By: Fantasy Football Dude
Published: May 14, 2018
- Cam Newton
- Garrett Gilbert
- Taylor Heinicke
- With Cam there really isn’t that much to say that isn’t already know about him. He is a freak of nature at the QB position and has the ability to make a play any time with his arm or legs. The only real problem with Cam has always been his accuracy last year we had hoped to see an improvement in that area given that the Panthers added McCaffery and Samuel 2 guys who thrive on short to intermediate pass plays and do most of their damage after the catch. But Cam completion % remained the same.
- Now the big thing that makes up for Cam’s lack of accuracy is his ability to run out of the pocket and make plays with his legs. Last year he ran for over 700 yards and 6 TDs which is extremely impressive for a QB. Cam can easily fall into the top 10 fantasy QBs this year given that Samuel should be back from injury and with the addition of D.J. Moore a top 10 finish and even a top 5 finish for Cam is easily within reach.
- C.J. Anderson
- Christian McCaffrey
- Cameron Artis-Payne
- Elijah Hood
- Anderson to me landed in the perfect situation with a run first Carolina team. CJ over the course of his career has never had below a 4 ypc average and is a pretty productive running back. With Carolina he has a chance to continue that trend and take over the Johnathan Stewart role.
- With Stewart gone someone had to take over the tough yards and goal line situations and CJ will fit nicely in that role. He still has some juice in his legs to make some big plays along with being a solid receiver out of the backfield which will help his case to stay on the field more. CJ falls into the class of being a flex/rb3 in most leagues he is not someone I would be excited to lean on every week but he could put together a pretty solid fantasy year.
- McCaffrey main use last year was being a receiver out of the backfield and he didn’t disappoint he ended up catching 80 passes and 651 yards which is pretty good for a rookie running back. The one downsize to his game is that the Panthers seem to not want to use him as a full-time running back which caps his upside a lot. With CJ being added to this backfield it doesn’t look like there will be an increase in his workload unless in the receiving game.
- With all that being said McCaffrey in my opinion should be able to improve on his numbers. He provides a lot of mismatches in games with his ability to run routes from anywhere and make plays. I think coming into his 2nd year he will be more comfortable and ready for the speed of the game a lot better.
- McCaffrey is a great dynasty keeper along with the fact that he could be an RB2 this year. Don’t underestimate how good he could be.
Cameron Artis-Payne/ Elijah Hood
- Both Running backs here are nothing more than handcuffs to CJ. we saw last year when Stewart missed time McCaffrey’s workload didn’t jump up a ton but we ended up seeing Payne take on a bigger role in the run game. Both players are not worth drafting and will most likely only being wavier wire pickups when it comes down to it.
WR & TE
- Devin Funchess
- D.J. Moore
- Curtis Samuel
- Torrey Smith
- Greg Olson
- Last year Funchess finally broke out in a big way once Benjamin was traded. He ended his season with over 800 yards and 8 TDs, Pretty good from a guy everyone thought was a bust. Now Funchess is entering his 4th year in the league and is the #1 WR in Carolina. He has all the tools to be able to continue with his rise. He has the height, weight, and speed to impact the game anywhere on the field.
- This year he will have more competition for targets given that Olson will be back this year and D.J. Moore was added to this group. But he should still be able to command a solid target share and make plays like he was able to last year. Funchess will fall more into the possession WR role for Carolina given all the speed they have with their other WRs.
- The best WR in this year’s draft class landed in Carolina and Moore has a great opportunity to start opposite of Funchess and make plays early in the season.
- Moore is another type player that Carolina has been targeting the last couple years, a guy with speed and to make plays after the catch. Moore can make plays down the field on screens and any other play type you need him to. His route running ability is not refined yet but that will improve over time.
- Landing in Carolina give more a real chance to make an impact quickly and showcase his talents. If he preforms well enough he might turn into Cam’s favorite target this year and could surpass Funchess on the depth chart, that’s how good we believe Moore can be right out of the gate.
Curtis Samuel / Torrey Smith
- Curtis Samuel could never get any type of consistency last year with being hurt at a lot of different point of the season, but he did show flashes of being a productive player. when he did start to get on the field he saw his snap count gradually increase before missing the rest of the season. Samuel is a burner and can be a special player but he needs to stay healthy to make a real impact. Right now he looks like the 3rd WR in this group if he comes back healthy and ready for camp.
- Torrey Smith I would not expect much of anything all he is at this point of his career is a field stretching 4th WR and won’t really be anything more. All Smith provides for this Carolina team is more speed for Cam to hit on his deep throws.
- Olson is one of the best TE in the NFL regardless of his injury last year, he should slide right back into his role as Cam’s favorite receiving target and not miss a step. All he has to worry about is coming back 100% and not rushing back from injury the way he did last year only to get up on IR all over again.