Carolina Panthers, Def, Panthers: Fantasy Football Outlook

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Carolina Panthers, Def, Panthers

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Age Height Weight
Def - #10 200.52 CAR Active 47 0' 0 0

2016 Outlook: Stud (low risk)

Last updated on Jul-27-2016 by Shawn Childs


The Panthers played the lead in most games leading to their opponents attempting only 22.8 rushes per game (3rd lowest total in the league). They finished 4th in rushing yards allowed (1415) with 11 TDs. Ball carriers gained 3.9 yards per rush.

Teams attempted 650 passes per game against Carolina, but they still only allowed 3752 passing yards (11th). Opponents gained only 6.2 yards per pass attempts with 21 TDs, 24 Ints, and 44 sacks.

Carolina will have some work to do to replace the loss of Josh Norman at cornerback. The two returning options with a chance to start will be CB Bene Benwikere and CB Robert McClain. Both players have high risk in coverage with Benwikere being serviceable in support. The Panthers need one of their incoming rookies to make a step forward to solidify their secondary. I expect early season growing pains leading to some long touchdowns. S Kurt Coleman ended up being a nice addition before the 2015 season. He played well in both run and pass coverage. S Tre Boston played his way out of a starting job last year while grading as a league starting average player in coverage with some risk defending the run.

LB Luke Kuechly finished as the best player at his position in 2015 with elite value in both run support and pass coverage. His only shortfall was his ability to rush the QB (one sack). Luke did miss three games early in the season due to a concussion. Kuechly had offseason surgery to repair a tear in his labrum in his left shoulder. LB Thomas Davis had risk against the run while adding value in coverage while setting a career high in sacks (5.5). LB Shaq Thompson split playing time with LB A.J. Klein with both players finishing with league average value.

Their best defender on the defensive line was DT Kawann Short. He set a career high in sacks (11) with strength in run support. DT Star Lotulelei had regression as run defender in his last two years in the league with his failure in the pass rush in 2015 pointing to a rotational role this year. DE Kony Ealy struggled as a run defender in his second season in the league with five sacks. DE Charles Johnson missed seven in 2015 due to a hamstring issue. He finished as a league average starting defender with only one sack after recording 52.5 sacks over the previous five years.

There is talent at the first and the second levels of the defense with potentially high risk in pass coverage in their secondary. Turnovers and sacks create Fantasy value so the Panthers' defense may fall short of expectation as they still have a high ranking based on their 2016 success.

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