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WR Devin Funchess - Carolina Panthers

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

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Week 12: at New York Jets

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FBG says: Good matchup. The Panthers come fresh off a 45-21 dismantling of the Dolphins, which saw Cam Newton throw for 254 yards and 4 touchdowns. And the decimated Carolina passing game, which has lost both Kelvin Benjamin and rookie slot man Curtis Samuel in recent weeks, should enjoy a nice boost if Greg Olsen returns as expected. Olsen's presence is a huge deal: he'll likely vie for the target lead off the bat, and dating back to 2014, no Panthers receiver has produced more adjusted yards per attempt (factoring in interceptions) from Newton. Even with the personnel losses, we have to like at least the short-term outlook here. There doesn't seem to be much drop-off from the Olsen/Kelvin Benjamin pairing to Olsen/Devin Funchess, and with Christian McCaffrey erupting out of the backfield, there's still plenty of dynamism at play here. Consistency, as always, is the sticking point. Newton has thrown for 239+ yards 4 times this year - and that's plenty considering his rushing output - but also been held below 172 in 4 others. The Jets' young pass defense has actually overachieved a bit, considering its inexperienced and shaky personnel, but it's still a unit to target in fantasy. The team has allowed 5 of its last 6 opponents to top 250 passing yards, with 3 of them topping 285. It's not hard to see why: the team lacks strong coverage options at cornerback beyond Morris Claiborne, and has struggled quite a bit in the slot, allowing big recent receiving lines to Jarvis Landry (7 receptions for 93 yards and 1 touchdown) and Mohamed Sanu (6 for 74 and 1). And with two rookies starting at the safety spots, there's tons of opportunity for misreads and missed assignment. Tight ends tend to work them over as well - only six defenses have allowed more PPR points to the position - which bodes well for Greg Olsen's probable return to the field.

Recent Stats and Projections

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8 at TB 43 0 0 0 6 2 11 0 0 1.1
9 vs ATL 48 0 0 0 7 5 86 0 0 8.6
10 vs MIA 59 0 0 0 6 5 92 2 0 21.2
12 at NYJ PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
12 at NYJ PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
12 at NYJ PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 10 vs MIA (6 / 5 / 92 / 2 rec)

A two-touchdown performance from Carolina's new full-time split end Devin Funchess will have quieted the lingering doubts about trade of Kelvin Benjamin. Funchess was slow to get into the game initially, but as the Panthers began to establish the run he came to life. Funchess found a soft spot in the zone coverage of Miami to secure a first down catch to kick things off before converting a key third down in the red zone on a slant pattern. Funchess' first touchdown came on a brilliantly executed audible from Cam Newton. Seeing an all-out Miami blitz look, Newton changed the play to a bubble screen. A quick toss out to Funchess - and a pair of great blocks to spring him - left him an easy jaunt to the end zone. The big receiver wasn't done yet and he added his second touchdown on a beautiful back shoulder hook-up with Newton. The pass was perfectly placed, allowing Funchess to pivot and waltz into the end zone.

2017 Week 9 vs ATL (7 / 5 / 86 / 0 rec)

The de facto number one target in the Panthers offense until Greg Olsen returns, Devin Funchess played like a man with a point to prove. It took time to get into gear for the offense, but Funchess helped to kick start things with a first down grab on a low throw from Cam Newton, contorting his body in almost a seated position. Funchess was directing blockers downfield on a big catch and run after catching the football running a shallow cross. Newton seemed to grow in confidence throwing to his big target, and he fired another inside-breaking ball to Funchess in the second half. The big receiver caught it in stride and showed some nice wheels to break a tackle and turn it up the field. While the passing attack wasn't exactly humming against Atlanta, the signs were good for Funchess' chances of replacing Kelvin Benjamin's production.

2017 Week 8 vs TB (6 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

With the Panthers firmly in control of the game thanks to their defense, the passing game options like Devin Funchess saw very little action. Even when Carolina was forced to pass, Cam Newton would normally toss a hopeful deep ball skyward, often giving his receivers no chance to haul it in. Funchess had a spectacular play as a stand-in defensive back on a Newton deep target. The cornerback had excellent position and had stacked Funchess on the route. If not for a diving pass breakup by Funchess, it would have been an interception. The shorter hook-ups with Newton worked well, but Funchess was twice more targeted deep - neither gave him a chance to make a play.

