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Week 23
February 09, 2016
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#1

Cam Newton

Updated on Thursday, Jan 28 - 20:21PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Denver Broncos Defense vs. QBs Rank
31
24.9 Fantasy PPG by Carolina Panthers QB 1
13.1 Fantasy PPG allowed by Denver Broncos Defense vs QBs 1
Explosive
Safe

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason


Cam Newton is coming off the top quarterbacking season for fantasy owners, finishing tops at the position six different weeks during the season. Newton passed for 35 passing touchdowns and also ran for ten more and averaged nearly 25 fantasy points a game. Newton is capable of huge fantasy games because he can do it through the air and hammer it on the ground. In the Divisional round against the Seahawks, the Panthers jumped out to a huge lead early, and were able to hold on throughout. Despite the big lead, Cam posted just 10.7 fantasy points against the Seahawks as he threw for just 161 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed 11 times, but was only able to gain three yards. Last week week, Cam and the Panthers hosted the Arizona Cardinals and Cam went off, throwing for 335 yards and two touchdowns against one interception and rushed ten times for 47 yards and another 2 scores for a huge fantasy day. Newton will now take his eccentric style into the Superbowl and take on the Denver Broncos who allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. This is literally a strength versus strength matchup with Cam taking on the excellent defense of the Broncos. Cam has faced the Broncos just once in his career back in 2012 and threw for 241 yards and two touchdowns against two interceptions. 


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#2

Peyton Manning

Updated on Wednesday, Feb 03 - 18:11PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Carolina Panthers Defense vs. QBs Rank
26
13.1 Fantasy PPG by Denver Broncos QB 29
14.5 Fantasy PPG allowed by Carolina Panthers Defense vs QBs 4
I'm Too Old
Potential Pitfalls

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason


The Carolina Panthers allow the fourth least amount of FF points to QBs and Peyton Manning only averages 9.7 points in 12 games this season, including the playoffs. However, over the last three contests, Manning has thrown zero interceptions in three game manager type wins to get Denver to the Super Bowl. Why mess with this success? The Broncos will keep throws over 15 yards to a minimum, use both Hillman and Anderson to create a multidemensional attack to keep the Panther's talented LBs honest, use typical Bronco-esque bubble screens to Thomas and Sanders for quick gains, and rely heavily on their number one defense to keep Cam and the Panthers offense quiet, as the did Brady. I honestly believe the Broncos will win this game, but the gameplan MUST include keeping Peyton's pass plays to quick outs and seasm routes between two high safeties. As the defensive juggernaut, hey can learn from Russell Wilson and the Seahawks of two years ago, that offense does not win championships. 


-ØC

 
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#1

C.J. Anderson

Updated on Wednesday, Feb 03 - 18:09PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Carolina Panthers Defense vs. RBs Rank
22
16.9 Fantasy PPG by Denver Broncos RB 23
17.0 Fantasy PPG allowed by Carolina Panthers Defense vs RBs 13
On Fire
Questionable Volume

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason


Shockingly (sarcasm), CJ Anderson once again outplayed Ronnie Hillman in the backup role against the Patriots two weekends ago. I can't for the life of me figure out why Kubiak insists on trotting him out first. Is it his stellar two yards per carry on 27 carries in the Broncos playoff games? Is it his ONE reception for only seven yards and 6.1 FF points over the post-season contests? Anderson is sitting on 4.6 YPC with 27 yards receiving and a divisional round winning touchdown on his belt. The Panthers are only 13th best in the league against the run and with Denver limiting Peyton's attempts against such a solid secondary and LB core, Anderson will the be the key weapon to win the Broncos their first Championship since 1999.


