The young quarterback has absorbed a league-high 39 hits, although coach Dirk Koetter said playing from behind has left his quarterback more vulnerable.

Wideout Mike Evans has 26 receptions and three touchdowns in three games. Vincent Jackson had 10 catches for 147 yards and a score the last time he faced Carolina. Running backs Doug Martin (hamstring) and Charles Sims (knee) could both miss Monday’s game with injuries. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is also a question mark due to a calf injury.

Posted in NFL

NFC Conference Championship Recap –

Arizona Cardinals vs Carolina Panthers

 

 This game went just about exactly as expected, a blowout in favor of the Panthers. They roll onto the Super Bowl with a 49-15 win over the Cardinals. Furthermore, all of the fantasy leaders except for Gronk came from this game, mostly concentrated on Carolina as well.

 

Cam Newton led the list of quarterbacks and cemented the MVP with 335 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and 2 rushing touchdowns for a total of 39.1 fantasy points. Cam Newton was a must in any NFL Daily Cash Draft this weekend.

 

Corey Brown, Ted Ginn, and Greg Olsen were the receivers to stack with Newton. Corey Brown had 4 catches for 113 receiving yards and a touchdown totaling 24.3 fantasy points. Greg Olsen had 6 catches for 113 receiving yards totaling 20.3 fantasy points— still short of Gronk’s numbers. And Ginn had 2 catches for 52 yards as well as a 22 yard rush for a touchdown. Ginn ended the day with 15.4 fantasy points.

 

The Carolina defense was also a must totaling 24 fantasy points. They did this by allowing only 15 points (1 fantasy point), 4 interceptions (8 fantasy points), 1 touchdown (6 fantasy points), 3 fumble recoveries (6 fantasy points), and 3 sacks (3 fantasy points). Yes, that is a total of 7 forced turnovers by the Carolina defense.

 

The only redeemable part of the Cardinal’s offense was David Johnson, who led the list of running backs this weekend. He rushed for 60 yards and 1 touchdown as well as 9 receptions for 68 yards. This totaled 27.8 fantasy points.

Posted in NFL

Arizona Cardinals vs Carolina Panthers 1/24/16 Preview & Picks

  • At 6:40 pm, the 15-1 Panthers will host the 13-3 Arizona Cardinals in a contest of two true powerhouses.

How can we not be excited? This will be the very first time two Heisman-winning quarterbacks face each other in an NFL playoff game. Cameron Newton, as he likes to be called from time-to-time won it along with a National Championship while at Auburn and the veteran Carson Palmer claimed his trophy while starring at USC over a decade ago.

Both Qbs have been monsters this season and have heavy MVP consideration. Newton may be the favorite as his brash style gets the media all giddy, but Palmer is the better thrower. His aerial distribution has been so impressive, as all four WRs have had moments in the sun.

Larry Fitzgerald leads that group, though he’s been “old and washed-up” for a couple of years now…right. He was an animal on that 75-yard catch and run in OT last week and should get his fair share of chances again today. Josh Norman usually stays on his side and still has Michael Floyd, John Brown and occasionally J.J. Nelson to worry about.

Floyd was a beast himself, scoring a pair of touchdown last week. His size and speed will be VERY hard for guys like Cortland Finnegan or Robert McClain to handle. They are weak nickel backs at this point in their careers, and if Floyd played a full season he would have been among the league leaders at his position.

John Brown gets alot of hype for his flash, but his toughness is so impressive for a smaller receiver and he should eat up his matchup as well.

Rookie sensation RB David Johnson is a little banged up, but he is a tank and should pound out some hard yards against this stout Panthers D. As a former WR, his hands and ability in the open field make him a dangerous weapon, so watch for at least five targets with him coming out of the backfield as they will want to avoid that D-Line,

Tedd Ginn Jr has been fantastic all season for Carolina, but he has been dealing with a knee issue since Week 16 and a matchup with Patrick Peterson may be too much for the smaller Ginn to handle.

