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2014 Fantasy Football: 5 Carolina Panthers You Should Draft

2014 Fantasy Football: 5 Carolina Panthers You Should Draft

Panthers
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The Carolina Panthers went 12-4 and won the NFC South title. The offense averaged 22.9 points and 316.8 yards per game, 18th and 26th in the league. The defense was the biggest surprise. They allowed 301.2 yards per game, second behind the Seattle Seahawks. Even with an overall team like the one the Panthers have, there aren't that many fantasy options. Here are the five players you should draft from the Panthers.

WR Kelvin Benjamin

Kelvin Benjamin
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WR Kelvin Benjamin

Kelvin Benjamin
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Cam Newton has to throw to someone, right? The Panthers lost two veteran receivers, Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell. The team signed Jason Avant and Jerricho Cotchery to fill in those holes. The Panthers also drafted Kelvin Benjamin. He had 54 receptions and 1,011 yards in 2013. He will be getting a lot more playing time with the lack of real talent on the team. He shouldn't be drafted earlier than Round 10, but will be a good value pick.

RB DeAngelo Williams

DeAngelo Williams
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RB DeAngelo Williams

DeAngelo Williams
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The Panthers have a crowded backfield. While DeAngelo Williams lead the team with 201 carries, Mike Tolbert and Jonathan Stewart accounted for a combined 212 carries. Tolbert was known to vulture some goal-line carries throughout the season. Williams led the team with 843 yards and finished as the 21st-best running back. He is the lead guy on the depth chart and will be a high-end RB3 in a standard league.

TE Greg Olsen

Greg Olsen
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TE Greg Olsen

Greg Olsen
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In 2013, Greg Olsen had a career-high 73 receptions. He had 816 yards and six touchdowns, his most since 2009. Olsen led the team in all three categories and will be heavily relied upon in the upcoming season. Olsen has the rapport with Newton and his the only receiver with that connection. He had nine games with at least five receptions. As a top-10 tight end, Olsen should be drafted in the later rounds and could be top-five at year's end.

Panthers D/ST

Panthers Defense
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Panthers D/ST

Panthers Defense
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The Panthers defense rose from the ashes and jumped into the top five. The team was the secobest defense in the league. With Luke Kuechly anchoring that defense, opponents had a hard time gaining any yards. The defense scored 10 or more fantasy points in 11 games and finished second with 185 points. The defense had 20 interceptions and scored four touchdowns. Despite the loss of Captain Munnerlyn, the Panthers will keep opponents at bay.

QB Cam Newton

Cam Newton
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QB Cam Newton

Cam Newton
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At the end of the 2013 season, Newton finished as the third-best fantasy quarterback. He scored 282 fantasy points. He had 10 games with 15 or more points. However, Newton had his worst stats of his three-year career. Newton threw 3,379 yards with a 61.7 completion percentage. He threw a career-high 24 touchdowns, with just six rushing touchdowns. Keep in mind Newton's stats may take a tumble with the lack of experience at the wide receiver.

Bill Pivetz is a fantasy sports writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BPiv_Sports.