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Greg Hardy, DE5/13/2014 7:27:00 PM
Description: Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy has been arrested for a domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend. SOURCE: WSOC Charlotte
Insight: He's due in court Wednesday at 9 a.m. Hardy's 15 sacks last season were a career-high. If charges are filed, Hardy may be looking at a fine or even a suspension.
Cam Newton, QB5/13/2014 6:43:00 PM
Description: Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle surgery) is out of his walking boot and ready to begin his rehab work, according to Steve Reed of the Associated Press.
Insight: Newton was given a four-month timetable when he had left ankle surgery in mid-March. He's not expected to resume practicing before training camp, but his health won't be a concern when the season starts. Newton's supporting cast, however, may be an issue after Steve Smith signed with the Ravens and LT Jordan Gross retired. The Panthers drafted 6-foot-5 receiver Kelvin Benjamin out of Florida State with the 28th-overall pick in the 2014 draft, but he may not be ready to make an immediate impact.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR5/9/2014 10:34:00 AM
Description: Carolina filled its void at wide receiver by selecting Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin with the 28th pick at Thursday's NFL Draft.
Insight: Benjamin is best known for scoring the game-winning touchdown against Auburn in the National Championship. At 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, Benjamin should be a red zone favorite of Cam Newton's next season.
Jason Avant, WR4/7/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Carolina has reached a one-year agreeement with former Eagles wideout Jason Avant.
Insight: Philadelphia may not have been as eager to cut Avant had they known of DeSean Jackson's off field issues. Either way, he's with Cam Newton now and figures to start alongside Jerricho Cotchery. As long as Avant stays healthy, we'd expect him to improve on the 38 catches and 447 receiving yards he totaled last season.
Cam Newton, QB3/25/2014 9:42:00 PM
Description: Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle surgery) is unlikely to practice before training camp, GM Dave Gettleman said Tuesday during a radio appearance.
Insight: Newton was given a four-month timetable when he had ankle surgery last week. When it comes to Newton's fantasy value, we're far more concerned about Carolina's receiving corps than the surgery.
Tiquan Underwood, WR3/21/2014 4:28:00 PM
Description: Former Tampa Bay wideout Tiquan Underwood has signed a deal with Carolina.
Insight: The Panthers are desparate to find receivers, recently signing Underwood and Jerricho Cotchery. They need to keep at it as neither of these two can carry an offense. Hopefully they can find a star in the draft or Cam Newton is going to drop in fantasy value.
Jerricho Cotchery, WR3/20/2014 3:22:00 PM
Description: Wideout Jerricho Cotchery has agreed to a two-year deal with Carolina. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL.com
Insight: Cotchery is the most talented receiver on the current Panthers roster, which definitely isn't saying much. He can be a solid No. 2 guy, but Cotchery's fantasy value will be limited in Carolina if he's covered by the opposition's best CB every week.
Cam Newton, QB3/19/2014 8:08:00 PM
Description: Panthers QB Cam Newton had successful ankle surgery on Wednesday. SOURCE: David Newton, ESPN
Insight: He's going to be out for the next four months. Newton has never missed a game in his NFL career. If the recovery takes longer than expected, Derek Anderson would open the year as Carolina's starting quarterback.
Cam Newton, QB3/18/2014 4:30:00 PM
Description: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will undergo surgery on his left ankle. The procedure should keep him sidelined for about four months. SOURCE: Joe Person, Charlotte Observer
Insight: Newton frequently dealt with ankle problems last season though he didn't miss any games. The delay in surgery will put him on a tight schedule to make training camp in late July.
Roman Harper, S3/16/2014 9:56:00 AM
Description: Two-time Pro Bowler Roman Harper has reached a two-year agreement with Carolina. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: The contract includes $4.5 million in base salary with a $1.5 million signing bonus. Harper was cut by the Saints last month. In nine games last season, Harper totaled 29 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery.
Steve Smith, WR3/13/2014 8:57:00 PM
Description: The Panthers officially released their longtime No. 1 wideout Steve Smith on Thursday.
