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Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Date of Birth:  05/21/1994
Age:  28
Height  6'4"
Weight:   225
College:  Michigan
Drafted:  2015 | Round 2 | Pick 41
Depth Chart:  2nd string

Devin Funchess | Lions TE


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Devin Funchess | Lions TE

The 49ers are signing Devin Funchess to the practice squad.

Funchess was said to be having a solid summer with the Packers before a hamstring injury forced him on injured reserve (which he was then quickly waived from), and he resurfaces with the Niners. The former second-round pick hasn't played in the regular season since 2019, but he remains an intriguing option on the outside.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

The Packers released Devin Funchess from injured reserve.

This isn't a surprise after Funchess was recently placed on injured reserve, which would have ended his season if he remained there. The big receiver reportedly was having a strong training camp with Green Bay, and it'll be interesting to see where he lands when he gets back to 100% now that he's a free agent. Funchess sat out last season as a COVID-19 opt out.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

The Packers have placed Devin Funchess on injured reserve.

The veteran was said to be impressing as he hoped to crack a crowded receiving corps in Green Bay, but his season is over, and management could have some easier decisions to make when it's time to finalize rosters. Funchess opted out last season and will now miss 2021 due to injury, but he still won't turn 28 until next spring.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess restructured his contract.

After opting out of last season, Funchess is reportedly taking a pay cut to remain with the Packers. The big former Panthers and Colts receiver will be an interesting player to keep an eye on this summer given his ability in the red zone.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess has opted out of the 2020 NFL season, according to multiple reports.

To this point, Funchess might be the biggest name among offensive skill position players to opt out of the upcoming season due to COVID-19. The Packers were looking for the big receiver to emerge as a strong perimeter weapon for Aaron Rodgers after signing him during free agency. Funchess' contract will toll over to next season. Unfortunately, he essentially missed all of last season with injury, so Funchess will have not seen extensive action for a couple of years when he hits the field in 2021. The good news is that Funchess will turn just 27 years old next offseason.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

The Packers are signing Devin Funchess, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

Funchess only appeared in one game last season with the Colts after a broken clavicle ended his season in early September, but he lands in a great spot as he looks to rebuild his value. The big target was reportedly paid $10 million by Indianapolis last year, which gives an indication of his upside as a potential No. 2 target for Green Bay this season. Funchess turns just 26 years old this May.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess (clavicle) will not return this season.

The Colts were hoping Funchess would be able to return from injured reserve, but he has simply been unable to heal the way everyone had hoped, and Colts head coach Frank Reich said yesterday that Funchess will not be back this year. Funchess' season ends with three receptions for 32 yards in one game. The big receiver made $10 million this season on a one-year deal, so this was obviously extremely disappointing all around, and it was really out of the control of both the team and the player, as injuries just happen sometimes. It'll be interesting to see the interest Funchess draws on the open market this offseason.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess (clavicle) is returning to practice.

Funchess is now a designated-to-return player for the Colts, and the team will have three weeks to activate him to the 53-man roster or keep him on injured reserve for the rest of the year. The big receiver is now fully expected to return for Indy this season, and he could be a nice boost for an injured receiving corps. Funchess' touchdown potential makes him worth keeping an eye on in fantasy leagues, but he's not a must pickup yet.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess (collarbone) is being placed on injured reserve.

Head coach Frank Reich announced the news, but it's not a season-ending injury, so Funchess will be able to return. This is obviously a tough blow for a guy that looked poised for a potential breakout in his first season with the Colts, but fortunately, the team has players ready to step up, including Deon Cain and second-round pick Parris Campbell.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess broke his collarbone, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

Funchess left late in today's game against the Chargers hanging his arm, and unfortunately it's a broken collarbone that will almost certainly keep him out for at least a few weeks. This could lead to second-year receiver Deon Cain stepping into a starting role for Indianapolis, so he's at least worth a look in deeper leagues. Hopefully Funchess gets well soon and we see him back on the field sometime next month.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess (back) was officially a full participant in today's practice.

Funchess was out for yesterday's practice, but, barring a flare up or setback, it looks like he'll be ready to go for Sunday against the Chargers. The big receiver's contract indicates the team expects a big role for him this season, but it'll be interesting to see how he's used as the Colts adjust to not having Andrew Luck at quarterback.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess (back) was officially limited in today’s practice.

Expect Funchess to be limited the next two days, but back issues can be tricky. He's probably not a 100% lock to suit up in the season opener Sunday against the Chargers.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess is dealing with a back injury.

