Carolina Panthers

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2016-17 6-10 6-9-1 7-8-1 4,291 1,465 56.94% 43.06% 37%
2015-16 15-1 11-5 10-5-1 3,589 2,282 50.42% 49.58% 42%
2014-15 7-8-1 8-8 8-8 3,511 2,036 54.69% 45.31% 42%
2013-14 12-4 9-5-2 5-11 3,043 2,026 51.85% 48.15% 43%
2012-13 7-9 9-7 9-7 3,683 2,088 53.24% 46.76% 41%

Season Outlook

It was a dreadful 2016 season in Carolina, as the team went from being crowned NFC Champions to a lousy 6-10 record and a last place finish in their division. QB Cam Newton averaged an uncharacteristic 215 passing yards per game and just 23.9 rushing yards per game in 2016. He's still a QB1 and the best dual threat QB in the league. The Panthers drafted Curtis Samuel to replace Ted Ginn Jr. and he is expected to man the slot, joining WRs Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess and TE Greg Olsen. Benjamin put together a solid fantasy season with 941 receiving yards on 68 receptions despite grabbing only seven touchdowns. There is no reason to believe the Panthers aren't ready to change tear apart the entire offensive playbook, with Mike Shula entering his sixth season as the team's offensive coordinator. The team is still expected to deploy RB Jonathan Stewart as the team's power back and will receive the lions share of touches, but with Stanford standout Christian McCaffrey joining the fold, it's difficult to picture Newton not checking down to the elusive tailback and having success. Shula will likely design a couple more play action fake plays and RB wheel outs for McCaffrey which will allow Newton to scramble around the backfield and make plays. The team's pass-first gun-slinging scheme won't change with Newton's cannon of an arm, however, the biggest question mark surrounding the Panthers in fantasy is which Newton will show up Week 1. If it's the 2015 Newton, don't be afraid to reach for his supporting cast in your fantasy drafts.

Player Outlooks & Draft Analysis

Quarterbacks

Cam Newton

Newton's rushing ability almost guarantees top ten fantasy quarterback numbers over a 16 games season, and the addition of rookie wide receiver D.J. Moore and a healthy Greg Olsen will only help. But Newton's real value comes from his upside. We may never see him match the 35 passing and 10 rushing scores of 2015 again, but the fact that we know he's capable of posting those types of numbers over the course of a season gives him arguably the highest ceiling at the position.

Defenses

Carolina Defense

The Panthers finished last season with 50 sacks which was third highest in the league, putting them up as the number 12th fantasy defense in the league. Despite having great sack numbers, they finished with only 10 interceptions which was 24th in the league. They have shown to be committed to their defense, as they spent six of their eight draft picks on defenders. The Panthers lost a few important players on defense, but they tried to patch those spots by adding Dontari Poe, Ross Cockrell and will have Luke Kuechly back and healthy. The Panthers feel like a "safe" option at defense, who have limited upside and some risk. It's all wrapped together since they have plenty of sack potential, but showed they are very weak at cornerback. They play in a tough division, which can exploit them rather quickly.

Player Updates

Player Update Greg Olsen, TE - Panthers plan to have Greg Olsen on Sunday
13 Oct 2018 - 6:43pm

NFL Network's Tiffany Blackmon reports Greg Olsen (foot) will play in Week 6 against the Redskins. - From Rotoworld.

Injury Update Greg Olsen, TE - Greg Olsen expects surgery at season's end
8 Oct 2018 - 2:47pm

Speaking Monday, Greg Olsen (foot) confirmed he is expected to return for Week 6 but said he expects to require surgery at season's end. - From Rotoworld.

Injury Update Greg Olsen, TE - Greg Olsen (back) expected to play Sunday
8 Sep 2018 - 8:03pm

The Athletic's Joe Person reports Greg Olsen (questionable, back) is expected to play in Week 1 against Dallas. - From Rotoworld.

Injury Update Greg Olsen, TE - Greg Olsen (foot) not expected to play Wk 13
3 Dec 2017 - 2:53am

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Greg Olsen (foot) is not expected to play in Week 13 against the Saints. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Greg Olsen, TE - Greg Olsen activated off IR, will play Week 12
24 Nov 2017 - 3:18pm

Panthers activated TE Greg Olsen (foot) from injured reserve. - From Rotoworld.

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