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TE Ed Dickson - Carolina Panthers

6-4, 249Born: 7-26-1987College: OregonDrafted: Round 3

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Week 14: vs Minnesota Vikings

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FBG says: Bad matchup. Cam Newton continues to make his hay from the rushing game as he has now failed to exceed 200 passing yards in four of his last five games with a couple outings with zero passing touchdowns over that span. Newton has done a great job protecting the football with no interceptions in the last four games after coughing it up 11 times in his first eight games, but that is partly due to his overall reduction in pass attempts in recent weeks. Newton's accuracy has been abysmal this season, including the game in Week 12 where he completed only 39% of his passes. Last week was slightly better at 63%, but this is still a huge problem for the Panthers passing offense going forward. Devin Funchess was questionable going into last week, but he ended up playing and leading the team in receiving yards with a touchdown. Greg Olsen, however, did not play as he re-aggravated his foot injury and was held out. Olsen is likely to play this week though, so look for that to help boost the passing attack. Christian McCaffrey has also been a huge weapon for Newton as he has been targeted at least five times in every game this season with a ton of usage in the red zone. The Vikings had another spectacular showing on defense last week as they held the Falcons to just nine points without a single offensive touchdown. Matt Ryan only managed to pass for 173 yards while Xavier Rhodes held Julio Jones to only two receptions for 24 yards after his massive game the week prior. The Vikings are holding opposing quarterbacks to just the third-fewest fantasy points per game and have held opposing wide receivers to no touchdowns in half of their games this season. Devin Funchess can be expected to be smothered by Rhodes this week. Greg Olsen has a softer matchup with linebacker Eric Kendricks, but he will also have the watchful eye of safety Harrison Smith to contend with. One would think Christian McCaffrey will be funneled targets here, and he very well may see plenty of looks, but the Vikings have also been proficient in that department as opposing running backs are seeing just 4.8 receiving yards per target with only one passing touchdown, making the Vikings defense the third most efficient in the league against pass-catching running backs.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
10 vs MIA 73 3 33 1 0 9.3
12 at NYJ 63 1 15 0 0 1.5
13 at NO 56 2 18 0 0 1.8
14 vs MIN PROJ-Dodds * 2 * * * *
14 vs MIN PROJ-Tremblay * 2 * * * *
14 vs MIN PROJ-Bloom * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 13 vs NO (2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

With Greg Olsen out against New Orleans, Dickson assumed the lead tight end role. However, Dickson saw only two targets, both with minimal impact. Outside of Dickson's Week 5 career day of 175 yards, he has struggled to separate from defenders or find yards after the catch opportunities. Greg Olsen practiced at the end of last week, pointing to a good chance to return in Week 14 against Minnesota.

2017 Week 12 vs NYJ (3 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)

With Greg Olsen returning to the line-up, initially Ed Dickson became a forgotten man again. However, Olsen left the game in the second half as he was reportedly bothered by soreness in his surgically repaired foot. Dickson was targeted on a deep corner route in the first half on a pass that Cam Newton should have hit, but it was not accurate enough for his tight end. Dickson will have been disappointed with his attempt to convert a two-point play. Running a slant/flat combination with Devin Funchess, Dickson managed to get open only for the Jets to tackle him short. It appeared as though he could have reached the ball out to break the plane.

2017 Week 10 vs MIA (5 / 3 / 33 / 1 rec)

On a night the Carolina offense was firing on all cylinders, even oft-forgotten pass catching weapon Ed Dickson got in on the act. After Cam Newton missed him on a straightforward sideline pass that was floated too high even for the towering tight end to catch, Dickson got involved with some short catches and a nice grab on a corner route. It was his sprawling effort to haul in a zipped Newton pass in the red zone that was most impressive. Dickson ran a post route to box out the defender in coverage and bobbled the ball before securing it for a touchdown.

