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WR Devin Funchess - Carolina Panthers

6-4, 232Born: 5-21-1994College: MichiganDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Funchess had one of the best games of his career in Week 2 and appears to be ready to pick up some of the slack left by the injury to Greg Olsen. This is a good week to pick him up and plug him right in against the Saints.

Week 3: vs New Orleans Saints

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FBG says: Great matchup. Following offseason shoulder surgery, Cam Newton isn't quite himself right now. His numbers are generally in line with the rest of his career, but he's simply not throwing the ball well despite an overhaul of supporting talent. Newton has never been a particularly accurate passer, but he's missed on numerous key throws thus far, including badly missing would-be touchdowns in back-to-back weeks. The bad news grew far worse on Monday, when Greg Olsen was diagnosed with a broken foot that will sideline him for at least six to eight weeks. Considering the shaky state of the Panthers' offensive line - he was sacked six times in Week 2 - we're seeing a bit of a perfect storm working against his fantasy value. Expect to see further reliance upon Benjamin for contested catches, as well as expanded usage for rookie back Christian McCaffrey out of the backfield. There's plenty of dynamism there to be had, especially against the Saints' barely-there defense, but Newton simply doesn't look healthy and confident enough to snatch it right now. At least he has history on his side. Over his 4 meetings with the Saints under defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, Newton has averaged 290.0 yards and 2.5 touchdowns through the air, with 29.8 standard fantasy points. Cam Newton is struggling, but there's little better medicine in the NFL than a date with the Saints "defense." The unit is predictably shallow and weak down the field, ceding deep balls and wide-open intermediate completions everywhere. Through 2 games, they've surrendered the most yards (388.5 per game) and net yards (10.5 per attempt) in the league, as well as the second-most touchdowns (6). Simply put, there's nothing about this matchup not to like. Their poor deep-ball defense projects especially poorly against Newton's powerful downfield arm - thus far, opponents have completed an eye-popping 13 of 15 deep balls against them. Newton is no guarantee to scorch them, especially in his current state. But there's no better time for him to get on track.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at SF 45 0 0 0 2 2 20 0 0 2
2 vs BUF 57 0 0 0 7 4 68 0 0 6.8
3 vs NO PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
3 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 3 * * * *
3 vs NO PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs BUF (7 / 4 / 68 / 0 rec)

The Bills' defensive backs struggled mightily with the Panthers' big-bodied duo of receivers, Devin Funchess and Kelvin Benjamin. There was an emphasis early on by Carolina to spread the field with three- and four-wide sets, putting pressure on the defensive backs to cover in space on in-breaking routes. Funchess feasted and made a solid catch in traffic early to get into a rhythm. A target on the very next play nearly resulted in an interception as a Buffalo defensive back sunk underneath the pass and nearly tipped it into his teammate's arms. Funchess was a consistent target of Cam Newton's and the receiver rewarded his trust with a leaping catch on a long yardage situation to give the Panthers a much-needed boost.

2017 Week 1 vs SF (2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

The forgotten man on a day the Panthers passing attack wasn't required to do much, Devin Funchess did his job when called upon. An excellent route to set up the defensive back to open his hips up allowed Funchess to get inside leverage on a skinny post pattern in the second half. Featured often, Funchess simply wasn't targeted as Cam Newton sprayed shorter, higher percentage passes to the likes of Christian McCaffrey and Kelvin Benjamin.


Latest News

Panthers | Devin Funchess picks up the pace (Sun Sep 17, 06:51 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess posted four catches for 68 yards on seven targets in Week 2 against Buffalo.

Our View: Funchess will be an add in a lot of leagues with Greg Olsen out and the Saints up next. This was one of the best games of his career.
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Panthers | Devin Funchess snags two balls (Sun Sep 10, 11:18 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess recorded two receptions for 20 yards on two targets in the Week 1 road win against the 49ers.

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