Jarius Wright is a solid NFL receiver, but not one who delivers big stats for Fantasy managers. He's never had more than 588 yards or three scores in a single season. That's probably not going to change in his eighth NFL season. Keep him off rosters.
Wright is part of a deep position group that includes D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel, Chris Hogan and Torrey Smith (knee), Max Henson of the Panthers' official website reports. Aldrick Robinson (hamstring) and Rashad Ross also are viable candidates to earn snaps at wide receiver, while Greg Olsen and Ian Thomas (leg) give the team a nice lineup in formations with two tight ends. Wright likely will open training camp as the slot receiver with the starting offense, but he'll need to fend off competition for his spot in three-wide formations. The Panthers always have the option to push Samuel or Moore inside, which then would free up outside work for Hogan, Smith, Ross or Robinson.
Wright finished the 2018 regular season with 43 catches on 59 targets for 447 yards and a touchdown across 16 games. After inking a three-year contract with the Panthers over the offseason, Wright made a fairly seamless transition while working under offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who was already familiar with the wideout from their time together in Minnesota. While he wasn't a major priority in the passing game, Wright still managed a new career high in receptions while posting his second-best marks in both targets and yardage. The veteran provided a reliable depth presence and should remain in a similar role next season.
Wright caught seven of eight targets for 69 yards during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Falcons. Wright displayed a strong rapport with both of Carolina's backup quarterbacks, recording season highs in both receptions and receiving yards. He didn't make many big gains outside of a 24-yard catch and run, but it was a solid showing nonetheless. Wright will look to remain involved in the offense during next Sunday's season finale against the Saints.
Wright caught three of four targets for 21 yards in Monday night's 12-9 loss to the Saints. Wright trailed only Christian McCaffrey in receptions and targets, but again went for very mild totals. That shouldn't come as a surprise to fantasy owners, though, as Wright's output Monday is about what he's established as his usual performance lately.
Wright caught three of his five targets for 36 yards and rushed once for five yards in Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Browns. Wright finished third among Carolina's receivers in snaps, featuring for over half of the team's offensive plays. His target count marked his most since Week 5 and allowed Wright to post between 20 and 45 yards for the fifth straight game, illustrating his consistency in a depth role.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/08||Los Angeles Rams||19||22.05|
|2||09/13||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
|6||10/13||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
|8||10/27||@San Francisco 49ers||30||26.13|
|10||11/10||@Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|12||11/24||@New Orleans Saints||31||26.67|
|17||12/29||New Orleans Saints||31||26.67|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||33||24||237||1||14||9.88||30|