In the world of fantasy football, players that end up being better than expected are the ones that can help to win championships. There are some guys that you know you can count on and that clearly are going to get you points. The Carolina Panthers certainly have guys like that in Cam Newton, Steve Smith and Greg Olsen. Then you have the two primary running backs that are elite level, but that share carries. DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart are both as good as it gets, but each week is tough to predict. Here are three guys for the Panthers that fall into the dark horse category. These are guys that have the ability to surprise but that will be drafted very late or not at all. As a huge Panthers fan, I am rooting for these guys to end up on the high side of the fantasy stat columns.
Gettis falls into that weird place where he could explode back onto the scene or he could fade away during training camp. Much of this will be determined by how well he recovered from his season ending injury from 2011. David Gettis had the inside track after his rookie season on the "future number two receiver" position in Carolina. That position now belongs to Brandon LaFell, but Gettis could take it back in training camp if LaFell slips and he is back to form. Gettis put up some decent numbers in 2010 and that is saying quite a bit. That was the season that Carolina's offense was horrid. He has yet to get to experience the Cam Newton effect and his numbers could jump from the benefits in 2012.
Tolbert has been a quality back for years and can dominate when he gets the chance. Though he is highly respected around fantasy football, he generally was not a fantasy star until 2011. Now that he is lining up with this offense, he could be used quite a bit around the goal line and the Panthers figure to be there often. With so much talent around him, it is hard to imagine him getting enough touchdowns and touches to be a fantasy star. Still, with his ability to stick the ball into the end zone he could become a nice back up option during bye weeks and injuries.
Joe Adams will be a star returning punts and kicks. That much I feel confident about. His opportunities as a slot back could end up being a surprise to many, however. This guy is so quick and has phenomenal hands. That combination could easily translate into good numbers with Cam Newton throwing the football. Cam Newton can buy time with his feet. Joe Adams can get open if he has the time to shake loose. That combination could end up being fantasy football gold in the end.
These three guys could all end up being largely irrelevant from a fantasy football perspective. Each of them will be sharing the offense with incredible talents that will be spreading the wealth. Still, any one of these guys would be good late round picks to take a chance on as well. They all have great potential that could pay off handsomely.
*Southern is a huge Carolina Panthers fan that is convinced that he will see a Super Bowl Trophy in Charlotte within five years.
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