Insight: The 34-year-old's career was revitalized when Carolina drafted QB Cam Newton and he put up 2,568 yards and 11 touchdowns on 152 catches in 2011-12, but he had just 745 yards and four scores on 64 catches (11.6 ypc) in 15 games last season. The Ravens are the favorite to land the veteran, but he's unlikely to carry much fantasy value as a third option behind Torrey Smith and Dennis Pitta. As we just saw for years in Houston, new Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's offense heavily features the tight end and No. 1 receiver but not the No. 2 wideout.
Steve Smith, WR3/12/2014 3:03:00 PM
Description: According to his agent, Steve Smith has played his last game with the Panthers. SOURCE: Associated Press
Insight: Carolina is trying to trade him, though that could be difficult given Smith's age (34) and his $7 million salary. We're guessing he'll be cut sometime in the next few days. When that happens, look for the Buccaneers and Raiders to be among the teams interested.
Steve Smith, WR3/10/2014 6:03:00 PM
Description: Longtime Panthers receiver Steve Smith suddenly finds himself on the trading block. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Insight: It appears Smith's 14-year tenure in Carolina may be coming to an end. If teams are hesitant to trade for Smith, there's a good chance the Panthers will wind up cutting him. Smith is only a year removed from a 1,000-yard season and could make an immediate impact if he finds the right situation.
Greg Hardy, DE3/1/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy was given the franchise tag on Friday. SOURCE: NBC's Pro Football Talk
Insight: The tag will pay him $13.116 million. The 15 sacks Hardy totaled last season were third-most in the NFL. Look for "Kraken" to be even more potent in 2014.
Luke Kuechly, LB2/1/2014 8:50:00 PM
Description: Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year on Saturday.
Insight: Kuechly followed up his Rookie of the Year in 2012 with an equally sensational sophomore campaign in 2013. In 16 games, the Boston College alum generated 156 tackles, two sacks and four interceptions. With Kuechly anchoring the defense, Carolina won its division for the first time since 2008. Indianapolis linebacker Robert Mathis was probably just as deserving of this award but it's tough to argue with the voters choosing Kuechly.
Jonathan Stewart, RB1/12/2014 11:50:00 AM
Description: Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (knee) will miss Sunday's game against the 49ers.
Insight: Knee issues have kept Stewart off the field since Week 14. DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert make for better fantasy options when Stewart is out.
Steve Smith, WR1/12/2014 11:48:00 AM
Description: Carolina wideout Steve Smith (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the 49ers, according to profootballtalk.com.
Insight: Smith missed Week 17 after spraining his PCL the week before. He suffered a setback in practice Thursday and will probably be used as a decoy Sunday. Greg Olsen, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn will have to step up.
Steve Smith, WR1/12/2014 10:56:00 AM
Description: Carolina wideout Steve Smith (knee) is telling people he is "positive" he's playing Sunday against the 49ers. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL.com.
Insight: Smith missed Week 17 after spraining his PCL the week before. He suffered a setback in practice Thursday and will probably be used as a decoy if he does play Sunday. Greg Olsen, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn will have to step up.
Jonathan Stewart, RB1/10/2014 8:55:00 PM
Description: Though he's officially been listed as questionable, the Panthers fully expect running back Jonathan Stewart to play Sunday against San Francisco. SOURCE: Steve Reed, Associated Press
Insight: Knee issues have kept Stewart off the field since Week 14. He'll slide in as a change of pace back behind starter DeAngelo Williams. Both players will cede goal line carries to fullback Mike Tolbert.
Steve Smith, WR1/9/2014 9:01:00 PM
Description: Carolina wideout Steve Smith suffered a setback at practice on Thursday. Smith returned to practice Wednesday after missing Week 17 with a sprained PCL. SOURCE: Jonathan Jones, Charlotte Observer
Insight: Smith said he felt about 57 percent after saying Wednesday that he was at 71 percent. If he does play against the Niners this weekend, he'll probably be used as a decoy. Expect Greg Olsen and Brandon LaFell to be Cam Newton's primary receivers on Sunday.
Jonathan Stewart, RB1/8/2014 2:39:00 PM
Description: According to Steve Reed of the Associated Press, Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (knee) said he expects to play in the divisional playoff game against the 49ers Sunday.
