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2018 Projections

Note: all points are calculated with PPR scoring
Team Reception Breakdown

Cam Newton: 328.8 total, 20.6 ppg (295/500 passing, 3750 yards, 27 TD, 12 INT; 688 yards rushing, 5 TD, 2 fumbles lost)
The hope for this year is that Norv Turner can call a better game than Mike Shula. It’s a similar style of offense, so if Norv can succeed in the playcalling department Newton should produce plenty in a relatively familiar offense. With a strong complementary running game and a healthy Greg Olsen, Cam will once again be in the running for fantasy’s QB1 overall. Draft him with confidence.

Christian McCaffrey: 233.3 total, 14.6 ppg (150 carries, 630 yards, 4 TD, 1 fumble lost; 65 Rec, 533 yards, 5 TD)
C.J. Anderson: 154.3 total, 9.6 ppg (200 carries, 900 yards, 7 TD, 1 fumble lost; 10 Rec, 83 yards, 1 TD)
McCaffrey’s yards-per-carry average for the season was a bit misleading. He started very slow, averaging under 2 YPC for a good chunk of the season. His better half saw him averaging just above 4. However, while this was good enough to earn him the title of lead back, there’s a reason C.J. Anderson was brought in to replace the aging and injury-prone Jonathan Stewart. Ultimately I would expect a fairly even split in terms of overall touches between the two, with CJA handling more early down work and CMC handling the passing down work. McCaffrey should have a strong RB2 season with RB1 upside on the back of his catches while Anderson will likely be more in flex territory.

Devin Funchess: 191.4 total, 12.0 ppg (60 Rec, 894 yards, 7 TD, 0 fumbles lost)
D.J. Moore: 100.2 total, 6.3 ppg (30 Rec, 462 yards, 4 TD, 0 fumbles lost)
Torrey Smith: 71.5 total, 4.5 ppg (25 Rec, 345 yards, 2 TD, 0 fumbles lost)
Devin Funchess is now the man in town. If he lives up to his billing, he should be a respectable WR2/3 this season. Unfortunately this will be a somewhat low volume passing attack that relies heavily on the tight end and running back positions, so there won’t be much left for the other receivers to work with. Moore has the potential to cut into someone’s total, but it’s hard to say whose. He has upside, but don’t draft him with the intention to start him right away. Smith will be an absolute dart throw boom-or-bust candidate. He will probably put up a 4-100-1 line at some point this season, but good luck guessing which game it’ll be. He’s probably best left on waivers.

Greg Olsen: 201.9 total, 12.6 ppg (70 Rec, 959 yards, 6 TD, 0 fumbles lost)
There is some risk taking Olsen after his broken foot last season, but ultimately the guy hasn’t struggled much with injuries in his career so I can overlook one major one if he says he’s healthy. He’s been Cam’s favorite target when on the field. He will probably lose a few targets to Cam’s new toy McCaffrey, but ultimately Olsen should be back to his high-end TE1 ways.

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