Colts head coach Frank Reich says that Funchess has missed the last few days of practice, but the team is confident he'll be ready for Week 1. Funchess dealt with a back issue and missed a game for the Panthers last season, so this is obviously a concern. The big receiver should probably be downgraded slightly in fantasy drafts.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

The Colts believe they can help Devin Funchess break out in 2019.

Andrew Walker of the team's official website writes, "much like the Colts did with tight end Eric Ebron in his first season in Indy in 2018, the thought is that Frank Reich and Nick Sirianni's offense can help Funchess reach even newer heights in 2019." The Colts were clearly high on Funchess during free agency, as the former Panthers receiver can earn up to $13 million on his one-year contract, and it sounds like Indy expects Funchess to be the clear No. 2 receiver opposite T.Y. Hilton, taking pressure off everyone as a big target. Also, Reich said of Funchess: "When I watch his tape, what I see is a big man who is really athletic. I like to talk about having route-running skill; this combination of having good feet, good instincts and good body control, and then what sometimes we refer to as body quickness. And Devin has all of that." As Walker notes about Ebron's breakout to lead the league in touchdowns among tight ends last season after a relatively disappointing start to his career with the Lions as a top-ten pick, Funchess could also be ready to play the best football of his career this season. Funchess has obvious double-digit touchdown upside in 2019.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

The Colts are signing Devin Funchess to a one-year deal, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

It's reportedly a max value of $13 million for Funchess, which is obviously excellent money for him with Indy getting aggressive in attempting to improve one of the bigger weak spots on their roster. The deal won't become official until the new league year starts in a couple days, but this is a great landing spot for Funchess and a nice add by the Colts, as the big former Panther will likely immediately step in as the No. 2 wide receiver opposite T.Y. Hilton. It being a one-year deal is interesting, and it gives Funchess another opportunity to play well in a contract year and hopefully earn a long-term extension next offseason after his playing time diminished in Carolina last season. Funchess has obvious double-digit touchdown upside with Andrew Luck, who trusts his big targets to make plays, and could be one of the better value picks if he goes toward the end of fantasy drafts next summer.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess is inactive for Week 17.

Funchess is not listed on the injury report, so he's a healthy scratch in what looks like could be his final week with Carolina. Funchess' 2018 campaign ends with 44 receptions for 549 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games. He started the season with at least 41 yards in each of the first six games, but younger receivers D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel emerged as the team's top two receivers down the stretch. Funchess will be 25 this offseason, and he'll likely draw a lot of interest in free agency as a big-bodied receiver.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess catches two passes against the Falcons.

Funchess gained 23 yards on his two Week 16 receptions. The former No. 1 receiver could be playing his last game with the Panthers next week against the Bucs, as both sides might be ready to move in a different direction this offseason.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess held without a catch in Week 15 loss.

Funchess was targeted once, and it resulted in an interception at the end of the first half as Cam Newton threw a badly underthrown ball in single coverage. Now working as the No. 4 receiver behind Curtis Samuel, D.J. Moore, and Jarius Wright, Funchess isn't a recommended fantasy option.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess held without a catch in Week 14 loss.

Funchess was targeted just three times, and his struggles continue as Carolina falls to 6-7. The final offensive play of the game for the Panthers came on an inaccurate pass by Cam Newton to Funchess that was intercepted. The big-bodied wideout gets a great matchup against New Orleans next week, but he won't be a strong fantasy option.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess scores in return to the lineup.

Funchess caught one pass for a ten-yard touchdown, but he failed to bring in either of his other two looks. The former Michigan standout might not be able to get back on the low-end WR2/FLEX radar in the fantasy playoff with Curtis Samuel (11 targets) and D.J. Moore (eight targets) both emerging, but he is at least worth considering thanks to an easy schedule, including next Sunday against the Browns.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess (back) is active against the Buccaneers.

Funchess is said to be on a snap count in his return after missing one game, so he’s not a highly-recommended FLEX option against a Tampa Bay team he hasn’t had a lot of success against in his career.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess (back) is listed as questionable for Week 13.

There's optimism about Funchess' status after he practiced this week, but he probably isn't a 100% lock to play against the Buccaneers. Carolina plays at 1:00 PM ET on Sunday, so Funchess' official game status will be known by 11:30 AM ET. D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel are probably better fantasy options if Funchess sits, and Funchess himself isn't a highly-recommended FLEX option if active.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess (back) was limited in today's practice.

