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WRs coach Ricky Proehl said the Panthers have to "make sure we get" Kelvin Benjamin involved weekly.

Benjamin has been far from perfect this year, catching just 52-of-98 targets while battling some drops and poor routes. But the Panthers have wisely stuck with him through the mistakes and have been rewarded with eight touchdowns. "You’ve got to get him touches, because he gets going," Proehl said. "Just like any great receiver, when you feed him he gets into the game." Clearly a focal point of the offense, Benjamin is an every-week fantasy starter heading into a Week 13 game at Minnesota.
Nov 24 - 9:49 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera does not expect suspended RE Greg Hardy to play this season.

"Probably," was Rivera's response when asked if Hardy's potential return was a "dead issue." Considering the hard line the league is taking in the Adrian Peterson case, it's not a surprise the Panthers aren't counting on Hardy for 2014. An impending free agent who could face further suspension in 2015, Hardy's NFL future is clear as mud.
Nov 18 - 3:45 PM

Panthers activated RB Mike Tolbert (leg) from IR-designated to return.

Tolbert will be ready to rock when the Panthers come out of their bye in Week 13, further muddling the backfield. DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart were already un-startable behind a struggling and injured offensive line. Tolbert could steal some goal-line looks.
Nov 18 - 12:56 PM

Panthers placed RT Nate Chandler (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.

He has a torn right meniscus. Chandler started all 11 games for the Panthers at right tackle this season, struggling badly as a pass blocker and sub-average as a run blocker. The former UDFA and converted defensive tackle signed a three-year, $7.95M contract with the Panthers in June.
Nov 18 - 12:51 PM

Mike Tolbert (leg) remains on track to return Week 13.

Tolbert is eligible to come off IR with a designation to return. He'll likely suit up against the Vikings Week 13 and make an even bigger mess of the Panthers backfield. DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart couldn't even return value in a Week 11 home game against the Falcons' atrocious defense.
Nov 17 - 12:52 PM

Jerricho Cotchery caught two passes for 43 yards in the Panthers' Week 11 loss to the Falcons.

Cotchery was targeted just four times after drawing a team-high seven looks last week. He simply can't separate anymore, and isn't doing fantasy owners any good unless he's scoring touchdowns, which he's yet to do this season. Cotchery is obviously off the fantasy radar.
Nov 16 - 6:09 PM

Greg Olsen caught five passes for 61 yards in the Panthers' Week 11 loss to the Falcons.

Olsen was targeted 11 times and was the intended receiver on Cam Newton's first interception, though it wasn't his fault. He was unable to find the end zone and hasn't scored since Week 6. Olsen continues to see heavy targets, making him a locked-in TE1. The Panthers are going on their bye this week.
Nov 16 - 5:52 PM

Kelvin Benjamin caught nine passes for 109 yards and one touchdown in the Panthers' Week 11 loss to the Falcons.

Benjamin was targeted a team-high 13 times, but continues to mix frustration with greatness. Benjamin was the culprit again this week on one of Cam Newton's interceptions, simply giving up on a slant route. But he later made a juggling catch for a 22-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. The entire Carolina team needs the Week 12 bye, and Benjamin could use the mental break.
Nov 16 - 5:36 PM

Jonathan Stewart rushed seven times for 24 yards in Week 11 against the Falcons.

He added 15 yards on three catches. Stewart continues to split work with DeAngelo Williams, rendering each back mostly useless in fantasy because the Carolina line doesn't block well. Stewart plays passing downs and is the better option out of he and Williams as a desperation FLEX.
Nov 16 - 5:23 PM

DeAngelo Williams rushed for 41 yards on 10 carries in the Panthers' Week 11 loss to the Falcons.

Williams' foot injury wasn't a problem. He got the start and led the Panthers in carries, as usual. But in typical D-Will fashion, he was unable to break any long runs, and was bottled up all afternoon. Not scoring touchdowns and not seeing enough volume, Williams is a weak RB3. Carolina heads into its bye.
Nov 16 - 4:53 PM

Cam Newton completed 23-of-37 passes for 292 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in the Panthers' 19-17, Week 11 loss to the Falcons.

The Panthers were kept mostly silent on offense for much of the afternoon, with Newton throwing an early interception on a tipped ball before tossing another to start the third quarter when Kelvin Benjamin quit on his route. Newton brought the Panthers back with touchdown passes to Benjamin and Philly Brown in the fourth quarter, but the Carolina defense yielded a late field goal. Newton added 30 yards rushing, but continued to look at far less than 100 percent health. He badly needs the Week 12 bye.
Nov 16 - 4:32 PM

Panthers declared CB Bene Benwikere, RB Chris Ogbonnaya, S Robert Lester, OT David Foucault, LG Amini Silatolu, OL Mike Remmers, and DT Star Lotulelei inactive for Week 11 against the Falcons.

Benwikere isn't yet over his high-ankle sprain. Lotulelei is out with an ankle injury of his own, but is expected back in Week 12. Silatolu has a balky knee.
Nov 16 - 11:36 AM

Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring) is probable for Week 11.

Cotchery missed practice time, but his hamstring injury won't keep him out of Sunday's game. He should start in two-wide sets opposite Kelvin Benjamin.
Nov 14 - 5:41 PM

Jonathan Stewart (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 11.

DeAngelo Williams (probable, foot) will also play this week, leaving both as low-end FLEX options. Stewart should lead the committee in touches, but is averaging just 3.9 YPC behind the Panthers' struggling offensive line.
Nov 14 - 5:34 PM

DeAngelo Williams (foot) returned to practice Friday.

Williams' status looked uncertain after missing Wednesday and Thursday, but he'll be fine to play against the Falcons. It's not that we like Williams; we were hoping to see more of Jonathan Stewart. With both playing, neither will be more than a low-end FLEX option. Stewart is the better bet for a touchdown.
Nov 14 - 12:03 PM

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