-ØC

 
#2

Jonathan Stewart

Updated on Thursday, Jan 28 - 20:24PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Denver Broncos Defense vs. RBs Rank
21
16.8 Fantasy PPG by Carolina Panthers RB 24
16.7 Fantasy PPG allowed by Denver Broncos Defense vs RBs 11
Safe
High Volume

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason


Jonathan Stewart is coming off a solid season and finished as a solid RB2 in standard scoring despite missing the final three games of the season due to a foot injury. Stewart was back in the lineup on Sunday and performed well. Stewart finished 16th among running back in fantasy points and also 16th in points per game, but before going down with an injury had seven of his last nine games end with double-digit fantasy points. Stewart was big in the Divisional round against the Seahawks, getting going early with a 59-yard rush and a 4-yard touchdown on the next play. Jonathan Stewart finished the game with 19 carries and gained 106 yards and punched in two touchdowns adding a five-yard reception. Last week against the Cardinals, Stewart compiled a workmanlike 83 yards on 19 carries without a ton of flash. Stewart will be expected to be the driving force for this offense in the Superbowl and he has shown to step his game in the playoffs. In five career playoff games, Stewart has averaged 79 yards a game with four rushing touchdowns. The Broncos have allowed 16.7 fantasy points a game to opposing running backs this season, so the matchup is an exploitable one for Stewart and his backfield mates. 


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#3

Ronnie Hillman

Updated on Wednesday, Feb 03 - 18:09PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Carolina Panthers Defense vs. RBs Rank
22
16.9 Fantasy PPG by Denver Broncos RB 23
17.0 Fantasy PPG allowed by Carolina Panthers Defense vs RBs 13
Over Rated
Garbage

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason


Ronnie Hillman is the worst. I've been saying it for weeks now, but his lack of playmaking ability makes me cringe. His eye test in the playoffs is dismal, always trying to make the extra move when the only play is to lower his head and get 1-2 yards. He runs East and West instead of North and South and loves to scare his teammates with a fumble or dropped pass, including the backwards pass he completely quit on which lead to a Patriots recovery in the AFC Championship. He should be the change of pace back but I woulnd't expect more than 10 total touches. 


-ØC

 
#4

Mike Tolbert

Updated on Thursday, Jan 28 - 20:24PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Denver Broncos Defense vs. RBs Rank
21
16.8 Fantasy PPG by Carolina Panthers RB 24
16.7 Fantasy PPG allowed by Denver Broncos Defense vs RBs 11
Goal Line
Low Volume

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason


Mike Tolbert carried the ball ten times in the season’s final week, his highest total of the season and was able to gain a solid 59 yards. Mike Tolbert is an All-Pro, but for fantasy purposed he averaged less than four carries for 16 yards a game on the ground, while catching just over a pass a game for 9 yards. Tolbert does have four total touchdowns this season, but Cam is this teams goal-line back, so even the vulture gets vultured. In the Divisional Round against the Seahawks, Tolbert carried the ball 7 times for 17 yards and failed to catch his only target. Last week, Tolbert and the Panthers took on the Arizona Cardinals and carried the ball three times for 4 yards and added a 14 yard catch. Tolbert is unlikely to see more than five touches in a game, and seems like the third back in the pecking order when it comes to touchdowns behind Cam and J-Stew. 


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#5

Fozzy Whittaker

Updated on Thursday, Jan 28 - 20:24PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Denver Broncos Defense vs. RBs Rank
21
16.8 Fantasy PPG by Carolina Panthers RB 24
16.7 Fantasy PPG allowed by Denver Broncos Defense vs RBs 11
3rd Down
Bitch Please

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason


Fozzy Whittaker is coming off a regular season in which he got some work as the Panthers third down back and occasional change of pace back. Fozzy rushed for 108 yards on 25 carries and caught 12 of his 15 targets for 64 yards. Entering the playoffs, Whittaker was inactive against the Seahawks due to injury. Fozzy made his playoff debut in the Championship round against the Cardinals, rushing twice but losing two yards. Fozzy is a seldom used back who is known more for his prowess on special teams at this point rather than impact offensive player. Don’t expect more than a handful of touches for the Foz monster in the Superbowl. 