Insight: Stewart played just six games this season (180 rushing yards), leaving most of the heavy lifting to DeAngelo Williams (843 yards) and red zone work to Mike Tolbert. Stewart probably won't see double-digit touches if he plays so his fantasy value is very limited.
Steve Smith, WR1/7/2014 9:07:00 PM
Description: Panthers receiver Steve Smith is expected to practice on a limited basis Wednesday, according to profootballtalk.com.
Insight: Smith sat out Week 17 with a sprained PCL, but he has vowed to play in the divisional round against the 49ers. Smith finished the season with just 745 yards and four touchdowns on 64 catches in 15 games, but he's still the Panthers' best receiving option even at age 34.
Colin Cole, DT1/6/2014 1:25:00 PM
Description: Starting DT Colin Cole is questionable for Sunday's NFC Divisional Playoff against San Francisco due to a calf injury.
Insight: Though a starter, Cole doesn't produce big statistics (15 tackles, 1 sack), and the team has gotten along fine when he wasn't in the lineup.
Jonathan Stewart, RB1/6/2014 1:18:00 PM
Description: According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers expect Jonathan Stewart back at practice Wednesday.
Insight: Stewart played just six games this season (180 rushing yards), leaving most of the heavy lifting to DeAngelo Williams (843 yards) and red zone work to Mike Tolbert. Stewart probably won't see double-digit touches if he plays so his fantast value is very limited.
Steve Smith, WR1/6/2014 12:09:00 PM
Description: Panthers receiver Steve Smith did not play in Week 17 due to a sprained PCL in his left knee and is questionable for Sunday's NFC Divisional Playoff against San Francisco.
Insight: Coach Ron Rivera hopes to have Smith back at practice this week. Smith finished the season with just 745 yards and four touchdowns on 64 catches in 15 games, but he's still the Pathers' best receiving option even at age 34.
Steve Smith, WR12/27/2013 1:30:00 PM
Description: Panthers receiver Steve Smith will not play in Week 17 due to a sprained PCL, according to Steve Reed of the Associated Press.
Insight: Smith will finish the season with just 745 yards and four touchdowns on 64 catches (11.6 ypc) in 15 games. The Panthers had difficulty moving the ball through the air in Week 16 after Smith went down, but the Falcons' defense has been horrible this season. Carolina can lock down a first-round bye with a win against Atlanta, giving Smith a chance to have three weeks off to heal before returning.
Steve Smith, WR12/23/2013 1:03:00 PM
Description: An MRI on Steve Smith's left knee revealed a sprained PCL. His status is week-to-week. SOURCE: Steve Reed, Associated Press
Insight: Coach Ron Rivera considers Smith a long shot to play in Week 17. The 13-year veteran hasn't missed a game since 2010.
Steve Smith, WR12/22/2013 6:06:00 PM
Description: Carolina wideout Steve Smith said he felt something pop in his knee Sunday against the Saints, according to Steve Reed of the Associated Press.
Insight: Smith suffered a non-contact left knee injury in the first quarter when Cam Newton overthrew him on a slant. He was walking around fine without crutches after the game and will have an MRI Monday.
Cam Newton, QB12/22/2013 5:28:00 PM
Description: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton struggled Sunday against the Saints but he came through with a game-winning TD to Domenik Hixon with 23 seconds remaining.
Insight: Newton frequently sailed his passes and finished with 181 yards, one TD and one interception. To be fair, he played most of the game without Steve Smith, who suffered a non-contact knee injury in the first half. Newton also rushed just four times for six yards.
DeAngelo Williams, RB12/22/2013 5:27:00 PM
Description: Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries Sunday against the Saints.
Insight: Apparently, Williams can only contribute to fantasy teams when Jonathan Stewart is out. He put up 235 yards from scrimmage and two scores the last two games with Stewart nursing a knee injury.
Steve Smith, WR12/22/2013 2:21:00 PM
Description: Carolina wideout Steve Smith is officially out for the rest of the game against the Saints on Sunday.
Insight: Smith suffered a non-contact left knee injury in the first quarter when Cam Newton overthrew him on a slant. He was able to return for one play later in the game before limping off and immediately returning to the locker room.
