Avoid Carolina Rookie Receiver Devin Funchess

Devin Funchess is a big target, but lacks good hands and speed

Devin Funchess is a huge target, but lacks good hands and quickness

At 6-foot-four and 230-plus pounds, Carolina wide receiver Devin Funchess might be on some fantasy radars, but he’s not really a player you want to burn a draft pick on. He might be a big target, but his production at the University of Michigan wasn’t anything to write home about.

After being drafted by Carolina, Funchess went on to impress the Carolina staff during OTA’s earlier this year. During the NFL combine, Funchess ran a non-impressive 4.7 time for his forty-yard dash, but would manage to shave off two-tenths of a second during his pro day showing.

At this point, Funchess is more of a fantasy liability than a fantasy asset. He’s talking the talk, boasting of future success, but that should fall on deaf ears for fantasy owners. If Funchess somehow catches fire later in the season, then snag him off of the waiver wire.

Funchess is still likely to start on the opposite side of Kelvin Benjamin at the number 2 receiver spot. As he towers over defenders, he still needs to work on his hands and his movement after the catch.

Carolina quarterback, Cam Newton, is certainly not the most accurate quarterback in the NFL. This will be a problem for Funchess who was not known for fighting for the ball in college. The only saving grace for the rookie is that defenses will be forced to key in on Benjamin, which may give Funchess some open looks.


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