2016 Dynasty Outlook: Carolina Panthers

With the dog days of summer kicking in and training camps still a month or so away, let’s take this time to review each team and provide a dynasty outlook. In alphabetical order, we’ll point out their dynasty relevant players, both offense and IDP, as well as some notes on the long term arch of each offense and defense we’re talking about. Below is a convenient set of links to keep track of each article we produce in this series. We’re going alphabetical, so next up is Buffalo.



Offensive Outlook

Mike Shula’s Carolina offense is an eclectic mix of read options, combination plays and pro-style.  This comes together because of one person, Cam Newton.  the offense is traditionally run-heavy but last year Cam threw almost 4,000 yards and could surpass that mark this year with Kelvin Benjamin joining in.

Dynasty Stars – Guys who you want on your team…Period.

Cam Newton, QB – He’s been a top 5 fantasy QB every year he’s been in the league save for one, when he battled injuries.  He was the top producer at the QB position last year and barring injury should be a top 5 QB for the next decade…at least.  He’s a proven fantasy veteran now and only 27 years old.

Greg Olsen, TE –  Yes, he’s 31 years old and only has a few years left.  He’s one of the focal points of the passing game in Carolina though and is a guaranteed top 10 producer until he retires.

Serviceable Veterans – Guys who could help you short term.

Jonathan Stewart, RB – Has always had stud potential but has never quite lived up.  That said, he’s the very definition of a serviceable veteran.  He’s solid depth for any team.

Kelvin Benjamin, WR – Coming back from injury many expect Benjamin to take over and dominate this year.  I don’t anticipate that but he’ll be a quality WR2 this year with upside potential.  He’s young, only 25, so it’s conceivable some day he could move up into dynasty star territory.

Devin Funchess, WR – Funchess is a big question mark.  He had a decent rookie year and came on a bit late but it remains to be seen what his role is with Kelvin Benjamin coming back.  He has the body to be a solid red zone target at very least and he’s only in his second year, so he has time to develop.

Ted Ginn, WR –  He’s not going to be anything more than a replacement WR4/5 but he’s proven to be effective in Carolina. He could be a spot starter for you.

Dynasty Sleepers – High potential, low production players to consider.

Cameron Artis-Payne, RB –  I’m not sold on “the other Cam” as a starter quality back but he’s shown enough wiggle to be part of the rotation and he’s young enough that he could develop over time.

Devon Johnson, RB –  A UDFA from Marshall, he’s a true sleeper RB that is massive at 6’1″ and 244 lbs.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he made this very tough and big Panthers team as a special teamer with potential.

Keyarris Garrett, WR – Another UDFA that is very similar in size/style to Benjamin and Funchess.  They really do like them big in Carolina.  Not sure what other skills he has going for him though so you’ll have to monitor him in training camp.

Dynasty Frauds – Players who should not be considered in dynasty.

Corey Brown, Fozzy Whitaker, Brendan Bersin, Ed Dickson

IDP Outlook

Carolina’s defense is elite.  If it wasn’t for Denver’s defense stealing the show, Carolina’s would be considered the best.  They play a 4-3 which means plenty of IDP potential at the LB and DE spots.

IDP Stars- Guys who you want on your team…Period.

Luke Kuechly, MLB – An IDP stud for some time now, only injuries have slowed him down.  He’s athletic and can make the big play along with tons of tackles.  You want him on your team, because you don’t want him on your opponents team!

Kawann Short, DT – He was the #2 fantasy DT last year behind all-world Aaron Donald.  He’s got a quick first step and disrupts plays often.  The only question mark is that he’s in a contract year so if he leaves there’s risk he goes somewhere with less potential.  I don’t think that happens though and Short is a quality DT for those that start the position.

Serviceable Veterans – Guys who could help you short term.

Kony Ealy, DE – Ealy absolutely broke out in the super bowl.  The question is can he sustain that for a whole year? He’s going to have the opportunity to try this year so he’s worth the stash to find out.

Thomas Davis, SLB – Solid strong side LB.  Because he’s on the strong side he’s not elite, but can be good depth in IDP

Shaq Thompson, WLB – Second year player in a prime fantasy producing position.  He’s also worth the stash to see if there are enough tackles after Kuechly to be relevant.

Charles Johnson, DE –  Has has an up and down career but is in a position to contribute this year.

IDP Sleepers – High potential, low production players to consider.

Nobody stands out as a young sleeper on this deep and veteran squad.

IDP Frauds – Players who should not be considered in dynasty.

The whole secondary, Star Lotulelei, Mario Addison, AJ Klein

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