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Quarterback, Carolina Panthers

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Draft: 2018 Round 1 (3)
College: Southern California
Ht: 6’3”  Wt: 221 DOB: 1997-06-05 Age: 25

Season Stats
FFToday Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  PassingRushing Fantasy
Season Team G Cmp Att Cmp% Yard TD INTAtt Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2018 NYJ 13 239 414 57.7 2,865 17 15 44 138 3.1 1 231.1 17.8
2019 NYJ 13 273 441 61.9 3,024 19 13 33 62 1.9 2 245.4 18.9
2020 NYJ 12 217 364 59.6 2,208 9 11 37 217 5.9 2 180.1 15.0
2021 CAR 12 243 406 59.9 2,527 9 13 48 222 4.6 5 214.6 17.9
2022 CAR 6 82 140 58.6 1,143 7 3 26 106 4.1 2 107.8 18.0
2022 (Projected) CAR   32 53 60.4 345 2 1 2 12 6.0 0 26.5  

2022 Outlook
Depth Chart
Anyone not living under a rock knows by now about the Panthers' trade for disgruntled Browns QB Baker Mayfield, setting up an "open competition" in the words of Carolina GM Scott Fitterer. Most people don't believe that, but the truth is neither Darnold nor Mayfield has done much recently to generate much confidence in their ability to carry a team. More likely, this competition will come down to who does more to lose it than win it.

For Darnold, the issue is turnovers. Interceptions, fumbles and bad decisions have dogged him throughout his career. It's the result of poor mechanics and a rampant gunslinger mentality, leading to untimely and usually game-breaking mistakes. He has thrown 52 career interceptions; at least 11 in each of his four NFL seasons, and 24 total over the last two seasons. You can't win that way - in fantasy or IRL.

It's important to note that the measurables, natural ability and athleticism are there. Darnold surprised the entire league with his running ability early in 2021 (5 TD runs in his first four games), he has a strong arm and has shown flashes of accuracy, especially when throwing on the run. He also has to be in the right system with the right guys around him. With RB Christian McCaffrey sharing the backfield with him for the first four games of 2021, Darnold turned in three 300-yard passing games and accounted for 10 total TD's (5 pass, 5 rush) with just three interceptions. It's in there, he just needs to show more consistency.

But as we know, with the arrival of Mayfield, he may be out of time. He's got to win the job to even have a chance to be a low end QB2 streaming option, and that's probably a reach.

Fan. Tm. Player
QB1QB1 Sam Darnold
QB2QB2 P.J. Walker
QB3QB3 Jacob Eason
QB4QB4 Matt Corral
Panthers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Carolina rolling with former Colts' HC Frank Reich
Steve Wilks left out in the cold
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Jan 26, 2:01 pm

Carolina Panthers
Former Colts’ HC Frank Reich is being named the new head coach of the Carolina Panthers. Reich now returns to the franchise he quarterbacked in 1995. Frank Reich had five different Week 1 starting quarterbacks in his five years with Indianapolis. He’ll be getting another new QB in Carolina - with hopes this one sticks longer. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Interim head coach Steve Wilks doesn't get the gig and will now likely be searching for a DC job elsewhere. The Panthers are still searching for a quarterback after trying Baker Mayfield, P.J. Walker and Sam Darnold during the 2022 season. Carolina has the 9th pick in the upcoming draft and will likely be active in the free agent QB market.


Panthers make QB change, Sam Darnold will start
Baker Mayfield back to the bench
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Nov 22, 4:02 pm

Carolina Panthers
Panthers announce they are making another QB change: Sam Darnold replaces Baker Mayfield in starting lineup. PJ Walker is still recovering from high-ankle sprain and Mayfield threw 2 INTs in 13-3 loss to Ravens. So interim HC Steve Wilks now going with Darnold. (Cameron Wolfe on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: This will be the third starting quarterback for the Panthers this season as they've largely struggled on offense especially with Mayfield at the helm. Baker went 21-33 for 196 yards and 2 INTs last week against the Ravens. This will be Darnold's first start of the season, facing off against a Broncos defense that's given up the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks.


