Report: Greg Hardy wants suspension lifted
Greg Hardy | CAR
(October 31, 2014 1:07 AM EDT)
Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports Panthers RE Greg Hardy will ask to have his paid suspension lifted as he awaits his trial for domestic abuse.
Hardy's trial had been scheduled for November 17, but it's been bumped to after the season. Hardy's original plan was to get exonerated and then return to the Panthers, but that's obviously no longer a 2014 possibility. It's unclear if the league will be in any way sympathetic to his case.
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Brandon Williams catches six-yard pass
Brandon Williams | CAR
(October 31, 2014 12:20 AM EDT)
Panthers TE Brandon Williams caught a six-yard pass in Carolina's Week 9 loss to the Saints.
The grab was originally a 12-yard touchdown, but Williams ended up getting ruled down by contact midway through his run. Williams is a high-upside reserve, but has just four total catches this season. His fantasy time doesn't appear to be coming any time soon.
Jerricho Cotchery limited to two catches
Jerricho Cotchery | CAR
(October 31, 2014 12:17 AM EDT)
Jerricho Cotchery caught 2-of-5 targets for 59 yards in Carolina's Week 9 loss to the Saints.
Cotchery could have had a third grab, but let a deep reception get knocked out of his hands as he took a huge shot to the back on an under-thrown ball. A world-class touchdown vulture for the Steelers in 2013, Cotchery has yet to score this season.
Travaris Cadet totals 40 yards vs. Carolina
Travaris Cadet | NO
(October 31, 2014 12:15 AM EDT)
Travaris Cadet rushed twice for one yard in New Orleans' Week 9 win over the Panthers, adding three catches for an additional 39 yards.
Not the night FLEX night streamers had in mind, though it wasn't a total disaster for PPR purposes. The question now for Cadet's middling RB3 value is if Pierre Thomas (shoulder) will be back for Week 10. Cadet is far from a must hold if you're in a roster bind.
Kenny Stills has 5-catch night vs. Panthers
Kenny Stills | NO
(October 31, 2014 12:11 AM EDT)
Kenny Stills caught 5-of-8 targets for 72 yards in New Orleans' Week 9 win over the Panthers.
Stills could have had an even-bigger night, but committed a couple of drops. He also tweaked his groin, but played through a "probable" return tag. Stills is coming off one of the better stretches of his NFL career, with 14 grabs for 232 yards and a touchdown over his past three games. He's on pace for 51/799/2 at the season's halfway point after missing Week 1. He's a high-risk, high-reward WR4.
Marques Colston limited to three catches
Marques Colston | NO
(October 31, 2014 12:08 AM EDT)
Marques Colston caught 3-of-3 targets for 36 yards in New Orleans' Week 9 win over the Panthers.
Another quiet night for Drew Brees' security blanket, who is on pace for a modest 56/888/2 at the season's halfway point. Colston closed strong in 2013, but that may not be in the cards this season with Brandin Cooks fighting for targets over the middle of the field. Colston is a Reggie Wayne-esque WR3.
Brandin Cooks held to three catches in win
Brandin Cooks | NO
(October 31, 2014 12:04 AM EDT)
Brandin Cooks caught 3-of-3 targets for 38 yards in the Saints' Week 9 win over the Panthers.
It was a disappointing night coming off Cooks' 6/94/1 Week 8, especially since he seemed to be finding the soft spots in Carolina's secondary. Either way, Drew Brees was spreading the ball around, finding eight different receivers. Cooks has weekly blow-up potential, but his season-long upside seems capped by the Saints' spread-the-wealth passing attack. With half his rookie year now in the books, Cooks is on pace for 86/820/4 four as a receiver, and 136 additional yards as a rusher. He's a boom-or-bust WR3.
Greg Olsen has three-catch night vs. Saints
Greg Olsen | CAR
(October 31, 2014 12:00 AM EDT)
Greg Olsen caught 3-of-4 targets for 30 yards in Carolina's Week 9 loss to the Saints.
Olsen's missed connection was the result of an inaccurate throw from Cam Newton. Olsen has just four catches for 46 yards over his past two games, but is still on pace for 90/1,078/10 at the season's halfway point. A 10-day rest for Week 10 should do Olsen and the Panthers' offense some good. He remains locked in as a top-five tight end.
DeAngelo Williams totals 50 yards in return
DeAngelo Williams | CAR
(October 30, 2014 11:58 PM EDT)
Returning from a four-week absence, DeAngelo Williams (knee) started Carolina's Week 9 loss to the Saints, rushing eight times for 20 yards.
Williams added a 30-yard catch on a screen, leaving him at 50 total yards. As feared, he rotated near evenly with Jonathan Stewart, out-touching him just 9-8 while out-gaining him 50-46. Neither player was allowed to gain the upper hand or get into a rhythm. The situation is one of the least appealing running-back quagmires in all of fantasy football. D-Will should be bench fodder more weeks than not down the stretch.
Jonathan Stewart limited to eight touches
Jonathan Stewart | CAR
(October 30, 2014 11:52 PM EDT)
Rotating with DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart rushed eight times for 46 yards in Carolina's Week 9 loss to the Saints.
D-Will got the "start," but out-touched Stewart just 9-8. Stewart out-rushed Williams 46-20, but D-Will finished with 50 total yards thanks to a 30-yard reception. As feared, the duo formed a value-draining committee, with neither back being allowed to get into a rhythm. It's a shame with Stewart coming off one of his better games in recent memory in Week 8. J-Stew will be a high-risk FLEX option going forward.