2012 Team Outlook: Carolina
A fantasy football preview of the Panthers this year. Profiled players include Cam Newton, Derek Anderson, Jonathan Stewart, Mike Tolbert, and DeAngelo Williams.
Olindo Mare made only 22-of-28 field goal attempts in his first season with Carolina last year and just isn't productive enough for fantasy owners to give him a shot this season. There are better options out there than Mare (who is now 38 years old).
The Carolina Panthers were one of the worst defenses in football last season. With standout defensive end Charles Johnson banged up and middle linebacker Jon Beason still recovering from an injury that caused him to miss all of last season, this unit is in trouble, though rookie LB Luke Kuechly might become an immediate IDP star. Head Coach Ron Rivera is a defensive specialist, but he has his work cut out for him if he's going to turn this unit around. Fantasy owners are better off staying away from this defense entirely this season.
FFToolbox Fantasy Football Writer since 2007
George Bissell has been a fantasy football and baseball analyst for FFToolbox since 2007. He took over as FFToolbox.com's senior fantasy baseball analyst in 2013.
As the site's senior fantasy baseball analyst, he is responsible for planning and producing all fantasy baseball related content. He writes the Starting Pitcher Daily Notes, which rank the days starting pitchers and provide insight on the days pitching matchups.
He also writes the Long Relief column, which looks at bullpens around the league every Friday, an Injury Report every Sunday and a Wavier Wire/Stock Watch column which comes out on Monday's during the baseball season.
Each week during the fantasy football season he writes the Bargain Hunter column for the site. From 2007-2011, George wrote the Player Upgrades column for FFToolbox.com.
He is also a co-host of the FFToolbox.com Podcast, which airs on Tuesday and Thursday nights during the fantasy season. The podcast is also available on ITunes.
Additionally, he manages the FFToolbox.com Fantasy Football team in the Bum Phillips Texas BBQ Fantasy Expert League; which won the Championship in 2008 and 2010. FFToolbox is the only repeat champion in the four year history of the league.
George has also represented FFToolbox.com in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 USA Today Sports Weekly Fantasy Football Special Edition magazine experts mock draft. He is weekly fantasy football contributor for USA Today, writing the Sizzler/Fizzler article, which runs in conjunction with the publications weekly rankings.