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Monday, October 5, 2015

Team Brain Dominates the Triple Crown

It looks like The Fantasy Sports Brain's squad needs a few more experts so we can go ahead and dominate every one of the Triple Crown experts' leagues. 

Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect) crushed the AL-Only league, finishing  first.

And, while a mixed league isn't quite as impressive, Dave took home the 1st place trophy in Triple Crown Mixed.

As Tribe Called Quest once said... Follow us for the funky behavior.  We are looking to crush prep season and draft day again next year... and to provide more content for you right here.  Don't touch that dial.

Thanks for yet another fantastic season, Brainiacs.  We hope you are enjoying football season if it's your thing, but if it's not I can feel the hot stove already warming up.  Pitchers and catchers report in 18 weeks.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers: Week Four

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

Another week of fantasy football in the books and that could only mean one thing. Time to get those waiver claims in. Most fantasy teams are beginning to take shape after the first three weeks and owners are starting to learn what positions they need help in. But just because you need help in a certain area doesn't mean you should pick up any player that fills that need. It's a good thing you're reading this. The Fantasy Sports Brain is ready to help you head into your week four matchup.


Karlos Williams- Running Back- Buffalo Bills- The rookie may well be the most added player heading into week four and with very good reason. With LeSean McCoy not at 100 percent and Karlos Williams running like a man possessed, this is a must add to every roster this week. Let's face it, every team could use some help in the running back position. In three games so far this season, Williams has scored in every game and with him now looking at more carries, fantasy owners need to be excited about adding the Bills tail back. Averaging almost 13 fantasy points per game makes the rookie very enticing this week. He's becoming a must start each week.

Rishard Matthews- Wide Receiver- Miami Dolphins- Even though the Dolphins got their fins handed to them in week three, there was a bright spot. That bright spot was Rishard Matthews and his two scores. Through three games, Matthews has 23 targets and is averaging almost 15 fantasy points per week.


Antonio Andrews- Running Back- Tennessee Titans- Starting tail backs are difficult to come across in fantasy football these days so you need to be early rather than late on a player that looks like he may breakout. For me, Antonio Andrews falls into that category. While his numbers are anything but eye popping, there is potential for him to see more work moving forward. He's averaging over 12 fantasy points per game and looked to be mildly effective when given the chance to carry the rock in week three. It may be easier to grab Andrews off of the waiver wire seeing how the Titans have a bye week in week four. That could make him an afterthought for this week. That's the perfect time to pounce on a potential breakout running back.

Ty Montgomery- Wide Receiver- Green Bay Packers- While a fourth receiver may not be a player most fantasy owners would want to add to their roster, consider the injury to Davante Adams and that could make the rookie wide out a little more desirable. Through two games, he only has six targets but he may see more snaps in the wake of the injury to Adams.

Marvin Jones- Wide Receiver- Cincinnati Bengals- With Andy Dalton slinging the ball over the football field, Marvin Jones may be a nice little add to a receiving corp. He's not the top dog in the Bengals offense but he does have 16 targets through three games and two scores to go with it. He's averaging 9.5 fantasy points per game and could be a nice bye week fill in or a replacement for an injury. He should continue to see sufficient targets considering the Bengals don't have much of a ground game.

Lance Dunbar- Running Back- Dallas Cowboys- It may be difficult for fantasy owners to trust Dunbar seeing how he isn't a starter but consider that he has 24 targets through three games and is averaging almost eight fantasy points per game in PPR formats and you have yourself a nice little waiver wire gem. His week three line reads 10 receptions for 100 yards so that performance should put him on fantasy radars if he wasn't already.

Thomas Rawls- Running Back- Seattle Seahawks- While there is some potential here for the rookie to stick, it all depends on how much time if any Marshawn Lynch will miss. If Beast Mode is back for week four, Rawls may not be of any value. If Lynch does miss time due to his hamstring, Rawls will be a highly coveted waiver wire addition. Week three saw Rawls rush for 109 yards on 18 attempts (6.1 yards per carry). Fantasy owners may want to jump on getting Rawls now and stay a step ahead of their fellow league mates.


Michael Vick- Quarterback- Pittsburgh Steelers- The only value Vick holds for fantasy owners is if you own Big Ben in a two quarterback league. Vick is no longer a starting quarterback for fantasy football (or NFL) and adding him is only recommended as a desperation play for the four weeks that Big Ben is out. Hopefully it doesn't come to picking up Vick.

