The 2014 season has been a puzzling one for fantasy owners of several Carolina Panthers players. Luckily, Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen have been constant cogs in the receiving game each week.
Thanks to another consistent start from Cam Newton, both pass-catchers were implemented yet again to the delight of their owners. Going against a stout Cincinnati Bengals defense, the biggest offensive weapons for Carolina were still able to thrive on the road.
Here's a look at the statistics for the three players, courtesy of ESPN.com.
|Newton, Benjamin, Olsen Week 6 Stats vs. Bengals|
|Player||Cam Newton||Kelvin Benjamin||Greg Olsen|
Newton's day was started by going 13-of-17 for 110 yards and a touchdown in the first half. He also connected early with Benjamin for a touchdown strike that put the team up early in Cincinnati.
The Panthers PR Department noted where the touchdown put the rookie receiver in terms of the rest of the team:
Panthers PR Dept. @PanthersPR
#Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin with his 4th TD catch of the season. Ties Greg Olsen for the team lead2014-10-12 17:16:23
The dual-threat quarterback also got the job done with his legs, rushing for over 100 yards for the first time this season. In fact, he had not gone for over 20 yards all year and did not reach that plateau during the entire 2013 season.
Benjamin has been slightly up and down this season, but is beginning to look the part of a WR2 or great flex option for owners. Though he's had performances like Weeks 2 and 5 that saw him go for less than 50 yards, Benjamin is a huge part of the Carolina offense.
Olsen is also a must start for fantasy owners due to his importance in the red zone. The tight end made his impact in the second half with a touchdown to overtake Benjamin for the team lead. Not only is he a huge threat near pay dirt, but he also tallies good overall numbers as one of the top targets for Newton.
Moving forward, the matchups get much easier for each player in the Panthers passing game. With teams like the Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons (twice!), all three of these players should be set for huge numbers down the stretch this season.
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