Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Date of Birth:  05/21/1994
Age:  24
Height  6'4"
Weight:   225
College:  Michigan
Drafted:  2015 | Round 2 | Pick 41
Depth Chart:  2nd string

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Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Devin Funchess plays well in playoff loss to New Orleans.

Funchess had to contend with Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate Marshon Lattimore, who shadowed Funchess, for the Wild Card matchup, but he had a very good game and was able to get free on a few occasions against the rookie corner. Funchess caught four of eight passes for 79 yards in the loss, but it did look like he had an opportunity to catch a go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter and simply might have mis-judged the ball in the end zone and couldn't come up with it. After the trade of Kelvin Benjamin to Buffalo at the deadline, Funchess stepped up as a true number one receiver for Cam Newton. If the receiving corps for Carolina remains relatively unchanged in 2018, Funchess would be a WR1/WR2 option in fantasy drafts. As Troy Aikman noted during today's game broadcast, Funchess is dealing with a serious shoulder issue—so he might need to get that fixed up this offseason.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

UPDATE: Devin Funchess has returned to the game.

Thankfully, Funchess' Achilles is in tact and if anything he suffered a mild ankle sprain. He didn't miss any plays and should be fine moving forward in this big playoff game against the division rival Saints.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Devin Funchess leaves game with apparent lower leg injury.

On Carolina's first offensive drive of the game, Funchess ran an out route on third down, and it looks like he suffered either an ankle or Achilles injury. Hopefully it's just a twisted ankle, but we'll update you as more information becomes available. Funchess would be a huge loss if he ends up being out for the rest of this Wild Card matchup with New Orleans.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Devin Funchess scores in loss to the Falcons.

Funchess caught two passes for 48 yards, including a four-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. Unfortunately, that was about it for Carolina's offense in the 22-10 loss. Funchess finishes the regular season with a breakout 63/840/8 line thanks in large part to his leading role after Kelvin Benjamin's departure at the trade deadline. The former Michigan star will do battle with Marshon Lattimore to start a potential playoff run for the Panthers next weekend.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Devin Funchess has quiet day in win over Tampa Bay.

Funchess was held to three receptions for just 11 yards, as the Panthers passing attack never really got going. The former college tight end will look to be better in the regular-season finale against the Falcons, but perhaps it's time to downgrade him to a high-end WR2 after some recent struggles. Still, that's worth a start for owners in the fantasy championship.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Devin Funchess held to one reception as Panthers top Packers.

It went for just 19 yards, as despite Cam Newton throwing for four scores, Funchess couldn't make much of an impact. He had a chance to catch a touchdown pass in traffic, but a big hit jarred the ball loose and caused Funchess to possibly aggravate his shoulder injury. Assuming he's fine for Week 16, the Bucs are a great matchup for the Michigan product, and he should be in lineups as a WR1/WR2.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Devin Funchess gets away from Xavier Rhodes and finds the end zone in Week 15 win.

Funchess was shadowed by Minnesota's superstar corner for most of the day, but he was able to beat a zone coverage for an 18-yard score on a broken play. He finished with three receptions for 59 yards and the touchdown, staying hot since Kelvin Benjamin was traded. Funchess needs to be in lineups as a low-end WR1 for Week 15 against Green Bay.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Devin Funchess scores in up-and-down Week 13 loss.

Funchess caught four passes for 60 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown reception to save his fantasy day in the fourth quarter. The 23-year-old receiver also committed a bad drop in the red zone, but he continues to perform since the Kelvin Benjamin trade with lines of 5/86, 5/92/2, 7/108, and Sunday's 4/60/1. He should be downgraded for the first week of the fantasy playoffs, though, as Funchess should see plenty of Xaiver Rhodes. Consider him a low-end WR2/FLEX for Week 14.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Devin Funchess (toe) did not practice today.

After Sunday's win over the Jets, it was said that Funchess might've "stubbed" his toe, so this doesn't seem like an injury that'll force him to miss time. We would expect Funchess to at least be out there in a limited capacity for tomorrow's practice.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Devin Funchess goes over 100 yards in Week 12.