Owen Daniels- Tight End- Denver Broncos- With the exception of the lone touchdown he has through three weeks, Owen Daniels' better days are clearly behind him. He's averaging just under four fantasy points per game so far and is highly unreliable for fantasy owners to trust on a weekly basis.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers: Week Three

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

Now that the Monday Night game is in the books, fantasy owners can focus on the most important day of the week, putting in those waiver wire claims. Whether it be due to injury or just wanting to upgrade your roster, getting your claims in every week is mandatory for fantasy football success. Every team can use a tweak here and there. That is why The Fantasy Sports Brain gives you Keepers, Sleepers and Jeepers every week.


Matt Jones- Running Back-Washington Redskins- The rookie out of Miami could very easily be the most added player heading into week three. After his week two thrashing of the Rams that saw him rush for 146 yards and two scores, fantasy owners will most definitely want to add Matt Jones. While Alfred Morris is still the starter in Washington (at least for now), the rookie did out touch Alf 19 carries to 18 carries and out rushed Alf 123 yards to 59 yards. Matt Jones looks like the real deal for both the Redskins and fantasy owners.

Jameis Winston- Quarterback- Tampa Bay Buccaneers- After a not so memorable debut in week one, the Florida State rookie redeemed himself in week two passing for over 200 yards and a score while rushing for another 23 yards and another touchdown. Winston is worth an add for fantasy owners looking for a bye week quarterback or owners that may have lost Tony Romo, Jay Cutler or Drew Brees to injury in week two.


Travis Benjamin- Wide Receiver- Cleveland Browns- While Travis Benjamin may not have gotten much consideration in fantasy drafts, he certainly has made a name for himself with fantasy owners in the last two weeks. Since Johnny Manziel has taken over at quarterback, Travis Benjamin has been a man on fire. Continuing is success in week one, Benjamin followed that up with another two touchdown game. That's four scores in the first two games. Benjamin finished week two with three catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns on just four targets. He had a 60 yard touchdown catch and a 50 yard touchdown catch as well as a 78 yard punt return. He seems to be the favorite target for Johnny Manziel and as long as Johnny Football is under center for the Browns, Travis Benjamin should be a consideration for fantasy owners.

Crockett Gillmore- Tight End- Baltimore Ravens- The year of the tight end in fantasy football continued in week two when Crockett Gillmore put himself on fantasy radars hauling in five of his six targets for 88 yards and two scores. With Perriman looking like he won't be back until next month, Flacco needs another option in the passing game and Gillmore could end up being that guy.

James Starks- Running Back- Green Bay Packers- With the injury to Eddie Lacy potentially being a game or more, fantasy owners may want to add James Starks to their rosters. Filling in for the injured Lacy in week two, Starks totaled 106 yards versus Seattle. He rushed for 95 yards and added another 11 on four catches. Even if Lacy doesn't miss any games, it would be wise for Eddie Lacy owners to grab Starks off of waivers this week just in case.

Shane Vereen- Running Back- New York Giants- While it is difficult to rely on a running back purely for receptions purposes every week, Shane Vereen has proven he can produce when given the chance. Pretty much the second half of the Giants game, the offense went through Vereen. He totaled 95 yards but only 19 were on the ground. Vereen showed his real value when he caught eight balls for 76 yards. Vereen will continue to provide fantasy value in PPR formats. Standard leagues not so much.


Brandon Weeden- Quarterback- Dallas Cowboys- Coming in to replace the injured Tony Romo, Weeden completed all seven of his passes for 73 yards and a touchdown to Terrance Williams. Weeden is nothing more than an afterthought to fantasy owners unless you are in a really deep league or two quarterback league.

Darius Heyward-Bey- Wide Receiver- Pittsburgh Steelers- Considered a bust both in fantasy football and the NFL, Heyward-Bey may have some fantasy value the next two weeks until Martavus Bryant returns from his suspension but don't get your hopes up. Heyward-Bey only saw five targets and managed to haul in four of them for 77 yards and a touchdown. With the Steelers loving to air the ball out, Heyward-Bey provides a little fantasy value but fantasy owners shouldn't be surprised if he lays an egg more times than not.

Leonard Hankerson- Wide Receiver- Atlanta Falcons- Raise your hand if you saw this coming. My hand isn't up. Hankerson saw 11 targets while Roddy White saw one. Hankerson hauled in six of the targets for 77 yards and a score but fantasy owners looking for a repeat performance from the wide out shouldn't hold their breath.