Funchess did not practice yesterday, but he was also listed as "Non Injury Related" in addition to the back. It's a good sign that he was at least out there for todays' practice, and we'll let you know his official Week 13 game status when it's released tomorrow. He's probably trending towards a questionable tag, but the Panthers play in the 1:00 PM ET games, which is a plus.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess (back) is officially out against the Seahawks.

Funchess was listed as doubtful coming into the weekend. Rookie receiver D.J. Moore and second-year receiver Curtis Samuel will both look to step up for Cam Newton and the offense in a big matchup for the Panthers. Hopefully this is just a one-week absence for Funchess, but we’ll track his status next week.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess (back) is officially doubtful for Week 12.

Funchess probably isn't going to be out there on Sunday, so D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel, and Jarius Wright should operate as the top receivers for Cam Newton against the Seahawks. It's a definite downgrade for Cam, but fantasy owners were ideally not rolling with Funchess in a difficult matchup. Moore, Greg Olsen, and Christian McCaffrey will all get a slight boost.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess catches two passes in Week 11.

Funchess gained 39 yards on his two receptions against the Lions, making it four straight weeks under 45 receiving yards for the big receiver. Meanwhile, rookie receiver D.J. Moore (7/157/1) and Curtis Samuel (5/55/1) had big games for the Panthers. Funchess did have to contend with a Lions secondary that had a healthy Darius Slay, but this was another disappointing performance from a statistical perspective. Next week against Seattle isn't an easy matchup, and Funchess doesn't need to be owned in fantasy leagues if you're looking for roster space.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess caught three passes for 32 yards in Thursday night's loss to the Steelers.

Funchess should have had a better night than he did, as Cam Newton saw heavy pressure throughout the game and failed to pull the trigger on a couple opportunities over the middle. The big-bodied wideout has now gone for 3/27, 4/44, and 3/32 over the past three weeks, but he remains a quality low-end WR2/FLEX option in all formats heading into a Week 11 matchup against the Lions.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess caught four passes for 44 yards in Sunday's win over the Bucs.

Funchess was targeted five times and was just short of reaching for the goal line on one of his receptions. The 24-year-old has established himself as a reliable low-end WR2/FLEX option with a 72/890/6 pace at the season's midway point, but the upside is slightly capped on a loaded offense that's getting contributions from big-play mavens D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel. Perhaps a potential shootout against the Steelers on Thursday night will allow Funchess to have a big game.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess caught three passes for 27 yards in Sunday's win over the Ravens.

Funchess was able to haul in all three of his targets, but Carolina didn't really challenge Baltimore on the outside in a 36-21 victory. The Michigan product already had his bye week and gets an easy schedule the rest of the way for the 5-2 Panthers, so he's an excellent buy-low target and should provide low-end WR2 value the rest of the way. For what it's worth, Funchess was held to a combined five receptions for 22 yards against Tampa Bay last year, but he should  be able to do damage against their smaller secondary in Week 9.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess caught six passes for 62 yards and a score in Sunday's win over the Eagles.

Funchess led the team with 11 targets, and the highlight was an 18-yard score to bring the Panthers within three points in a 21-17 victory, as he put a double move on cornerback Ronald Darby to get wide open in the end zone. The Michigan product has now scored in three of the past four games, and he's yet to be held below 41 yards this season. The matchup is difficult next week against Baltimore, but Funchess has earned weekly low-end WR2/FLEX consideration as Carolina's clear No. 1 receiver.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess leads Carolina in receiving as they fall to the Redskins.

Funchess caught five passes for 74 yards, including a highlight "Moss" for a 23-yard score in the first half of a 23-17 loss. Some are concerned that Greg Olsen's return will limit Funchess' opportunities, but that didn't happen on Sunday, and the big-bodied receiver should get more single coverage on the outside with Olsen and Christian McCaffrey forcing defenders underneath. That said, the 24-year-old was held to an inefficient three receptions for 36 yards on nine targets last season against the Eagles, so it's probably safe to consider him just a FLEX option for Week 7 in Philadelphia.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess caught four passes for 53 yards in Sunday's win over the Giants.

