News: Carolina defensive lineman Greg Hardy could not play in the Week 17 regular-season finale at New Orleans Sunday. Hardy was not injured, but away from the team attending to a family matter. Hardy was excused from practice throughout the week to attend to the issue.
Analysis: Hardy had to miss the final game of what was his best season in his NFL career. He finishes with 11 sacks and 23 quarterback pressures. Hardy will enter next season with a similar value as a solid IDP option.
News: Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy did not make the trip to New Orleans on Saturday as he continues to deal with a family matter and has been downgraded to questionable for Week 17. Panthers officials said it is possible Hardy could make it to the game on his own, but as of Saturday night he was not with his teammates at the team hotel. Hardy was excused from practice this past week to deal with the matter.
Analysis: Hardy is in the midst of the best season during his NFL career with 11 sacks and 23 quarterback pressures for the Panthers, who are no longer in playoff contention. Rookie Frank Alexander could take Hardy's spot at defensive end against the Saints if he's unable to make it to the game. Fantasy owners should monitor his status as he is viewed as a quality option in most IDP formats when active.
News: Panthers defensive lineman Greg Hardy had a productive outing in Week 15 against the Chargers. He recorded five tackles with two sacks in the 31-7 win. Hardy now has 11 sacks on the year.
Analysis: Hardy has had a breakout campaign thus far and has developed into another solid pass rusher alongside Charles Johnson in Carolina. Owners should continue to view him as a viable option in most IDP formats heading into Week 16 against Oakland.
News: Panthers defensive lineman Greg Hardy, who was especially vocal about wanting payback for a last-second loss to the Falcons back in Week 4, did his part by recording a sack Week 14 against Atlanta. He also had four tackles, including one solo.
Analysis: With nine sacks now, Hardy is having a breakout season and is worth owning in all Fantasy IDP leagues that reward sacks. For a defensive lineman, he's not the worst tackler either.
News: Panthers defensive lineman Greg Hardy totaled five solo tackles Week 13 at Kansas City. Hardy has tied his career-high with 50 tackles.
Analysis: Hardy already has a career-high eight sacks in 2012, so he is just putting the finishing touches on a career campaign. He benefits from playing opposite Charles Johnson, which helps make Hardy a viable Fantasy start in IDP formats.
News: Panthers defensive lineman Greg Hardy was able to get after the quarterback in Week 12 against the Eagles. He brought down Nick Foles once and finished with five tackles (four solo) in the 30-22 win.
Analysis: Hardy continues to have a career campaign for the Panthers as he now has eight sacks on the year. His ability to get after the quarterback gives him value in Fantasy so keep the 24-year-old active in deeper IDP formats heading into Week 13 against the Chiefs.
News: Carolina defensive lineman Greg Hardy is active for the Panthers in the Week 12 Monday night game at Philadelphia. Hardy is over an illness he was suffering from earlier in the practice week. He was considered probable to play in the Monday night game and was never seriously in doubt.
Analysis: Hardy has seven sacks on the season for the Panthers and has been solid at getting to the quarterback. He isn't a big-time tackler, however, with just 40 stops. He has low-end value in most IDP formats for Monday's game.
News: Carolina defensive lineman Greg Hardy appears to be over his illness as he was able to practice Saturday. Hardy has been upgraded to probable for Week 12 on Monday night at Philadelphia.
Analysis: Hardy has seven sacks on the season for the Panthers and has been solid at getting to the quarterback. He isn't a big-time tackler, however, with just 40 stops. He has low-end value in most IDP formats.
News: Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy had four tackles and 1/2 sack in Sunday's 27-21 loss to the Bucs. He also briefly left the game after his knee collided with Charles Johnson's helmet, but he returned shortly after being taken out.
Analysis: Hardy has seven sacks this season, to complement his 40 tackles. The sacks are already a career-high and with the four tackles today, he's just about on pace to surpass the 50-tackle milestone, which he hit last year. The Panthers face the Eagles in Week 12 and Hardy can be started in most IDP formats.
News: Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was held in check by the Denver offense for most of Sunday's Week 10 loss. Hardy finished with only four tackles as three came on solo stops. He did not record a sack but did force a fumble against the Broncos.
Analysis: Hardy only has 36 tackles on the season and isn't a big-time producer in that regard. He had 4 1/2 sacks in his previous two games, however, and has 6 1/2 on the season overall. When he gets on a roll, he can really bring down the quarterback. Still, Hardy is probably only worth starting in really deep IDP formats right now.
News: Carolina defensive lineman Greg Hardy picked up 1 1/2 sacks on Sunday of Week 9 in a win at Washington. Hardy finished the game with seven total tackles and four of them were solo for the Panthers. Hardy also appeared to suffer a leg injury as he left the game limping at one point.
