Jerricho Cotchery WR CAR 7 Days

Cotchery (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

The Panthers' passing attack is sputtering right now, and Cotchery finds himself behind Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen on quarterback Cam Newton's preferred list of targets. Averaging just 32 receiving yards per game over the last four weeks, Cotchery is only a desperation fantasy play, even against the league's weakest pass defense.

Jerricho Cotchery WR CAR 9 Days

Cotchery (hamstring) is probable for Sunday's game against Atlanta.

Cotchery's health isn't in question, but even at full health there's not much reason to anticipate high-level fantasy production. He has just 30 catches for 390 yards and zero touchdowns through nine games.

Jerricho Cotchery WR CAR 9 Days

Cotchery (hamstring) was a full participant in practice Thursday.

Cotchery began the week with a missed practice, but an unhindered return Thursday proves the viability of his hamstring. Since taking a seat in Week 3 due to a thigh injury, he's averaged 6.6 targets per game, meaning he's due to take advantage of Cam Newton's trust. Considering a similar rep count Sunday, Cotchery will aim to reach the end zone for the first time in a Panthers uniform against a Falcons defense that has given up 16.8 YPC and one receiving touchdown per game to wideouts this season.

Jerricho Cotchery WR CAR 10 Days

Cotchery (hamstring) didn't take part in practice Wednesday.

Cotchery matched Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen with seven targets during Monday's defeat at the hands of the Eagles. However, Cotchery's subpar outing -- two catches for 15 yards -- can perhaps be blamed on a balky hamstring. In any case, owners should keep a watchful eye on his activity level in practice as the week continues onward.

Jerricho Cotchery WR CAR 12 Days

Cotchery caught 2-of-7 targets for 15 yards in Monday's 45-21 loss to the Eagles.

Cotchery, Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen all tied for a team-high seven targets, though some of Cotchery's were all but pointless. There were at least two occasions when Cam Newton threw jump balls for a well-covered Cotchery, as the Panthers' quarterback was seemingly just trying to avoid the pass rush. Normally, Cotchery's about the last receiver you'd look for in such a situation, as he doesn't possess plus size or speed. In any case, he's still the clear third option in the Carolina passing game, which has been consistently awful over the last four weeks.

Jerricho Cotchery WR CAR 19 Days

Cotchery caught two passes (on five targets) for a team-high 59 yards in Thursday's loss to the Saints.

Cotchery's topped the 50-yard plateau for just the third time this season Thursday, but once again failed to find the end zone. The veteran's fantasy value resembles that of a possession receiver, without offering the touchdown potential he enjoyed last season with the Steelers.

Jerricho Cotchery WR CAR 27 Days

Cotchery caught three passes (on five targets) for 33 yards in Sunday's game versus Seattle.

Cotchery continues to be a regularly involved member of the Panthers' passing game, albeit as a possession receiver. The 32-year-old has caught at least three passes in all seven games he's played this season, but has topped the 50-yard plateau just twice. Furthermore, Cotchery is still without a touchdown this season, representing a huge drop-off from his 10-score campaign last year.

Jerricho Cotchery WR CAR 1 Month

Cotchery made three catches (on eight targets) for a season-low 21 yards in Sunday's game versus Green Bay.

Cotchery tied for the Panthers' team-high in targets Sunday and has been thrown at a whopping 18 times over the past two weeks. However, with merely seven receptions over that span, Cotchery could evidently improve his chemistry with quarterback Cam Newton. Until he manages to do so, Cotchery remains a limited fantasy option at receiver, especially since he still hasn't found the end zone this season.

Jerricho Cotchery WR CAR 1 Month

Cotchery caught four passes (on 10 targets) for 58 yards in Sunday's tie against the Bengals.

Cotchery's 10 targets Sunday set a season-high for the veteran, who once again proved capable of moving the chains as a complementary receiver. The first-year Panther has now caught at least four passes in all but one game this season. However, Sunday was only the second time Cotchery has topped 50 yards and he still hasn't scored a touchdown, which displays his somewhat restricted fantasy value.

Jerricho Cotchery WR CAR 2 Months

Cotchery caught three passes (on four targets) for 46 yards Sunday versus Chicago.

Cotchery continues to be a useful possession receiver in the Panthers' offense and his 16 receptions on 19 targets displays great efficiency. However, without a touchdown on the season, Cotchery's fantasy value remains in a holding pattern, after the veteran scored 10 times for the Steelers last term.