Strength of schedule is calculated from the opponents projected fantasy points allowed for the QB position. The best rating is +16 which gives the player the advantage against the defense and indicates an easy opponent, the worst rating is -16 which gives the defense the advantage and indicates a tough opponent.
Newton (ankle, rib) is banged up. The fourth-year pro is dealing with pain in his surgically repaired ankle and a hairline rib fracture in his back. The Panthers insist he will be ready for Week 1, but it sounds like Newton's ability to play will come down to how much pain he can tolerate. If you also factor in Carolina's retooled receiver corps that lacks playmakers and experience, and a Tampa Bay defense that likely will be way more aggressive under new head coach Lovie Smith, Newton looks like a very shaky fantasy play this week.
Newton wrapped up the 2013 regular season as the sixth-best fantasy quarterback, despite some notable declines in his production across the board. Although Newton's rushing numbers dipped, he still finished first among all NFL quarterbacks in carries, yards and touchdowns (tie). It looks like a mediocre collection of receiving talent will drag down Newton's passing production again in 2014. Leading target Greg Olsen will return, but the team wisely let the declining Steve Smith (Ravens), Brandon LaFell (Patriots) and Ted Ginn (Cardinals) walk away during the off-season. The salary-cap strapped Panthers signed veterans Jerricho Cotchery, Tiquan Underwood and Jason Avant, which is definitely not an upgrade over Smith, LaFell and Ginn. They also drafted Kelvin Benjamin out of Florida State who should step in as the new No. 1 receiver. What about Newton's off-season ankle surgery? Don't worry about that. Newton has been playing effectively with a bum ankle for years. Unfortunately, it looks like growing pains with an unimpressive new-look receiver corps will pull his fantasy production into the low-end fantasy QB1 range.
Luke is becoming an elite player. Cam is regressing. Hopefully Gettleman will eventually draft a real QB. He will likely replace Rivera at the end of the season and bring in his own coaching staff. I like this guy and think he will build us a great ...
4 minutes ago - by Steve Reed - LB Gaither out of Sunday's game, Williams to start
LB Omar Gaither , who has a sprained MCL, is out for Sunday's game. WLB Jason Williams starts in his place. Panthers RapidReports
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I am looking for guests - fans actually - for my upcoming team reports.
Saturday night February 5th, we will be talking about the Bills and Panthers.
Each segment will be 30 minutes and will include discussion on the following topics:
1.) Talk ...
How do you guys feel about Steve Smith this weekend? The way Moore played and seeing as how a rookie could play this week would you bench Smith in favor of Nicks or possibly Bowe in a ppr format?
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