WR Devin Funchess - Carolina Panthers
|6-4, 232||Born: 5-21-1994||College: Michigan||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2015|
Week 14: at Cleveland Browns
FBG says: Good matchup. Cam Newton wasn't at his sharpest last Sunday, throwing four interceptions to the Buccaneers' shaky pass defense. It was an erratic day for sure, and it's concerning he's now on a four-game interception streak. But it doesn't take away from the fact that he's enjoying the second-most efficient season of his career. A 59% passer over his first 7 years, Newton is completing 70% here in 2018, with his highest yardage and touchdown rates since his dazzling 2015. Newton never needs a ton of passing production to bring home big fantasy value, but he's His receiving corps, completely retooled with fast, dynamic youngsters, has certainly helped. Newton now throws to a much more dangerous arsenal than the days of Ted Ginn and Philly Brown. D.J. Moore and Devin Funchess are true downfield playmakers, with Moore especially impressing as an explosive, versatile No. 1. Christian McCaffrey serves as Newton's top checkdown, and he's always capable of turning a dump-off into a splash play. There's always fantasy upside in play in this offense, even if there's rarely enough volume for two guys to excel at once. Cleveland's pass defense now stands as one fantasy's juicier week-to-week matchups, but that doesn't reflect the leaps this unit has taken. They're allowing the league's fifth-most yards per game (292), but the 11th-fewest net yards per attempt (6.4). Much of that raw yardage, however, has gone to opposing tight ends and running backs in the short game. Christian McCaffrey may be licking his chops, but the Cleveland secondary has stepped up in a major way behind rookie phenom Denzel Ward. Already a shutdown guy with a reputation, Ward is consistently turning half the field into a nightmare for opposing passers and this week should be D.J. Moore. The Browns tend to shadow their cornerbacks on specific receivers, and Ward has not only erased his share of receivers, but also broken up 11 passes and intercepted 3 others. He's in a race to clear the concussion protocol by Sunday, though. If he sits, he'll deal a huge downgrade to a defense already missing two other regular cornerbacks from earlier in the year.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Devin Funchess's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 13 vs TB (3 / 1 / 10 / 1 rec)
Returning from injury, Devin Funchess played fewer than half the snaps and contributed very little. A penalty for offensive holding called back a would-be touchdown for Funchess after he came back to his scrambling quarterback and boxed out a defender nicely in the end zone. Funchess got another opportunity in the second half and cashed in, adjusting nicely for a rocket pass on a slant route in the red zone. A late target on fourth down that could have been crucial to a potential game-tying score soared well over Funchess' head, a poor miss from his quarterback.
2018 Week 11 vs DET (8 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec)
The return to his home state of Michigan couldn't have panned out any worse for Devin Funchess, whose positive moments were overshadowed by a slew of negative ones. Drops were the main issue for the tall receiver, who looked as if he had scored an easy touchdown early on as Cam Newton hit him between the numbers. Instead, the ball fell harmlessly to the turf after coming off Funchess' chest. The problems persisted, a deep target hitting his hands before falling to the floor and another routine catch on a sliding play that should have been completed. The late stages saw the Lions defensive backs smell the figurative blood in the water, and they began to increase their aggressiveness in coverage against a shaken Funchess. To his credit, Funchess came up with a key 16-yard reception on the Panthers' final drive to keep the possession alive, but it was a rare up in a game of downs.
2018 Week 10 vs PIT (5 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Devin Funchess remained mostly anonymous in the passing game even as the Panthers were forced into comeback mode in the early stages. The soon-to-be free agent helped Christian McCaffrey get open on his first touchdown catch, running a slant route to 'pick' off the defender in coverage as the running back ran a wheel pattern. Funchess was used as an outlet receiver on short routes when Cam Newton was under pressure but offered little downfield threat in a game pockmarked by pressure for the Panthers offense.
2018 Week 9 vs TB (5 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)
It proved to be a quiet day for Devin Funchess as the Panthers' passing pie was mostly feasted upon by Christian McCaffrey and Greg Olsen. Funchess came just yards short of a touchdown after a high pass near the goal line on a back-shoulder fade. Later, he showed off his excellent hands and catch radius on a quick slant and a low grab on a deep crossing pattern. Cam Newton missed a wide-open Funchess on a deep dig pattern in the second half after the receiver had gotten wide open.
2018 Week 8 vs BAL (3 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
With D.J. Moore grabbing all the headlines and racking up chunk plays, Cam Newton's usual number one target Devin Funchess was kept quiet. Funchess made a nice connection with his quarterback on a deep crossing pattern off play action, and later went low for a pass that he had no business catching. Otherwise, the game script called for less passing in the second half, which robbed Funchess of more opportunities.
2018 Week 7 vs PHI (11 / 6 / 62 / 1 rec)
Devin Funchess had his way with Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby, who was unable to deal with the level of physicality the Carolina receiver brought to the game. Funchess and Cam Newton were unable to connect early, a pass clanging off the receiver's hands, but Funchess quickly got into a rhythm. He continued to work on Darby with inside slants, which Newton was able to find time and again versus an Eagles defense that was playing a lot of single-high coverage. Funchess will have been disappointed with a couple of targets that walloped his hands and fell to the turf, but he made up for those mistakes with a beautiful touchdown catch. Having set up Darby all game with the slant, Funchess ran a perfect slant-and-go, selling it well and hauling in a perfect pass from Newton for the score.