Greg Olsen always gets his fair share of targets from Cam Newton. The TE is probably how the Panthers want to attack this All-Star Cardinals D squad as their outside coverage will be tight. Five catches for just under 100 yards and a score is my guess.

Jonathan Stewart (foot, ankle) had himself a day last week against the Seahawks. 19 carries for 106 yards and two TDs versus that defense is no joke, but neither is this Cardinals front-seven. Stewart is pretty consistent and has that big-game ceiling.

AdviceThis will be a hard fought game, but Michael Floyd is in line to be the X-factor with 120 yards and another pair of scores over various Panthers DBs. Larry Fitzgerald is Mr. Playoffs but he could see alot of Josh Norman which may limit his yardage. At RB even as a rookie, David Johnson has been my money man all season.

Posted in NFL

NFL Conference Championships Stacks

 

With only a two game slate, it is key to identify and pick the best stack of the weekend to have any chance of placing in a NFL Daily Fantasy Tournament. Its down to the favorites and when everyone has strong defenses, every stack has the potential for boom or bust. For that reason you need to pick based on ownership rather than projection.

 

Lets look at the stacks:

 

Palmer and Fitz:

 

Coming off a hot performance last week, I think this will be one of the highest owned stacks of the weekend. Don’t get me wrong, Larry Fitzgerald is one of the most clutch playoff performers, however and he has great synergy with Palmer right now. But he performed too well last week and I don’t think he will do that again. If he does then the Cardinals will move on to the Super Bowl but the Panthers are just too strong. However, many others people may agree that it is not a great matchup, which can bring the ownership down. My verdict: FADE.

 

Newton and Olsen:

 

The biggest indicator of a players ownership is their performance the previous week. People just love to make their picks on what is the most fresh in their mind, and whats fresh in their mind here is Newton’s disappointment last week— of course I mean fantasy wise… the Panthers had a great game against the Seahawks last week. While the potential MVP will never be lowly owned, I do think he will be lower than normal and the Newton Olsen connection has great upside potential. My verdict: PICK.

 

Brady and Gronk/Edelman:

 

You can go either way with this stack. Edelman will rack up the targets, receptions, and yardage a bit faster but Gronk is the superior red zone threat. They as well as Brady had a great game last weekend. However, they are facing a much stronger defense here. In terms of ownership, I expect them to be highly owned, and rightfully so with more playoff experience than any other team. I’m avoiding it however for a lower owned stack with a higher upside. My verdict: FADE.

 

Manning and Thomas/Sanders:

 

We have seen very little out of Peyton Manning this year. He has had good and bad game play performances but he has had all bad fantasy performances. Their team has adopted a different style of offense which has destroyed his ability to put up big numbers. Thomas and Sanders have had their moments with Oswieller running the offense, but not Manning. I think this will be the lowest owned stack of the week— which makes it the stack with the most potential profit. Usually you only want to stack with one receiver but in a week with such few options, I don’t mind tossing both of them in there to hedge you’re bets a little bit. You shouldn’t expect these players to put up big numbers but when you are picking based on ownership— in the slight chance they do, you may win big. My verdict: PICK.

Posted in NFL

Seattle Seahawks versus Carolina Panthers NFL Playoffs Real Money Fantasy Picks 1-17-2016

The NFL Divisional Round of the playoffs continues on Sunday January 17th as the Carolina Panthers are home to the Seattle Seahawks. Fantasy football draft managers can tune to FOX TV at 1PM Eastern Time to track the scoring results of their one day league roster picks.

 

They faced off during the regular season on October 18th in Seattle as the Panthers with a fourth quarter rally came from behind and defeated the Seahawks 27-23. Something that is rarely seen is the Panthers outscored the Seahawks 13-3 in the final quarter in Seattle. Cam Newton threw for 269 yards with a touchdown and two picks. He had a rushing touchdown in the victory. Russell Wilson for Seattle had 241 yards touchdown and a pick in defeat. Red Zone was a key stat from this game with Carolina scoring a touchdown in all three trips while Seattle was 1 of 3. Ironically little has been mentioned about the Seahawks 31-17 home victory against Carolina in last year’s divisional round.

