As the New Orleans Saints come marching in to face the Carolina Panthers, plenty of story lines will have an impact on fantasy football this week. My heart says this match will be an easy Panthers win, but my head knows better. So without further ado, here are your week two Carolina Panthers fantasy projections.
Expectations for Cam Newton are high in this game. The New Orleans Saints do have the worst defense in the league. While Newton may have a good game, I am not convinced he will be worth his price tag. Newton is dealing with a sore shoulder and twisted ankle this week. The Carolina Panthers will likely go with a ground heavy attack plan. For these reasons, I am leaning towards not drafting Newton this week.
So what about that run game? The Panthers brought fullback Alex Armah up from the practice squad on Tuesday. This could indicate that they will be going with a more traditional run game at times this week. Nothing fancy is needed against New Orleans, so line up a helmet on a helmet and get down to business. Splitting carries is never good news for running backs in terms of fantasy points. In this case I would draft Christian McCaffrey over Jonathan Stewart. McCaffrey is due for a breakout game with a long run or reception for a touchdown, and the Saints look like a likely candidate to allow it.
As far as receivers go, I like Devin Funchess this week. Funchess had arguably the best game of his career against the Buffalo Bills. As Cam Newton’s confidence in him grows, so will his stats. With Kelvin Benjamin limited in practice, Funchess could see extra targets this week. Funchess won’t cost you much, but could very well put up a touchdown on Sunday.
Finally, that Carolina Panthers defense. There are only a few games on the schedule I would not draft them against, and the New Orleans Saints are one of them. Despite their 2-0 record, the Saints still have the third ranked offense in the league. I suspect the Panthers will allow more than 14 points. Throw in the fact that Brees is rarely sacked and you clearly should pass on the Panthers D this week.Agree? Disagree? You can sound off right here with thousands of Carolina Panthers fans.