WR Devin Funchess - Carolina Panthers
|6-4, 232||Born: 5-21-1994||College: Michigan||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2015|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 15): Funchess had one of the best plays on a contested ball of his career against Washington, and his production has been a constant even though the Panthers are adding more pieces to their passing game. He's a solid WR3/Flex against Philadelphia this week.
Week 7: at Philadelphia Eagles
Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.
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 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 posts 74 yards, TD (Sun Oct 14, 04:19 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess racked up five receptions for a game-high 74 yards on eight targets in Week 6 against the Washington Redskins. Our View: Funchess had one of the strongest plays on the ball in flight on his career and still looked like a #1 in a suddenly crowded passing game. He'll be worth a WR3/Flex start against the Eagles next week.
link to story Panthers | Devin Funchess racks up four catches (Sun Oct 7, 09:07 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess posted four catches for a team-best 53 yards on seven targets in Week 5 against the New York Giants. link to story
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