The Panthers make a rare appearance in prime time against a foe with a similar record but questionable strength of schedule. The Eagles are certainly talented but they’ll have their hands full with Carolina’s defense and a resurgent Cam Newton. These are some of the best starts for your early week game points.
Cam is on a streak of his best performances since the 2015 MVP season. With three hundred yards in each of the last two games and TDs for everyone, Newton is on fire.
The recipient of Newton’s success is Devin Funchess, who is having a breakout season and making huge strides as a receiver. With Olsen out of the lineup, the big bodied receiver is a great target.
Alshon Jeffery is the ‘superstar’ that everyone wants to talk about, but Agholor is the weapon Carson Wentz can use to take the top off this defense. Against the Cardinals, Agholor juked a defender out of his shoes on his way to a big score. If the Eagles get flying, Agholor will be the wings they ride on.
McCaffrey has taken a ton of targets off fellow running back Jonathan Stewart. The rookie is making big plays and finally got his first TD last week. As Shula finds new ways to use his new weapon, McCaffrey becomes a more valuable player each week.
Ertz has the skillset and play style of Greg Olsen in a less well known package. He’s a talented tight end that should not be overlooked. Carolina struggled early against tight ends and have a few injuries in the secondary that could make Ertz a big gainer Thursday night.
Neither defense is a lock but if you have to go with one, go with Carolina. The deficiencies in the secondary are worrisome, but they managed to keep Brady and Stafford out of the win column two weeks in a row. Carolina has the tools to make it a long night for Philly.
Wentz has been impressive over the last few weeks. There’s also been a lot of rumblings about whether Philadelphia has faced legitimate competition. A win is a win, and all Panthers fans know that, but Carolina’s defense is mean and playing at home in a big game. IF the pass rush gets home, Wentz won’t stand a chance.
Jeffery is a big bodied receiver in the vein of Funchess and Benjamin. Carolina matches up well against Jeffery if Bradberry plays off him. The pressure will be on Worley and Adams to secure the speedy receivers down field.
Blount is in place to get the majority of touches in the Eagles backfield yet again. Carolina didn’t give up big rusing plays to Ameer Abdullah or LeSean McCoy, so unless Philly manages to abuse the D-line like Sean Payton did in Week 3, Blount isn’t the best option.
Stewart has been the bell cow for Carolina for so long that it’s strange to see him struggle to put up points. He’s faced some nasty defenses and has given up plenty of snaps to McCaffrey. This is good for the team, but Stewart has seen marginal success in fantasy stats. He’s a sit if you have a better option on your roster.
Dickson’s performance against Detroit was transcendent. The Panthers may continue to use him in that fashion, but more than likely the matchup and Detroit’s inability to account for Dickson in coverage led to his performance. Another big day may change that outlook.
Cam has been in MVP form once again, and the Eagles aren’t a terrible defense, but unless Fletcher Cox wrecks the line (possible) this should be a high scoring game. I’m not comfortable starting Philly in that case.