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Hakeem Nicks is the Panthers' top target to replace Steve Smith and they hope to bring him in for a visit.
There were rumors prior to last season's trade deadline involving Nicks and the Panthers, so this news should not come as much of a surprise. Nicks played his college football at the University of North Carolina so joining the Panthers would be a return home for him. However, a move to the Panthers would not increase his fantasy value for the 2014 season, considering the Panthers are a run-first team.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Jose Abreu was 0-for-4 on Saturday ending his seventeen game hitting streak.
During his seventeen hitting streak, Jose Abreu hit .318 and was only four short of his career high set last year in his rookie campaign. But he is now hitting .283 on the season and has fallen short on the power numbers so far this year. Abreu is hitting more ground balls (49.1%) this year yet his home run to fly ball ratio has fallen nine percentage points from 26.9 in 2014 to 17.1 this season. Since the whole offense has struggled, it is exacerbated when their best hitter is not hitting on all cylinders either. Abreu is solid, but maybe not worthy of the first round status he achieved after one season in the majors. Analysis: Greg Jewett