Carolina Panthers Fantasy Football News | Shark Bites

Carolina Panthers Fantasy Football News | Shark Bites

Panthers DE Brian Burns left Sunday's win over the Falcons early with a concussion. He would up playing just a quarter of Carolina's defensive snaps. Burns did at least notch his 2nd sack of the season. We'll see about his availability for Week 6 against the Bears.

ESPN's Rich Cimini reports that Jets QB Sam Darnold "could miss more than one game" with the sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder. The Jets have already ruled him out for today's game against the Cardinals, leaving Joe Flacco to start. We'll see about Darnold's status for a Week 6 visit to the Chargers.

The Jets aren't planning to play QB Sam Darnold against the Cardinals this weekend, according to The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta. Darnold suffered an AC joint sprain in his throwing shoulder in last week's loss to Denver. He returned to finish out that one and reportedly wants to play this weekend -- but the team is leaning toward holding him out. That'd leave Joe Flacco under center. The Jets offense figures to continue struggling either way.

Jets QB Sam Darnold played through a sprained throwing shoulder in Thursday night's loss to the Broncos, HC Adam Gase said. Darnold got slammed to the turf on that shoulder by Broncos LB A.J. Johnson and was in obvious discomfort. He went back to the locker room with trainers and missed a series. But Darnold returned for the rest of the game and looked unaffected by the shoulder issue. He should be fine for Week 5.

The Panthers have placed RB Christian McCaffrey (ankle) on IR. It means he'll miss at least the next 3 games. We'll see if McCaffrey can get back for Week 6. Mike Davis will operate as Carolina's lead back in the meantime.

Updating previous reports, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with his high-ankle sprain, following his Monday morning MRI. That makes Mike Davis a top waiver target this week. The veteran clearly isn't close to McCaffrey in ability, but he should control the touches in a shallow backfield. A Week 3 matchup with the Chargers looks challenging. The ensuing 5 weeks, though, include both meetings with the Falcons (weeks 5 and 8) and an upside scoring matchup with Arizona (Week 4). Davis figures to crack the top 30 in our Week 3 RB rankings on expected touch volume alone.

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey is expected to miss "multiple weeks" with the ankle injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Bucs, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. We'll hopefully get more details on the injury and CMC's timeline for return over the next few days. Mike Davis racked up 8 receptions in McCaffrey's absence in Week 2 and figures to lead Carolina's backfield in touches in the meantime. Trenton Cannon is the only other RB on the active roster. Week 3 brings a tough matchup vs. the Chargers, but then come more favorable draws vs. Arizona and Atlanta. Davis is worth scooping up in all fantasy leagues and will be a volume-based fantasy play for however long McCaffrey is out.

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey will undergo an MRI on his injured ankle on Monday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "The initial hope is it’s not too serious. But tomorrow will be telling," Rapoport adds. This doesn't have the look of a serious injury, but CMC owners might not be getting much sleep tonight. We'll pass along an update as soon as we get one.

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey has left their game at Tampa Bay with an ankle injury. He is questionable to return.

Update: McCaffrey did not return.

The Panthers have ruled DT Kawann Short (foot) and DE Yetur Gross-Matos (concussion) out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. That can only help the matchup for QB Tom Brady and the rest of the Bucs offense.

Panthers TE Ian Thomas (toe) put in a full practice on Wednesday. That obviously puts him on track to play in this weekend's opener against the Raiders. Thomas starts the season as a low-end TE2.

The Panthers have released RB Reggie Bonnafon. That's not a big move, but it positions RB Mike Davis #2 on the depth chart behind Christian McCaffrey. No player would come close to approximating McCaffrey's scoring should the starter go down, but Davis brings a much better record of production than Bonnafon and would at least be worth rostering in that circumstance.

Panthers TE Ian Thomas has been sidelined with a hyperextended toe, according to The Athletic's Joseph Person. HC Matt Rhule expects Thomas back "pretty soon," but his availability for Week 1 is uncertain. Thomas is just a waiver-wire watch-list guy outside of deep and TE-premium fantasy leagues.

The Panthers closed out Round 2 of the NFL Draft by trading up to select S Jeremy Chinn. The 6'3, 221-pounder racked up big numbers across 4 seasons at Southern Illinois: 243 tackles, 13 INTs, 31 passes defensed and 6 forced fumbles. He faces an immediate opening at SS in Carolina, which let Eric Reid walk while retaining FS Tre Boston.

The Panthers selected EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos early in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. The DE racked up 34.5 tackles for loss and 17 sacks over 2 seasons as a starter for Penn State. He ranked 7th in this EDGE class in tackles for loss per game. Gross-Matos could wind up a DE or LB for fantasy purposes, depending on what new Carolina DC Phil Snow decides to do with his base alignment. As a DE, Gross-Matos would present intriguing upside in IDP leagues. He follows 1st-round DT Derrick Brown to give much needed help to the Panthers' front.

The Panthers grabbed Auburn DT Derrick Brown with the 7th pick in the NFL Draft. Brown delivered 9.5+ tackles for loss each of the past 3 seasons, adding 7 pass deflections and 5 forced fumbles. Brown is good enough to prove relevant for DT-required IDP leagues. But as a bigger, slower lineman, he doesn’t look like a high-upside fantasy asset even in that format. He could help the production of DT Kawann Short. We'll see what Carolina's new coaching staff reveals about the defensive scheme and what else the Panthers add in the draft. They still have weaknesses at LB and in the secondary.

The Panthers and RB Christian McCaffrey have agreed to a 4-year, $64 million extension. That $16 million average annual salary makes CMC the league's highest-paid RB, edging out Ezekiel Elliott by a mill. Analytics folks will tell you Carolina is over-paying here (and they might be right). But at least McCaffrey is the rare RB that's dominant in both the running and passing games. He's now signed with the Panthers through the 2025 season, when he'll be 29 years old.

The Panthers have agreed to a 2-year deal with WR Robby Anderson, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. Anderson -- who played under new HC Matt Rhule at Temple -- figures to start opposite D.J. Moore in Carolina's renovated offense. Curtis Samuel, meanwhile, could fit in the slot. Although Samuel spent a lot of time running downfield routes last season, he was a short-range playmaker as a RB/WR in college. He doesn't look like a top-36 fantasy WR heading into the season but has some upside. We'll be interested to see how the offense shakes out under Rhule and OC Joe Brady. Anderson leaves behind 96 targets (an 18.4% share) for the Jets to disperse.

The Panthers made a couple of QB moves on Monday, signing P.J. Walker and trading Kyle Allen to Washington. Walker was arguably the MVP of the 5-week XFL season, completing 65% of his passes for 1,338 yards, 15 TDs and 4 INTs. He added 99 yards and a score on the ground. Walker will duke it out with Will Grier to back up Teddy Bridgewater in Carolina. Allen, meanwhile, will sit behind Dwayne Haskins after a mostly ugly 2019 that saw him finish with a 62.0% completion rate, 6.8 yards-per-attempt average and 17 TDs vs. 16 INTs.

The Panthers have named Joe Brady their new OC. It's been a rapid rise for the 30-year-old, who spent 2017 and 2018 as an offensive assistant under Sean Payton in New Orleans and this past year as LSU's passing game coordinator. Brady won the 2019 Broyles Award as the top assistant coach in college football and was given a lot of credit for QB Joe Burrow's massive 5,671-yard, 60-TD campaign. It's an exciting -- albeit risky -- hire by the Panthers.


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