This is the depth chart used for DraftKings Madden Stream contests for the Panthers. It is based on rosters at the end of the 2019-2020 season with all injured players active. For more information on the details of the contests and a schedule of upcoming matchups click here.
QB1: Cam Newton
QB2: Kyle Allen
QB3: Will Grier
RB1: Christian McCaffrey
RB2: Mike Davis
RB3: Alex Armah
RB4: Jordan Scarlett
RB5: Reggie Bonnafon
WR1: DJ Moore
WR2: Curtis Samuel
WR3: Chris Hogan
WR4: Jarius Wright
WR5: Brandon Zylstra
WR6: DeAndrew White
TE1: Greg Olsen
TE2: Ian Thomas
TE3: Chris Manhertz
TE4: Marcus Baugh
TE5: JJ Jansen
K1: Graham Gano
Madden Stream ResultsPanthers make easy work of Rams in NFL simulation — 3/31/20
If I was to write a book titled “Basic NFL DFS Strategies” you’d better believe there would be a chapter in there on the classic stack of a running back with a team’s defense. However, while most people were smart enough to include Christian McCaffrey ($12,400; 34.3 DKFP) in their lineups this afternoon on DraftKings, it was actually the Panthers’ D/ST ($3,400; 17.0 DKFP) that made the big difference. With an ownership of just 15.6%, Carolina’s defense came up huge in the squad’s 21-3 defeat of Los Angeles, forcing four turnovers and adding a pair of sacks in the win. Still, it’s not like McCaffrey was invisible, as the former first-round pick reeled off 193 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Redskins rally, but can’t overcome early turnovers in 24-21 loss to the Panthers — 4/4/20
Aside from two costly turnovers, the Redskins played well in their first simulated game on Madden Stream. They even held Christian McCaffrey ($10,000; 12.9 DKFP) in check for the most part. However, Cam Newton ($10,200; 13.6 DKFP) ran for a touchdown, and Eric Reid earned “Player of the Game” honors for his defensive TD that led the Panthers DST ($5,200; 15 DKFP) to a big game. While they were rallying to erase a 17-0 deficit, Dwayne Haskins Jr. ($8,800; 22.32 DKFP), Terry McLaurin ($9,000; 17.2 DKFP) and Trey Quinn ($3,600; 20.8 DKFP) had big games. Quinn, who finished with 118 yards, was only the Captain’s Pick in 0.1% of lineups, including the two who tied for the win in the 2K Free Contest.
Jameis Winston makes no mistakes and leads Bucs past Panthers, 28-10 — 4/11/20
Winston ($10,000; 19.68 DKFP) has a reputation of being mistake-prone, but he was superb in Saturday’s Madden Stream. He piled up 262 yards passing, 12 more yards rushing with his two passing TDs. Not only did he avoid interceptions, but he also didn’t even throw an incompletion. Mike Evans ($10,800; 18.7 DKFP) had over 100 yards, and Winston’s two touchdowns went to O.J. Howard ($7,200; 17.1 DKFP) and Chris Godwin ($8,800; 8.6 DKFP). On the other side, Curtis Samuel ($6,200; 15.3 DKFP) had a nice game but the only touchdown was caught by Greg Olsen ($8,000; 9.5 DKFP). Howard was actually the Captain’s Pick in the winner’s unique lineup which also included Evans, Samuel, Winston and touchdown vulture Peyton Barber ($2,000; 5.9 DKFP).
Curtis Samuel slices up the Giants’ secondary– 4/18/20
This was a big breakout game for Samuel ($6,800) since he had been playing poorly for the Panthers in the Madden sims prior to today. Averaging well under 10 DKFP, he busted out with over 100 receiving yards and 23.1 DKFP. Outside of his performance, there wasn’t a ton of fantasy production since the Panthers beat the Giants by a final score of 14-9. Held without a touchdown, the only player from the Giants with a decent fantasy outing was Saquon Barkley ($8,800). He put up 18.8 DKFP, mostly due to hauling in six passes with the Giants throwing the ball late to try to catch up. As a chalk play, Christian McCaffrey ($10,400) was a massive bust, finishing with just 6.9 DKFP.
Panthers edge Seahawks in Madden sim thriller– 4/22/20
This game was quiet through halftime, but things got exciting in the second half. Christian McCaffrey ($10,000; 22.5 DKFP) came alive for a pair of rushing touchdowns, and Curtis Samuel ($5,600; 24.7 DKFP) hauled in a bomb to put Carolina ahead late. Samuel was the key piece in the captain spot for the 24-17 Carolina victory, racking up over 37 DKFP at just 10.5% ownership. C.J. Prosise ($1,000; 21.5 DKFP) was the unlikely hero on the slate, rushing for 103 yards and a touchdown, going over 20X value.