Analysis: Hardy had his highest tackling total since Week 1 of the season in the game against the Redskins and now has 4 1/2 sacks in his last two games. Hardy is playing well right now and as long as he's healthy for Week 10 against Denver can be active in plenty of Fantasy IDP formats.
News: Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy had three sacks of Jay Cutler on Sunday against the Bears. He now has five on the season. Hardy also had five tackles in the game.
Analysis: Hardy is quickly emerging as a roster-worthy option and could be worth a starting nod in deeper IDP leagues at Washington in Week 9.
News: Panthers defensive lineman Greg Hardy recorded his first sack of the season Week 4 at Atlanta. It was his only tackle on the day. He had four sacks last season.
Analysis: Sacks are about the only stat defensive linemen contribute in Fantasy IDP leagues, so if Hardy isn't a terrific source of them, he isn't much worth owning. His 15 percent ownership rate could probably stand to fall a little.
News: Panthers defensive lineman Greg Hardy did not make much of an impact during Sunday's contest against the Saints in Week 2. Hardy registered four tackles (two solo) in a 35-27 victory.
Analysis: Hardy, who recorded a sack last week, failed to bring down Drew Brees on Sunday. He is looking to build off an impressive campaign in 2011 where he recorded over 50 tackles and four sacks. Hardy has proven to be a bit inconsistent, and is considered a low-end IDP option heading into Week 3 against the Giants.
News: Panthers defensive lineup Greg Hardy was able to make his presence felt in Week 1 against the Buccaneers. Hardy finished with eight tackles -- six solo -- in the 16-10 defeat, with two of those going for a loss. He also registered his first sack of the season in the defeat, which was the eighth of his career.
Analysis: Hardy played well for the Panthers last season and is now looking to build off of his 50-tackle, four-sack 2011 campaign. While he got off to a decent start Sunday, the knock on the 24-year-old has been his inconsistent production. Still, as long as he can stay healthy and productive, Hardy can be considered a viable low-end Fantasy DL. Continue to view him as such heading into Week 2 against the Saints.
News: Panthers DL Greg Hardy, who had gone eight games without a sack after recording three in his first five, finally picked up No. 4 at Houston in Week 15. It was his only tackle on the day.
Analysis: Hardly seems worth the wait, does it? If Hardy was a decent source of tackles, he'd be worth keeping around for the occasional sack, but since he's not, he remains just a low-end DL in Fantasy IDP leagues.
News: Panthers DL Greg Hardy recorded three tackles, including two solo, against the Falcons in Week 14. He has now gone eight games without a sack after recording three in his first five.
Analysis: Hardy's hot start is a distant memory, yet he remains owned in 30 percent of Fantasy leagues. Because he's not a particularly good source of tackles, he doesn't have much to offer Fantasy owners right now. He belongs on waivers in most IDP leagues.
News: Panthers coach Ron Rivera said DL Greg Hardy sustained a twisted ankle Week 11 at Detroit, but he is showing improvement. Hardy at four tackles (one solo) in the game.
Analysis: Hardy has a career-high 34 tackles and needs one more sack to also set a new career-high. He is really developing in his second NFL season and is benefiting from playing opposite Charles Johnson. Still, Hardy is more of a No. 2 or No. 3 Fantasy DL when healthy.
News: Panthers DL Greg Hardy totaled three solo tackles and three pass defenses Week 10 vs. Tennessee. Hardy now has tied his career-high in tackles (30) and has eight pass defenses in nine games.
Analysis: Hardy is finally showing glimpses of the exciting DL he was in college at Ole Miss. He is starting to make plays on a regular basis in his second NFL season and has become a decent No. 3 Fantasy DL with upside.
News: Panthers DL Greg Hardy went without a sack for the third straight game in a Week 8 loss to the Vikings. Hardy recorded just one tackle in the game.
Analysis: Hardy has not been producing much lately, and he should not be considered as anything more than a low-end DL option for owners in IDP formats.
News: Panthers DL Greg Hardy, who recorded his third sack of the season Week 5 against the Saints, wasn't as fortunate Week 6 at Atlanta. In fact, he didn't offer much of anything statistically, finishing with three tackles, including two solo.
Analysis: Hardy has gotten plenty of attention from Fantasy owners in the early going, but his three sacks aren't quite enough to justify his ownership percentage. He's more of a low-end No. 2 or 3 Fantasy DL than a No. 1 in Fantasy IDP leagues.
News: Panthers DL Greg Hardy totaled five tackles (four solo), one sack and one pass defense Week 5 against the Saints. Hardy now has three sacks through five games, tying his career high from his 2010 rookie season.
Analysis: Hardy is well on his way to setting new career highs in 2011 and he seems like a perfect fit for Sean McDermott's aggressive defense. Consider Hardy a viable No. 2 Fantasy DL.
News: Panthers DL Greg Hardy picked up his second sack of the season Week 3 against the Jaguars, tackling rookie QB Blaine Gabbert in the end zone for a safety. Hardy also had six tackles, including five solo.
