Show Navigation
Show Menu

Shark Bites

The Patriots have surprisingly released QB Cam Newton, according to multiple reports. We wouldn't have been shocked to see the team name Mac Jones its Week 1 starter, but we certainly did not foresee New England unloading Newton completely. Jones graded out among the top passers across the league in preseason, according to Pro Football Focus. His ascension should be good news for the fantasy outlooks for basically everyone in the New England offense. It signals a more traditional scheme as opposed to last year's run-heavy approach. It returns lead status near the goal line to Damien Harris and the RBs. And it should mean more -- and more accurate -- targets for all pass-catchers. We're not overly interested in Jones as a fantasy football prospect, but Jakobi Meyers, Jonnu Smith, Hunter Henry, Nelson Agholor and James White all gain some late-round appeal. RB Damien Harris also gets a bump. Check out the updated projections for the Patriots.

Recent Shark Bites

Panthers GM Scott Fitterer said the team hasn’t closed the door on re-signing QB Cam Newton. “I think we’re still having thoughts,” he said. “We have to see how this works out here throughout the spring. I just happened to be up at the [Kentucky] Derby last weekend and Cam was up there. We’re texting a little bit. The lines of communication are open. I know Coach Rhule has spoken with him. We are going to have a discussion at some point but we’re just not quite there yet, but we’ll see how it goes. The more competition we have at that position the better.” The GM went on to call Cam a “team-first guy” who he has “no problem” bringing in. Recall that Newton made 5 starts last year and popped in 5 rushing scores across 8 appearences. Maybe he returns to Carolina, but for now, he’s miles away from fantasy relevance.

Panthers HC Matt Rhule said Monday that he'll continue to play both Cam Newton and P.J. Walker going forward. Newton was yanked for Walker a couple of times in Sunday's loss to the Falcons, and Rhule is making it sound like that was the plan and not performance related. Newton ended up playing 75% of Carolina's offensive snaps in Week 14. This plan, of course, puts a serious dent in Newton's fantasy value.

Panthers HC Matt Rhule said after Sunday's game against the Falcons that QB Cam Newton is still his starter. Newton was benched on 2 separate occasions in the loss. He threw an INT and lost a fumble, although he did run for 47 yards and a score. QB P.J. Walker wasn't any better, completing just 6 of 12 passes with 1 TD and 1 INT. Newton will be tough to trust in Week 15 fantasy lineups with the Panthers so willing to give him the hook.

The Panthers fired OC Joe Brady. It's a quick fall for a guy who was getting head-coaching interviews last offseason. Brady's Panthers finished 17th in Football Outsiders' offensive DVOA last year and are currently sitting 29th in this year's rankings. QB play, of course, has been a problem in Carolina. Senior offensive assistant Jeff Nixon will step in as interim OC, according to The Athletic's Joe Person. Nixon's only OC experience came under current Panthers HC Matt Rhule at Baylor from 2017 to 2019.

Panthers HC Matt Rhule said Friday that QB Cam Newton "will take the first play" vs. Washington on Sunday. Cool. But Rhule also said QB P.J. Walker will "probably" play, as well. Not cool. We'll look for more details on Carolina's plan. But Newton would be tough to get behind even in Superflex leagues and DFS if he's not going to play 100% of the snaps.

Related Fantasy Football

Keon Coleman Dynasty Value

Keon Coleman Dynasty Value

11:37am EDT 4/18/24

The highlight reel is as impressive as any WR in this class. But there are multiple reasons to be worried about Keon Coleman's dynasty value.

Read More »
Best Guillotine League Strategy

Best Guillotine League Strategy

10:03am EDT 4/18/24

The best guillotine league strategy requires careful drafting and tactical work on the waiver wire. Lenny Pappano dives into the details of guillotine leagues and the strategies you need to win.

Read More »
Ricky Pearsall Dynasty Value

Ricky Pearsall Dynasty Value

12:20pm EDT 4/17/24

He delivered some dominant college performances. But he's also already nearly 24. Ricky Pearsall's dynasty value could be thrilling. But there's also some reason for concern ...

Read More »
Bucky Irving Dynasty Value

Bucky Irving Dynasty Value

10:50am EDT 4/16/24

He has performed as one of the top RBs in college football. But do a small frame and poor athletic testing spell doom for Bucky Irving’s dynasty value?

Read More »
Xavier Legette Dynasty Value

Xavier Legette Dynasty Value

9:27pm EDT 4/15/24

It took Xavier Legette five college seasons to break out. Should you look past that and buy this size-speed freak? Jared Smola examines Legette's dynasty value.

Read More »
Podcast: Superflex Top 24 Rookies

Podcast: Superflex Top 24 Rookies

10:41am EDT 4/12/24

This fantasy football podcast reveals the top 24 in our dynasty superflex rookie rankings. You know about the top QBs ... but what about some sleepers?

Read More »
Jaylen Wright Dynasty Value

Jaylen Wright Dynasty Value

9:43am EDT 4/12/24

Jaylen Wright presents exciting speed. But should we worry about his modest college production? Shane Hallam digs in to find the upside potential ... and the downside risk.

Read More »
Get Instant Access to the Draft War Room & Much More Why Wouldn't You Invest $6 To Win Your League?
Compare Plans »

Turn your phone into a draft weapon with our FREE APP

Download on the App Store Get It on Google Play