Devin Funchess might have helped you out in 2017, but his stats suggest he's risky, and a new teammate will pull targets away from him in 2018. Funchess emerged as the Panthers' top receiver last season by default because Cam Newton had no one else to throw to after tight end Greg Olsen got hurt. But when Olsen was on the field, Funchess was minimized - five of his seven games with three catches or fewer came when Olsen was OK. The 6-foot-5 receiver also sported a frustrating (yet career-high) 56.8 percent catch rate with just 4 of 22 passes caught on 20-plus yard throws. He had only one game with more than 100 yards and two with more than 90 yards. Funchess will not only play alongside Olsen this year, but rookie D.J. Moore will also take targets away from him. It makes Funchess appear as a touchdown-needy Fantasy wideout, which is what he basically was last season. His size gives him a chance against anyone in the red zone, but Fantasy owners will never feel good about starting him. If you decide to draft Funchess, do so with a pick in Round 9 or later - if someone else takes him sooner, they're doing you a favor.
Funchess caught his only target for 13 yards in Friday's 27-20 win over the Dolphins in the second preseason game. Funchess' workload has understandably been limited through Carolina's first couple exhibition outings. Entering this season as the team's top wideout, however, it wouldn't be surprising if he's more involved in this Friday's dress rehearsal against the Patriots. As a beneficiary of Kelvin Benjamin's departure last year, Funchess finished with a career-best 63 receptions on 113 targets for 840 yards and eight touchdowns.
Funchess (cramps) returned to practice Friday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports. Funchess exited Thursday's session with cramps, which isn't new for the receiver, who's experienced them several times throughout his career. Upon his return to the field, Funchess will presumably slot right back in with the first-team offense alongside Torrey Smith and rookie D.J. Moore.
Funchess exited Thursday's practice early due to cramps, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports. Funchess isn't new to cramps, as he's dealt with them several times throughout his career. The issue isn't thought to be serious and he should be back on the field in the coming days. Jarius Wright will figure to get a few extra reps with the first-team while Funchess is held out.
Funchess (shoulder) caught four of eight targets for 79 yards in Sunday's 31-26 NFC wild-card loss to the Saints. Funchess was noticeably impacted by the shoulder injury he's carried for the past few weeks, and although he also rolled his ankle early on Sunday, he still soldiered his way to a productive performance. In fact, Funchess' yardage total marked his most since Week 12 of the regular season. On that day, which came in the midst of a strong stretch following the departure of former top wideout Kelvin Benjamin, Funchess topped 100 yards for the only time this term. On the whole, Benjamin being dealt to Buffalo helped result in a career-best campaign from Funchess, who finished with 63 receptions on 113 targets for 840 yards and eight touchdowns. As long as he gets his shoulder healthy, Funchess could well enter next season -- the last under his rookie contract -- as Carolina's No. 1 wideout. That pegging would obviously portend fantasy success, making Funchess someone to monitor over the course of this offseason.
Funchess (shoulder) is listed as active for Sunday's NFC wild-card game against the Saints. The wideout, who caught two passes on six targets for 48 yards and a TD in Week 17's loss to the Falcons, has logged modest yardage totals over the Panthers' last three games as the team's top receiver. That said, the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder has at least maintained a degree of fantasy utility in TD-heavy formats by scoring five times over his last seven contests.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/07||New York Giants||25||20.75|
|9||11/04||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||31||23.75|
|13||12/02||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||31||23.75|
|15||12/18||New Orleans Saints||20||20.00|
|17||12/30||@New Orleans Saints||20||20.00|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||78||39||561||6||28||14.38||92|