Dolphins top Panthers in Madden simulation — 4/24/20
With one of the worst rushing attacks in the Madden game, Miami is almost forced to air it out, and it can play to its favor. Ryan Fitzpatrick ($10,200; 20.6 DKFP) aired it out for 245 yards and and pair of touchdowns, tacking on 28 rushing yards. Mike Gesicki ($7,800; 20.9 DKFP) was the main target, posing a 6-89-1 line, and recorded 31.35 DKFP in the captain spot of the winning lineup. DeVante Parker ($9,600; 17.7 DKFP) hauled in four passes for 77 yards and a score, and the rest of the scoring in the 23-14 victory came in the kicking game. Greg Olsen ($8,400; 18.2 DKFP) and DJ Moore ($9,200; 14 DKFP) caught the touchdowns in a losing effort for Carolina.
Panthers struggle to get anything going against the Lions — 4/28/20
The first game of Tuesday’s slate wasn’t exactly a hit. The Lions beat the Panthers 20-6 and Carolina produced almost nothing fantasy wise. This was another spot where a star running back struggled, as Christian McCaffrey ($10,800) finished with just 8.3 DKFP and 26 rushing yards. Instead, it was the Lions’ third down back, J.D. McKissic ($2,600), who was a difference maker in this contest. Without much ownership, he had four catches for 77 yards and finished with a game-high 13.6 DKFP. Aside from McKissic, Kerryon Johnson ($7,000; 11.2 DKFP) and Matthew Stafford ($11,000; 12.04 DKFP) were the only players to go over 10 DKFP.
Panthers dominate Cardinals in Madden simulation — 4/30/20
Christian McCaffrey ($11,200; 32.7 DKFP) has not been very viable as of late. In fact, coming into this afternoon’s slate, Carolina’s dynamic running back had pretty much been held in check the past couple weeks aside from a two-touchdown outburst against Seattle. Well, on Thursday against Arizona, McCaffrey decided enough was enough. The RB exploded in the Panthers’ 27-14 victory, racking up 185 rushing yards, 207 scrimmage yards and a touchdown to break out of his unusual slump. On the other side of the ball, it was Larry Fitzgerald ($9,000; 26.5 DKFP) attempting to keep things close for the Cardinals, as the veteran wideout would finish with seven catches and two touchdowns of his own.
Tyler Boyd’s big afternoon can’t bring down Panthers in loss — 5/3/20
Boyd ($7,400) was the talk of the 19-13 loss for the Bengals, as he pulled down six receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown, giving him 25.8 DKFP and 38.7 in the Captain’s spot. He accounted for the majority of the 221 passing yards from Andy Dalton ($10,000), who had an unusually quiet game. DJ Moore ($9,200) finally paid off his big salary with four receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown on his way to a 18.3 DKFP performance. Curtis Samuel ($6,400) continued to provide some solid mid-tier value with another double-digit fantasy game. Samuel pulled down eight receptions for 74 yards and 15.4 DKFP.
Chargers passing game takes down Panthers in Madden sim– 5/8/20
Mike Williams ($6,400; 21.3 DKFP) has been one of the top players in these sims, scoring over 27 DKFP four times. He was notably absence in his last sim, failing to record a point. He bounced back well against the Panthers, posting an 8-103-0 line, and scoring 31.95 DKFP in the Captain spot of the winning lineup. Keenan Allen ($10,200; 27.5 DKFP) also had a huge game out of the slot, catching six passes for 82 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Philip Rivers ($10,800; 23.4 DKFP) found his way over the 300-yard mark, thanks to five receptions for 95 yards from Hunter Henry ($7,000; 14.5 DKFP). Despite losing 23-20, Greg Olsen ($7,600; 18.5 DKFP) shined for the Panthers with five catches for 105 yards.
Jacoby Brissett bests Cam as Colts crush Carolina– 5/10/20
The Colts went into Carolina and pulled out a 24-10 victory behind a big game from Jacoby Brissett ($10,000; 25.36 DKFP), who threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns while also running for a third score. T.Y. Hilton ($9,600; 15.8 DKFP) caught one of those scores and finished with 68 yards, and Chester Rogers ($1,400; 13.0 DKFP) was a great value with the other touchdown. DJ Moore ($9,000; 15.8 DKFP) almost exactly matched Hilton’s numbers as the best option from Carolina while Christian McCaffrey ($10,400; 10.5 DKFP) continued a trend of failing to live up to his hefty salary.
