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11:12am EST 12/10/17

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) is active for today’s game against the Vikings. He put in 3 full practices this week, and HC Ron Rivera said Olsen won’t be on a snap count. Still, he remains a risky fantasy play after failing to make it through the entire game last time out. Minnesota also ranks 6th in fantasy points allowed to TEs.

Panthers WR Devin Funchess (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Vikings. It doesn’t sound like the shoulder will be a major issue, but shadow coverage from CB Xavier Rhodes certainly is. Funchess is a low-end WR3 in this matchup.

Panthers WR Devin Funchess (shoulder) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Vikings. He put in full practices on Wednesday and Thursday but was sidelined on Friday. ESPN's David Newton reports that Funchess was "held out as a precaution" and is "likely" to play. We'll find out for sure by noon ET on Sunday. But Funchess is a shaky Week 14 fantasy play at less than 100% in a matchup against Minnesota CB Xavier Rhodes.

The Panthers listed TE Greg Olsen (foot) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings. But he put in 3 full practices this week and will play. HC Ron Rivera even said that Olsen won't be on a snap count. He remains a risky fantasy bet, though, after failing to make it through the entire game last time out. Minnesota also ranks 6th in fantasy points allowed to TEs.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) returned to practice on Wednesday. That puts him on track to play against the Vikings as long as that foot holds up throughout the week. Olsen will be extremely tough to trust in fantasy lineups, though, after lasting just a little more than 1 half last time out.

Panthers LBs Thomas Davis (hamstring) and Shaq Thompson (foot) are active for today's game against the Saints. Both defenders entered the day questionable. Davis has been a mediocre IDP option even when healthy and playing full time this year, so don't expect either to be much of an IDP factor. There is tackle upside, at least, against this year's run-driven Saints offense.

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Saints. There's been nothing to suggest that the shoulder will be a factor. Use McCaffrey as you normally would.

2:12pm EST 12/3/17

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) is inactive for today’s game against the Saints. Carolina expects him back for Week 14, but we’ll see how that foot holds up throughout next week. TE Ed Dickson starts today but would be a desperation fantasy play.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) is not expected to play against the Saints today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The team does expect Olsen back for Week 14, Rapoport adds. We'll need to see him make it through a full game before we can trust him in fantasy lineups, though.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Panthers expect RB Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) to play against the Saints today. McCaffrey is questionable after missing Wednesday's practice but returning for the next 2 days. Use him as you normally would for Week 13.

Panthers LB Thomas Davis (hamstring) and LB Shaq Thompson (foot) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints. Davis missed Wednesday's practice but returned for the past 2. Thompson put in limited practices all week. Expect both to play, but neither is a significant IDP factor. We'll still confirm their statuses Sunday morning.

Panthers WR Devin Funchess (toe) isn’t listed on the final injury report after putting in full practices on Thursday and Friday. He’s safe to keep in Week 13 fantasy lineups. Funchess’ matchup will get a big boost if Saints CB Marshon Lattimore is unable to play. He's listed as questionable with his ankle injury.

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Saints after putting in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. He hasn’t expressed any concern about the shoulder, and HC Ron Rivera “expressed optimism” about McCaffrey’s availability on Friday, per ESPN’s David Newton. Go ahead and keep the rookie in fantasy lineups for now, despite the 4:25 pm ET kickoff.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Saints. He didn’t practice all week, though, so we’d be surprised if he plays. Even if he does, Olsen can’t be trusted in fantasy lineups after exiting last week’s game.

Panthers Devin Funchess (toe) put in a full practice on Thursday after sitting out Wednesday. The toe shouldn't be an issue this weekend. The bigger concern for Funchess is the potential return of Saints CB Marshon Lattimore.

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. He's on track to play against the Saints this weekend, but it'd be nice to see him graduate to a full workout tomorrow.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) remained sidelined on Thursday. HC Ron Rivera called his absence "precautionary" and said the team wants to "back off" Olsen's foot. It sounds like he still has a shot to play against the Saints on Sunday, but we won't be able to trust Olsen in Week 13 fantasy lineups.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) did not practice on Wednesday. He reportedly dodged any new structural damage to that foot in his return last week, but it's still giving him trouble. Olsen is no better than 50/50 to play vs. the Saints this weekend and shouldn't be in your fantasy plans.

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey was held out of Wednesday's practice with that HC Ron Rivera deemed a "sore" shoulder. It doesn't sound like the rookie is in danger of missing this weekend's game against the Saints, but we'll continue to keep an eye on him.

Panthers WR Devin Funchess (toe) did not practice on Wednesday. He said he "stubbed" a toe early in last week's win over the Jets. Funchess finished that game and should be fine for this weekend's showdown with the Saints. We'll continue to keep an eye on him, though.

 
 
 

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