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Now that Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been shut down for the remainder of the season, the rest of the offense will have some opportunities to make some strides. 

After all, it can't get much worse for them, losing six games in a row. And now the fantasy strength of the offense lies on the shoulders of backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke and Christian McCaffrey. 

Let's start with Heinicke, who I'm sure most people have never even thought of. He played college ball at Old Dominion University in Virginia, where he set the school single-game record for completions, passing attempts and passing yards back in 2012 – enough to set an FCS record for most passing yards in one game. 

Are we saying Heinicke will be the next Patrick Mahomes gunslinger? Probably not, but it's good to know that he has that type of dynamic upside. 

McCaffrey has already been playing a record number of snaps, but he'll be leaned on more than ever over these last two games. Sunday's matchup against the Atlanta Falcons is always an advantageous one for pass-catching running backs, allowing the most receptions, targets and receiving yards to the position. 

With this being Heinicke's first start in the NFL, look for him to dump a boatload of passes down to McCaffrey, making him an even better play in PPR formats. 

As mentioned earlier, it really can't get any worse for the Panthers. This is a great chance for them to see what they have in Heinicke, and he could possibly turn into something for Carolina or another team somewhere down the line. 

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