 

Carolina has improved much from the prior seasons on the offensive side of the football. The team is first in the NFL in scoring offense as they push across 31.2 points per game on the campaign. They sit sixth in total defense and scoring defense. The team allows just 19.2 points per game.

 

On the Seattle side they move the football ranking fourth in total offense and sit fifth in scoring offense with 26.4 points per game. They are tops in the league in scoring defense as opponents score 17.3 points per game. It is worth noting that the Seahawks had four games against offensively challenged St Louis and San Francisco on the year. Also they had wins against Cleveland and Baltimore late in the year that padded their defensive stats. We have seen defensive issues from Seattle when they faced dynamic offenses in losses at Green Bay, Cincinnati and Arizona at home.

 

Seattle Seahawks QB:

Russell Wilson

 

The veteran quarterback has enjoyed a successful season hitting on 68.1% of his passes with 34 touchdowns and 8 picks. In the cold of Minnesota last week Wilson hit on 13 of 26 passes for 142 yards. Prior to that performance Wilson has put up some monster numbers. In Week 17 he threw for 3 touchdowns at Arizona. He has thrown for three touchdowns or greater in six of his past seven games. But Carolina is sitting on a bye week and defends very well.

 

Seattle Seahawks RB:

Thomas Rawls

 

Marshawn Lynch is trying to recover from hernia surgery. He has had a down year rushing for just 3.8 yards per carry on the year. Rumors are he declined to fly to Minnesota last week and declared himself out for the NFC Wildcard. Rawls leads the Seahawks with 147 rushing attempts for 830 yards and four touchdowns. He is rushing for 5.6 yards per carry on the campaign.

 

Seattle Seahawks WR:

Doug Baldwin

 

Baldwin has been heavily targeted for Seattle as he leads the team with 104 with 78 receptions. He has scored 14 touchdowns on the campaign and averaged 13.7 yards per catch. The Seahawks wide out had a touchdown catch in the NFC Wildcard win and has touchdown receptions in six of his past seven games.

 

Carolina Panthers QB:

Cam Newton

 

Newton has put together an MVP type of season. He is completing 59.7% of his throws on the campaign for 3837 yards with 35 touchdowns and 10 picks. In Week 17 in a must win for home field for the entire NFC playoffs it was Newton passing for 293 yards and two touchdowns. The veteran signal caller has passed for 15 touchdowns over his past five games.

 

Carolina Panthers RB:

Cameron Artis Payne

 

With several injuries to the Panthers running back it has been Cameron Artis Payne getting double digit carries in two of their past three games. In the Week 17 victory against Tampa Bay it was Payne with 14 rushes for 44 yards and a touchdown. Cam Newton takes carries away from the Panthers running backs.

 

Carolina Panthers TE:

Greg Olsen

 

The veteran tight end leads the team with 77 catches for 1104 yards with seven touchdowns. He is averaging a career high 14.3 yards per carry average and is a difficult cover in the secondary for the Seahawks.

 

NFL Playoff Football Fantasy League Picks

 

QB: Cam Newton (Panthers)

 

WR: Doug Baldwin (Seahawks)

 

TE: Greg Olson (Panthers)

 

Carolina Panthers Defense

 

S: Kurt Coleman (Panthers)

 

Posted in NFL

NFL Fantasy Draft News 12-26-2015

New York Giants versus Minnesota Vikings NFL Fantasy Preview 12-27-2015

The Sunday Night Football game will feature the Minnesota Vikings facing the New York Giants. NFL fantasy draft GMs can tune to NBC TV on Sunday December 27th to track the scoring results of their one day league real money picks.