2017 Week 7 vs CHI (8 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)

Devin Funchess was a victim of the offensive ineptitude displayed by the Panthers. Poor pass protection forced Cam Newton to release the ball early, with the trickle-down effect being that Funchess couldn't get into longer developing routes. The lanky receiver proved to be a reliable option for his quarterback on quick-hitting passes, but was generally well marshalled by the Bears secondary.

2017 Week 6 vs PHI (9 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)

Devin Funchess was unable to build on last week's display of route-running nous and toughness in this matchup. A tough Philadelphia defense made it difficult for the Carolina passing attack to get into a rhythm, with consistent pressure forcing quick releases from Cam Newton. Funchess eventually got into a rhythm and took advantage of the cushion he was being afforded by the cornerback. Funchess demonstrated excellent spatial awareness to tap both feet in bounds on a couple of impressive sideline grabs. He was unfortunate not to get on the end of a Newton bomb down the left sideline in the second half; there was, however, a defensive holding penalty called on the play.

2017 Week 5 vs DET (8 / 7 / 53 / 1 rec)

Michigan native Devin Funchess had a point to prove in front of his home crowd, and he met expectations with another polished display. Turning a defender around on the second play of the game, Funchess nabbed a zipped pass from Cam Newton on a deep out from the far hash, tapping both feet casually in bounds. Funchess made some nice plays on simple, underneath patterns, getting open quickly and absorbing contact to keep the chains moving. One shallow crossing route saw him snag a pass with his vicegrip-like hands despite a defender being draped all over him. Funchess capped his solid day with a beautiful touchdown catch along the back line of the end zone. With Newton buying time after his first couple of reads were covered, Funchess adjusted his route on the fly and called for the ball. Newton was on the same page and zipped a pass Žabove the rim' to the six-four receiver, who seized it with two hands and somehow got both feet down despite instant contact from a defender. After the game, Funchess called it one of the toughest catches of his career.

2017 Week 4 vs NE (9 / 7 / 70 / 2 rec)

In what many may consider in time as the breakout game of Devin Funchess' young career, the former Michigan standout excelled in all areas to give the Patriots defense fits. It could have been an inauspicious start, however, as Funchess was fortunate not to be flagged on his first catch after a clear push off on the defensive back at the top of his route. The big man showed good strength and run after the catch ability at times, breaking tackles with quick spin moves Ů including a crucial catch on the Panthers' final drive on third down. His first touchdown reception saw him lined up on the left side trips formation after motioning from right to left. The Patriots defensive backs blew a coverage and allowed Funchess to waltz into the end zone and provide an easy target for Cam Newton. His second touchdown catch was not so straightforward. Funchess' route made the defensive back open his hips to the outside for a split second, allowing the receiver to stab a foot inside and establish position. The pass from Newton was left a little behind Funchess, but he reached back with strong hands, reeled it in and absorbed a hit as he reached the football across the plane of the goal line. Funchess, in truth, could have had a bigger day. A free play after a Patriots offside penalty saw him drop a deep pass from Newton that could hardly have been placed any better. Funchess appeared to hurt himself in the fourth quarter, but returned to the game.

2017 Week 3 vs NO (10 / 4 / 58 / 0 rec)

After Kelvin Benjamin left the game with a knee injury, Devin Funchess assumed the role of Cam Newton's top target. The results, however, left a lot to be desired. It wasn't all Funchess' fault, as the receiver was often thrown passes by his quarterback that gave him no chance to even contemplate attacking the ball. His first target was intercepted; a slant-flat combination on the right side was perfectly read by the Saints defensive back, who jumped in front of Funchess. Newton's read was poor, but Funchess could have done better to box out the defensive back. This error would crop up again later in the game, only this time resulting in an incomplete pass. Funchess managed to gain separation deep down the left sideline, only for Newton to leave the pass too far in front of his receiver. The comfort level nurtured between Newton and Benjamin simply didn't translate to Newton and Funchess in this contest.

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.

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Latest News

Panthers | Devin Funchess hauls in pair of TDs on MNF (Mon Nov 13, 11:35 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess recorded five catches on six targets for 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the team's Week 10 victory Monday, Nov. 13, against the Miami Dolphins.

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