College: Michigan | 4 years
Height: 6'4" | Weight: 225 lbs
Birth Date: 5/21/1994
2019 Bye Week: 6
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 WR
Funchess was a disappointment last season despite starting much of the season for the Panthers. His season started fine, having five of his first six games with 50-plus yards but didn't top that mark the rest of the season. He ended his season with a thud, doing very little his last eight games. A fresh start with the Colts is a plus for Funchess. He should compete for a starting job in a pass-first offense. Funchess has great size for the receiver position. He runs good routes and is a tough cover for cornerbacks because of his size. He lacks some moves in space, though, and his hands aren't the best. Funchess also lacks consistency at the position. Fantasy Outlook: Funchess has been little help to fantasy teams to date but a move to Indy is a good one for him. He could finally reach his potential if he starting in this offense. He should be considered a sleeper candidate for the coming season. He could get around 60 receptions for 900 yards with six scores.
Funchess has never been one to score touchdowns in bunches (21 TD over his four-year career), nor has he been a player who racks up a lot of yards, either (has averaged 550 receiving yards per season). This can be partially blamed on a Carolina Panthers offense where QB Cam Newton cared more about keeping the ball himself or dumping off to tight ends and running backs than hitting receivers 15 yards downfield, but Funchess has not proven that he can separate from cornerbacks or consistently make plays on a weekly basis. The days of Funchess being a fantasy flop might end in 2019, however. With Funchess signing with the Indianapolis Colts, it could either mean a new lease on fantasy life or it could prove once and for all that he is not worthy of a fantasy roster spot. Andrew Luck is a humongous step up from Newton in the passing department and turned Eric Ebron into an All-World tight end last season, so Funchess could not have picked a better organization to sign with. The No. 2 WR job is Funchess to lose heading into the season, and if he holds onto it throughout he could give fantasy owners 900 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. If Funchess continues to underachieve this year than there is not much fantasy hope left for him.
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Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Devin Funchess has struggled with consistency thus far in his young career. During the portions of mini-camp we've seen thus far, he's been working as the number two wide receiver next to fellow wideout T.Y. Hilton. Rookie Parris Campbell has done more to take targets away from running back Nyheim Hines than Funchess. Funchess will be playing as the number two wide receiver in an elite offense which bodes well for him putting up a lot of points. Currently being drafted as WR 58, he's a steal at his current ADP if you can get your hands on him for this season.
Indianapolis Colts WR Devin Funchess produced mixed results during organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp, according to beat writer Kevin Bowen, although head coach Frank Reich said he was 'very encouraged' by what he saw during spring practices. 'We knew right away, you could tell day one that he was smart. (He was) not going to have a problem grasping the system,' Reich said. 'Then it's just a question of getting used to the way we do things, the way we teach things and then our schemes. I just thought he showed a very high aptitude for that.'
Fantasy Spin: To be fair, Funchess is learning a new system and getting acclimated to a new team, and he didn't have the luxury of working with Andrew Luck, who was held out of the offseason program. Funchess struggled with Jacoby Brissett, but he won't be working with him unless disaster strikes. Based on his struggles in 2018, Funch is only worth a late-round roster spot, but he could very well emerge as the No. 2 in Indy, and a decent WR4 or flex fantasy option sooner rather than later.
Indianapolis Colts WR Devin Funchess struggled to establish a consistent rapport with QB Jacoby Brissett during organized team activities (OTAs), as starting QB Andrew Luck was held out. Head coach Frank Reich still praised the aptitude and route running of Funchess.
Fantasy Spin: Funchess had a high drop rate in Carolina last season, and it appears he is off to a slow start in his new home. He is expected to fulfill the No. 2 receiver spot filled by Ryan Grant and Dontrelle Inman last season, so there is a possibility he re-emerges as a decent fantasy option working with Andrew Luck, but wait to see how he does in the preseason.
Indianapolis Colts WR Devin Funchess knows how to run a lot of QB Andrew Luck's favorite routes, according to head coach Frank Reich.
Fantasy Spin: Funchess never seemed to to put it all together in Carolina, but if he can establish himself as the No. 2 option across from T.Y. Hilton, WR3 production isn't out of the question.
Indianapolis Colts WR Devin Funchess was a player that head coach Frank Reich pushed the front office to pursue in free agency. 'I'm so excited about Devin,' Reich said. 'I mean, when I watch his tape, what I see is a big man who is really athletic.'
Fantasy Spin: Funchess is coming off a down year, but he will be given every opportunity to become the No. 2 option in the passing attack. Consider him a WR4 with upside.
Free-agent WR Devin Funchess (Panthers) officially signed with the Indianapolis Colts Thursday, March 14.
Free-agent wide receiver Devin Funchess (Panthers) agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts. It's a one-year 'prove-it' deal after Funchess fell off the map last season in Carolina, amassing just 44 catches, 549 yards and four touchdowns with a career-low 12.5 yards per grab over 14 games. It was a major drop from his promising third-year numbers when he posted 63 grabs, 840 yards and eight scores on 113 targets in 2017, all career highs. Perhaps a change of scenery and working with a new quarterback in Andrew Luck will get him going again. Funch could be a sneaky late-round flier if he can replicate his 2017 production in Indy.
Carolina Panthers impending free-agent WR Devin Funchess plans to sign a one-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts worth as much as $13 million, according to a source.
Fantasy Spin: The Colts have been looking for a No. 2 receiver, so Funchess could take over that role next season. He is coming off a disappointing season where he posted only 549 yards and four touchdowns. Funchess could be a possible late-round option in fantasy leagues.
Carolina Panthers impending free-agent WR Devin Funchess is referring to himself as a 'former Carolina Panther' and 'now looking for a new team.' After an unproductive season the team is not expected to re-sign him.
Fantasy Spin: Funchess racked up 63 grabs for 840 yards and a career-best eight scores in 2017, but he tumbled back to mediocrity with just 44 catches, 549 yards, four touchdowns and a career-low 12.5 yards per grab last season over 14 outings. He might land a new job, but he has a long way to go to prove himself to fantasy owners again.
Carolina Panthers impending free-agent WR Devin Funchess could be an option for the Baltimore Ravens because his size would allow him to be an effective blocker when QB Lamar Jackson scrambles, according to Clifton Brown of BaltimoreRavens.com.
Fantasy Spin: Funchess would also be a big target for Jackson in the passing game, but after seeing the run-heavy approach the Ravens adopted with Jackson as the starter, it is hard to see any Baltimore receiver being a great fantasy option in 2019.