2019 Carolina Panthers Team Outlook
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Panthers Offense Outlook
A bum shoulder by Cam Newton led to fewer rushing attempts for a team that showcased a special RB in 2018. Carolina wants to be balanced on offense while playing well on defense. Last year they ran the 42.5 percent of the time.
QB Kyle Allen, CAR - Solid/Safe Pick
Update 12/14/19Over the last two games, Allen sniped two TDs from Christian McCaffrey while delivering 571 yards with three TDs and three Ints. His value as passer improved over his previous five contests (1,459 yards with nine TDs), but he did throw eight Ints. Seattle ranks 21st in QB defense (21.59 FPPG), but no team scored over 30.0 Fantasy points. The Seahawks allow 7.3 yards per pass attempt with no team passing for more than two TDs. Only a steady option with McCaffrey regaining his scoring value.
QB Will Grier, CAR - Solid/Safe Pick
Update 12/21/19With the 2019 season slipping away, the Panther will start Grier at QB in Week 16. Over three seasons at West Virginia, he passed for 8,558 yards with 81 TDs and 23 Ints with no real value in the run game (147/148/1). Even with a dirt-cheap salary, Grier would be a tough start despite the Colts struggling in two straight games defending QBs (43.20 and 43.65 Fantasy points).
QB Cam Newton, CAR - Quality Backup
Update 09/22/19After two games, Newton doesn’t have a TD with fading value as a runner (five rushes for negative two yards). Last week he passed for 333 yards with a low completion rate (49.0), which was self-inflicted by many errant throws. Curtis Samuel had his man beat many times last week. D.J. Moore looks good, and Newton has the services of a top pass-catching RB. Unfortunately, he may not play this week with a lingering foot issue. Arizona struggled to defend the pass in both games (385/3 and 272/2) while getting punished by TEs (7/146/1 and 10/127/2). Many Fantasy owners will look to Kyler Murray in this matchup while Newton may surprise if he ended up playing.
RB Christian McCaffrey, CAR - Stud (low risk)
Update 12/29/19With Lamar Jackson sitting out this week, McCaffrey needs 6.60 Fantasy points to be the top-scoring Fantasy player in 2019. He averages 29.89 FPPG with eight games with over 30.0 Fantasy points. McCaffrey has 2,294 combined yards with 18 TDs and 109 catches (most in NFL history at RB). He needs 216 combined yards to rank first in NFL history (136 yards to finish second). Even with his success, McCaffrey rushed for fewer than 90 yards in each of his previous six contests. In Week 12, he gained 133 combined yards with two TDs and nine catches vs. the Saints. New Orleans ranks 22nd in RB defense (22.07 FPPG), with three teams scoring over 30.0 Fantasy points (34.40, 45.40, 32.55). They allow 4.3 yards per rush with RBs scoring 11 TDs. Stud of studs who will be playing with a downgrade at QB. On the positive side, Will Grier connected with him all 15 times in the passing game in Week 16. In the mix for sure as a hot start could lead to a huge push for the best RB season in yards from scrimmage.
RB Jordan Scarlett, CAR - Deep-league Only
Fair Evaluation: This season he'll compete for the top backup role for the Panthers at RB, which will lead to minimal chances.
Over his final three seasons at Florida, Scarlett worked as a part-time player in two seasons (179/889/6 and 131/776/5) while missing 2017 with an off the field incident with the law (fraud). Jordan has a short resume in the passing game (15/108). He runs with a leg-churning style while showing the ability to bounce off defenders while doing an excellent job of holding onto the football. When given space, Scarlett shows some wiggle and open field ability while lacking a home run gear.
RB Cameron Artis-Payne, --- - Low Potential
Fair Evaluation: Artis-Payne is a low-end insurance policy.
In his only full season of action with Auburn, Cameron ran for 1,608 yards on 303 carries with 13 rushing TDs. He also caught 13 passes for 147 yards. CAP doesn't attack the line of scrimmage when given the ball. He tends to wait for daylight, which hurts his timing to hit possible holes to the second level of the defense. Artis-Payne will run with power and some wiggle in the open field. With a weak offensive line, Cameron is going to deliver many carries with minimal gains. In his rookie season in the NFL, the Panthers gave him 50 touches for 241 yards with a TD and five catches with fading results in 2016 (36/144/2), 2017 (18/95/1), and 2018 (19/69/1). Cameron has ten career catches on 11 targets for 86 yards.