Steve Smith, WR12/22/2013 2:11:00 PM
Description: Carolina wideout Steve Smith returned to Sunday's game for one play before limping off and going straight back to the locker room, according to Jeff Darlington of NFL.com.
Insight: Smith suffered a non-contact left knee injury in the first quarter when Cam Newton overthrew him on a slant. He's probably done for the day after attempting to return in the second.
Steve Smith, WR12/22/2013 1:26:00 PM
Description: Carolina wideout Steve Smith suffered an apparent left knee injury during Sunday's game against the Saints.
Insight: Cam Newton overthrew Smith on third down and the veteran receiver pulled up lame with the non-contact injury. He's being looked at on the sideline.
Jonathan Stewart, RB12/9/2013 5:47:00 PM
Description: According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers confirmed that running back Jonathan Stewart has a torn MCL.
Insight: Panthers coach Ron Rivera said it's possible Stewart could return in Week 17, but that seems doubtful for the oft-injured running back. DeAngelo Williams will see an increase in carries with Stewart out. Williams has rushed for just 185 yards on 50 carries in five games since Stewart returned from an ankle injury in Week 9, compared to 477 yards on 114 carries the first seven games.
Jonathan Stewart, RB12/9/2013 9:40:00 AM
Description: Carolina running back Jonathan Stewart will have an MRI on his right knee after taking a hit from Keenan Lewis. It appears to be serious, but we should know more after results of the test are announced.
Insight: Obviously that's going to add to DeAngelo Williams' workload and possibly Mike Tolbert's as well.
DeAngelo Williams, RB12/6/2013 2:50:00 PM
Description: Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams (quad) should be ready to go in Sunday's big matchup with New Orleans.
Insight: Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert will both play as well so the three-headed RBBC is back intact and none of them should be started by fantasy owners.
Charles Johnson, DE12/4/2013 2:44:00 PM
Description: Carolina defensive end Charles Johnson will return from a sprained MCL Sunday night against New Orleans. SOURCE: Joe Person, Charlotte Observer
Insight: The Panthers' vaunted defense didn't miss a beat without him. A win over the Saints would put Carolina in great position to secure a first round bye.
Greg Olsen, TE12/1/2013 5:44:00 PM
Description: Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has recorded at least eight fantasy points in five of the last six games.
Insight: Olsen has become a consistent fantasy option for those who do not have Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, Vernon Davis or Julius Thomas. He had 85 yards on five catches Sunday against Tampa Bay.
Cam Newton, QBHot12/1/2013 5:41:00 PM
Description: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton threw for 263 yards, two touchdowns and two picks and rushed for 68 yards and another touchdown Sunday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Newton has scored multiple touchdowns in three straight games and is much less of a boom-or-bust option than he was earlier this season.
DeAngelo Williams, RB12/1/2013 12:05:00 PM
Description: Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams (quad) is inactive for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert will both play, but neither is more than a flex option in a week when all 32 teams are in action.
DeAngelo Williams, RB12/1/2013 10:05:00 AM
Description: According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams (quad) is "very doubtful" to play Sunday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert will both play, but neither is more than a flex option in a week when all 32 teams are in action.
DeAngelo Williams, RB11/29/2013 4:13:00 PM
Description: Carolina halfback DeAngelo Williams sat out Friday's practice because of a quad injury. SOURCE: Joe Person, Charlotte Observer
Insight: He's questionable for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay. Williams got nine touches for 51 yards and a score when he faced the Bucs in Week 8.
DeAngelo Williams, RB11/27/2013 4:57:00 PM
Description: Panthers running backs DeAngelo Williams (quad), Jonathan Stewart (ankle) and Mike Tolbert (knee) were all held out of practice Wednesday.
Insight: In four games since Jonathan Stewart returned to the lineup, Williams has rushed for just 133 yards on 37 carries. None of the three is a good fantasy option.
Charles Johnson, DE11/19/2013 5:28:00 PM
Description: According to NBC's Pro Football Talk, Panthers DE Charles Johnson has been diagnosed with a sprained right MCL and is week-to-week.
