C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 1/20/19 3:39pm ET
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley rushed four times for 10 yards and a touchdown and he added a three-yard catch in the NFC Championship Game against the New Orleans Saints, while RB C.J. Anderson handled the majority of the workload with 17 total touches.
Huddle Up: There was no official word from the Rams during the game, but Gurley was obviously not right. He had two dropped passes in the first half and he apparently is still not 100 percent from the knee injury which hampered him down the stretch. He'll have two weeks to rest before Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, but expect him to split the load with Anderson.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 1/20/19 3:36pm ET
Los Angeles Rams RB C.J. Anderson rushed 16 times for 44 yards in the NFC Championship Game against the New Orleans Saints and he added a five-yard catch.
Huddle Up: Anderson was just on the scrap heap a month ago, but he stepped up and gave the Rams some semblance of a run with Todd Gurley obviously ailing and not at 100 percent. The veteran back could have played himself not only into a job for 2019, but a rather prominent role with someone.
Devin Funchess - WRPosted 1/19/19 12:24pm ET
Carolina Panthers impending free-agent WR Devin Funchess likely will not re-sign with the Panthers this offseason because of WR D.J. Moore's performance during the second half of the season.
Huddle Up: Funchess probably will receive interest from some teams if he hits the free-agent market, but it is not known if he can find a starting job. He can be a No. 3 fantasy receiver depending on his role.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 1/17/19 8:53pm ET
Los Angeles Rams RB C.J. Anderson said he is the freshest running back in the league heading into a matchup with the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game. 'I look faster than everyone else, part of it because I'm fresh,' Anderson said.
Huddle Up: Anderson has played three games for the Rams, topping 120 rushing yards and scoring at least once in all of them. Even with Todd Gurley back in the fold, Anderson has shown he deserves a look in playoff contests. There could be plenty of touches to go around if the conference title game resembles the 45-35 shootout the Rams and Saints had earlier this year.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 1/15/19 2:46pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton's (shoulder) offseason recovery remains unclear as team owner David Tepper admitted he has 'no idea' if Newton will have surgery.
Huddle Up: Newton's rushing numbers were down in 2018 - including a career-low four rushing touchdowns - but his passing statistics were better. He even completed a career-high 67.9% of his attempts. His rushing ability will always have him in QB1 territory.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 1/15/19 5:19pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is not guaranteed to play at all in 2019 as the team considers all of its options regarding his injured shoulder. Per ESPN.com's David Newton, the organization has been in discussions with medical personnel on the best plan to strengthen the shoulder - whether that's with rest or another surgery. A surgery opens the possibility Newton could miss a season - just as Andrew Luck did in 2017 - after undergoing surgery on his throwing shoulder.
Huddle Up: It sounds as if missing all of 2019 is only a worst-case scenario, but the fact it is even on the table this early in the offseason is concerning. Kyle Allen played well in the regular-season finale and could conceivably be asked to fill in, but Carolina will probably try hard to secure a capable placeholder in free agency or spend a relatively early pick in the draft at quarterback to protect itself. At this point, it's probably best if fantasy owners assume the worst and hope for good news sometime this summer.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 1/13/19 11:32am ET
Los Angeles Rams RB C.J. Anderson had the full confidence of head coach Sean McVay, who signed the free agent on Dec. 18. 'He's a guy that's played in big-time games,' coach Sean McVay said Saturday, Jan. 12, following the Rams' 30-22 divisional-round playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys. 'You know that no moment is too big for him. This is a guy that's had a big-time role and a Super Bowl champion team. He's just got a great feel for the game. I think he did a great job again tonight. Was really just impressed with him from the jump -- the way that he was able to come in, I guess it would be about a month ago now, and how quickly he was able to pick things up. Really smart, cerebral player and does a great job putting his pads down, finishing falling forward.'
Huddle Up: In three games with the Rams, Anderson has rushed for 167, 132 and 123 yards and has totaled four TDs while subbing for/complementing No. 1 RB Todd Gurley. And even with Gurley back from a two-game knee-injury absence Saturday, Anderson handled 23 of the 41 RB touches. That likely will switch as soon as the NFC title game, but expect Anderson to still see at least a third of the touches, especially if the game is close.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 1/12/19 8:36pm ET
Los Angeles Rams RB C.J. Anderson rushed 23 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-22 win over the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round Saturday, Jan. 12.
