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WR Russell Shepard - Carolina Panthers

6-1, 196Born: 11-17-1990College: LSUDrafted: ---

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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

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 at SF 20 0 0 0 2 2 53 1 0 11.3
2 vs BUF 34 0 0 0 2 1 6 0 0 0.6
3 vs NO PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 2 * * * *
3 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 1 * * * *
3 vs NO PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs BUF (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Russell Shepard continues to be utilised in three- and four-wide sets, an offensive personnel package the Panthers leaned on heavily in this game. Shepard was unfortunate not to reel in a touchdown reception from his quarterback in the red zone, a high pass getting knocked away at the catch point. His role will continue to be as a role player unless the team loses a receiver to injury.

2017 Week 1 vs SF (2 / 2 / 53 / 1 rec)

One of the new faces in the Panthers offense scored their first touchdown of the season. Lined up in a three by one set in the tight slot, Shepard sprinted up the seam and bent his route towards the sideline. The 49ers defense overplayed the deeper patterns run by Devin Funchess and Kelvin Benjamin, leaving Shepard unaccounted for. Cam Newton's pass was on the money, and Shepard made the pursuing safety look silly with a beautifully executed spin move to escape his grasp. Shepard was mostly featured in four-wide sets, with Benjamin and Funchess the de facto starting duo. Later in the game Shepard made a nice catch on a high fastball from Newton, attacking the football with his hands.

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Panthers | Russell Shepard shakes free for TD (Sun Sep 10, 10:52 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR Russell Shepard posted two catches for 53 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 at San Francisco.

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Schedule

3vs New Orleans Saints
4@ New England Patriots
5@ Detroit Lions
6vs Philadelphia Eagles
7@ Chicago Bears
8@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
9vs Atlanta Falcons
10vs Miami Dolphins
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ New York Jets
13@ New Orleans Saints
14vs Minnesota Vikings
15vs Green Bay Packers
16vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
17@ Atlanta Falcons