Cannon finished the 2020 season with 10 carries for 33 yards and three catches on three targets for 16 yards in 14 games played. Cannon enjoyed a depth tailback and special-teams role in his first season with the Panthers. While his fantasy value should be even more limited with Christian McCaffrey (thigh) healthy next season, Cannon is under contract with Carolina through the 2021 season..
Panthers head coach Matt Rhule named Cannon as a candidate to mix into the team's backfield Sunday against the Saints with Christian McCaffrey (thigh) and Mike Davis (ankle) unlikely to play, Jonathan M. Alexander of The Charlotte Observer reports. Cannon has been active for each of the Panthers' last 11 games, but he's worked almost exclusively on special teams during that stretch, garnering a total of 13 touches (10 carries, three receptions) while playing only 37 offensive snaps. With the team's top two backs on track to sit out the season finale, more opportunities could open up for Cannon, but he'll still likely find himself behind Rodney Smith and Curtis Samuel in the pecking order for touches out of the backfield. Even as a low-cost punt play in DFS, Cannon won't have much appeal.
Cannon rushed three times for 17 yards in Sunday's 28-27 loss to the Vikings. Cannon also caught his lone target for a one-yard gain. Despite his increased involvement Sunday compared to usual, the reserve tailback holds little fantasy value and could be inactive if Christian McCaffrey returns following Carolina's bye in Week 13.
Cannon is expected to serve as the backup to Mike Davis with Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) and Reggie Bonnafon (ankle) both out Sunday against the Buccaneers, Joe Person of The Athletic reports. Person mentions that Alex Armah is also an option at running back, and the team could opt to promote Rodney Smith from the practice squad. Davis has previously proven himself capable of taking on a workhorse role with McCaffrey injured, so there isn't expected to be much work left over for Cannon, who has garnered more than two touches in a game only once this season.
Cannon rushed three times for 12 yards and caught both his targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Bears. Cannon served as Mike Davis' backup at tailback and did decently with his handful of touches. In fact, with a long reception of 19 yards, Cannon actually outgained Davis through the air. As long as Christian McCaffrey and Reggie Bonnafon remain sidelined with ankle injuries, expect Cannon to serve behind Davis and hold very mild fantasy value.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||New York Jets||20||18.00|
|2||09/19||New Orleans Saints||2||13.00|
|7||10/24||@New York Giants||16||17.50|
|9||11/07||New England Patriots||22||18.88|
|11||11/21||Washington Football Team||3||14.24|
|16||12/26||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||12.30|
|17||01/02||@New Orleans Saints||2||13.00|
|18||01/09||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||12.30|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||16||49||0||7||53||0||9|