Carolina Panthers 2021 Fantasy Soccer Rookie Abstract ⋆ Soccer Absurdity

The Carolina Panthers did a factory reset for the franchise this off-season, relocating Teddy Bridgewater to Denver and swapping it for vicious Jets quarterback Sam Darnold. They also switched from gadget player and Curtis Samuel making his way to Washington. It seems like the Carolina Panthers have what it takes to take a big step forward in 2021.

The Carolina Panthers took four fantasy football-ready players in the 2021 NFL Draft. What can we expect from the players who designed the Panthers for fantasy football 2021?

COMPLETE CAROLINA PANTHERS DESIGN RESULTS
Rd Choose player Item University
1 8th Jaycee Horn CB South carolina
2 59 Terrace Marshall Jr. WR LSU
3 70 Brady Christensen OT BYU
3 83 Tommy Tremble TO Our lady
4th 126 Chuba Hubbard RB Oklahoma State
5 158 Daviyon Nixon DT Iowa
5 166 Keith Taylor CB Washington
6th 193 Deonte Brown AND Alabama
6th 204 Shi Smith WR South carolina
6th 222 Thomas Fletcher LS Alabama
7th 232 Phil Hoskins DT Kentucky
Round 2, Selection 59: Terrace Marshall Jr., Wide Receiver, LSU (6’3 ”200 pounds)
Depth chart
WR1: DJ Moore
WR2: Robby Anderson
WR3: Terrace Marshall Jr.
WR4: David Moore
WR5: Brandon Zylstra
WR ?: Shi Smith
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I didn’t like Terrace Marshall as much as other people who got into the NFL Draft, but I still pretty much liked him. But he has to curb his focus problems. That will make him a lot better in my eyes and make him a superstar. Marshall is great at short ranges and has a touch of technician brilliance with his footwork, but then he just rattles balls right off his hands. It’s great before and after the snap point, but that snap point is, well … the snap. But drops are not real and he could easily fix the problem and become a great boon to fantasy football.

Marshall is tall, physical, and quick, but doesn’t do much to kill me. He might be more of the guy helping Sam Darnold than keeping production steady in his rookie year. Marshall is destined to have at least a double digit touchdown season if he gets volume.

2021 OPPORTUNITY

The Carolina Panthers are likely to have an entirely new look for their sophomore year under Matt Rhule’s regime. Last year it was blown off the rails due to injuries to superstar Christian McCaffrey. At the same time, they lost a lot of goals with Curtis Samuel’s departure. I like Terrace Marshall as a sneaky PPR game this season where he takes on the underlying stuff while Robby Anderson and DJ Moore do their magical downfield. No matter how you choose to use it, I think you will use it. After all, his offensive coordinator orchestrated the 2019 LSU team, in which Terrace Marshall had 13 touchdowns and a 75% catch rate in 12 games at the age of 19.

2021 FANTASY OUTLOOK

Marshall advocates fantasy football 2021 as a “guy I should probably keep an eye on”. He’s got some problems with the depth map and we need to know the quarterback is good. But once we’ve answered those questions, Marshall should have a nice little fantasy football season to himself. Think about how Tee Higgins has done over the past year. He became an extremely useful, but not mind-blowing fantasy football receiver. This is how I can see Terrace shake out Marshalls in 2021.

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Round 3, Selection 83: Tommy Tremble, Tight End, Notre Dame (6’4 ”248 pounds)
Depth diagram:
TE1: Tommy Tremble
TE2: Ian Thomas
TE3: And Arnold
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Tommy Tremble is my favorite tight end in the 2021 class. Calm down, I didn’t say the best tight end, I said favorite. When I see Tremble all I can think of is his blockade. That’s what really got off the side of him in college. That and Notre Dame’s shiny helmets. The Fighting Irish used it all over the field. He positioned himself in the slot, in line, outside and in traditional FB usage. Still, I don’t see how he works out many goals and touches for the panthers. If you want to imagine his abilities, think of Kyle Juszczyk of the 49ers who can run a bit, catch a bit, and block the vivid daylight from opposing defenders so he can run back some space.

