Player News - Panthers

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Carolina will host the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3, who are last among NFL offenses in rushing yards through two weeks.

The Vikings have racked up just 95 total yards on the ground through two weeks and now will face Carolina without Adrian Peterson (knee). Carolina held San Francisco to 65 rushing yards in Week 2 and will be a tough test for Minnesota's committee of running backs. The Panthers D/ST is a solid fantasy option at home this week.
Sep 25 - 1:10 AM

Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) is officially out for Week 3 against the Vikings.

Coach Ron Rivera said he expects Stewart to miss about 2-3 weeks. Cameron Artis-Payne will serve as the starter during his absence, though Fozzy Whittaker and Mike Tolbert are also expected to have roles. Artis-Payne will be little more than an RB3/4 against the Vikings' stout run defense.
Sep 23 - 1:13 PM

Coach Ron Rivera said Friday that Cameron Artis-Payne will be the Panthers' starting running back in Week 3 versus Minnesota.

Rivera did say Artis-Payne will share the backfield equally with Fozzy Whittaker, who rushed 16 times for 100 yards in Week 2 and has earned a bigger role. Mike Tolbert and, of course, Cam Newton, will also be involved in the run game. Artis-Payne is best viewed as an RB3 against a tough Vikings run defense.
Sep 23 - 1:05 PM

Cameron Artis-Payne is expected to be Carolina’s feature back against the Vikings.

"All he’s ever needed was the opportunity," coach Ron Rivera said. "We didn’t have Stew at the end of the season, so he got his opportunity and performed really well. And then this preseason, I thought he had a good preseason." Artis-Payne was inactive the first two weeks due to his lack of special teams value. He's going to split carries with Fozzy Whittaker, but projects to get the majority of early-down work. Artis-Payne should see around 10-15 touches.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: He's far from a safe play given the match-up and Fozzy Whitaker's presence, but Artis-Payne is worth a look in GPPs given that he's at or near minimum price across the industry. Touches typically breed production, so it's not wise to write off players who are going to see in the neighborhood of 10-15 touches while being priced at the minimum. It also doesn't hurt that the Panthers are -7.5 favorites at home.
Sep 21 - 6:09 PM

Coach Ron Rivera said Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) could be out "two weeks, three weeks, four weeks."

This sounds like a classic coach answer. Rivera is simply being facetious with his answer and not trying to tell the whole truth. Stewart has long been a slow healer, however, and hamstring issues in running backs and receiver can linger. Stewart seems pretty certain to miss multiple games. In his absence, OC Mike Shula said the Panthers will use a committee in the backfield.
Sep 21 - 2:46 PM

Panthers OC Mike Shula said he would likely handle the running back carries by committee without Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) in the lineup.

Fozzy Whittaker is the popular add this week following his 16-100 rushing day Week 2 after Stewart got hurt, but second-year RB Cameron Artis-Payne is expected to be active and split the load. Beat writer Scott Fowler envisions a DeAngelo Williams/Jonathan Stewart type of committee between Whittaker and CAP. When asked if Whittaker will handle 19 touches like he did this past week, Shula said "probably no." Look for each back to get 10-15 touches per game.
Sep 21 - 10:27 AM

Panthers placed S Dean Marlowe on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, ending his season.

The second-year UDFA played three snaps on defense. He'll be back to fight for a special teams role in 2017.
Sep 20 - 2:22 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) will miss "at least a week or two."

Stewart had an MRI Monday morning, but the results are not yet known. Either way, Stewart not going to play against the Vikings, and he could end up missing multiple weeks. Fozzy Whittaker put up 100 yards Sunday with Stewart sidelined, but Cameron Artis-Payne should have a role as well despite being inactive the first two weeks.
Sep 19 - 12:58 PM

Coach Ron Rivera said "there's a little concern" over Jonathan Stewart (hamstring, ankle).

Stewart left Sunday's game in the first quarter and didn't return. He's dealing with multiple injuries, putting his Week 3 status in doubt. The Panthers are expected to activate Cameron Artis-Payne if Stewart misses time, but Fozzy's Whittaker 100-plus yards off the bench give him the edge to start. There should be an update on Stewart no later than Monday.
Sep 18 - 6:35 PM

Greg Olsen secured 5-of-8 targets for 122 yards and a touchdown in Carolina's Week 2 win over the 49ers.

Olsen should have had a bigger game, but Cam Newton overthrew him on a deep route early in the first half. He was left wide open on his 78-yard touchdown. Olsen's eight targets were behind only Kelvin Benjamin. He should be more involved in the red-zone next week if Jonathan Stewart (hamstring, ankle) misses time.
Sep 18 - 6:05 PM

Ted Ginn caught 2-of-5 targets for 51 yards in Sunday's Week 2 win over the 49ers.

Ginn had a touchdown overturned in the first quarter, but remained a non-factor behind Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen. He muffed a punt that led to a 49ers touchdown in the second half. Ginn is droppable in re-draft leagues.
Sep 18 - 5:55 PM

Devin Funchess caught 2-of-4 targets for 19 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 against the 49ers.

Funchess wasn't involved until late in the game. He scored a garbage-time touchdown against 49ers SS Antoine Bethea. Funchess was targeted behind Kevin Benjamin (9), Greg Olsen (8), and Corey Brown (6). He has just three catches through the first two games.
Sep 18 - 5:44 PM

Kelvin Benjamin caught 7-of-9 targets for 108 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's Week 2 win over the 49ers.

Benjamin was a non-factor in the first half, managing one target. He blew up for six of his seven catches and both touchdowns in the final two quarters, taking advantage of a mismatch against Jimmie Ward in the red-zone. Benjamin came through multiple times on third down for the Panthers, including a highlight one-handed catch in traffic that set up his first TD. He has 29 percent of Carolina's targets through two games and has reestablished himself as the clear No. 1 option. Benjamin gets a Vikings defense that could be without CB Xavier Rhodes in Week 3.
Sep 18 - 5:27 PM

Fozzy Whittaker had 16 carries for 100 yards in Sunday's Week 2 win over the 49ers.

He added three catches for 31 yards. Whittaker replaced an injured Jonathan Stewart in the first quarter. He briefly left to be checked for a concussion, but only missed one drive. With Stewart's status up in the air, Whittaker should be one of this week's top pickups. Cameron Artis-Payne has been inactive the first two games, and figures to play behind Whittaker if Stewart is held out.
Sep 18 - 5:22 PM

Cam Newton completed 24-of-40 passes for 353 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception in Carolina's Week 2 win over the 49ers.

Newton started off slow, throwing an interception on the opening drive. He lost a fumble and was checked for a minor hand injury, but didn’t miss any time. Newton connected with Kelvin Benjamin on two of his scores, and had deep TDs to Greg Olsen and Devin Funchess. He wasn't a huge factor in the run game, adding 37 yards on six carries. Newton passed Jake Delhomme as Carolina's all-time leader in pass touchdowns. Even in a tough matchup, Newton is a top-five quarterback play against Minnesota in Week 3.
Sep 18 - 4:55 PM


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