Aug 22, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws a pass to New England Patriots Taylor McCuller (48) who runs for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers in the second half at Gillette Stadium. Patriots defeated the Panthers 30-7. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Preseason: Carolina Panthers vs New England Patriots

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We’ve made it!  Football is back, and with that comes the over analyzing  of the preseason, trying to find any advantage we can for our upcoming drafts.  Many fantasy champions are  made in the preseason. From analyzing rookies to scoping out all of the off-season moves, I will try to help you prepare as well.   This series has to do with fantasy trends from this weeks bevy of preseason games.  I hope you’ve enjoyed my rundowns of the preseason games!  Stayed tuned for breakdowns of every preseason game here.


Aug 22, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) passes against the New England Patriots during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Panthers vs New England Patriots

  1. Cam Newton went 8 of 12 for 88 yards with a few overthrows and missed targets.  The Panthers offensive line did not help at all, and if this preseason is any indication of the upcoming season, Cam will definitely be scrambling more.  A whole lot more.
  2. Kelvin Benjamin caught five of his six targets for 47 yards, and is definitely Newton’s favorite receiver.  Benjamin definitely stepped up this game as he was covered by Darrelle Revis, and still managed to haul in five passes.
  3. Julian Edelman caught all of his eight targets for 99 yards, and will be a monster in PPR formats. He seems to be Tom Brady‘s most trusted receiver right now, and must be owned in all leagues.  Even in non-PPR formats, the potential is there for him to put up huge numbers in any given week with all the targets he will be getting.
  4. Shane Vereen was impressive last night, but with Bill Belichick controlling the reigns no one really knows who will get the start.  Stevan Ridley has started all preseason, but Vereen has been the most impressive.  He caught all five of his targets for 57 yards and two touchdowns.
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Tags: Cam Newton Carolina Panthers Julian Edelman Kelvin Benjamin New England Patriots Shane Vereen Stevan Ridley

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