Funchess led the team with seven targets, mostly doing battle with New York's top cornerback Janoris Jenkins. He hasn't had a huge performance yet, but Funchess is on pace for a respectable 72/952/4 line through four games despite matchups with Byron Jones, Desmond Trufant, William Jackson, and Jennings, so he's decent buy-low target, especially since Carolina already had their bye week. Next Sunday against Josh Norman and the Panthers isn't a shy-away matchup for the 24-year-old, who should be considered a low-end WR2/FLEX option in all formats.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess scores in win over the Bengals.

Funchess caught four passes for 67 yards on Sunday, including a four-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. Carolina's No. 1 receiver should come out of the bye as a quality WR2 option with Greg Olsen (foot) on the sidelines, and he gets a good matchup against the Giants in Week 5.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess caught seven passes for 77 yards in Sunday's loss to the Falcons.

Funchess had a solid game as an intermediate target for Cam Newton, but it wasn't enough to get a big win over their division rival. The No. 1 receiver in Norv Turner's offense has yet to find the end zone through two weeks, but he is at least an every-week WR2/FLEX option with Greg Olsen (foot) out of the lineup. Funchess will look to hit pay dirt against William Jackson and Dre Kirkpatrick when the Bengals come to town in Week 3.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess caught three passes for 41 yards in Sunday's win over the Cowboys.

Funchess could be in for a bigger role, including in the red zone, with Greg Olsen (foot) injured, so brighter days should be ahead for the big-bodied receiver. Consider him a low-end WR2/FLEX option for a Week 2 matchup with the Falcons, who he went 5/86 and and 2/48/1 against in 2017.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess plays well in playoff loss to New Orleans.

Funchess had to contend with Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate Marshon Lattimore, who shadowed Funchess, for the Wild Card matchup, but he had a very good game and was able to get free on a few occasions against the rookie corner. Funchess caught four of eight passes for 79 yards in the loss, but it did look like he had an opportunity to catch a go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter and simply might have mis-judged the ball in the end zone and couldn't come up with it. After the trade of Kelvin Benjamin to Buffalo at the deadline, Funchess stepped up as a true number one receiver for Cam Newton. If the receiving corps for Carolina remains relatively unchanged in 2018, Funchess would be a WR1/WR2 option in fantasy drafts. As Troy Aikman noted during today's game broadcast, Funchess is dealing with a serious shoulder issue—so he might need to get that fixed up this offseason.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

UPDATE: Devin Funchess has returned to the game.

Thankfully, Funchess' Achilles is in tact and if anything he suffered a mild ankle sprain. He didn't miss any plays and should be fine moving forward in this big playoff game against the division rival Saints.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess leaves game with apparent lower leg injury.

On Carolina's first offensive drive of the game, Funchess ran an out route on third down, and it looks like he suffered either an ankle or Achilles injury. Hopefully it's just a twisted ankle, but we'll update you as more information becomes available. Funchess would be a huge loss if he ends up being out for the rest of this Wild Card matchup with New Orleans.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess scores in loss to the Falcons.

Funchess caught two passes for 48 yards, including a four-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. Unfortunately, that was about it for Carolina's offense in the 22-10 loss. Funchess finishes the regular season with a breakout 63/840/8 line thanks in large part to his leading role after Kelvin Benjamin's departure at the trade deadline. The former Michigan star will do battle with Marshon Lattimore to start a potential playoff run for the Panthers next weekend.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess has quiet day in win over Tampa Bay.

Funchess was held to three receptions for just 11 yards, as the Panthers passing attack never really got going. The former college tight end will look to be better in the regular-season finale against the Falcons, but perhaps it's time to downgrade him to a high-end WR2 after some recent struggles. Still, that's worth a start for owners in the fantasy championship.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess held to one reception as Panthers top Packers.

It went for just 19 yards, as despite Cam Newton throwing for four scores, Funchess couldn't make much of an impact. He had a chance to catch a touchdown pass in traffic, but a big hit jarred the ball loose and caused Funchess to possibly aggravate his shoulder injury. Assuming he's fine for Week 16, the Bucs are a great matchup for the Michigan product, and he should be in lineups as a WR1/WR2.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess gets away from Xavier Rhodes and finds the end zone in Week 15 win.

Funchess was shadowed by Minnesota's superstar corner for most of the day, but he was able to beat a zone coverage for an 18-yard score on a broken play. He finished with three receptions for 59 yards and the touchdown, staying hot since Kelvin Benjamin was traded. Funchess needs to be in lineups as a low-end WR1 for Week 15 against Green Bay.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess scores in up-and-down Week 13 loss.

