Coach: Ron Rivera
OC: Norv Turner
QB: Cam Newton, Taylor Heinicke, Will Grier, Kyle Allen
RBs: Christian McCaffrey, Cameron Artis-Payne, Jordan Scarlett, Elijah Holyfield, Elijah Wood, Reggie Bonnafon
FBs: Alex Armah
WRs: DJ Moore, Curtis Samuel, Jarius Wright, Chris Hogan, Torrey Smith, Andre Levrone, DeAndrew White, Rashad Ross, Aldrick Robinson, Terry Godwin, Damion Jeanpiere Jr
TEs: Greg Olsen, Ian Thomas, Chris Manhertz, Jason Vander Laan, Cole Hunt, Marcus Baugh, Ethan Wolf, Temarrick Hemingway
2019 Draft (offense only):
Round 2, Pick 37 – OT – Greg Little – Ole Miss
Round 3, Pick 100 – QB – Will Grier
Round 5, Pick 154 – RB – Jordan Scarlett – Florida
Round 6, Pick 212 – OT – Dennis Daley – South Carolina
Round 7, Pick 237 – WR – Terry Godwin – Georgia
2019 Undrafted Free Agents (fantasy offense only):
RB – Elijah Holyfield – Georgia
WR – Damion Jeanpiere Jr – Nicholls State
Key Offseason Additions (fantasy offense):
WR – Chris Hogan
Training Camp Preview: Rookies 7/24, Veterans 7/24
Not much change at the top for the Panthers, as head coach Ron Rivera and OC Norv Turner are back. They ranked 10th in total offense last year, 16th in passing and 4th in rushing. Injuries to Cam Newton and Greg Olsen held this team back last year, but with both fully healthy, the Panthers will be an offense we want to get a piece of.
Cam Newton had a banged up shoulder last year and finished as the QB14. He missed two games, but his fantasy points per game average of 24.2 was 7th best. We should be expecting a much better 2019. He’s being drafted around the QB9 range and has top 5 upside this year. His young receivers DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel are expected to improve. A full season of Greg Olsen would also be huge. After Cam, we have Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen. They drafted Will Grier in the third round out of West Virginia. I’ll definitely be watching Grier this pre-season to see if he’s ready for the backup role.
Not much needs to be said about Christian McCaffrey. He’ll be a consensus top four pick in redraft leagues. Ron Rivera has mentioned taking a little bit off of his plate this year to keep him fresh, but CMC will still deliver a top 5 finish. The training camp battle to watch will be for the backup job. Cameron Artis-Payne is still there but will face competition from UDFA’s Jordan Scarlett and Elijah Holyfield. We won’t be drafting McCaffrey’s handcuff, but if he is to miss any time, you’ll want to know these names and how they fared this pre-season. Guys trying to make the team are Elijah Wood and Reggie Bonnafon.
Second year receiver DJ Moore and third year Curtis Samuel headline the young Panthers receiving group. Moore finished as the WR36 last year while Samuel finished as WR47. Samuel came on strong late to end the year and is a favorite sleeper among the draft community. Moore’s ADP is around WR21. Samuel’s is around WR44. Samuel presents a much better value at ADP. Free agent Chris Hogan and veteran Jarius Wright will be the third and fourth receivers. If anything happens to Moore or Samuel, we’ll give them a look on the waiver wire. Torrey Smith will likely make the team as the 5th receiver. Guys trying to make the team include; Aldrick Robinson, Terry Godwin, Damion Jeanpiere Jr, Andrew Levrone, DeAndrew White, and Rashad Ross.
Greg Olsen is back for his 13th season. He has dealt with a nagging foot injury the past two seasons. His current ADP is around TE22, so he presents a nice value for us here. Pair him with another young TE with upside and you’re set. He’s the favorite to lead the team in touchdowns if he can stay healthy. Behind him, Ian Thomas is the clear number two. He got a lot of snaps last year in Olsen’s absence. He came on strong at the end of last year and has solid dynasty value. If Olsen misses any time, Thomas will be a TE streamer. The Panthers have a handful of guys after the top two, so we’ll monitor the camp battle here between Chris Manhertz, Jason Vander Laan, Cole Hunt, Marcus Baugh, Ethan Wolf and Temarrick Hemingway.
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