Funchess failed to catch any of his three targets in Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Browns. Funchess played just under 40 percent of Carolina's offensive plays in his second week since returning from a back injury. In contrast, rookie D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel both played over 90 percent of the snaps, and veteran Jarius Wright even saw more action than Funchess. To make matters worse, Funchess didn't look back for the ball on one of his few targets Sunday. Clearly out of sync while the Panthers have slid down the standings, Funchess' value sits at a season low ahead of Week 15's game versus the Saints.
Funchess caught one of three targets for 10 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Buccaneers. Funchess returned after missing Week 12 due to a back injury, but his snap count was limited to 32 of Carolina's 70 offensive snaps. To his credit, though, he made a big impact on his lone reception, scoring during the third quarter. With five straight outings of fewer than 50 yards, however, Funchess' upside has taken a hit over the second half of this season.
Funchess (back) is active for Sunday's Week 13 tilt against the Buccaneers. Funchess was trending toward playing after wrapping up the week with a full practice, and this report officially confirms his active status. However, an earlier Sunday morning report indicated that the team plans to bring Funchess back slowly, implying that he's expected to be on some sort of snap count against the Buccaneers. Consequently, the fantasy outlook for fellow wideout D.J. Moore remains strong, as does that of explosive secondary option Curtis Samuel to an extent.
Funchess (back), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, is expected to play but will likely only take limited snaps, a source tells Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Though Funchess took the questionable tag into the weekend, it appeared he would be on track to play without any restrictions after practicing on a limited basis Thursday and at full capacity Friday. As Rapoport's report suggests, however, the Panthers are evidently inclined to take a slow approach with easing Funchess into the mix following a one-game absence. It's unclear to what extent Funchess will be limited, but his foggy playing-time outlook might only make him a viable lineup option in deeper formats this week and caps his upside in DFS formats.
Funchess (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports. Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site expects the 24-year-old wideout to suit up Sunday after practicing Thursday and Friday. In fact, it seems likely Funchess would have also taken part in Wednesday's practice if not for a personal issue keeping him away from the team to start the week. He was spotted leaping for a pass during Thursday's limited session, then progressed to full participation Friday, per Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site. With Funchess, D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel and Torrey Smith all on track to play in a matchup against a vulnerable Tampa Bay pass defense, it will be interesting to see how the Panthers divide snaps at wide receiver. Common sense dictates Moore has surpassed Funchess as the No. 1 option after catching 15 passes for 248 yards and a touchdown the past two weeks.
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