Huddle Up: Talk about one man's trash being another man's treasure. Denver, Carolina and Oakland all kicked Anderson to the curb within the last year, but he has been churning out 100-yard efforts since being scooped up by the Rams in the final weeks of the regular season. Even with Todd Gurley back in the fold, Anderson can't be ignored in playoff contests.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 1/5/19 6:44pm ET
Los Angeles Rams RB C.J. Anderson could continue to have a role in the offense during the playoffs, according to head coach Sean McVay. 'But, he's certainly earned the right to be on the field,' McVay said. 'He's done a great job these last couple weeks.'
Huddle Up: Although Anderson topped 100 rushing yards in Week 16 and Week 17 while Todd Gurley was sidelined, Gurley is expected to be ready to go for the divisional round. It's hard to imagine Anderson doing more than spelling Gurley during the playoffs.
Cameron Artis-Payne - RBPosted 12/30/18 3:00pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Cameron Artis-Payne ran 16 times for 56 yards and a touchdown in Week 17 against the New Orleans Saints in his most extensive action of the season.
Huddle Up: With nothing to play for the Panthers powered down Christian McCaffrey and gave CAP a chance to play and show what he can do. He'll likely return in 2019 as the backup to CMC, but his fantasy value is basically predicated upon disaster striking McCaffrey and the Panthers.
Kyle Allen - QBPosted 12/30/18 2:55pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Kyle Allen completed 16-of-27 passes for 228 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 17 game against the New Orleans Saints in his first NFL start.
Huddle Up: The Panthers are obviously Cam Newton's team, but Allen and Taylor Heinicke looked capable of handling the backup chores in their brief looks down the stretch. No fantasy value here, however.
Ian Thomas - TEPosted 12/30/18 3:19pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Ian Thomas posted five grabs for 61 yards and a touchdown in the Week 17 game against the New Orleans Saints on seven targets.
Huddle Up: Thomas emerged as a useful fantasy option in deeper leagues down the stretch, taking over for the injured Greg Olsen (foot). If the team moves on from Olsen, Thomas has TE1 potential heading into 2019 since tight end is a big part of Carolina's offense.
Curtis Samuel - WRPosted 12/30/18 3:15pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel ended up with two grabs for 72 yards and a touchdown in Week 17 against the New Orleans Saints on four targets.
Huddle Up: Samuel finished up the season with 39 catches, 495 yards and five touchdowns through the air, with 84 rushing yards and two scores on the ground. He looks to have some big-play potential heading into 2019, making him a nice sleeper for fantasy purposes.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 12/30/18 3:08pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey rushed four times for 18 yards in Week 17 against the New Orleans Saints while posting a grab for 22 yards before shutting it down early in a meaningless game.
Huddle Up: The Panthers took the opportunity to evaluate their depth players, getting a jump on the offseason. McCaffrey ended up 2018 with 1,098 rushing yards, seven scores, 107 catches, 867 yards and six more touchdowns. He is a sure-fire first-round fantasy pick across the board heading into 2019.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 12/30/18 8:25pm ET
Los Angeles Rams RB C.J. Anderson rushed 23 times for 132 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 22 yards in a 48-32 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 17.
Huddle Up: Anderson delivered two monster performance while filling in for Todd Gurley, but now that the Rams have a couple of weeks to rest, Gurley should be ready to go for fantasy owners in playoff contests. Anderson is merely an insurance policy at this point.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 12/28/18 1:22pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) did not practice again Friday, Dec. 28 and he has been ruled out for the Week 17 game against the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: With Taylor Heinicke out and Kyle Allen starting, it was thought Cam might be healthy enough to at least serve as the backup, but that's not the case. Garrett Gilbert is the emergency QB if Allen is befallen by injury. Cam wraps up the season with 3,395 passing yards, 24 touchdowns and 488 rushing yards with four scores in 14 games.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 12/28/18 1:19pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Christian McCaffrey (not injury related) practiced in full for a second straight day Friday, Dec. 28 and he is off the injury report for Week 17 against the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: It's uncertain if he'll play the entire game or not, as the Panthers are eliminated from the playoffs and the team could find it in their best interests to avoid a major injury to what is their best offensive asset. His inclusion in the lineup would help Kyle Allen under center.
Devin Funchess - WRPosted 12/27/18 10:05am ET
Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess, a pending free agent, won't be back with the team in 2019.
Huddle Up: With the Panthers turning toward young wideouts D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel, Funchess' numbers (44 receptions-549 yards-4 TDs) were down markedly from 2017 (63-840-8). Still, expect a WR-needy team to throw some decent dollars at the 6-4, 225-pound wideout this offseason.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 12/27/18 11:43am ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (rest) participated fully in practice Thursday, Dec. 27.
Huddle Up: It remains to be seen how involved McCaffrey will be in a meaningless game after a heavy workload this year. Expect him to play some, but maybe not his usual workload. He's a top-three PPR fantasy running back for next season.
