The complete 2022 Carolina Panthers fantasy football guide
By Brian Emory
Carolina Panthers TEs
Since the day Greg Olsen, and to a lesser extent Ed Dickson, moved on, the Carolina Panthers have had no identity at the tight end position.
The team clearly still sees something in Ian Thomas, as they inked him to an extension this offseason. However, with just 18 receptions and zero scores a year away, he doesn’t have any fantasy value at this time.
After being an early selection on day three of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Panthers’ organization has been smitten with Thomas’ physical profile and ceiling. Four seasons later, the clock seems to be ticking.
He flashes every now and then, but Thomas has yet to emerge as a reliable contributor in the passing attack. Because of this, he’s nowhere near worth spending any fantasy selection on and also has an impending legal situation that took place this offseason.
Perhaps Thomas’ issues are a result of inconsistency at the quarterback position. Or maybe new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo has a golden plan to finally make him a steady contributor in the offense, but these just aren’t gambles worth taking right now. Again, if he makes some noise after the first few weeks perhaps the Indiana product becomes an intriguing waiver wire addition.
In fact, I’m more intrigued by the fantasy outlook of second-year tight-end Tommy Tremble. While head coach Matt Rhule and general manager Scott Fitterer fell in love with his blocking ability, he still has a ceiling as a pass-catcher.
Tremble had 20 receptions a year ago, and he has the physicality and athleticism to emerge as a threat through the air.
Again, like Thomas, he’s nowhere near worth spending a draft choice on. A lot of fantasy football players only initially add one tight end to the roster anyway, so right now neither of Carolina’s tight ends are worth investing a draft choice on.
While Rhule has enjoyed using two tight end sets, that runs contrary to what McAdoo has done in the past. His offenses usually are built around schemes that only use one tight end.
If that happens, it will be fascinating to see who wins out there between Tremble and Thomas. Should one of the two take a stranglehold on the position, only then could I see one of these players emerging with fantasy value.