Injury Baker Mayfield gets the start in Week 11
P.J. Walker dealing with high-ankle sprain
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Nov 14, 10:16 am

Carolina Panthers
With P.J. Walker dealing with a high ankle sprain, Panthers’ HC Steve Wilks told reporters that Baker Mayfield will start Sunday vs. Baltimore. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Sam Darnold will be the backup. All three of the Carolina QBs have had high ankle sprains this season. Mayfield isn't a real fantasy option in most redraft leagues. The real question is how does this affect D.J. Moore? This offense struggled mightily with Baker at QB during the first five weeks. Temper your expectations for Moore moving forward.



2022 Gamelog Stats
FFToday Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  PassingRushing Fantasy
Week Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yard TD INTAtt Yard Avg TD FPts
12 DEN W 23-10 11 19 57.9 164 1 0 3 3 1.0 1 18.5
14 at SEA W 30-24 14 24 58.3 120 1 0 4 30 7.5 0 13.0
15 PIT L 16-24 14 23 60.9 225 1 0 2 2 1.0 0 15.5
16 DET W 37-23 15 22 68.2 250 1 0 6 19 3.2 1 24.4
17 at TB L 24-30 23 37 62.2 341 3 1 5 20 4.0 0 31.1
18 at NO W 10-7 5 15 33.3 43 0 2 6 32 5.3 0 5.4

2021 Gamelog Stats
FFToday Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  PassingRushing Fantasy
Week Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yard TD INTAtt Yard Avg TD FPts
1 NYJ W 19-14 24 35 68.6 279 1 0 5 -1 -0.2 1 23.9
2 NO W 26-7 26 38 68.4 305 2 1 1 7 7.0 0 24.0
3 at HOU W 24-9 23 34 67.6 304 0 0 8 11 1.4 2 28.3
4 at DAL L 28-36 26 39 66.7 301 2 2 6 35 5.8 2 38.6
5 PHI L 18-21 21 37 56.8 177 1 3 2 10 5.0 0 13.9
6 MIN L 28-34 17 41 41.5 207 1 1 4 48 12.0 0 19.2
7 at NYG L 3-25 16 25 64.0 112 0 1 0 0 - 0 5.6
8 at ATL W 19-13 13 24 54.2 129 0 0 8 66 8.3 0 13.1
9 NE L 6-24 16 33 48.5 172 0 3 3 9 3.0 0 9.5
16 TB L 6-32 15 32 46.9 190 0 0 1 11 11.0 0 10.6
17 at NO L 10-18 17 26 65.4 132 0 1 2 7 3.5 0 7.3
18 at TB L 17-41 29 42 69.0 219 2 1 8 19 2.4 0 20.9

2020 Gamelog Stats
FFToday Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  PassingRushing Fantasy
Week Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yard TD INTAtt Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at BUF L 17-27 21 35 60.0 215 1 1 1 6 6.0 0 15.4
2 SF L 13-31 21 32 65.6 179 1 0 2 7 3.5 0 13.7
3 at IND L 7-36 17 29 58.6 168 1 3 5 20 4.0 0 14.4
4 DEN L 28-37 23 42 54.8 230 0 0 6 84 14.0 1 25.9
7 BUF L 10-18 12 23 52.2 120 0 2 0 0 - 0 6.0
8 at KC L 9-35 18 30 60.0 133 0 0 4 21 5.3 0 8.8
12 MIA L 3-20 16 27 59.3 197 0 2 2 9 4.5 0 10.8
13 LV L 28-31 14 23 60.9 186 2 1 3 26 8.7 1 25.9
14 at SEA L 3-40 14 26 53.8 132 0 0 1 3 3.0 0 6.9
15 at LAR W 23-20 22 31 71.0 207 1 0 5 18 3.6 0 16.2
16 CLE W 23-16 16 32 50.0 175 2 0 7 20 2.9 0 18.8
17 at NE L 14-28 23 34 67.6 266 1 2 1 3 3.0 0 17.6

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