Funchess caught four passes for 60 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown reception to save his fantasy day in the fourth quarter. The 23-year-old receiver also committed a bad drop in the red zone, but he continues to perform since the Kelvin Benjamin trade with lines of 5/86, 5/92/2, 7/108, and Sunday's 4/60/1. He should be downgraded for the first week of the fantasy playoffs, though, as Funchess should see plenty of Xaiver Rhodes. Consider him a low-end WR2/FLEX for Week 14.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess (toe) did not practice today.

After Sunday's win over the Jets, it was said that Funchess might've "stubbed" his toe, so this doesn't seem like an injury that'll force him to miss time. We would expect Funchess to at least be out there in a limited capacity for tomorrow's practice.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess goes over 100 yards in Week 12.

Funchess continues to show major flashes as a big-time weapon on the outside for Cam Newton, catching seven of 12 targets for 108 yards against the Jets. Funchess could've had an even bigger game, but he dropped a potential long gain (and perhaps a touchdown) on a pass down the field where he made a great adjustment to track the ball in the air but just couldn't come up with it. As the number one receiver for the Panthers over the last three games, Funchess is averaging 5.7 receptions, 95.3 yards, and .67 touchdowns per game. He should remain in fantasy lineups next week versus New Orleans.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess scores twice in Week 10.

Funchess continues to play like a true number one receiver after the departure of Kelvin Benjamin, as he caught five of six targets for 92 yards and two touchdowns against the Dolphins. The first touchdown was a screen pass that he basically walked in on, and the second was on a 32-yard strike by Cam Newton that Funchess made a nice catch on before getting into the end zone. Funchess is averaging 89 yards per game and has two touchdowns in his two games since the Benjamin trade, and it wouldn't be surprising if he was a top 15 option from Week 12-17 after the team returns from their bye week.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess gets seven targets versus Atlanta.

With Kelvin Benjamin now in Buffalo, this was Funchess' first game of the season as the number one receiver for the Panthers. He caught five passes for 86 yards, with a long of 33 yards, as he continues to show he's developing into a very good receiver in the NFL. Funchess gets the Dolphins on Monday night in Week 10, and he should be a solid fantasy option with a high floor.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess held to 11 yards in win over the Bucs.

The 23-year-old caught just two passes in a 17-3 offensive struggle. Funchess was arguably one of the biggest disappointments in Week 8, as Tampa Bay was without their top-two corners, but Carolina's offense was basically shut down anyway. Through eight games, Funchess is on pace for 66 receptions, 714 receiving yards, and six touchdowns. Averaging just 10.8 yards per reception so far, hopefully Funchess can make some big plays after averaging over 15 yards per reception in each of his first two years. He's a FLEX option against Atlanta in Week 9.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess gets eight targets in Week 7.

Funchess' eight targets were second on the team to running back Christian McCaffrey, and the third-year receiver caught four of them for 41 yards. He worked mostly as Cam Newton's primary target on intermediate and out-breaking routes, and Funchess now has at least four catches in five of seven games so far this season. Against a Buccaneers defense that's been giving up a lot of points to opposing fantasy WRs, Funchess should be a good option in Week 8.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess catches three passes in Week 6.

Funchess was targeted nine times in the game, but he was only able to catch three of them and gained 36 yards. Though his receptions included a couple nice grabs over the middle, a bigger game was expected against Philadelphia. The third-year receiver gets the Bears in Week 7.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess is not listed on the injury report for tomorrow night's game.

Funchess missed practice on Monday and Tuesday, but he was a full participant today and is ready to go versus the Eagles. Against a vulnerable secondary, the third-year receiver is in the FLEX conversation.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess (knee) did not practice today.

It's two straight missed practices for Funchess, so it's a bit of a concern heading into Thursday's matchup against the Eagles. But Panthers head coach Ron Rivera did not sound too concerned and said he should be fine for the game. We'll see if he's able to practice tomorrow.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess keeps it going in win over the Lions.

After a two-touchdown performance in Week 4, Funchess caught seven passes for 53 yards and another score. The former Michigan tight end has been really impressive in 2017, as since the season opener, he's had lines of 4/68, 4/58, 7/70/2, and yesterday's 7/53/1. Funchess looks comfortable as a receiver, and his route running has been noticeably better in his third year. He should be picked up in all leagues, and gets a good matchup against the Eagles on Thursday night.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess scores twice in Panthers' win.

