Shark Bites

Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) isn't listed on the final Week 14 injury report. He was limited on Wednesday and Thursday but listed as a full participant on Friday. Newton is dealing with some soreness in his throwing shoulder, which adds some risk to his fantasy outlook. But he remains a strong QB1 vs. Cleveland this weekend.

Panthers K Graham Gano (knee) is out for Sunday’s game against the Browns. K Chandler Catanzaro will kick in his place. Gano is sitting just 22nd among Ks in fantasy points, so Catanzaro isn’t a recommended Week 14 play.

Panthers QB Cam Newton was limited in Wednesday's practice with a throwing-shoulder issue. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport termed it a "sore" shoulder and said it "may be a battle the rest of the season." Rapoport added that he's "received no indication that his playing status is in doubt." Newton, of course, is coming off his worst game of the year -- a 4-INT clunker in Tampa Bay. It's also worth noting that he was pulled for QB Taylor Heinicke for a Hail Mary on the final play of that game. We'll continue to keep an eye on Newton's status. He'll come with a bit more risk in Week 14 fantasy lineups but remains a QB1.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen told reporters after Sunday's loss that he ruptured the plantar fascia in his right foot and expects to miss the rest of the season. This is the same foot that Olsen has broken twice over the past 2 seasons, and he believes the latest injury was a result of trying to compensate for those previous breaks. Olsen's absence will leave Ian Thomas as Carolina's lead pass-catching TE the rest of the way. In the 3 games Olsen missed earlier this year, Thomas totaled 8 catches on 14 targets. He'll be a low-end spot-start option moving forward.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen is out for the rest of Sunday's game against the Bucs with a right foot injury. That's the same foot he's broken twice over the past 2 seasons. Olsen's 2018 campaign might be very well be over. That'd leave rookie Ian Thomas as Carolina's lead TE.

Panthers WR Devin Funchess (back) is active for today’s game against the Bucs. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported this morning that Funchess will play on a “limited basis.” So despite the plus matchup, consider him just a WR4.

Panthers WR Devin Funchess is expected to return today from the back injury that cost him Week 12, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Funchess endured sluggish production over the past 4 games he played and isn't a terrific option, but he's on the radar at least vs. a terrible Bucs defense.

Update: Rapoport adds that Funchess will play on a "limited basis" today. "The team will work him back slowly." We'd try not to use Funchess in fantasy lineups, despite the plus matchup.

Panthers WR Devin Funchess (back) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Bucs after getting in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. HC Ron Rivera said Friday that he’s “optimistic” about Funchess’ status. If active, he’ll be no better than a risky WR3. But Funchess’ return would make WR Curtis Samuel impossible to trust in fantasy lineups. WR D.J. Moore remains a WR2 with upside.

After sitting out on Wednesday, Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) put in a full practice on Thursday. He'll play against the Bucs this weekend, but his fantasy viability hinges on whether WR Devin Funchess returns.

Panthers WR Devin Funchess (back) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. That at least gives him a chance to play against the Bucs this weekend. We'll see what Funchess is able to do tomorrow.

Panthers WR Curtis Samuel missed Wednesday's practice with a hamstring injury. It's the 1st we've heard of it, and it's possible this was more of a rest day. Check back tomorrow for an update on Samuel's status.

Panthers WR Devin Funchess (back) remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice. That doesn't bode well for his chances of returning for Sunday's game against the Bucs. Frankly, we like Carolina's offense better with D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel as the top 2 WRs.

Panthers WR Torrey Smith (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Lions. WR D.J. Moore has played 70+% of the offensive snaps with Smith out the past 3 games. The rookie remains in the lower-end WR3 mix vs. a leaky Detroit pass defense.

The Buccaneers have released K Chandler Catanzaro. The veteran missed FG attempts from 30 and 48 yards out in Sunday's loss to Washington. For the season, he's 11-of-15 on FG tries and has missed 4 extra-point attempts. We'll see who the Bucs tap to replace him.

Panthers S Eric Reid got ejected in the 3rd quarter of Thursday night's game against the Steelers after a shot to the head of QB Ben Roethlisberger. Reid launched and made contact with Roethlisberger's helmet as the QB slid at the end of a scramble. We'll see if there's any further discipline for Reid, but we wouldn't bet on it.

Panthers WR Torrey Smith (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday night's game against the Steelers. That keeps D.J. Moore in the WR3 mix. He disappointed in the box score last week but played a season-high 86% of Carolina's offensive snaps.

Panthers WR Torrey Smith (knee) is out for Sunday's game against the Bucs. That locks WR D.J. Moore into a significant role vs. the league's 30th-ranked WR defense. The rookie is a WR3 with loads of upside.

Panthers WR Torrey Smith (knee) remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice. His status is big for WR D.J. Moore, who played a season-high 71% of the snaps and broke out for 129 total yards last week. If Smith is out this weekend, Moore will be worth getting into fantasy lineups in a pristine matchup vs. the Bucs.

Panthers WR Torrey Smith (knee) is out for Sunday’s game against the Ravens. The veteran has played 69% of the offensive snaps and averaged 4.5 targets per game. WRs D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel should pick up extra playing time this weekend, but neither is a strong fantasy option in a tough matchup.

Panthers QB Cam Newton was limited in practice this week with a sore throwing shoulder but isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll play against the Ravens on Sunday. But between the shoulder issue and that tough matchup, Newton is a shaky QB1 play.

 
 
 

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