Same old story in Charlotte, as the Carolina Panthers once again lost. This time, it was to the Minnesota Vikings, 21-13, in another less-than-stellar offensive performance by the Cardiac Cats.
The ground game was almost nonexistent, as the Panthers carried the ball 31 times for 83 yards. If there was one positive, QB Bryce Young had his best passing day, as he finished 25 of 32 for 204 yards.
The receiver he went to the most was Terrace Marshall Jr., who had nine catches for 56 yards. Is this a one-game fluke, or should Marshall be a fantasy football waiver wire add?
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Should Terrace Marshall Jr. Be a Fantasy Waiver Wire Add in Week 5?
The Panthers are 0-4 on the season, and quite frankly, nothing is going right. However, besides winning games, the most important thing for the Panthers this season is the development of Young.
It has been a slow start for the 2021 Heisman Trophy winner, but the improvement he showed on Sunday should definitely have Panthers fans optimistic moving forward.
He was much more in command of the offense and was very accurate with the ball. His completion percentage in the game was 78.1%, which is extremely impressive. The ground game was nonexistent, and that makes it very tough for a rookie quarterback.
A lot of the issues on the Panthers aren’t his fault. He is facing a ton of pressure, as the offensive line play for the Panthers hasn’t been very good. Through the three games he has played, Young has been sacked 11 times, including five in the game against the Vikings on Sunday.
With the Panthers getting behind in most games, Young is going to be forced to throw the ball a lot. Despite there being a lot of reasons not to take a single offensive player from the Panthers Marshall could be a sneaky waiver wire addition for the right price.
Now, should you go put a ton of money on Marshall? Probably not, as he doesn’t have an extremely high ceiling. However, he appears to have earned some trust for Young and is definitely getting plenty of looks during games.
Marshall has played in only three games this year, but he is still averaging 5.3 catches on eight targets. The former LSU star has never had a three-game stretch with more targets in his NFL career. He also had never had more than four catches in a game until last week when he got five, and he followed that up with a career-high nine on Sunday.
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For the right price, Marshall is definitely a player to keep an eye on for the waiver wire. He is getting a healthy amount of targets so far this season, and that could continue to increase later into the season.
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