When the Giants take the field on Sunday night they will know if they are still in the hunt for an NFC East division title. A Washington Redskins victory on Saturday will eliminate the Giants from the playoffs. Don’t get caught up too much on that. Under head coach Tom Coughlin the team has shown the professionalism to play hard even when games are meaningless. New York has a very good offense ranking sixth in the NFL in both scoring and passing offense. They throw for 270 yards and average 26.6 points per game. At issue for New York is they will be without their huge playmaker on offense as wide receiver Odell Beckham has been suspended for one game and will miss Sunday night’s game. The Giants are the worst defensive team in the NFL. They allow 308 yards passing per game which is 32nd and last in the league.

Minnesota has defended the pass very well ranking seventh in the league. With Odell Beckham gone and a bad running game for the Giants it could give the Vikings some looks to take on defense. Expect the Giants to spread the ball out to their receivers, tight ends and backs and it’s hard to make a case for the Vikings defense or any of the Giants offensive weapons.

Here are the Fantasy Football Picks

Teddy Bridgewater is going to pass against the worst defense in the NFL. He is coming off one of his best games of his two year career as he threw for 231 yards and four touchdowns in a win against the Bears. Two weeks ago at Arizona, it as Bridgewater throwing for a touchdown and 335 yards on the road against a very good defensive team.

Play on Teddy Bridgewater

Minnesota Vikings QB

Carolina Panthers versus Atlanta Falcons NFL Real Money Fantasy Preview 12-27-2015

The Atlanta Falcons are clinging to their slim playoff hopes as the host the Carolina Panthers. Fantasy football draft managers can check out FOX TV at 1PM Eastern Time on Sunday December 27th the following the results of their DFS roster selections.

The Carolina Panthers are 14-0 and had to hold off some tough challenges by the New Orleans Saints and New York Giants in recent weeks. The Panthers defense allowed 35 points at New Orleans and 35 points at the New York Giants over their past two games. The Falcons are looking to get some revenge from an embarrassing 38-0 loss at Carolina. Atlanta has moved the football effectively this year by averaging 268 yards per game through the air ranking seventh best in the NFL.

Here are the Fantasy Football Picks

The Panthers have shown vulnerability in pass coverage allowing some big plays on the road for touchdowns and long gains. Julio Jones leads the Panthers with 118 catches for 1544 yards and will have a career high in both categories once the regular season ends. Jones is coming off a nice outing at Jacksonville last week with nine catches for 118 yards and a touchdown. He has seven receptions or greater in seven of his past eight games.

Play Julio Jones

Atlanta Falcons WR

Carolina tight end Greg Olsen continues to lead the Panthers with 71 catches for 1048 yard with seven touchdowns. He caught six balls for 79 yards and a touchdown last week at the Giants. He is the main man for Newton to go to in the red zone.

Play Greg Olsen

Carolina Panthers TE

Posted in NFL

Week 15 Stacks to Watch Out For

Carolina Panthers versus the Giants

No need to tell you how unstoppable the Panthers have been this year. Newton is the frontrunner in the MVP race and their winning record speaks for itself. However, they may be missing their star tight end Greg Olsen, who left the game early with a knee injury. Weather he plays or not, he may be a risky pick. If Olsen is limited that will mean more targets for Ginn and Funchess, especially Ginn who has shown he has the speed to separate from defenders and get open for a long ball.

The primary reason this stack looks so promising however is more about their matchup. The Giants have by far been the weakest at against defending the pass this year allowing an average of 314.5 passing yards per game this year, far more than the second place on this list (Steelers at 279 passing yards per game).

Packers Stack

If you are looking for a stack that may be less owned (more upside in a tournament) the Packers may be your choice. While Aaron Rodgers has been struggling lately and the Packers were all run game last weekend, we all know what Aaron Rodgers is capable of with that offense. The Raiders, while weak against both, are better at defending the run than the pass, allowing an average of 271 passing yards per game this year (putting them 5th on that list) but are 12 on lowest rushing yards allowed with just over 100 per game.