Aaron Dobson- Wide Receiver- New England Patriots- As a fantasy owner myself, I'm not playing this game with Dobson anymore. Every year, Dobson shows a glimpse of what could be then falls off the face of the fantasy earth shortly after. As far as Dobson's week two performance, he was on the field for 70 out of the 86 offensive snaps and saw eight targets while catching seven balls for 87 yards. This may have been more of a product of Brady attempting 59 passes while trying to run up the score versus the Bills.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers: Week Two

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

It's that time again. Time to get those waiver wire claims in. Time to react to the action of week one. Time to add players that stood out in week one and drop players that flopped in week one. Without farther ado, I present the first  Keepers, Sleepers and Jeepers of the 2015 fantasy football season.


Chris Ivory- Running Back- New York Jets- After rushing for 91 yards and two touchdowns in week one, Chris Ivory is a must add heading into week two. He posted over 20 fantasy points and will be a running back that fantasy owners can start with confidence every week. The only knock on Ivory is his penchant for getting hurt at some point. Even so, Chris Ivory will make a lot of fantasy teams that much better. His week two matchup versus the Colts should be in his favor.

Danny Woodhead- Running Back- San Diego Chargers- While it is difficult to start Woodhead with confidence each week due to him being mostly a third down option, he did see more goal line touches than he has in the past and if this is the case every week, Woodhead is a must add for fantasy owners. His week one performance once again made Danny Woodhead a viable fantasy option by posting over 20 fantasy points and rushing for 42 yards and two scores. He also added four catches for another 20 yards. It comes as no surprise here, but Woodhead will be PPR gold moving forward.

Terrance Williams- Wide Receiver- Dallas Cowboys- Before the injury to Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams would not have been on this list. While he may be owned in some leagues, he should be a must add at least until Dez returns from his broken foot. His week one line read five catches for 60 yards and one red zone target. Now that Dez is out of action, Williams can be in line along with Jason Witten for more red zone targets.

Donte Moncrief- Wide Receiver- Indianapolis Colts- With T.Y Hilton day to day and seemingly ready to miss week two, Donte Moncrief is a must add for week two. He posted over 16 fantasy points in week one and had six receptions for 46 yards and a score. Fantasy owners should expect those numbers to increase while Hilton nurses a knee injury seeing how Moncrief saw 11 targets with Hilton in the lineup.

James Jones- Wide Receiver- Green Bay Packers- James Jones bounced around quite a bit this offseason but lucky for him and fantasy owners, he ended up back on the Packers. His week one performance saw him post more than 20 fantasy points while hauling in all four targets for 51 yards and two scores. While it will be difficult for fantasy owners to rely on those numbers each and every week, Jones can be a cheap source of touchdowns and cover nicely once bye weeks start.

Jordan Reed- Tight End- Washington Redskins- The often injured tight end seems to have chemistry with newly crowned starting quarterback Kirk Cousins. Reed's week one performance saw him post nearly 20 fantasy points while seeing 11 targets and catching seven of those targets for 62 yards and a touchdown. Reed led the team in targets and now that DeSean Jackson will miss some time with his hamstring injury, look for Jordan Reed to take some of his targets along with Pierre Garçon. Fantasy owners will want to ride the Jordan Reed train for as long as they can since his concussion history will catch up with him at some point.


Marcus Mariota- Quarterback- Tennessee Titans- The former Oregon Duck may be one of the most added players for week two but fantasy owners need to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. While Mariota may very well go on to have a Hall of Fame career in the NFL, it's difficult to see how he will keep up this production seeing how he's not only a rookie signal caller, but threw four touchdowns on only 16 pass attempts. Those numbers may have been more a product of the terrible Tampa Bay defense than what is in store for Mariota. Still, fantasy owners will keep Mariota on their radars.

Dion Lewis- Running Back- New England Patriots- Most fantasy owners know by now not to trust Patriots running backs but Dion Lewis looked pretty good in his week one performance versus the Steelers. Most fantasy owners are expecting Lewis to take over the passing down role held by Shane Vereen last season. As with most New England running backs, it will be hard to start him each week knowing that the Patriots game plan is always team specific but Lewis could end up being a gem in PPR formats due to the volume of catches he should see. With Blount due to return in week two, Lewis may see some of his offensive snaps drop which will make it difficult for him to total 120 yards and four catches again. The 46 out of 61 offensive snaps may be his highest output of the season but fantasy owners in need of running back depth may want to keep an eye on Dion Lewis.

