January 1, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) makes a catch on the sidelines against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-US PRESSWIRE

Carolina Panthers Fantasy Prospects

I received an email today from Fox Sports about Fantasy Football being live, and leagues developing. Because of this, I’m going to focus on a few players every week leading up to the preseason.

To make it easier on everyone, I will focus on 2-4 players from each team, with every article. Since this is a Carolina Panthers’ website, we will start with our favorite team.

Cam Newton QB

Cam Newton lit the fantasy world up last season. Blockbuster trades were being made for a rookie QB, and I saw names like Larry Fitzgerald and LeSean McCoy being traded for our franchise. Newton finished the season with 352 points on the season, ranking him 4th in the NFL. His rushing ability adds to his value as he functions as the Panthers’ goal-line back. He will not throw up a ton of yards in the air, but what he lacks there the rush will make up for.

Look for Cam to repeat in his sophomore season. He may not throw for as much, but he will throw for less interceptions. If he can minimize mistakes and take advantage of a stacked field around him, he could be a top 3 QB this season. He’s a possible 1-2 round pick in most leagues.

Steve Smith WR

Smith finished the season with 79 catches for 1394 yards and 7 touchdowns. Based on standard scoring he finished with 175 points. That puts him at 6th on the list of receivers. His resurgence came with the addition of Cam Newton, and I don’t see Smith slowing down any time soon. He’s a quick guy and has some of the best route running abilities in the league. If he can manage injuries and age, he will again be a productive #1 fantasy receiver.

He has some if’s being an older receiver, but his production shouldn’t be greatly affected. If David Gettis and Brandon LaFell step up you make see less from Smith than last season. I still see him as a 2-4th round pick in most leagues.

DeAngelo Williams RB
D-Will had a disappointing season last year, but that came from split production time with J-Stew. That will probably repeat itself again this year. The Panthers are stacked in the backfield and won’t produce a solid RB prospect.

Williams could be a nice back-up, but he’s not going to throw up outrageous numbers. I suspect he will have a 700-900 yard season. Unfortunately this does not warrant early selection. If he’s available in the later rounds of your draft and you need a #3 RB take him. Otherwise, let him pass.

Well those are the 3 prospects coming out this week for the Panthers. Players like J-Stew, David Gettis, Brandon LaFell and Mike Tolbert are very iffy players this season. All will see production, but due to depth it won’t be much.

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