Insight: Johnson suffered the injury Monday when he was leg-whipped by Patriots lineman Marcus Cannon. He was able to return to action on the final drive of the game to help Carolina close out a win but is expected to miss Week 12.
Steve Smith, WR11/18/2013 10:10:00 PM
Description: Carolina wideout Steve Smith left Monday night's game with a chest injury.
Insight: He's expected to return in the second half. So far Smith has two catches for 47 yards. He's also gotten into a few shoving matches with Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib.
Mike Tolbert, FB11/3/2013 5:51:00 PM
Description: Panthers running back Mike Tolbert scored a touchdown for the fourth straight game Sunday against Atlanta.
Insight: Tolbert has five touchdowns in his last four games and six TDs on the year. If you're choosing a Panthers running back to start in fantasy, Tolbert is the best choice as he has the best chance of scoring.
DeAngelo Williams, RB11/3/2013 5:49:00 PM
Description: Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams found himself back in a three-way timeshare Sunday against the Falcons.
Insight: Jonathan Stewart made his season debut and had nine carries for 43 yards, while Williams took 13 handoffs for 42 yards. Mike Tolbert had six carries for 24 yards and a touchdown and Cam Newton also rushed for a score. Now that Stewart is back, Williams can be avoided in fantasy leagues.
Cam Newton, QBHot11/3/2013 5:44:00 PM
Description: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton struggled Sunday against the Falcons but still had a solid fantasy day.
Insight: Newton threw for 249 yards and two picks and rushed for 22 yards on five carries, but he threw for a touchdown and ran for another. Newton has been a boom-or-bust fantasy player far too often over the last two years, so it was nice to see him scratch out this type of game coming off a big effort in Week 8 at Tampa Bay.
DeAngelo Williams, RB11/1/2013 7:29:00 PM
Description: Carolina halfback DeAngelo Williams is expected to play Sunday against Atlanta. SOURCE: Jonathan Jones, Charlotte Observer
Insight: Williams missed a couple practices earlier in the week because of a quad injury but it looks like he'll be good to go. With Williams having to compete with Jonathan Stewart, Mike Tolbert and even Kenjon Barner for carries, he won't be a recommended fantasy play in Week 9.
Jonathan Stewart, RB11/1/2013 7:23:00 PM
Description: Carolina halfback Jonathan Stewart is expected to receive between six and ten touches Sunday when he returns from an ankle injury. SOURCE: Charlotte Observer
Insight: Obviously that's going to cut into DeAngelo Williams' workload and possibly Mike Tolbert's as well. It's not an ideal situation but in a week with so many teams on bye, all three Carolina running backs will be given fantasy consideration.
Jonathan Stewart, RB11/1/2013 1:54:00 PM
Description: Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart is expected to be activated from the PUP list on Saturday in advance of Sunday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: It's tough to gage his fantasy value until we see how head coach Ron Rivera balances the workload with Stewart, DeAngelo Williams and goal line vultures Mike Tolbert and Cam Newton.
Jonathan Stewart, RB10/30/2013 4:24:00 PM
Description: We might see Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart suit up this week against Atlanta. SOURCE: Steve Reed, Associated Press
Insight: Stewart, who missed Carolina's first seven games with an ankle injury, was seen taking first-team reps at practice on Wednesday. It's tough to gage his fantasy value until we see how head coach Ron Rivera balances the workload with Stewart, DeAngelo Williams and goal line vulture Mike Tolbert.
DeAngelo Williams, RB10/30/2013 1:03:00 PM
Description: Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams missed practice on Wednesday. SOURCE: Joe Person, Charlotte Observer
Insight: It's a little concerning that Williams still isn't practicing a week after suffering what was thought to be a pretty minor quad strain. He'll carry the questionable label into Week 9's matchup against Atlanta.
DeAngelo Williams, RB10/26/2013 7:24:00 PM
Description: Carolina halfback DeAngelo Williams should play next week against Miami despite suffering a quad injury Thursday at Tampa Bay. SOURCE: Charlotte Observer
Insight: Thursday night was somewhat of a breakthrough for Williams, who was finally able to score his first touchdown of the season. Mike Tolbert is still the Panthers' preferred goal line rusher but it's good to know Williams can punch it in too when given the opportunity.