James Jones and Randall Cobb are the best picks as far as receivers go. Cobb is a definite favorite target of Rodgers’ and he always seems to be able to find Jones for a long ball. While Richard Rodgers is a red zone threat, I doubt he will be able to match his 2 touchdown performance from 2 weeks ago and he doesn’t get many targets otherwise.

Cardinals Stack

Another matchup that has serious potential is the Arizona Cardinals against the Eagles. The Eagles have been struggling to stop the pass this year and Carson Palmer and his receivers have been red hot. While Larry Fitzgerald has been quite as of late, he is the veteran of this team and always shows up in the clutch. However, the Eagles real weakness lies in their secondary, typically leaving the long ball open. This is where John Brown and Michael Floyd generate their value. Each had a long touchdown last week against the Vikings for over 40 yards and with their speed, they will have no problem getting open down the field against Philly’s pass defense.

Posted in NFL

NFL Fantasy Draft News 12-9-2015

 

Pittsburgh Steelers versus Cincinnati Bengals NFL Real Money Fantasy Preview 12-13-2015

 

A good one is scheduled from the AFC North division as the Cincinnati Bengals will be hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers. Fantasy football draft GM’s can tune to CBS TV on Sunday December 13th to track the results of the DFS roster picks.

 

The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off an impressive offensive performance on Sunday night as they crushed the Indianapolis Colts last week by the score of 45-10. The team has scored 30 or greater points in four straight games. Their first meeting this year with the Bengals resulted in a 16-10 loss at home. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 262 yards and a touchdown but had three picks in defeat. On the other side Andy Dalton passed for 231 yards and a touchdown but had two interceptions. Each team was 1 of 3 inside the red zone. The Steelers have really improved their offensive play since. Scoring 30 points at Seattle on November 29th was impressive offensively but it was just unfortunate that the team gave up 39 points to the Seahawks.

 

Cincinnati has shown offensive spark as well by tallying 31 or greater points in three straight and four of their past five games. The lone exception came on a short week as they lost a 10-6 decision at Houston on a Thursday night game.

Here is the Fantasy Football Pick

 

Pittsburgh Steelers QB:

 

Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger is putting up some impressive numbers again. He has good chemistry with his receiving corps. They throw a lot since the team has not had the success running the football in recent seasons like the Bengals. Cincinnati is a bit more balanced on offense. But in fantasy you want to take advantage of the point potential out of players who play on teams that have a high ratio of pass versus run or vice versa when isolating a running back. Big Ben is hitting on 66% of his throws for 2707 yards with 15 touchdowns and 9 picks. Last week he had four touchdown passes against the Indianapolis Colts with 364 yards passing.

Atlanta Falcons versus Carolina Panthers NFL Fantasy Preview 12-13-2015

 

Two NFC South rivals meet from the NFL on Sunday as the Carolina Panthers are home to the Atlanta Falcons. DFS draft GM’s can tune to FOX on December 13th at 1PM Eastern Time to track the results of their one day fantasy league picks.

Here are the NFL Fantasy Picks for your Real Money League

 

Play Carolina Panthers defense

 

Carolina at a perfect 12-0 has already clinched the NFC South division and is looking to stay ahead of Arizona for home field throughout the NFC playoffs. The Atlanta Falcons enter play with a mark of 6-6 and is in the hunt for a wildcard berth. Carolina has been an outstanding defensive team. They rank 3rd in the league in total defense by allowing 314 yards per game. They are seventh against the pass and second against the run. After early season success the Atlanta offense has become stagnant. They have been held to under 20 points in two straight and three of their past four games. Look for the Carolina defense to tighten up after giving up some big plays to a dynamic New Orleans offense on the road last week.

 

Carolina Panthers TE:

 

Greg Olsen

 

With the injuries to the Panthers receiving corps during training camp it was tight end Greg Olsen now leading the team with 62 catches for 917 yards and six touchdowns. He is averaging a career best 14.8 yards per catch on the year. The option run game the Panthers run has frozen linebackers giving Olsen space to operate in the passing game.