David Johnson- Running Back- Arizona Cardinals- With the injury to Andre Ellington, fantasy owners will need a contingency plan heading into week two and possibly beyond. Coach Arians went on record to say Chris Johnson will be the lead dog in Ellington's absence but fantasy owners know what they will get with CJ2K at this point. While David Johnson didn't set the fantasy world on fire in week one with him seeing only five offensive snaps, he did have a 55 yard reception for a score which put him on the fantasy radar for week two.

Tyrod Taylor- Quarterback- Buffalo Bills- The Bills new signal caller put himself in the good graces of fantasy owners right out of the gate by posting over 30 fantasy points and passing for 211 yards while rushing for another 48 and two total scores. He gets the Patriots defense this week so a repeat performance is yet to be seen.

Ronnie Hillman- Running Back- Denver Broncos- Hillman makes this list due to the turf toe C.J Anderson was diagnosed with after his lowly week one performance. Once Hillman became the bell cow for the Broncos, he out rushed Anderson by one yard per carry and finished with 41 rushing yards. While it isn't certain Anderson will miss any time, fantasy owners may want to be first to the waiver wire to add Ronnie Hillman should C.J Anderson miss time with his injury. Starting running backs aren't easy to come by in fantasy football.

Alex Smith- Quarterback- Kansas City Chiefs- The Chiefs signal caller had quite the week one performance as he tossed three touchdowns and passed for over 240 yards while posting over 40 fantasy points. It's difficult to say Alex Smith will be that prolific passer each week but quarterback needy rosters may want to take a look at Alex Smith. Fantasy owners will want to enjoy the Alex Smith numbers while they last.

Eric Ebron- Tight End- Detroit Lions- Most fantasy owners expected Eric Ebron to break out last season but that didn't happen. So far so good for the breakout in 2015. Ebron scored 15 fantasy points in week one by seeing five targets and catching four of those targets for 53 yards and a score. While fantasy owners can't put much stock in that single performance, it's nice to see Ebron get involved early in the season. In a wasteland like the tight end position, fantasy owners may want to keep an eye on Eric Ebron.

Tyler Lockette- Wide Receiver- Seattle Seahawks- At this point, it's difficult to get Lockette into lineups unless your league rewards return yards since he only plays on special teams right now. The rookie impressed during the preseason and continued his success into the regular season by returning a punt 57 yards for a touchdown and a kickoff for another 35 yards. Lockette posted almost 20 fantasy points in week one and if he can find his way into the offense, will be a must add in all fantasy formats.


Johnny Manziel- Quarterback- Cleveland Browns- While some fantasy owners may find it tempting to add Johnny Football, he really didn't do much to help fantasy owners when given the chance. With the concussion to McCown, there's a chance Johnny Manziel gets the starting nod in week two. With his three turnovers in week one, fantasy owners may want to look elsewhere if in need of a quarterback.

Jermaine Kearse- Wide Receiver- Seattle Seahawks- Coming off of his 15 plus fantasy points performance in week one, it's hard to trust a Seahawks wide out for fantasy purposes since Russell Wilson isn't one to throw a lot of passes. Week one saw Wilson throw more since the Rams led most of the game. That led to 10 targets for Kearse and 8 catches for 76 yards. If the Seahawks play the way they always play, fantasy owners shouldn't expect a lot of passing attempts from their signal caller.

Tavon Austin- Wide Receiver- St.Louis Rams- It is just too difficult to figure out the  Rams' plans for Tavon Austin. His week one performance saw him score almost 20 fantasy points but had only two receptions. The damage Austin did was on a 75 yard punt return and a 17 yard rushing score. Fantasy owners should not get sucked into playing the game of when Tavon Austin will go off. He is too hit or miss.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wide Receiver Rankings - Top 10

My full rankings are always available on Fantasy Pros, but I thought I'd break down the top ten at each position to give you some ideas.  In my overall rankings I've got RB's from 1 to 9 but then it's all receivers for the next six.  I don't mind picking late in the round and going WR-WR because the RB's available  in rounds 3 through 5 all have legit upside.