Greg Olsen, TE10/24/2013 2:32:00 PM
Description: Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (foot) had a full week of practice and is expected to play on Thursday night.
Insight: olsen has struggled with the foot injury over the past two week and it shows in his numbers. He caught 21 balls for 273 and a score in his first four games and six for 66 yards in the last two contests. Hopefully he's feeling better.
Brandon LaFell, WR10/24/2013 2:28:00 PM
Description: Carolina wideout Brandon LaFell got in a solid afternoon of practice Wednesday and is probable for Thursday's game with Tampa Bay.
Insight: LaFell has been dealing with a sore knee. We keep seeing small glimpses of his ability to be a viable fantasy wideout, but not enough. After posting 107 yards and a score in Week 6, he slipped backward last week with a three-catch, 35-yard performance.
Steve Smith, WR10/24/2013 2:22:00 PM
Description: Panthers receiver Steve Smith was added to the injury report after missing a couple of days worth of practice and only being a limited participant in Wednesday's practice but he is expected to play Thursday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: What's more concerning is a 10.5 ypr average, the lowest of his career except for the 2004 season when he played just one game. He's no better than an RB2 these days, but with all the teams on bye in Week 8 he's worthy of a start.
Jonathan Stewart, RB10/21/2013 2:58:00 PM
Description: Carolina RB Jonathan Stewart will return to practice this week, according to coach Ron Rivera.
Insight: Stewart may still not be ready for the Thursday tilt with Tampa Bay, but fantasy owners should expect him back by Week 9 at the latest and devalue DeAngelo Williams at that time.
Steve Smith, WR10/20/2013 6:19:00 PM
Description: Panthers receiver Steve Smith caught five balls for 69 yards and a touchdown in Week 7 against the Rams.
Insight: Smith has a career average of 14.7 yards per reception, but he's not making big plays this season. He's averaging 10.5 ypc this year, and his 19-yard catch Sunday tied a season high.
Cam Newton, QBHot10/20/2013 6:16:00 PM
Description: The Panthers didn't need Cam Newton to do much in order to defeat the Rams Sunday.
Insight: Newton was extremely efficient but only had to throw the ball 17 times. He completed 15 for 204 yards and a touchdown through the air and rushed for 26 yards on 10 carries. The Carolina signal-caller has been a boom-or-bust QB1 over the past two seasons and that won't change the rest of this year.
Greg Olsen, TE10/16/2013 7:03:00 PM
Description: Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (foot) did not practice Wednesday.
Insight: For the second straight week, Olsen missed Wednesday's practice and was wearing a walking boot on his left foot. He played against Minnesota and should be able to suit up versus the Rams. He'll be a top-12 tight end this week if he plays.
Jonathan Stewart, RB10/14/2013 4:59:00 PM
Description: Carolina RB Jonathan Stewart probably needs a "couple more weeks" before he's ready to return to game action. SOURCE: Joseph Person, Charlotte Observer
Insight: Stewart is eligible to return from the PUP list next week but it sounds like his ankle still isn't 100 percent. Assuming Stewart is inactive, DeAngelo Williams should see another big workload Sunday versus the Rams.
Jonathan Stewart, RB10/14/2013 2:04:00 PM
Description: Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (ankles) is eligible to come off the PUP list in Week 7, but that decision isn't confirmed.
Insight: When Stewart returns he will cut into DeAngelo Williams' carries and make both players useless for fantasy purposes. Whether that is in Week 7 or later is still up in the air at this time.
Kenjon Barner, RB10/13/2013 11:58:00 AM
Description: Panthers rookie running back Kenjon Barner (ankle) is inactive for Week 6 against Minnesota.
Insight: DeAngelo Williams should be a workhorse running back as he has been all season
Greg Olsen, TE10/11/2013 1:50:00 PM
Description: Panthers tight end Greg Olsen got in his second consecutive practice and has been upgraded to probable for Week 6 against Minnesota.
