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 (back) was inactive last week. As of late Wednesday morning, his Week 16 playing status was still a question mark. We have projected for Newton on the assumption that he will start. The matchup, however, versus a Cleveland Browns defense that yielded an average of 218.5 passing yards and 1.3 touchdown passes per game is obviously a toughie. Newton would be a weak play regardless. We'll provide an update on his playing status when it becomes available.
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.
At some point during the next 15 months, the Carolina Panthers must decide how much to pay defensive end Julius Peppers — or whether to pay him at all. Before the 2007 season it seemed Peppers was a slam dunk to receive a contract extension that ...
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
10 minutes ago - by Steve Reed - DE ...
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 ...
*The above views are not necessarily endorsed or approved by FantasySharks