 

 

Posted in NFL

NFL Thanksgiving We Build Champions Fantasy Football Lineup

The Stack between Matthew Stafford was the Key pick of the day with those two connecting for 3 passing touchdowns against the Eagles. Stafford threw an additional touchdown to both Theo Riddick and Golden creating huge fantasy value for himself and his receivers. Beyond the Lions offense, Carolina Defense was the next key value pick to lock in on as they had three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. In small game slates, such as yesterday, a couple of your picks can make or break you as failing to pick Calvin Johnson (who’s ownership was somewhere in the area of 70-80% depending on the contest) pretty much guaranteed you would be out of the money.

Fantasy Football

Posted in NFL

Indianapolis Colts versus Carolina Panthers Monday Night Football Fantasy League Picks 11-2-2015

Monday night football will feature the Carolina Panthers at home to meet the Indianapolis Colts. Fantasy football draft GMs can tune to ESPN TV on November 2nd at 8:30PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.

The Carolina Panthers are back to back NFC South division champions and look for a third straight title this season. They are off to a perfect 6-0 start as they host Monday night football. Many of their wins have come against sub.500 teams and surprisingly the Indianapolis Colts fit that mold as they enter play with a mark of 3-4. One of the biggest wins for Carolina came two weeks ago with the team coming off their bye week. They went into a hostile stadium in Seattle and came away with the 27-23 road victory. Down three points late quarterback Cam Newton led a fourth quarter comeback with a touchdown pass in the closing seconds for the victory. That victory was meaningful as it gave the team some added confidence to carry them into the rest of the season. Newton is a dual threat quarterback and has been especially good on third downs with his feet. Carolina is the top rushing team in the NFL as they run for 144 yards per game. Under head coach Ron Rivera the Panthers play a very physical and discipline style of defense.  They are seventh best in the NFL in scoring defense by allowing 18.3 points per game.

The Indianapolis Colts has struggled as the club is 3-4 this regular season. They enter play with consecutive losses at home to the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints. Last week was frustrating defeat for the Colts as they spotted the Saints a 27-0 lead early in the third quarter and their rally fell short losing 27-21. Much of the blame has been placed on the Colts offense with Andrew Luck and his offensive line sharing it. The play of the Colts defense has been miserable as the club is surrendering 408 yards a game ranking 31st and second to last in the NFL for 2015. They rank 30th in defending the pass and is a bottom third club in defending the run.

Indianapolis Colts QB:

Andrew Luck

The Colts signal caller has been experiencing some injury issues this year with a shoulder problem. In the loss to New Orleans Luck hit on 52.3% of his throws for 333 yards with three touchdowns and two picks. On the season Luck has thrown 11 touchdowns with nine picks and a 56.2% shooting percentage.

Indianapolis Colts RB:

Frank Gore

The veteran running back has 98 carries on the year with 446 rushing yards and three touchdowns. He is rushing for 4.6 yards per run on the year. Gore has not rushed for 100 yards this year and has 20 or more carries in just one game.

Indianapolis Colts WR:

T.Y. Hilton

Hilton leads the team with 37 catches for 606 yards with three touchdowns. He is averaging 16.4 yards per catch on the year. He had has best day of the year with four receptions last week for 150 yards with two touchdowns with a long of 87 yards.

Carolina Panthers QB:

Cam Newton

The Panthers gave Cam Newton a huge contract in the offseason showing a strong commitment to their quarterback. In 2015 he is completing 55.8% of his throws for 1275 yards with nine touchdowns and seven picks. Newton is a huge threat to run as he has rushed for 245 yards on 54 carries and four touchdowns.

Carolina Panthers RB:

Jonathan Stewart

Stewart has 103 carries on the year with 423 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He is rushing for 4.1 yards a carry. The veteran running back has not done much in the passing game this year with six catches for 30 yards. Jonathan Stewart had 24 carries last week for consecutive weeks with 20 or more run attempts. Stewart ran for 125 yards in their win at home to Philadelphia.