As always, and this year in particular, I'm waiting on quarterback and then taking two in a row rapid fire.  The "Back-to-Back Quarterback" strategy from my book is basically to grab the QB's ranked something like #9 and #10 and then to play the matchups.  It insulates you from injuries and down years and gives you an automatic and high quality bye week option.  Also, QB is probably the most matchup dependent position other than DST.

Okay, okay... On to the rankings.  Let's start with the wide receiver position because it is chock full of goodness.

#1)  ODB.  He's special and has the younger, healthier Manning throwing him the ball.
#2)  Demaryius. He's special and has the Peytonier Manning throwing him the ball.
#3)  Jordy Nelson.  I've doubted him as much as anyone, but go check the stats.  Go ahead, I'll wait.  ...  Back?  Pretty amazing, right?
#4)  Antonio Brown.  He's great, but I'm not convinced he's best in the NFL great... maybe he is. Gimme a break, he plummeted all the way to #4 in my rankings.
#5)  Dez.  This is less about Dez than it is about the quality in front of him.  And maybe I'm worried about Romo's gimpy back.
#6)  Mega.  Love the guy, but he's lost a couple of MPH off his fastball.  Again, he's still #6. 
#7)  Julio Jones.  Okay, the top six can get jumbled up but I really feel like the first significant gap is before #7.  I'm not in love with Julio this year.  He's in a new offense and I just don't love Kyle Shanahan's system.  He's got all of the talent in the world, but I feel like he's the clear #7.
#8)  AJ Green.  Another gap here before #8.  Green is uber-talented but Andy Dalton is mediocre and Marvin Jones is back to take targets away...  Plus, I think they want to run the ball.  However, all of that said, I like Green for value at his ADP this year.  When healthy he is a game changer.
#9)  Jordan Matthews.  I was on this train last year when Jeremy Maclin was the top guy and the QB situation was a mess.  Okay, I don't know that the QB sitch is better now but Maclin is gone, Matthews is the man, Chip will get him the rock, and he's no longer a rookie.  Matthews has been screaming up draft boards, but that's okay with me.  If you go old school RB-RB in the first two rounds this is the kind of guy I love to see in the 3rd or even early 4th.
#10)  Randall Cobb.  Two Packers in the top 10?  Where's Mike Evans?  Hold your horses... Yes, two, let me explain.  And Evans is #11.  Bonus info there, no extra charge.  Look, Aaron Rodgers is out of this world great at quarterbacking and he's got these two exceptional weapons.  He's gonna feed them.  When Cobb is healthy all he does is break defenses.

Good luck in your drafts, Brainiacs.  I like the early WR's quite a bit but then it gets really murky before the later round options... draft carefully.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Team Talk: Chicago Bears

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

Looking at the NFC North, the Chicago Bears were yet again a disappointment in the NFL but when it comes to fantasy football, Da Bears have a whole lot to offer. With a new head coach in town and a lot of familiar faces, fantasy owners can expect the Bears to produce some fantasy relevant players heading into the new season. It's time to take a look and see what the Bears can offer.

Jay Cutler- Quarterback- At this point in time, fantasy owners should expect the same result out of Jay Cutler. If you draft him to be your every week quarterback, get ready for some tough times. What you see is that you get with Cutler. In 15 games played last season, Cutler averaged 22.3 fantasy points per game and threw 28 touchdowns to go along with 18 interceptions. He also passed for just over 3,800 yards which is a disappointment considering the weapons he had at his disposal. He did post ten games of 20 or more fantasy points but overall, his numbers were a let down for fantasy owners who thought he may turn the corner in 2014.

Matt Forte- Running Back- What else can be said about Matt Forte that fantasy owners don't already know? He's the model of consistency every time he's on the field. He not only makes plays with his legs, but also his hands. Forte is PPR gold and fantasy owners shouldn't expect that to change heading into 2015. Last season, Forte averaged over 15 fantasy points per game and rushed for over 1,000 yards while adding another 800 plus yards through the air. He saw 130 targets tossed his way while hauling in 102 of those balls for four more touchdowns bringing his touchdown total to ten for the year. He also posted ten games of double digit fantasy points. The running back position doesn't get much more reliable than Matt Forte.

Alshon Jeffery- Wide Receiver- With the departure of Brandon Marshall, fantasy owners can expect even bigger numbers from the now number one receiver in 2015. Last season, Jeffery averaged 11 fantasy points per game and scored double digit fantasy points in ten games. He saw 145 targets while catching just 85 of them but did manage to rack up over 1,000 yards receiving while scoring ten times. Fantasy owners should look for bigger and better from Jeffery this season.