Insight: The Vikings have yielded 326 ypg through the air over their first four games, including six TDs to tight ends and Olsen is a major factor in the Panthers passing game. He's a must start.
Greg Olsen, TE10/9/2013 3:05:00 PM
Description: Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, was not a participant in Wednesday's practice.
Insight: He was spotted with a walking boot on his left foot after Sunday's game with Arizona, which means fantasy owners should ready an alternative plan. Olsen has been a solid tight end option this season with 21 receptions for 273 yards and a score over four games.
Greg Olsen, TE10/8/2013 10:52:00 AM
Description: Panthers tight end Greg Olsen was spotted with a walking boot on his left foot after Sunday's game with Arizona.
Insight: Olsen has been a solid tight end option this season with 21 receptions for 273 yards and a score over four games. Be prepared with a backup plan.
Kenjon Barner, RB10/1/2013 11:58:00 AM
Description: Panthers rookie running back Kenjon Barner (ankle) has been practicing in full and should make his debut Sunday against Arizona.
Insight: DeAngelo Williams should still be the primary running back, but Barner could still a few attempts if he's ready to go. Given that Williams is already limited by not getting scoring opportunities, when Barner is active it will make Williams a much less attractive option.
Jonathan Stewart, RB9/24/2013 6:34:00 PM
Description: Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (ankles) is on track to come off the PUP list in Week 7, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Insight: Stewart will cut into DeAngelo Williams' carries and make both players useless for fantasy purposes. Williams has rushed for 291 yards on 62 carries through three games, but it appears he only has 2-3 more games of fantasy relevance following Carolina's Week 4 bye.
Kenjon Barner, RB9/24/2013 11:18:00 AM
Description: Panthers rookie running back Kenjon Barner (ankle) has been cleared to practice.
Insight: DeAngelo Williams should still be the primary running back, but Barner could still a few attempts if he's ready to go. Given that Williams is already limited by not getting scoring opportunities, when Barner is active it will make Williams a much less attractive option.
Ted Ginn Jr., WR9/22/2013 6:10:00 PM
Description: Panthers receiver Ted Ginn has hauled in a deep touchdown in two straight games.
Insight: Ginn has been Carolina's most consistent deep threat so far and has seven receptions for 143 yards and two scores in three games.
DeAngelo Williams, RB9/22/2013 6:07:00 PM
Description: Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams has carried the ball 62 times in three weeks, including 23 times for 120 yards Sunday against the Giants.
Insight: Cam Newton and Mike Tolbert vulture most of the rushing scores so Williams is limited to being a flex option, but he should continue to get consistent carries while Jonathan Stewart is out.
Cam Newton, QBHot9/22/2013 6:03:00 PM
Description: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton starred in Week 3 against the Giants, accounting for four touchdowns.
Insight: Newton had 223 passing yards and three scores through the air and gained 45 yards on the ground with one rushing touchdown. The third-year QB struggled against Seattle in Week 1 but has scored six touchdowns in the last two games.
Josh Thomas, CB9/20/2013 4:16:00 PM
Description: Panther cornerback Josh Thomas joins the large crowd of Panthers defensive backs who won't play on Sunday against the New York Giants.
Insight: Eli Manning, Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks should all post solid fantasy numbers this week as the Panthers will be without four of their regular defensive backs.
Quintin Mikell, S9/20/2013 3:49:00 PM
Description: Carolina safety Quintin Mikell (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 3.
Insight: Mikell will watch the game along with fellow defensive backs Charles Godfrey and D.J. Moore. The Panthers might be search the stands for warm bodies soon.
D.J. Moore, CB9/20/2013 3:44:00 PM
Description: Panthers cornerback D.J. Moore has been ruled out for Week 3.
Insight: He joins Charles Godfrey and Quintin Mikell on the sidelines. The Giants passing game should have a field day.
Kenjon Barner, RB9/20/2013 3:43:00 PM
Description: Panthers rookie running back Kenjon Barner, who had been impressive in training camp, is still dealing with a foot injury will miss Week 3.
Insight: With Jonathan Stewart also sidelined, Mike Tolbert will be the backup to DeAngelo Williams, but the starter should ge the majority of the workload since Tolbert is also less than 100 percent.