Carolina Panthers TE:

Greg Olsen

The veteran tight end has 27 receptions for 439 yards with three touchdowns. Olsen is averaging a career high 16.3 yards per catch average.

NFL Monday Night Football Real Money Fantasy League Picks

QB: Cam Newton (Panthers)

RB: Frank Gore (Colts)

WR: T.Y. Hilton (Colts)

TE: Greg Olsen (Panthers)

Posted in NFL

Philadelphia Eagles versus Carolina Panthers

Sunday Night Football Fantasy League Picks 10-25-2015

The Carolina Panthers will put their undefeated record on the line as they meet the Philadelphia Eagles from Sunday night football. NFL fantasy draft GMs can tune to NBC TV on October 25th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.

Last year these clubs met and it was Philadelphia crushing the Panthers by the score of 45-21. It was a bad night for Carolina as they turned the ball over five times in defeat. Cam Newton threw three interceptions so there is a bad taste in his mouth as he enters this matchup with the Eagles on Sunday night. The Panthers defense allowed backup Mark Sanchez to throw for 332 yards and two touchdowns. The Eagles won with just 37 rushing yards on 23 carries but they executed well in the red zone by going 4 of 4.

The Philadelphia Eagles got off to a slow start as they began at 1-3 to start the season. They have won two straight to move to 3-3 and hold the first place spot in the NFC East division. There has been tons of criticism about the Eagles offense sputtering. What has been lost has been the improved play of the Philadelphia defense. The team is seventh in the NFL in scoring defense as they limit opponents to just 18.3 points per game. Yards numbers are down as well as the Eagles allow 354 per contest which is 15th in the league. They played on Monday night football and defeated the New York Giants by the score of 27-7. It was an ugly game even in victory for the Eagles as quarterback Sam Bradford threw three interceptions as the club finished with four turnovers. Philadelphia on defense held the Giants to 247 yards of offense.

The Carolina Panthers are off to a 5-0 mark in 2015. They come off a nice victory at the Seattle Seahawks last week by the score of 27-23. The Panthers were down 23-20 and Cam Newton led a late touchdown drive with just 32 seconds remaining in the game. Red zone on both ends of the field were good as the Panthers offense go 3 of 3 and the Panthers defense held Seattle to 1 of 3 inside the red zone. Carolina ranks seventh in the league in total defense by surrendering 338 yards per game.

Philadelphia Eagles QB:

Sam Bradford

The Eagles quarterback is hitting on 64% of his throws for 883 yards with nine touchdowns and nine picks. It is very disappointing that Bradford has nine picks already in the season. Bradford in the Giants game hit 24 of 38 passes for 280 yards with a touchdown along with the three picks.

Philadelphia Eagles RB:

DeMarco Murray

Murray is sharing carries with Ryan Mathews. It has been a poor season for Murray this year with 242 yards on 70 carries and three touchdowns and 3.5 yards per run attempt. In the passing game Murray has grabbed 21 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown. He showed improvement on Monday night with 112 rushing on the Giants defense on 21 carries and a touchdown.

Philadelphia Eagles WR:

Jordan Matthews

The second year wide out has 36 catches for 384 yards with a touchdown. He was targeted 11 times and caught six passes for 59 yards in the win against the Giants.

Carolina Panthers QB:

Cam Newton

Newton is completing 55.4% of his throws for 1078 yards with eight touchdowns and four picks. He is a major threat to run the football with 50 carries for 225 yards and three touchdowns. He is averaging 4.5 yards per carry.

Carolina Panthers RB:

Jonathan Stewart

The eighth year veteran back has 79 carries for 298 yards and two touchdowns. In the Seattle game Stewart had 20 carries for 78 yards. He had two rushing touchdowns which is a monster accomplishment against the Seattle defense on the road.

