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CHARLOTTE Stitched Ryan Kalil Jersey , N.C. (AP) — It wasn’t long after Taylor Heinicke was named the Panthers‘ starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Falcons that the jokes began rolling in.Panthers center Ryan Kalil laughed that he might have to bring down his shotgun snaps so they don’t go flying over the 6-foot QB’s head. Running back Christian McCaffrey teased that he’s glad he won’t look so small in the backfield anymore now that Heinicke has taken over for the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Cam Newton.Heinicke laughs at the remarks, pointing out that he’s the same size as Russell Wilson and Drew Brees.“I want to emulate those guys,” Heinicke said.Heinicke makes his first career start over Newton, who was shut down by the team earlier this week because of a lingering right shoulder problem that made it nearly impossible for him to throw the ball more than 15 yards down the field.The Panthers have completed only nine passes of longer than 20 yards this season and three times have subbed in Heinicke to throw Hail Mary passes because Newton lacked the arm strength to handle the task.But that doesn’t mean the Panthers will be changing much up on offense this week against the Falcons.“I don’t know if in one or two games you see that being a whole lot different,” Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner said. “If the opportunities are there, he is capable of getting the ball down the field.”While Heinicke has been in the league since 2015, he has only attempted five passes.Still, the Panthers like his potential, which is why they let veteran Derek Anderson walk in free agency last offseason.Heinicke has been in Turner’s system three years, including two with the Vikings as a backup in 2016 and 2017. When he was signed this offseason, he spent a lot of time teaching other players the playbook.He has also taken the bulk of the reps in practice this past month with Newton mostly resting the shoulder between games.“I think guys are excited to see what he is capable of doing for us,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “I think he wants to prove a lot of the people who believed in him right.”The game itself doesn’t have much meaning with the Falcons (5-9) already eliminated from playoff contention and the Panthers (6-8) hanging on by a thread as the result of an ongoing six-game losing streak.Here are other things to know about the Falcons-Panthers matchup:CATCHING ONThere haven’t been many bright spots on a Falcons offense decimated by injuries to both starting guards and running back Devonta Freeman Dennis Daley Carolina Panthers Jersey , but quarterback Matt Ryan sees hope in the wide receivers working behind veterans Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu.Rookie Calvin Ridley leads the team with eight touchdown catches and is second with 56 receptions. Ryan also noted progress made by Russell Gage, who had two catches last week, and Marvin Hall.“The young guys’ improvement and development have been a bonus for us,” Ryan said.100 WINSRyan is the 12th quarterback to win 100 games with one team since the AFL-NFL merger.He won his 100th with the Falcons last week, leaving him tied with Joe Montana for the 11th-most wins with one team during that span.INSULT TO INJURYIt’s bad enough the Falcons are 5-9 after back-to-back playoff appearances, including a spot in the Super Bowl after the 2016 season. It’s worse they have to watch other teams play in their home stadium — and practice at their facility — for the Super Bowl. Coach Dan Quinn had a grim response when told the NFC Super Bowl team — possibly the rivalSaints— will practice at the Falcons’ facility in Flowery Branch.“I guess I’m most disappointed we won’t be the ones playing and practicing at our site,” he said before walking out, ending the Thursday news conference.THE LAST DANCEWith the Panthers have collapsing the way they have and the roster starting to grow old, this could be the last home game for a few popular veteran players who have spent most or all of their careers in Carolina.Center Ryan Kalil has already said he is retiring after the season, while linebacker Thomas Davis and defensive end Julius Peppers are working on expiring contracts. Tight end Greg Olsen’s future is also up in the air after missing large portions of the last two seasons with a broken foot, and cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and is a potential salary cap casualty.Rivera said he’d like all of his veterans back, but those aren’t his decisions to make.REPLACING THOMPSON, GANOThe Panthers placed outside linebacker Shaq Thompson and kicker Graham Gano on injured reserve this week with their playoff hopes all but over.Jermaine Carter will get a shot to play in Thompson’s spot 2019 Dennis Daley Jersey , and Chandler Catanzaro will continue to handle kicking duties for the Panthers as he’s done the previous two weeks. A look at some key fantasy football questions for Week 13:WHICH UNDER THE RADAR PLAYERS HAVE THE BEST CHANCE FOR A BIG GAME THIS WEEK?Broncos QB Case Keenum has a very favorable matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals this week. Cincinnati has yielded at least three passing TDs to QBs in four of their last five games, including four to Browns QB Baker Mayfield last week. Keenum threw for two TDs against the Steelers in Week 12 and last season against Cincinnati he threw two TD passes and completed 20 of 23 passes.Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake has been dealing with a shoulder injury for the past two weeks and it even forced him to the sidelines for part of his Week 12 matchup. If Drake plays this week he’s likely to be limited. His teammate Frank Gore has rushed for 5.81 yards per carry (YPC) over the past two weeks. He’s showing no signs of slowing down at age 35 and is averaging just under 16 carries in his last three games. He’s yet to score a TD this season but takes on the Bills in Week 13, and they’ve yielded seven TDs to RBs in their last five games.Redskins receiver Josh Doctson is finally healthy, and he caught six passes for 66 yards with Washington QB Colt McCoy under center in Week 12. McCoy targeted Doctson 10 times and this week he faces a bruised and battered Eagles secondary. If Jamison Crowder is forced to miss his eighth straight game look for Doctson to be heavily targeted once again this week.Panthers WR D.J. Moore has 15 receptions, 248 receiving yards and a TD in his last two games and takes on the Buccaneers in Week 13. They’re tied for giving up the third-most fantasy points per game (FPPG) to WRs and the second-most receiving TDs to the position. If Devin Funchess‘ cranky back forces him to miss a second consecutive game, Moore should have another productive week.An already thin fantasy TE position got even thinner with Jack Doyle of the Colts and Denver’s Jeff Heuerman placed on injured reserve this week. Jets TE Chris Herndon has provided fantasy owners with double digit fantasy points in four of his last six games in point-per-reception (PPR) scoring formats. Unfortunately, he has a tough matchup against the Titans who give up the least FPPG to the position. Matt LaCosse, who takes over for Heuerman in Denver, had three catches for 34 yards and a TD in Week 12. He takes on the Bengals in Week 13. They’ve given up the second most FPPG to TEs.WHAT STRATEGY IS BEST SUITED FOR LINEUP CONSTRUCTION THIS LATE IN THE SEASON JUST BEFORE THE FANTASY PLAYOFFS?In most cases, you should use the same strategy that has worked for you all season long. Start your fantasy studs. For instance, this isn’t the week to consider sitting Falcons WR Julio Jones just because the Ravens are extremely tough against WRs. Don’t overthink things.WHAT ABOUT ROSTER MOVES?Your team’s roster may contain marginal fantasy players you were forced to start in order to field a competitive team through previous bye weeks. If you no longer intend to use those players, replace them with players who could better help your team. The key words are “marginal fantasy players.” You never want to drop a player that your competitors can pick up off of the waiver wire and use against you. Be especially careful of dropping RBs who are one injury away from becoming their team’s primary back.WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO MANAGE TEAM DEFENSES GOING FORWARD?With just about every team defense having struggled at some point this season, streaming has been the way to go. The Bears have been the best fantasy defense of 2018 but even they gave up more than 30 points two weeks in a row. If you’re dropping a “marginal player” based on our advice in the previous section Dennis Daley Carolina Panthers Jersey , why not replace him with a second defense who has upcoming favorable matchups. For instance, the Bills have scored the ninth most fantasy points among defenses. Their next three opponents are top eight in FPPG allowed to opposing fantasy defenses. Consider adding the Broncos defense who take on the 49ers in Week 14 and the Raiders in Week 16 (championship week). Both opponents are top five in FPPG allowed to fantasy defenses.WITH MELVIN GORDON POTENTIALLY OUT FOR WEEKS AND AUSTIN EKELER ALREADY OWNED IN MOST LEAGUES DOES JUSTIN JACKSON HAVE ANY FANTASY VALUE THIS WEEK?Although Jackson should be rostered, unless you play in an extremely deep league you should avoid starting him. Expect Ekeler to out-touch Jackson in Week 13, but if Ekeler aggravates his neck injury or if Gordon misses more time than expected, Jackson’s fantasy value could skyrocket.WITH JAGUARS RB LEONARD FOURNETTE SERVING A ONE GAME SUSPENSION IS CARLOS HYDE A GOOD START IN WEEK 13?Hyde appears to have a good matchup against the Colts who’ve given up the 12th most FPPG to opposing RBs this season, but over their past four games they’ve limited RBs to just 3.78 YPC. In Hyde’s four games with the Jaguars he’s averaging just 3.44 YPC and he’ll also have fellow RB T.J. Yeldon potentially stealing a few carries from him as well. If you are in desperate need of a starting RB this week you can take a chance on Hyde, but he’s a risky play.IS VIKINGS RB DALVIN COOK STARTABLE GOING FORWARD?Cook has just 29 carries in his last three games, and is averaging just 2.16 YPC over the past two weeks. Cook’s lack of volume suggests that he may not be 100 percent healthy. Your fantasy season is probably on the line. If you have a more reliable option at RB, use it.
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