Friday, June 6, 2014
2014 Fantasy Football Team Outlook: Carolina Panthers
Studs: Cam Newton, Greg Olsen
After his best season yet and potentially being on the cover of Madden 15, Cam Newton has a lot to live up to. The Panthers spent the offseason losing about half of their starters and while the o-line is still suspect, the receivers might be a little better. While Newton will be playing behind an entirely new offensive line and new receivers, he is still the face of the offense and will put up plenty of total yards and touchdowns.
Greg Olsen has been one of the most consistent tight ends the past two season after putting up consecutive season of 69 plus catches and over 800 yards. While the Panthers basically have an entire new receiving group and offensive line, Greg Olsen remains the constant in the offense. There isn't much to be said about him, owners know what to expect and he likely won't disappoint.
Solid Starters: Kelvin Benjamin
If I am going to be wrong and ruin people's fantasy teams it is going to be with Kelvin Benjamin. Other than Greg Olsen the Panthers lack dynamic game-changing receiver. Benjamin is 6'5, 240 pounds and runs 4.61 40 time. The only hiccup with Benjamin is though he only has two years of college production. Simply put he is inexperienced. However, if he gets a starting job, he is going to put up big time numbers. It could be a drop-filled season but if he gets 5-10 targets per game the opportunity will be there for huge numbers, especially big touchdown numbers. He may fit the sleeper category but I'm going out on a limb and think he winds up being a difference maker for fantasy owners right out of the gate.
Backups: DeAngelo Williams
Williams is nothing more than a bye-week filler for fantasy owners. He isn't a bad option because it seems as though Jonathan Stewart won't be able to stay healthy and somebody has to run the ball in Carolina. Williams should be set for another season with around 1000 total yards and five or so touchdowns.
Sleeper: Jerricho Cotchery
Cotchery came out of nowhere to grab 10 touchdowns for the Steelers last season. While he likely won't do that again he could become a reliable target for Cam Newton. While I'm putting a lot of stock in Kelvin Benjamin, Cotchery could turn out to be Newton's favorite target and amass something along the lines of 70 catches, 900 yards and five to eight touchdowns.