Funchess continues to show major flashes as a big-time weapon on the outside for Cam Newton, catching seven of 12 targets for 108 yards against the Jets. Funchess could've had an even bigger game, but he dropped a potential long gain (and perhaps a touchdown) on a pass down the field where he made a great adjustment to track the ball in the air but just couldn't come up with it. As the number one receiver for the Panthers over the last three games, Funchess is averaging 5.7 receptions, 95.3 yards, and .67 touchdowns per game. He should remain in fantasy lineups next week versus New Orleans.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Devin Funchess scores twice in Week 10.

Funchess continues to play like a true number one receiver after the departure of Kelvin Benjamin, as he caught five of six targets for 92 yards and two touchdowns against the Dolphins. The first touchdown was a screen pass that he basically walked in on, and the second was on a 32-yard strike by Cam Newton that Funchess made a nice catch on before getting into the end zone. Funchess is averaging 89 yards per game and has two touchdowns in his two games since the Benjamin trade, and it wouldn't be surprising if he was a top 15 option from Week 12-17 after the team returns from their bye week.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Devin Funchess gets seven targets versus Atlanta.

With Kelvin Benjamin now in Buffalo, this was Funchess' first game of the season as the number one receiver for the Panthers. He caught five passes for 86 yards, with a long of 33 yards, as he continues to show he's developing into a very good receiver in the NFL. Funchess gets the Dolphins on Monday night in Week 10, and he should be a solid fantasy option with a high floor.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Devin Funchess held to 11 yards in win over the Bucs.

The 23-year-old caught just two passes in a 17-3 offensive struggle. Funchess was arguably one of the biggest disappointments in Week 8, as Tampa Bay was without their top-two corners, but Carolina's offense was basically shut down anyway. Through eight games, Funchess is on pace for 66 receptions, 714 receiving yards, and six touchdowns. Averaging just 10.8 yards per reception so far, hopefully Funchess can make some big plays after averaging over 15 yards per reception in each of his first two years. He's a FLEX option against Atlanta in Week 9.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Devin Funchess gets eight targets in Week 7.

Funchess' eight targets were second on the team to running back Christian McCaffrey, and the third-year receiver caught four of them for 41 yards. He worked mostly as Cam Newton's primary target on intermediate and out-breaking routes, and Funchess now has at least four catches in five of seven games so far this season. Against a Buccaneers defense that's been giving up a lot of points to opposing fantasy WRs, Funchess should be a good option in Week 8.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Devin Funchess catches three passes in Week 6.

Funchess was targeted nine times in the game, but he was only able to catch three of them and gained 36 yards. Though his receptions included a couple nice grabs over the middle, a bigger game was expected against Philadelphia. The third-year receiver gets the Bears in Week 7.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Devin Funchess is not listed on the injury report for tomorrow night's game.

Funchess missed practice on Monday and Tuesday, but he was a full participant today and is ready to go versus the Eagles. Against a vulnerable secondary, the third-year receiver is in the FLEX conversation.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Devin Funchess (knee) did not practice today.

It's two straight missed practices for Funchess, so it's a bit of a concern heading into Thursday's matchup against the Eagles. But Panthers head coach Ron Rivera did not sound too concerned and said he should be fine for the game. We'll see if he's able to practice tomorrow.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Devin Funchess keeps it going in win over the Lions.

After a two-touchdown performance in Week 4, Funchess caught seven passes for 53 yards and another score. The former Michigan tight end has been really impressive in 2017, as since the season opener, he's had lines of 4/68, 4/58, 7/70/2, and yesterday's 7/53/1. Funchess looks comfortable as a receiver, and his route running has been noticeably better in his third year. He should be picked up in all leagues, and gets a good matchup against the Eagles on Thursday night.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Devin Funchess scores twice in Panthers' win.

Funchess played an excellent game against the Patriots, catching seven of nine targets for 70 yards and two touchdowns. The big receiver showed his progression as a target for Cam Newton, especially on his second touchdown where he ran a post route that included a head-fake to the corner to get open enough against Malcolm Butler for the touchdown. Funchess has 17 receptions for 216 yards and two touchdowns through four games, and he's worth a waiver wire pickup for those needing a receiver.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Devin Funchess caught four passes for 58 yards in Sunday's loss to the New Orleans.