Funchess played an excellent game against the Patriots, catching seven of nine targets for 70 yards and two touchdowns. The big receiver showed his progression as a target for Cam Newton, especially on his second touchdown where he ran a post route that included a head-fake to the corner to get open enough against Malcolm Butler for the touchdown. Funchess has 17 receptions for 216 yards and two touchdowns through four games, and he's worth a waiver wire pickup for those needing a receiver.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess caught four passes for 58 yards in Sunday's loss to the New Orleans.

Funchess was the only wide receiver with more than eight yards through the air, as Kelvin Benjamin went down with a knee injury and running back Christian McCaffrey dominated work with more than half of the completions from Cam Newton. Until Newton fixes his issues with inaccuracy (which might not happen), Funchess is hard to trust in lineups. He can probably stay on the waiver wire if Benjamin is healthy.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess caught four passes for 68 yards in Carolina's 9-3 win over Buffalo.

Funchess was a good target for Cam Newton against the Bills' smaller cornerbacks, and he could be in for a bigger role with Greg Olsen (foot) sidelined for 6-8 weeks. He's worth a look as a FLEX play in Week 3 against the Saints.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess caught two passes for 20 yards in Sunday's season opener.

Funchess and the rest of the pass-catching options struggled due to Cam Newton's inaccuracy, but he should be better next week against Buffalo. Funchess will be a low-end FLEX option in standard leagues for that one.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess catches two passes for 14 yards in third preseason game.

The third-year receiver could still play in the Panthers' final preseason game, but he probably will not. Funchess was a popular breakout pick last season, but he's not getting drafted this season. Given the additions of rookies Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel, it's probably right that Funchess doesn't get drafted in fantasy leagues. He'll likely help the Panthers more in real life than he'll help your fantasy team.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess fumbles in second preseason game.

On Carolina's opening drive, Funchess caught a quick eight-yard pass but fumbled and lost it. This shouldn't impact Funchess' fantasy value, as he remains a late-round pick.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Funchess catches one pass for four yards in Week 1 of the preseason.

He started opposite Kelvin Benjamin and left after a couple series with most of the first-team offense. Funchess could be one of the better late-round fantasy wide receiver options in 2017.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said "it's his turn, it's his time," of Devin Funchess.

Funchess is entering his third season in the NFL, and he had five and four touchdowns in his first two seasons. Both head coach Ron Rivera and Gettleman said they could have gotten Funchess the ball more last season, when he only had 23 catches after having a great training camp. The former Michigan Wolverine is having another good offseason and will look to continue it in training camp and carry it over to the regular season.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Ron Rivera says of receiver Devin Funchess, "we could've used him better."

Funchess was a semi-popular breakout pick last season, but he saw a drop in production and caught 23 passes for 371 yards and four touchdowns. Rivera says the team realizes "how much more" they can use Funchess, with his size and speed. Cam Newton isn't opposed to giving his receivers a chance to make a play, and it sounds like he should get more opportunities this season. The team did add skill players Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel this offseason, but they lost Ted Ginn. Some receivers tend to break out in their third seasons, so Funchess will be a popular third-year breakout pick this year. He's worth a shot late in fantasy drafts.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Devin Funchess rolled his ankle at OTAs, but will be "OK."

This isn't very concerning. Rolled ankles happen. He might miss a couple days, or more if they want to be cautious with it.

Devin Funchess catches TD in Week 14.

Funchess had two catches for 33 yards and a touchdown. A good fantasy day, considering the Panthers only completed 10 passes in the game. Funchess is not a good fantasy option in a bad passing offense.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Funchess caught two passes for 19 yards in Sunday's 35-32 "shootout" loss to the Raiders.

Despite being a high-scoring game, the Panthers completed just 14 passes, so Funchess didn't have a lot of chances to make an impact. The same will be true next week in Seattle. Leave him on waivers.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Funchess caught two passes for 32 yards in last night's win over the Saints.

With the Saints playing surprisingly stout defense, Cam Newton only completed 14 passes all game. Funchess would have a bigger role if Kelvin Benjamin (shoulder) misses time, but that seems unlikely with KB returning on Thursday night. Funchess can stay on the waiver wire in standard leagues.

Devin Funchess | Lions TE

Funchess catches touchdown in Sunday's loss.

The second-year wideout caught 3 passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. Still just 22 years old, Funchess has good long-term upside, but probably won't make a huge impact down the stretch this season. That being said, he is a good desperation play this Thursday night against the Saints.