Kyle Allen - QBPosted 12/26/18 8:08am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Kyle Allen is poised to start in Week 17 against the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: Allen went 4-for-4 for 38 yards in relief of Taylor Heinicke (elbow) last week. He's a dink-and-dunk kind of quarterback, and he completed 76 percent of his 105 passing attempts in his junior season at Houston in 2017. He has a great back in Christian McCaffrey to throw to, but Allen offers too futile upside in fantasy to roll the dice on in the finale.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 12/26/18 2:41pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 26.
Huddle Up: McCaffrey was simply getting a much-deserved rest as he gets ready to wrap up a huge season in Week 17 against the New Orleans Saints. CMC remains a must-start fantasy option if he isn't rested for some reason in the finale.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 12/26/18 7:13pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) said he is expected to be sidelined for three to four months after undergoing a second surgery on his foot. He said he plans to play in 2019 and expects to play at a high level.
Huddle Up: Olsen probably will be able to participate in some offseason workouts and will be ready for training camp next season. He has dealt with foot injuries over the last several seasons but could still be a low-end No. 1 tight end if he is healthy.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 12/24/18 9:05am ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey is a candidate to sit out Week 17 versus the New Orleans Saints, as head coach Ron Rivera told reporters Monday, Dec. 24, that his team needs 'to be smart' and could use the time 'to evaluate' younger players.
Huddle Up: Week 17 is often a time for players on teams without any postseason aspirations to reach personal milestones, but McCaffrey has already set the record for most catches by running back in a season (103) and is only the third running back ever to rush for more than 1,000 yards and catch 100 balls in the same season. Expect McCaffrey to sit in favor of Cameron Artis-Payne as a result.
D.J. Moore - WRPosted 12/23/18 6:56pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore registered two receptions for 19 yards on seven targets in Week 16 against the Atlanta Falcons.
Huddle Up: Moore was really coming on in the middle part of the season, but he has tailed off. He was also working with a new quarterback in this one, but that wasn't as excuse for many others. Moore could still be a productive fantasy option in 2019 if he takes a step forward in the offseason.
Curtis Samuel - WRPosted 12/23/18 6:54pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel registered seven receptions for 41 yards on 13 targets in Week 16 against the Atlanta Falcons.
Huddle Up: Samuel was a nice security blanket in the short game for Taylor Heinicke, making his first NFL start. He looks like he could be a quality PPR fantasy option heading into 2019 depending on what kind of personnel moves the team makes at the position in the offseason.
Ian Thomas - TEPosted 12/23/18 6:53pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Ian Thomas finished with four grabs, 48 yards and a touchdown on five targets in Week 16 against the Atlanta Falcons.
Huddle Up: Thomas has stepped up since Greg Olsen (foot) went down, and he looks like the heir apparent at the position, perhaps start in 2019 if the Panthers go another way with Olsen.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 12/23/18 6:45pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey rushed 21 times for 101 yards in Week 16 against the Atlanta Falcons and he rushed 12 times for 77 yards on 13 targets.
Huddle Up: McCaffrey has piled up the scrimmage yardage this season, rushing for 1,080 yards and seven scores with 106 catches, 845 yards and six touchdowns. He'll almost certainly be a first-round fantasy pick in 2019.
Jarius Wright - WRPosted 12/23/18 6:44pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Jarius Wright finished with seven catches for 69 yards on eight targets in Week 16 against the Atlanta Falcons.
Huddle Up: Wright outshined Curtis Samuel, Devin Funchess, Torrey Smith and DJ Moore, probably because he has a rapport working with Taylor Heinicke on the second unit in practice. He is still not worth a roster spot heading into Week 17 if your fantasy championship is still to be determined.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 12/23/18 6:56pm ET
Los Angeles Rams RB C.J. Anderson rushed 20 times for 167 yards and a touchdown and lost five yards on his only reception in his team debut in a 31-9 win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16.
Huddle Up: The Rams decided to play it safe with Todd Gurley, and Anderson took full advantage. If Gurley rests his knee again in the regular season finale against San Francisco, Anderson could have another strong outing.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 12/21/18 10:15am ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot), currently on the season-ending Reserve/Injured list with a foot injury, spoke with head coach Ron Rivera on Friday, Dec. 21, and gave every indication that he plans to keep playing
Huddle Up: Olsen will still carry TE1 name value if he does return, but fantasy GM beware as he will be 34 by the time the 2019 season kicks off and has missed a total of 16 games over the last two seasons largely due to foot issues.
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