Funchess was the only wide receiver with more than eight yards through the air, as Kelvin Benjamin went down with a knee injury and running back Christian McCaffrey dominated work with more than half of the completions from Cam Newton. Until Newton fixes his issues with inaccuracy (which might not happen), Funchess is hard to trust in lineups. He can probably stay on the waiver wire if Benjamin is healthy.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Devin Funchess caught four passes for 68 yards in Carolina's 9-3 win over Buffalo.

Funchess was a good target for Cam Newton against the Bills' smaller cornerbacks, and he could be in for a bigger role with Greg Olsen (foot) sidelined for 6-8 weeks. He's worth a look as a FLEX play in Week 3 against the Saints.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Devin Funchess caught two passes for 20 yards in Sunday's season opener.

Funchess and the rest of the pass-catching options struggled due to Cam Newton's inaccuracy, but he should be better next week against Buffalo. Funchess will be a low-end FLEX option in standard leagues for that one.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Devin Funchess catches two passes for 14 yards in third preseason game.

The third-year receiver could still play in the Panthers' final preseason game, but he probably will not. Funchess was a popular breakout pick last season, but he's not getting drafted this season. Given the additions of rookies Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel, it's probably right that Funchess doesn't get drafted in fantasy leagues. He'll likely help the Panthers more in real life than he'll help your fantasy team.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Devin Funchess fumbles in second preseason game.

On Carolina's opening drive, Funchess caught a quick eight-yard pass but fumbled and lost it. This shouldn't impact Funchess' fantasy value, as he remains a late-round pick.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Funchess catches one pass for four yards in Week 1 of the preseason.

He started opposite Kelvin Benjamin and left after a couple series with most of the first-team offense. Funchess could be one of the better late-round fantasy wide receiver options in 2017.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said "it's his turn, it's his time," of Devin Funchess.

Funchess is entering his third season in the NFL, and he had five and four touchdowns in his first two seasons. Both head coach Ron Rivera and Gettleman said they could have gotten Funchess the ball more last season, when he only had 23 catches after having a great training camp. The former Michigan Wolverine is having another good offseason and will look to continue it in training camp and carry it over to the regular season.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Ron Rivera says of receiver Devin Funchess, "we could've used him better."

Funchess was a semi-popular breakout pick last season, but he saw a drop in production and caught 23 passes for 371 yards and four touchdowns. Rivera says the team realizes "how much more" they can use Funchess, with his size and speed. Cam Newton isn't opposed to giving his receivers a chance to make a play, and it sounds like he should get more opportunities this season. The team did add skill players Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel this offseason, but they lost Ted Ginn. Some receivers tend to break out in their third seasons, so Funchess will be a popular third-year breakout pick this year. He's worth a shot late in fantasy drafts.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Devin Funchess rolled his ankle at OTAs, but will be "OK."

This isn't very concerning. Rolled ankles happen. He might miss a couple days, or more if they want to be cautious with it.

Devin Funchess catches TD in Week 14.

Funchess had two catches for 33 yards and a touchdown. A good fantasy day, considering the Panthers only completed 10 passes in the game. Funchess is not a good fantasy option in a bad passing offense.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Funchess caught two passes for 19 yards in Sunday's 35-32 "shootout" loss to the Raiders.

Despite being a high-scoring game, the Panthers completed just 14 passes, so Funchess didn't have a lot of chances to make an impact. The same will be true next week in Seattle. Leave him on waivers.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Funchess caught two passes for 32 yards in last night's win over the Saints.

With the Saints playing surprisingly stout defense, Cam Newton only completed 14 passes all game. Funchess would have a bigger role if Kelvin Benjamin (shoulder) misses time, but that seems unlikely with KB returning on Thursday night. Funchess can stay on the waiver wire in standard leagues.

Devin Funchess | Panthers WR

Funchess catches touchdown in Sunday's loss.

The second-year wideout caught 3 passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. Still just 22 years old, Funchess has good long-term upside, but probably won't make a huge impact down the stretch this season. That being said, he is a good desperation play this Thursday night against the Saints.