Analysis: Hardy had only three sacks all of last season, but he wasn't a starter then. He's off to a good start this year. You can't expect him to contribute a high number of tackles as a defensive end, but as long as he delivers a few sacks, he'll be a serviceable No. 3 Fantasy IDP option.
News: Panthers DL Greg Hardy got off to a good start during Week 1 against the Cardinals. Hardy finished with five tackles in the 28-21, including his first sack of the season. He also was credited with a pass defended and quarterback hit.
Analysis: Hardy played well on Sunday afternoon and showed no ill-effects from the injuries he sustained from a motorcycle accident back in July. Many are expecting big things from the 23-year-old during his second year in the league, and he could be in for a big year if he can stay healthy. Consider him a low-end Fantasy DL heading into Week 2 against Green Bay.
News: Panthers DE Greg Hardy was not dressed before Thursday's game against the Bengals. He is yet to play this season due to injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident. coach Ron Rivera expects Hardy to be the starter opening day, so any fine tuning will need to happen in the final preseason game on Sept. 1.
Analysis: Hardy continues to battle back from the injury, but it still seems as if he will start once the regular season is upon us. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on the issue, though Hardy stands as just a marginal IDP Fantasy option for 2011 coming off of a three-sack rookie campaign in which he earned nine QB pressures.
News: Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Greg Hardy, who returned to practice this week, will be the team's starting right defensive end this season when healthy. "He's an every down defensive end for us," Rivera said. "He will work himself back into shape, and when he's ready to go he'll be one of our starting defensive ends." Hardy was injured during a motorcycle accident in July.
Analysis: Hardy admitted that he feared for his life when the injury occurred, but he has been battling back to the point that he is able to practice. There remains to be no timetable for him to see game action, but obviously RIvera and the coaching staff believe in him. While starting at DE is a solid promotion for the once-situational player, Hardy stands as just a marginal IDP Fantasy option for 2011 coming off of a three-sack rookie campaign in which he earned nine QB pressures.
News: The Charlotte Observer reports Wednesday that Panthers DL Greg Hardy sustained an injury after a motorcycle accident last week in Tennessee. The ailments to his side will cause him to miss at least the first two weeks of training camp, possibly more. "I thought I was going to be dead," said Hardy, a sixth-round pick in 2010. "But I got to the hospital, took some X-rays and they said I was good." The accident resulted in the 23-year-old getting charged with driving without a license and three other violations - failure to yield, failure to exercise due care and following too closely.
Analysis: hardy lost control of the bike after hitting a vehicle in front of him, and he rolled several times before landing on the shoulder of highway I-40. He said he would not be using the bike anytime soon, and added that it isn't even usable at the moment. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on Hardy as he rehabs and heals from the injuries. He had three sacks and nine QB pressures as a rookie last season, but he remains a long-term option on Draft Day especially with the latest setback in his development.
News: Panthers DL Greg Hardy sustained a head injury in the first half of Week 9 against the Saints. He had just one assisted tackle before leaving.
Analysis: Hardy has just one sack in his first eight NFL games. The Panthers are hoping they got a steal by drafting Hardy in the sixth round. His last season in college at Ole Miss didn't exactly go as planned because of injuries, but Hardy has the potential to be a standout in the NFL. Hardy is more of a long-term Fantasy keeper until his numbers improve.
News: The Panthers have half of their draft picks signed after reaching deals with sixth-round choices Greg Hardy and Jordan Pugh and seventh-round selection Robert McClain. Hardy is a defensive end from Mississippi, Pugh is a safety from Texas A&M and McClain is a cornerback from Connecticut.
Analysis: Hardy was considered a Julius Peppers clone until injuries robbed him of part of his senior year; Pugh is a safety/cornerback hybrid who needs work on his technique but has speed; and McClain is a good tackling corner but is considered a project. None of these guys will help you dominate Fantasy leagues, though Hardy has minimal upside and is worth a late pick in the deepest of dynasty/keeper and rookie-only IDP league drafts.
News: The Panthers added several defenders to pad their depth via the NFL draft. They are: LB Eric Norwood (fourth round; South Carolina), DE Greg Hardy (sixth round; Ole Miss), safety Jordan Pugh (sixth round; Texas A&M), CB R.J. Stanford (seventh round; Utah) and CB Robert McClain (seventh round; UConn).
Analysis: Norwood is known as a no-nonsense downhill tackler; Hardy was considered a Julius Peppers clone until injuries robbed him of part of his senior year; Pugh is a safety/cornerback hybrid who needs work on his technique but has speed; Stanford has potential to be a nickelback eventually but needs to improve his overall skills; McClain is a good tackling corner but is considered a project. None of these players are expected to find regular playing time this season but there's some upside in several of these guys, especially Norwood and Hardy. That duo is worth a look late in rookie-only drafts, the rest can be ignored.