2018 Week 6 vs WAS (8 / 5 / 74 / 1 rec)
Devin Funchess bossed whoever he was up against throughout this game, connecting well with Cam Newton and leaving Washington defensive backs frustrated. Funchess ran some excellent routes, displaying good timing with his quarterback on comebacks and outside-breaking timing patterns. A deep target thrown his way in the first half resulted in an interception, but the blame fell on a careless Newton, who tossed it up for grabs as the pocket was collapsing. Funchess caught his lone touchdown of the game not long after, executing a beautiful slant-and-go move to get position on the cornerback. The ball was floated up high for the taller Funchess to grab, which he did over the cornerback's head despite his facemask being tugged. Funchess showed off his vicegrip-like hands, extending the ball away from his body with one hand to show the referees he had caught it. Funchess was targeted again in the end zone as time was running out, but Newton's pass was well over his head and uncatchable.
2018 Week 5 vs NYG (7 / 4 / 53 / 0 rec)
There was a clear emphasis in this game to feed the football to both the returning Curtis Samuel and rookie D.J. Moore, but Devin Funchess still appears to be the apple of Cam Newton's eye. When Newton needs an outlet, it is Funchess he targets - and so it proved in this game. An early target was broken up by a Giants defensive back, but Funchess quickly got his feet under him with a toe-tapping effort on a comeback route, before a 21-yard hook-up with Newton on a deep dig. Funchess worked hard for his quarterback and bailed him out on a couple of occasions; on one play, Funchess was short of the sticks, but managed to use his big frame to push his way over the line to gain.
2018 Week 3 vs CIN (7 / 4 / 67 / 1 rec)
If the passing attack for Carolina had an engine against the Bengals, it was Devin Funchess, who made the best of some errant Cam Newton passes at times. The very first target of the game from Newton saw Funchess get wide open on a standard dig route, but the pass was too high even for the lanky receiver to haul in. Funchess remained focused and had to slide to save a Newton pass from hitting the ground a few plays after that. Funchess cashed in on his red zone opportunity, a beautiful quick slant off play action that Newton fired between the 1 and the 7 on Funchess' jersey. Funchess showed terrific leaping ability in the final stages, vaulting into the air to catch a high Newton pass on a key third down.
2018 Week 2 vs ATL (9 / 7 / 77 / 0 rec)
Devin Funchess continued to make the plays expected of him as he transitions to the de facto number one receiver in this developing passing attack. Funchess bailed out his quarterback on an early third down, staying alive over the middle as Cam Newton scrambled right ñ and threw back left to the big receiver. Funchess was mainly limited to short receptions as the Falcons mixed their coverages well and forced Newton to take quick-hitting underneath throws. Funchess was peppered with targets; however, none could be considered high-impact.
2018 Week 1 vs DAL (5 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
Devin Funchess played like the Panthers' 'number one' receiver in the season opener, overcoming what was a forgettable performance from the passing game. Funchess had to bide his time initially. Cam Newton was under near-constant pressure on his dropbacks, exacerbating the usually erratic Newton's accuracy issues. Two early targets - one a deep pass, the other a corner route - were too high for Funchess. It wasn't long before Funchess made another grab for a chunk play, but it was called back by an offensive holding penalty. Funchess came to life in the second half despite some less-than-ideal Newton passes, the ball often arriving off target. Nevertheless, Funchess made the most of the opportunities and kickstarted the passing game with some tremendous catches in heavy traffic.
Latest NewsPanthers | Devin Funchess blanked in loss (Sun Dec 9, 04:52 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess went without a catch on three targets in Week 14 against the Cleveland Browns. Our View: Funchess had a target that could have been a score, but he wasn't aware the ball was thrown to him. He has slid from #1 to #3 receiver for the Panthers, and can be dropped heading into a matchup against New Orleans.
link to story Panthers | Devin Funchess makes most of catch (Sun Dec 2, 04:34 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess had just one grab for 10 yards in Week 13 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he made it count for a touchdown on three targets. link to story Panthers | Devin Funchess active for Week 13 (Sun Dec 2, 11:51 AM) - Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess (back) is active for Week 13's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. link to story Panthers | Devin Funchess to see limited snaps (Sun Dec 2, 09:29 AM) - Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess (back) is expected to play in Week 13's game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a limited basis. Our View: Funchess could be limited in snaps, and there are some concerns about the wind in Tampa affecting the downfield passing game, so Funchess should be on your bench.
link to story Panthers | Devin Funchess has chance to play (Sat Dec 1, 02:06 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess (back) is listed as questionable for the Week 13 game, but head coach Ron Rivera said Funchess probably would have been listed as probable if that was still an option. Our View: Funchess should be out there for the Panthers this week. With the emergence of D.J. Moore, Funchess should only be considered a WR5/deep flex play in Week 13.
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