2017 Week 9 vs ATL (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Ed Dickson played an almost token role in the Panthers offense against Atlanta, only seeing one target the entire game. The pass came on a seam pattern down the left hash, and Dickson would have had room to roam had Cam Newton's pass not been aimed too high.

2017 Week 8 vs TB (5 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)

Ed Dickson was predominantly used as an outlet receiver against the Buccaneers, being targeted on quick-hitting routes underneath. A couple of Cam Newton's passes to the tight end could be described as 'hospital passes', as the trajectory of the football meant Dickson couldn't properly protect himself from the impending hit. Dickson contributed more as a blocker than a pass catcher in a game dominated by defense.

2017 Week 7 vs CHI (5 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)

Ed Dickson was unable to rekindle the magic of previous outings against the Bears, being held down by a stifling defense and an ineffective offense. The athletic tight end bailed his quarterback out on a couple of occasions by providing a big target at the sticks, but in general he was kept in to block as the pass rush threat steadily grew.

2017 Week 6 vs PHI (8 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)

After a breakout performance that had the football world talking, Ed Dickson came back down to earth with a thud against a stubborn Eagles defense. The Philadelphia pass rush forced Dickson to stay in and block on occasion, with the Panthers often opting to use he and a running back to chip the edge rushers. This diminished his role in the passing attack, where he mostly used as a check down option. Dickson came just shy of scoring a touchdown on a backside play action pass as he sneaked across the formation. However, a lofty pass due to Eagles pressure meant he had to wait on the football, allowing the pursuit to take him down.

2017 Week 5 vs DET (5 / 5 / 175 / 0 rec)

Ed Dickson announced his intentions early with a beautiful adjustment on a seam pass thrown slightly behind him, attacking it with his hands for an 18-yard connection. Cam Newton went back to his athletic tight end with a perfectly zipped pass on a skinny post pattern, with Dickson nonchalantly shoving tacklers aside and trucking his way down the field for a 64-yard gain. The Lions defense was fooled by a well-crafted naked bootleg on 3rd and short; Newton rolled out left and, after faking a block, Dickson leaked out into his pattern. Nobody tracked the tight end, and it was a simple lofted pass for another chunk play. The Panthers continued to attack the middle of the field with Dickson, who made a couple more nice catches in traffic to give the offense a dimension it lacked the last couple of games.

2017 Week 4 vs NE (4 / 3 / 62 / 0 rec)

Ed Dickson was far down the pecking order in the Panthers passing attack, but he performed admirably when called upon. The long-limbed tight end found room to roam between the New England linebackers and safeties on an 'over' route early, catching a zipped Cam Newton pass for a chunk play. On the next play, as Newton began to settle down, he found Dickson off play action for a 10-yard gain in the flat. It was down the seam that Dickson found space to exploit for most of the game, as the Patriots coverage was left wanting. He committed an unfortunate mental error on a straightforward shallow crossing route in the fourth quarter, but overall provided a solid option when needed.

2017 Week 3 vs NO (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

The absence of the steadying presence of Greg Olsen was keenly felt against the Saints. His backup Ed Dickson was an afterthought in the offense, not least because he was assigned a blocking role for the most part. The Panthers opted to utilise the skills of Christian McCaffrey as the short to intermediate target, with Dickson helping out in protection and rarely even getting out into patterns.

2017 Week 2 vs BUF (3 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)

Ed Dickson assumed the starting tight end role after Greg Olsen was forced to leave the game in the second quarter; the injury was later confirmed to be a broken foot. Dickson made a seamless transition with a beautiful leaping catch down the seam, absorbing a hit for his trouble. The struggles of the passing game had a downstream effect on all of Newton's targets, but it was his quarterback's lack of accuracy that hurt the most. On a key third down, Newton broke the pocket and had Dickson deep down the right sideline for what could have been a 25+-yard completion. Instead, the pass was lofted too high a reminder of last week against San Francisco and Dickson was unable to haul it in.

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Schedule

14vs Minnesota Vikings
15vs Green Bay Packers
16vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
17@ Atlanta Falcons