Fantasy Football 2013: Carolina Panthers Early Season Preview
In the following weeks, I will be walking you through all 32 NFL teams in a fantasy football perspective. I will give you predictions, rankings, sleepers and much more so you can be fully prepared for draft day. Today, I am going to walk you through the Carolina Panthers.
The Panthers play in a division where offense runs wild. With the likes of Drew Brees and Matt Ryan, the Panthers’ players are going to have to score more than other teams. Whether or not they do keep up with the offenses is an entirely different story. They tend to usually pull a few high scores out every once in a while, which helps their players’ fantasy numbers.
Quarterback: Cam Newton is the obvious highlight of this squad. He is a threat to score 30 points week in, week out. He is a top-three quarterback in standard formats due to his versatility, size, arm strength and a variety of other reasons. Drafting Newton in the third round is where you should feel comfortable.
Running Back: There is a time share in the backfield of the Panthers, and it may feature two of the most unpredictable backs in the league.
The Panthers pay $8,700,000 a year to DeAngelo Williams and $2,711,250 for Jonathan Stewart. That is an incredibly steep price for two running backs. This means they are going to give carries to the people they pay so much for, which boosts their value.
Williams is the man here, and he could win you a few games during your season. He is a great running back to store on your bench and use as trade bait as the season progresses.
Wide Receiver: At the helm of the receiving core is future Hall of Famer Steve Smith. This guy was supposed to be washed up last year, but he turned out to be a great addition to the team.
He produced wide receiver two numbers with 73 receptions and 1,174 receiving yards. While he isn’t going to match this production for a second year in a row, I wouldn’t be afraid of drafting him.
Tight End: Greg Olsen is one of the best options at tight end, and you aren’t going to have to waste a high draft pick on. He put up some very solid numbers last year with 69 receptions and five touchdowns. These numbers could very well go up this year. He is worth taking a look at in the later rounds of the draft.