Josh Norman, CB9/16/2013 4:34:00 PM
Description: Carolina DB Josh Norman has a sprained MCL, according to Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer.
Insight: Add him to the list of injured Panthers pass defenders. Its a long list with Charles Godfrey out for the season and both Quintin Mikell and D.J. Moore hurting. The Giants should have a field day in Week 3.
Charles Godfrey, S9/16/2013 2:02:00 PM
Description: Carolina Panthers safety Charles Godfrey could miss the rest of the season with an Achilles injury suffered in Sunday's game against Buffalo.
Insight: Godfrey was the leader of the secondary. The Panthers also saw two other defensive backs get injured in the game, Quintin Mikell and D.J. Moore which could be a big opportunity for their Week 3 opponent the Giants.
Kenjon Barner, RB9/13/2013 3:13:00 PM
Description: Panthers rookie running back Kenjon Barner, who had been impressive in training camp, is still dealing with a foot injury and missing practice.
Insight: With Jonathan Stewart also sidelined, Mike Tolbert will be the backup to DeAngelo Williams, but the starter should ge the majority of the workload since Tolbert is also less than 100 percent.
Garry Williams, OT9/9/2013 3:02:00 PM
Description: Panthers guard Garry Williams tore an ACL and MCL and will miss the remainder of the season.
Insight: The Panthers are already struggling on the line, but hope to get Amini Silatolu (hamstring) back soon. Good thing they have a mobile quarterback in Cam Newton.
Mike Tolbert, FB9/6/2013 4:15:00 PM
Description: Panthers running back Mike Tolbert (hamstring) was a full participant in practice and is listed as probable for Week 1.
Insight: Tolbert should get more usage than usual with both Jonathan Stewart and Kenjon Barner sidelined by injury. Tolbert figures to get more than just goal line work against Seattle.
Kenjon Barner, RB9/6/2013 3:52:00 PM
Description: Panthers rookie running back Kenjon Barner, who had been impressive in training camp, will miss Sunday's season opener with a foot injury
Insight: With Jonathan Stewart also sidelined, Mike Tolbert will be the backup to DeAngelo Williams.
Mike Tolbert, FB8/28/2013 11:18:00 AM
Description: Panthers running back Mike Tolbert (hamstring) has yet to play in the exhibition season, but the team is hopeful he'll be ready for Week 1, according to a Charlotte Observer report.
Insight: Tolbert doesn't get many chances to run, but does get goal line work. If Cam Newton didn't steal a lot of the in close opportunities, Tolbert might have fantasy value. As it is, however, DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart get the yards and Tolbert has to share the touchdown work with Newton.
DeAngelo Williams, RB8/28/2013 11:15:00 AM
Description: Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams should get off to a good start this season with Jonathan Stewart on the PUP list for the first six weeks.
Insight: Williams rushed for 737 yards last season and finished better than he started. The lack of scores, because Cam Newton and big back Mike Tolbert get the goal line work, limits Williams' fantasy value.
Jonathan Stewart, RB8/28/2013 11:12:00 AM
Description: Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart, who is recovering from surgery on both ankles, will start the season on the PUP list.
Insight: DeAngelo Williams figures to get the bulk of the workload with Stewart sidelined, though Mike Tolbert will likely steal the goal line opportunities.
Jonathan Stewart, RB8/22/2013 4:07:00 PM
Description: The Panthers are still hoping running back Jonathan Stewart, who is recovering from surgery on both ankles, will be ready for Week 1, but ESPN's Adam Schefter says that isn't realistic.
Insight: Stewart played just nine games last season and averaged 37.3 yards per game and 3.6 yards per carry with one rushing touchdown. He hasn't been able to practice with the team yet and shouldn't be drafted in any fantasy leagues.
Kenjon Barner, RB8/9/2013 1:26:00 PM
Description: Panthers rookie running back Kenjon Barner has been impressive so far during the training camp, but it's a crowded backfield in Carolina.
Insight: With DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert already under contract, and quarterback Cam Newton running for touchdowns himself, there isn't much room for a rookie to make an immediate fantasy impact.


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