Happy New Year Panthers fans! So how did you do in your fantasy leagues in 2018? I won three of eight leagues and maintained my diamond status on Yahoo! Sports. Woot Woot!As far as the Panthers here’s the top five things I learned now that it is all done. Running back Christian McCaffrey is a top five pick in 2018With Le’Veon Bell sitting out the season in a contract dispute Custom Christian McCaffrey Jersey
, McCaffrey (1,965 yards, 13 touchdowns) emerged as the top dual threat running back in the league. In PPR leagues he is a top three pick in 2019. If not for a perplexing early exit in Week 17 against the Saints Will Grier Carolina Panthers Jersey
, McCaffrey might have eclipsed 2,000 scrimmage yards. I see no reason why he couldn’t perform even better next season with hopefully a better offensive line in front of him.D.J. Moore is the Panthers number one wide receiverMoore should be a solid third round pick in fantasy football next season. That is quite a rise for a rookie drafted in the back half of the first round. Moore (788 receiving yards) is followed by a close number two wide receiver in Curtis Samuel (494 receiving yards) so the Panthers seem set at two wide receiver positions going forward. Moore will certainly be quarterback Cam Newton’s top target in 2019.Cam Newton remains a top ten fantasy quarterbackAs long as Newton’s shoulder completely heals 2018 proved Newton can score fantasy points from the pocket. Of course his running ability, particularly in the red zone is always a nice bonus for his fantasy owners. Newton’s career high 67.8 percent completion percentage is more important than his 13th place finish in scoring among quarterbacks. Keep an eye on what the Panthers do with their offensive line in 2019. I would hope improving it is a top priority for this offseason. If Newton is given time to throw in 2019 he is prime for a career year with offensive coordinator Norv Turner setting the game plan.Tight end Ian Thomas will be a late round ‘sleeper’ pick in 2019You may think a lot hinges on the return of Greg Olsen but even is Olsen does return I see Thomas being part of the weekly game plan in 2019. Remember when we used to clamor for an effective tight end to pair with Olsen in two tight end sets? The Panthers have that option now in Thomas. Thomas averaged five catches for just under fifty yards a game in his five starts to end the season. While I agree that is not exactly lighting it up but you could see his confidence growing with every game. In the event Olsen is not yet ready to go in 2019 Thomas could be a top 10 tight end for a late round pick.The Panthers defense looks undraftable at this pointThe NFL scheduling gods have done the 7-9 Panthers no favors. The division match ups with the NFC West and AFC South come when both divisions provided two playoff teams. Add in the fact there is no patsy in either of those divisions there is no easy out. Okay maybe with the exception of the Cardinals. Regardless what really matters is the Panthers lack a pass rush and have had way too many break downs in pass protection to be worth a draft pick. The Panthers might be a decent streaming option week to week but other than a miraculous influx at defensive end or safety Color Rush Will Grier Jersey
, leave the Panthers defense on the waiver wire. The self-reports of Ben Roethlisberger‘s demise were greatly exaggerated.Roethlisberger avoided injury after getting smushed on Sunday to put together on Thursday the fourth perfect passer rating of his career. It ties Peyton Manning for the NFL record.Roethlisberger becomes the third quarterback to generate a perfect passer rating this year, joining Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (at Detroit) and Rams quarterback Jared Goff (vs. Minnesota). There were none in 2016 or 2017.Three happened in 2015 (Kirk Cousins, Ryan Tannehill Christian McCaffrey Jersey Discount
, and Marcus Mariota). The record for most perfect passer ratings came in 2007, with four. (Roethlisberger had two that season.)The NFL determines passer rating (not to be confused with the inherently flawed ESPN QBR) through a formula that places equal importance on completion percentage, yards per attempt Christian McCaffrey Jersey Super Bowl
, touchdown percentage, and interception percentage. The maximum number (and thus the perfect rating) is 158.3.In all, NFL quarterbacks have generated a perfect rating 72 times.