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#1

Emmanuel Sanders

Updated on Wednesday, Feb 03 - 18:55PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Carolina Panthers Defense vs. WRs Rank
T-24
24.5 Fantasy PPG by Denver Broncos WR 12
19.9 Fantasy PPG allowed by Carolina Panthers Defense vs WRs 7
Explosive
Money

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason


Emmanuel Sanders is the number one WR this week because Demaryius Thomas has disappeared. While there is still a 50/50 chance that Thomas outscores Sanders, let's go with the recent trends if you're still playing some sort of fantasy game this week. Carolina has the eighth best defense against fantasy wide outs and Sanders hasn't surpassed double digit fantasy points since Week 16. The Broncos will keep Peyton in game manager mode but Sanders could easily break a typical "Denver-esque" bubble screen for a long TD. Sanders also shouldn't be covered by Josh Norman unless Thomas slides into the slot, but Sanders should see McCain or Finnegan most of the evening.  I've always been one to say double the #1 receiver and put your best corner on their #2 but since the Panters often check into zone coverage with any sign of receiver motion dissolves that theory. Emmanuel has the best chance of all receivers for a long TD down the sideline, but will Peyton throw it?


-ØC

 
#2

Ted Ginn Jr.

Updated on Thursday, Jan 28 - 20:29PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Denver Broncos Defense vs. WRs Rank
32
23.1 Fantasy PPG by Carolina Panthers WR 16
15.1 Fantasy PPG allowed by Denver Broncos Defense vs WRs 1
Explosive
Butterfingers

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason


Ted Ginn is coming off the best season of his career in terms of fantasy production, as he was able to score ten fantasy points a game on the strength of ten receiving touchdowns. Ginn did set a career high in targets and yards per catch, but the receptions and receiving yards were just the second highest of his career. Ted Ginn was held down in the divisional round against the Seahawks, failing to catch his only target and rushing for 11 yards. Ginn caught both of his target for 52 yards in the Championship round against the Cardinals, and also added a 22 yard touchdown run. Ginn possesses some game breaking skills, but will take on the Denver Broncos and a backfield unit that allowed just 120 yards a game to opposing wide receivers this season to go along with just seven touchdowns to the position. Ginn will likely see a lot of Chris Harris Jr. in the corner matchups. 


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#3

Demaryius Thomas

Updated on Wednesday, Feb 03 - 18:53PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Carolina Panthers Defense vs. WRs Rank
T-24
24.5 Fantasy PPG by Denver Broncos WR 12
19.9 Fantasy PPG allowed by Carolina Panthers Defense vs WRs 7
Cold As Ice
Josh Norman

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason


Demaryius Thomas only has five receptions for 52 yards in the post-season. With the recent drops and lack of receptions, Thomas' morale couldn't be lower and the Broncos seem reluctant to even give him the patented bibble screens we're so used to seeing. To add salt to the wound, Thomas will most likely receive coverage from Josh Norman which means he'll have to fight tooth and nail to even receive targets. This should mean a lot of motion from the Denver to get Latimer, Fowler, Norwood, or Caldwell to Norman's side and attack that of McCain or Finnegan. The object of the Denver scheme is to get the ball into playmaker's hands quickly and away from potential Norman/Kuechly interceptions. Quick bubble screens and slants will be the key to victory and DT could easuly get in on some of those.  


-ØC

 
#4

Philly Brown

Updated on Thursday, Jan 28 - 20:29PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Denver Broncos Defense vs. WRs Rank
32
23.1 Fantasy PPG by Carolina Panthers WR 16
15.1 Fantasy PPG allowed by Denver Broncos Defense vs WRs 1
Turned On
Explosive

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason


Philly Brown is coming off a regular season in which he averaged just over two catches a game for 32 yards. Philly was able to score four touchdowns in 14 games, but did not have a game this season with more than three catches, so his ceiling is basically touchdown or bust but he blew threw that against the Cards. Philly Brown had a quiet game against the Seattle Seahawks, catching just two of his five targets for 22 yards. Against the Cards, Philly caught four of his seven targets for 114 yards and a long score. Corey and the receiving corps will take on the best defense in the NFL in the Denver Broncos and a backfield unit that allowed just 15.1 fantasy points a game to opposing wide receivers this season.  The Broncos have three really good corners, and with Philly showing a big game against the Cards, they will make sure to pay some extra attention. 


