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Our #ManCrushMonday selection this week has one of the best names in football. If you haven’t seen the Keye and Peele skit where our #MCM is featured, check it out here. Since you read the title of the Article, you figured out that Fozzy Whittaker is this Monday’s #MCM selection. Allow me to explain why.

Whittaker is a player in his 4th year in the NFL. He started his career in Cleveland and was picked up in 2014 by Carolina, where he has played since. Fozzy has never really had a chance to prove he can be anything more than a change of pace back, so Sunday was a big moment for Texas product.


His Performance vs. San Francisco

Starting running back Jonathan Stewart went down with an ankle injury in the first quarter. This left the door wide open for Fozzy bear to have a great game against the Niners. Whittaker finished with 16 carries for 100 yards and added another 31 yards on 3 catches.


Is He Worth Claiming?

Whittaker’s relevancy in fantasy is directly tied to the health of Jonathan Stewart. If Stewart will only miss one game, he may not be worth much as the Panthers will play a Vikings defense in week 3 that has been rock solid. After shutting down the Titans last week, they stifled almost every attempt Aaron Rodgers and the Packers made to move the ball on Sunday Night Football.

Should Stewart miss more than just 1 game, Whittaker would absolutely be worthy of an add. What interests me about Whittaker is what he showed as a receiver. I was not a huge Jonathan Stewart fan because of his lack of involvement in the passing game. Cam Newton also tends to thieve touchdowns from the Panther’s running backs. If Fozzy can carve out a role as a receiving back like a Danny Woodhead or Theo Riddick, he has stand-alone value in PPR leagues.


Bottom line

When a backup player has a standout game after the starter goes down with an injury, he is instantly worth putting on to your list of players to monitor. If Stewart’s injury is more severe, go grab Fozzy and stash him on your bench until at least week 4. If Fozzy was just a flash in the pan, then at least we can appreciate his fantastic name. Happy Monday!


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