You could make a case for Evgeni Malkin, but I’m inclined to pick a goaltender when it comes to MVP discussions. They are, on the whole, personally responsible for a much larger percentage of your fantasy team’s fate. Sure, Pekka Rinne had better ratios, but Hellebuyck appeared in eight more games than Rinne and was still starting consistently in crunch time, winning nine consecutive games while only resting three times in the final three weeks.
Guard: The offensive line has had its share of positives and negatives in recent seasons. Daryl Williams and Trai Turner anchor a terrific right side but there’s now a gaping hole where All-Pro Andrew Norwell once was at left guard. The trio of 2017 second rounder Taylor Moton, free agent acquisition Jeremiah Sirles and serviceable backup Tyler Larsen should get a shot, but with such a quality guard class in ’18, Carolina should look long and hard at picking another one to compete here.
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Coming off a record-breaking junior season that earned him the Doak Walker Award, Richardson was what many considered a sure bet in the draft. He was not. After a season and a couple games of mediocre-at-best production, Richardson was traded to the Colts early during the 2013 season. He hasn’t played a down since the Colts cut him in 2015.
Whichever route Carolina doesn’t go in Round 1 absolutely needs to get addressed on Day 2. The Panthers have three Day 2 picks (55, 85, 88), putting it in position to add a lot of quality players.
“What you want to do in every draft is just get good players to help you, especially in the first three rounds,” Hurney said. “And we have four picks so we would like to get four players who come in and compete for a role and have some impact.”
If the Panthers forgo a receiver Thursday, speedster James Washington out of Oklahoma State should be the guy they draft. His speed and ability as a deep threat would be a natural complement to Funchess. Otherwise, Anthony Miller of Memphis is another versatile playmaker who could be a great fit.