In the second installment of The Fantasy Stock Market, we look at our first sell of the series. Today we are going to look at wide receiver Robby Anderson of the Carolina Panthers and the reasons why he is a dynasty sell and a redraft beware.
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Anderson had a solid 2020 campaign posting career highs in targets, receptions and yards. He also played in all 16 games for the first time in his career. So you might be thinking; "Why is he a sell then?". At the same time that he posted the career highs listed above, he also posted career lows in yards per route run. As well as posting his second career lowest amount of touchdowns in a season. Let's dive a little deeper into the 2020 "breakout" season.
In the first five weeks of the season, Anderson scored at least 20 fantasy points (PPR scoring) three times. He would go on to only do this one more time all season against the Vikings in week twelve. In weeks one through five Robby averaged 19 fantasy points per game. In weeks six through seventeen, his average dropped to 11 per game. Also in the first five weeks he posted three one hundred yard performance's, and then wouldn't do again after that for the rest of the year. The final statistical difference from weeks one through five and weeks six through seventeen was his total yards. In the first five, he had 489 yards which is 97 yards per game, then in the final eleven weeks, he had a grand total of only 607 yards. That's only 55 yards per game, nearly cutting his early-season numbers in half. Add in the fact he only had three total touchdowns so fantasy players weren't getting the touchdown upside either.
If you look into the Panthers offseason you can see they added a number of offensive weapons. In the NFL Draft, the Panthers used their round 2 selection (59th overall) on WR Terrance Marshall, their third-round pick (83rd overall) on TE Tommy Tremble, their fourth-round pick (126th overall) on Chuba Hubbard, and a sixth-round pick (204th overall) on WR Shi Smith. They also used free agency to help the offense by signing WR David Moore and TE Dan Arnold. That's a lot of new weapons added into the offense that will compete and fight over targets. Also lets not forget the return of their elite pass-catching RB Christian McCaffery whos coming back after only playing in 3 games all of last season.
There are going to be a bunch of guys competing to get into the offense and I wouldn't be surprised if Robby becomes the number 3 or 4 option. The team will always start with running through McCaffrey and having an elite WR in DJ Moore on the other side just means less opportunity for Anderson. I see him as a flex or bye week filler at best for the 21' season in fantasy. Robby will also be a 29-year-old unrestricted free agent after the 2021 NFL season. His future with the Panthers seems very murky at the moment and I can't see him having a big market to acquire his services in 2022.
These are the reason's why I see Robby Anderson as a dynasty sell and redraft beware for the 2021 season.