2021 OPPORTUNITY

I’m not entirely sure how the Carolina Panthers will get fantasy football value out of Tremble in its rookie year. First and foremost: the rookie-tight bulkhead. They are just not good for the imagination. Literally, zero TEs had more than 10 double-digit Fantasy Points (HPPR) for 9 or more games in a season. Second, the panthers don’t throw until the end. At all. 7.8% of their goals came to an end, tying the New England Patriots near the lowest in the league.

2021 FANTASY OUTLOOK

Reread his opportunity for 2021 and tell me how I can have Tommy Tremble on my roster in the 2021 Redraft Leagues.

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Round 4, Selection 126: Chuba Hubbard, Running Back, Oklahoma State (6’0 ”210 pounds)
RB1: Christian McCaffrey
RB2: Chuba Hubbard
RB3: Trent Cannon
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Scoring Chuba was a tough job for me as the Oklahoma State offensive line was just an absolutely terrible mess and Hubbard had to run for his life the moment he touched the ball. However, after the OL had given him a lane, he was able to cover it a long way. He had a good pace and ran on multiple levels with great visibility (which helped break the line). Chuba isn’t the strongest guy, but NFL running backs come in all kinds. He is efficient in his movement and is crucial in his running. There is seldom a millisecond wasted with Hubbard as he eats up the runway fast enough and doesn’t dance. He gets really tiny and flies out of the folds at the line of scrimmage, which can only remind me of a less compact version of the immortal Frank Gore.

2021 OPPORTUNITY

Well, I’m not going to gloss it over: He’s behind Christian McCaffrey. When the Panthers have their Druthers, they likely aren’t letting Chuba Hubbard touch enough to do much, but rather giving CMC a breather. But I’d go out there and try to get Chuba cheap in a lower league just in case. Chuba Hubbard is a better player than Mike Davis, and Davis had all the options in the world when Christian McCaffrey went down last year. He finished eleventh in ten zone runs, just ahead of Nick Chubb. Davis also had five ten-zone stretchers. He’s had every opportunity to produce, and if CMC misses the time, Chuba will have the same opportunity to produce.

2021 FANTASY OUTLOOK

Ideally, the panthers won’t let him play this year and ride back with their Christian McCaffrey stud. Because of this, its outlook is bleak. Despite the desolation, I admit that there may be a chance if Matt Rhule and Joe Brady decide to spell CMC more this year to save its reps. Even so, Chuba Hubbard is nothing more than a deep league hiding place for me at this point.

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Round 6, Selection 204: Shi Smith, Wide Receiver, South Carolina (5’10 ”190 pounds)
Depth chart
WR1: DJ Moore
WR2: Robby Anderson
WR3: Terrace Marshall Jr.
WR4: David Moore
WR5: Brandon Zylstra
WR ?: Shi Smith
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Shi Smith is not a large, wide-angle receiver in the traditional sense. He’s small, he doesn’t have an exceptionally nifty route tree, and he doesn’t have the best hands in the world. But he’s fast enough, versatile enough, and explosive enough to play a role at the NFL level. That being said … I’m not sure if this role has enough fantasy football to plant my flag in Shi as anything other than a down-roster chunk for the Panthers.

2021 OPPORTUNITY

I put a question mark next to Shi Smith’s rank for a very specific reason: Who knows where he is in the Panther Reception Corps? He fights with Keith Kirkwood, Ventell Bryant, Omar Bayless, Marken Michel, Micah Simon and Ishmael Hymen for the role of the WR5 + on the offensive. I think Shi Smith has an easy leg in front of the other guys for one reason and only one reason: If anyone could become a Curtis Samuel-like gadget player, it would be Shi Smith. But can he incorporate that into fantasy football production? Probably not, but I’ll leave the door open in his rookie year, just a crack.

2021 FANTASY OUTLOOK

It is very likely that Shi Smith will not be drafted into a southern-only NFC league. No thanks.

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