Carolina Panthers TE:

Greg Olsen

Olsen leads the Panthers with 24 catches for 374 yards with three touchdowns. He was the recipient of the game winning touchdown pass in the closing seconds at Seattle last week. On the year he has 24 catches for 374 yards and three touchdowns. He had seven grabs for 131 yards against the Seahawks.

NFL Sunday Night Football Fantasy Cash League Picks

QB: Cam Newton (Panthers)

RB: Jonathan Stewart (Panthers)

WR: Jordan Matthews (Eagles)

TE: Greg Olsen (Panthers)

Posted in NFL

NFL Fantasy Football Draft News 10-16-2015

Carolina Panthers versus Seattle Seahawks NFL Fantasy Preview 10-18-2015

The Carolina Panthers will put their undefeated record on the line as they make the long cross-country road trip to face the Seattle Seahawks. Fantasy football draft managers can tune to FOX TV on Sunday October 18th at 4PM Eastern Time to track the results of their roster picks.

The Carolina Panthers come off their bye week with a record of 4-0. Some may argue about the quality of their wins because they have all come against losing teams in the Jaguars, Texans, Saints and Buccaneers. Their schedule toughens now as following the Seahawks are home dates to the Eagles, Colts and Packers. Offensively their run game has excelled while they still lag near the bottom of the league in passing the football. They throw for 189 yards per game ranking 29th in the league. The Panthers do well in the points for and against column. They tally 27 points a game good for sixth best in the NFL while surrendering 17.8 points per game good for fourth best in the league.

The Seattle Seahawks are 2-3 on the season. They are 0-3 on the road and a perfect 2-0 at home. Two of their three road losses came against undefeated teams in the Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals. The Seahawks are smarting a bit after blowing a 24-7 fourth quarter lead as they lose 27-24 in overtime last week to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Seahawks made numerous mistakes in their secondary blowing assignments that led to big plays for Cincinnati in the passing game. They allowed Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton to pass for 331 yards and two touchdowns. Over on offense Seattle got great production on the ground with 200 rushing yards on 30 carries.

Carolina Panthers QB:

Cam Newton

The fifth year signal caller is hitting on 55% of his throws for 809 yards with seven touchdowns and two picks. He lost his top weapon in the passing game during the preseason. Newton is always a threat to run and has two rushing touchdowns on the year. In the victory against Tampa Bay Cam Newton hit on 11 of 22 throws for 124 yards with two touchdowns.

Carolina Panthers RB:

Jonathan Stewart

Stewart has rushed 59 times for 220 yards and no touchdowns. He had just 10 carries last week and rushed for 50 yards. Stewart hasn’t done much in the passing game of late with no receptions in his past two games.

Carolina Panthers WR:

Ted Ginn Jr

The ninth year veteran leads the wide outs with 12 catches for 206 yards and three touchdowns. Last week in the win at Tampa Bay Guinn Jr. contributed with two catches for 18 yards and two touchdowns.

Carolina Panthers TE:

Greg Olsen

Olsen is targeted most by Newton. He has caught 17 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns. He had a big game in week three with eight catches for 52 yards and two touchdowns against the Saints.

Seattle Seahawks QB:

Russell Wilson

In his fourth season Wilson has completed 70% of his passes for 1192 yards with six touchdowns and three picks. In the Cincinnati game he only completed 15 of 23 throws for 213 yards with a touchdown and pick because the run game was working.

Seattle Seahawks RB:

Thomas Rawls

The rookie out of Central Michigan has emerged as the leading ball carrier for Seattle with 58 rushes for 326 yards and a touchdown. He had a big game at Cincinnati rushing for 169 yards on 23 carries with a touchdown. Rawls averaged 7.3 yards per run.

Seattle Seahawk WR:

Jermaine Kearse

Kearse has caught 18 passes for 274 yards and a touchdown. He leads Seattle with 15.2 yards per reception.

Posted in NFL