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#5

Jerricho Cotchery

Updated on Thursday, Jan 28 - 20:29PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Denver Broncos Defense vs. WRs Rank
32
23.1 Fantasy PPG by Carolina Panthers WR 16
15.1 Fantasy PPG allowed by Denver Broncos Defense vs WRs 1
Low Volume
Good Luck

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason


Jerricho Cotchery is coming off a solid if unspectacular regular season in which he caught 39 of 54 targets for 485 yards and three touchdowns. Cotchery had just two double-digit performances this season coming in the first and last games of the season. Cotchery had season highs of five catches and 82 yards so he does have some upside, but he scored jus three times in 14 games. In the Divisional Ground against the Seahawks, Cotchery caught three of his four targets for just 22 yards.  In the Championship round against the Cardinals, Jerricho caught just two passes for 17 yards and isn’t an emphasis in the passing game. 


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#1

Greg Olsen

Updated on Thursday, Jan 28 - 20:30PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Denver Broncos Defense vs. TEs Rank
11
11.1 Fantasy PPG by Carolina Panthers TE 4
8.4 Fantasy PPG allowed by Denver Broncos Defense vs TEs 22
Safe
Explosive

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason


Greg Olsen is coming off an electric regular season in which he finished fourth among tight ends in standard scoring. Olsen caught 77 of his 124 targets for 1,104 yards and seven touchdowns. Olsen led the Panthers in receptions and yardage and was their most consistent pass catcher week-in and week-out. Olsen had seven games this season with over double-digit fantasy points.  In the divisional round against the Seahawks, Olsen caught all six of his passes for 77 yards and a touchdown. Against the Cardinals, Olsen hauled in six of his eight targets for 116 yards and did not find the end zone. Olsen averages nearly 70 yards a game in the playoffs and became just the third tight end in the history of the NFL to lead his team in receptions and receiving yards to also make it to the Superbowl. Last week the Broncos did have a tough time containing the Gronk, allowing him 8 catches for 144 yards and a touchdown. The Broncos did show that they were willing to dedicate a corner to stopping Gronk on a ton of snaps, so Olsen could see one of their top coverage players in the big one.  


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#2

Owen Daniels

Updated on Wednesday, Feb 03 - 18:21PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Carolina Panthers Defense vs. TEs Rank
22
7.1 Fantasy PPG by Denver Broncos TE 19
7.1 Fantasy PPG allowed by Carolina Panthers Defense vs TEs 12
PPR Minus
5 for 50

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason


Owen Daniels showed his slippery route running skills against the Patriots two Sunday's ago and showed exactly how Manning should be utilized in the Passing game. Use quick slants and bubble screens on top of a high dosage of rush attempts with seam routes that split the high safeties. Unfortunately, no one covers better than Line Backers Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly but Davis has a broken arm and it will be interesting to see if Manning picks on him first. Daniels will hope for another multiple TD game to be fantasy relevant. 


-ØC

 
#3

Ed Dickson

Updated on Thursday, Jan 28 - 20:30PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Denver Broncos Defense vs. TEs Rank
11
11.1 Fantasy PPG by Carolina Panthers TE 4
8.4 Fantasy PPG allowed by Denver Broncos Defense vs TEs 22
Low Volume
Bitch Please

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason


Ed Dickson is coming off a regular season in which he was a solid blocker and averaged a catch a week. Dickson did score two touchdowns this season to be his shining moments. In the playoffs, Dickson has totaled just two catches and 22 yards and shouldn’t be expected to make a huge impact in the Superbowl.  


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#4

Vernon Davis

Updated on Wednesday, Feb 03 - 18:21PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Carolina Panthers Defense vs. TEs Rank
22
7.1 Fantasy PPG by Denver Broncos TE 19
7.1 Fantasy PPG allowed by Carolina Panthers Defense vs TEs 12
Homer
Shit

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason


Wouldn't it just be hilarious is Vernon returns to San Francisco and drops a deuce on the Panthers? Obviously, the chances of this are slim to none but it's fun to think about. You'll be happy with 1-2 receptions. 


-ØC

 
#5

Virgil Green

Updated on Wednesday, Feb 03 - 18:21PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Carolina Panthers Defense vs. TEs Rank
22
7.1 Fantasy PPG by Denver Broncos TE 19
7.1 Fantasy PPG allowed by Carolina Panthers Defense vs TEs 12
Handcuff
Sit

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason


Green is nothing more than a "change of pace TE" if there ever was one. 


-ØC

 
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