Steelers defeat Panthers in Wednesday’s simulated matchup– 5/13/20
The Steelers proved to be too much for the Panthers, winning their simulated matchup, 28-17. Ben Roethlisberger ($11,000, 17.72 DKFP) led the way by throwing for 193 yards and three touchdowns to go along with an interception and a fumble lost. JuJu Smith-Schuster ($9,800, 33.8 DKFP) was the main beneficiary of Roethlisberger’s performance, catching eight passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Curtis Samuel ($6,400, 19.1 DKFP) provided some cheap value on the losing squad, catching four passes for 31 yards and two touchdowns.
Mitchell Trubisky runs wild, but Bears comeback falls short– 5/15/20
The Bears scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and forced overtime behind a huge effort from Trubisky ($10,000; 32.98 DKFP), who ran for 139 yards and a touchdown while throwing for 177 yards and a second score. He connected with Tarik Cohen ($2,800; 10.5 DKFP) for the game-tying touchdown on fourth down with just seconds left in the game. Unfortunately for the Bears, the Panthers started overtime with the ball and marched down the field for a game-winning touchdown to Curtis Samuel ($6,200; 9.6 DKFP), who didn’t have a catch in regulation. To build that 21-point lead, the Panthers’ DST ($3,200; 17 DKFP) returned two fumbles forced by Luke Kuechly for touchdowns.
Titans rally for 15 fourth-quarter points to beat Panthers, 18-14– 5/17/20
The Titans trailed 14-3 headed into the fourth quarter but scored two touchdowns and added a two-point conversion to stun the Panthers. Ryan Tannehill ($10,400; 16.24 DKFP) threw both scores and also the two-point attempt. He finished with 161 yards in a game where both teams relied heavily on their RBs. A.J. Brown ($8,200; 13.5 DKFP) caught one of the touchdowns while Anthony Firkser ($1,000; 7.6 DKFP) hauled in the other. For the Panthers, D.J. Moore ($8,800; 18.6 DKFP) was the high scorer with four catches for 86 yards and a touchdown.
Panthers hold Browns to FGs, win 21-16 — 5/22/20
In this Madden simulation, Carolina defeated Cleveland, 21-16. Christian McCaffrey ($10,200) led the way for the Panthers, scoring two touchdowns and finishing with 19.9 DKFP. For the Browns, David Njoku (CPT; $9,900) topped the charts, going over 100 yards receiving on eight catches. He scored 33.9 DKFP in the Captain slot. The Browns produced plenty of yards in this game, but ultimately could only find the end zone once, and that was the difference in the outcome. The rest of the winning lineup contained Baker Mayfield ($10,600), Jarvis Landry ($7,200), Curtis Samuel ($5,400) and Kareem Hunt ($3,000). It was a solo winner.
Panthers make easy work of Raiders in Madden simulation — 5/24/20
Cam Newton ($10,200; 29.0 DKFP) hasn’t exactly performed all that well so far in these simulations. In fact, coming into this afternoon’s tilt against the Raiders, Carolina’s quarterback had failed to ever exceed even 20.0 DKFP. Well, that dubious streak would come to an end in the Panthers’ 31-17 victory. Newton was on absolute fire, throwing for 322 yards and three touchdowns in the winning effort. It was the first time in these streams that the former first-overall pick had reached the 300-yard bonus. Christian McCaffrey ($10,400; 33.4 DKFP) also had a fantastic showing, racking up 119 rushing yards and a pair of scores.
Vikings best Panthers in rainy Madden sim– 5/27/20
Weather Wednesday didn’t slow down Dalvin Cook ($9,200; 26.2 DKFP), as he plowed through the Panthers for 138 rushing yards and a touchdown. Tacking on a couple of receptions and the yardage bonus, Cook went for 39.3 DKFP as a captain at 20.1% ownership, where he was slotted in the winning lineup. Cam Newton ($10,400; 19.3 DKFP) did his best to keep the Panthers in it, scoring once through the air and another time on the ground, but came up just short in the 24-17 loss. Laquon Treadwell ($4,400; 15.8 DKFP) was the crucial value piece on the slate, posting a 4-58-1 line at just 12.4% ownership.
Cam Newton wins game over Texans on overtime touchdown scamper– 5/30/20
This was a back and forth game between the Panthers and Texans. In the end, Carolina came out on top, 26-23. In a game that featured a ton of fantasy scoring, Newton ($10,400; 31.4 DKFP) was the hero and his game-winning touchdown run came in addition to 355 passing yards. He frequently targeted Greg Olsen ($7,200; 36.7 DKFP), who had his best Madden sim game. Olsen had 11 catches for 167 yards and a touchdown. In a loss, DeAndre Hopkins ($10,200; 26.9 DKFP) had another big stat line. One of the top wide receivers in the video game, Hopkins hauled in six catches for 113 yards and found the end zone once.