Marquess Wilson- Wide Receiver- Some fantasy owners were expecting big things from Wilson in 2014 but those lofty expectations were cut short due to an injury sustained in the preseason. The good news is in the seven games Wilson did play last year, he saw 32 targets (4.5 per game) and now projects to be a bigger part of the offense with Brandon Marshall gone. Marquess Wilson could be a late round sleeper heading into fantasy drafts this season.

Kevin White- Wide Receiver- Drafted to replace the departed Brandon Marshall, Kevin White was taken seventh overall by the Bears and should make an immediate impact both with the Bears and fantasy owners. White stands at 6'3 and weighs 215 lbs which should help him versus defensive backs. In the two years he played at West Virginia, White finished with 144 catches for almost 2,000 yards and 15 touchdowns. Even if White doesn't make the kind of impact most fantasy owners think he will this year, he's the perfect keeper or dynasty candidate.

Martellus Bennett- Tight End- At a position that is very slim, Martellus Bennett seems to produce almost every year. Last year, Bennett averaged eight fantasy points per game and scored double digit fantasy points in six games. He also saw 128 targets and caught 90 balls for over 900 yards and six scores. Fantasy owners can once again count on the "Black Unicorn" in 2015.t)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Team Talk: Carolina Panthers

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

Sticking with the team previews, let's head over to the NFC South and take a look at the Carolina Panthers who took a step back from their 2013 season. There is quite a bit for fantasy owners to get excited about regarding the Panthers heading into the 2015 fantasy football season. For starters, Cam Newton signed a monster extension and now seems to have two quality receivers to throw to. The ground game doesn't appear to look too intimidating and the defense doesn't look as formidable as it did two years ago but on the offensive side of the ball, fantasy owners may like what they see. It's time to delve into the Carolina Panthers.

Cam Newton- Quarterback- After signing a monster extension this offseason, Cam appears poised to have a big 2015 for both the Panthers and his fantasy owners. Newton's fantasy numbers took a dip last year mainly because the rushing numbers went down. Cam rushed for 555 yards and a touchdown while passing for over 3,500 yards and 22 touchdowns. Since his value comes mostly from his legs, fantasy owners were a bit disappointed in the Panthers signal caller in 2014 but Cam did still manage to score double digit fantasy points in eight games and average over 22 fantasy points per game last season. Fantasy owners should expect a big season from the former Auburn standout in 2015.

Kelvin Benjamin- Wide Receiver- It's safe to say the second year wideout had a pretty productive rookie season last year averaging almost ten fantasy points per game and scoring double digit fantasy points in eight of the 16 games he played. He finished with 73 catches on 145 targets for over 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns. Benjamin was also a favorite red zone target for Cam and should continue to improve in his second year.

Devin Funchess- Wide Receiver- The rookie receiver was drafted out of Michigan in the second round of this years draft and is a converted Tight End. While his college numbers are not exactly eye popping, his frame is what will make him a tough cover in the NFL. Standing at 6'4 and weighing 232 pounds, he's another big body for Cam Newton to throw to who should have no problem throwing defensive backs out of his way. With defenses focusing on Benjamin and tight end Greg Olsen, there should be a lot of opportunities for Funchess to make a name for himself among fantasy owners.

Greg Olsen- Tight End- Olsen remains a steady fantasy option at a slim position. He averaged almost nine fantasy points per game last year and scored double digit fantasy points in eight games as well. His 84 receptions for over 1,000 yards were a career high for him while his six touchdowns were second most in his career.

Jonathan Stewart- Running Back- In the 13 games Stewart played in last year, he averaged almost ten fantasy points per game and scored double digit fantasy points in five of those games. He failed to reach the century mark in rushing yards and scored only three rushing touchdowns. He did manage to give fantasy owners 25 catches for almost 200 yards and an additional touchdown but fantasy owners shouldn't expect too much from him heading into 2015. He's difficult to trust due to his health and the Carolina run game hasn't scared defenses outside of Cam Newton.

D/ST- Not quite the stifling defense they were two seasons ago, Carolina ranked middle of the pack in fantasy defenses in 2014 while allowing 25 passing touchdowns. With fantasy defenses being fickle from year to year, the Carolina Panthers D/ST will probably end up middle of the pack again in 2015.