Week 1 Panthers fantasy review
Running back Christian McCaffrey had a top ten performance with 134 yards from scrimmage, three receptions and two touchdowns, good for 26.9 points based on the CSR league scoring. No surprise there.
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had a respectable 21.4 points for those that rolled the dice and played him. That was the 13th best quarterback performance for the week. On a side note, I will give him props for note turning the ball over, a refreshing difference from 2019. Teddy is a solid back-up, slash streaming option going forward depending on the match-up.
The bigger surprise for week one was wide receiver Robby Anderson, who logged the fifth-best wide receiver score with 23.5 points. Yes, 13 of them came on a single play but that is the nature of the position he plays. Just enjoy the ride. What bodes well is the eight targets and amount of separation he was able to get on those six catches. It takes more than a single performance to be a week in and week out fantasy play but Anderson has the potential if he stays in the game plan like Week 1.
The biggest disappointment in the opener from a fantasy standpoint was easily wide receiver DJ Moore (and from a fan standpoint as well). Moore only secured four of nine targets for 54 yards for a paltry 7.4 points. I’ll cut him a little slack and say a couple of the passes were not catchable, but he did have a couple bad drops even if the stats only show one drop. No worries though, Moore will get plenty of chances to redeem himself.
Wide receiver Curtis Samuel caught five of eight targets for 38 yards. He’s too inconsistent at this point to start but is worth a spot on the bench until the bye weeks come around.
I’ll round it out with kicker Joey Slye, who looks like a starting kicker in my book. In fact, given the look of the Panthers offense and his big leg I swapped him out with Greg Zuerlein in one of the my leagues. Slye did miss an extra point, but in fantasy that’s a single point, whereas he nailed three field goals and an extra point for 11 points. The Panthers won’t hesitate to trot him out for a 50+ yard field goal at any point.
Week 2 — Panthers at Buccaneers Preview
Of course McCaffrey is a must-start every week, even against a tough Bucs run defense that held the Saints Alvin Kamara to 16 yards on 12 carries in Week 1. Joe Brady will have to get creative this week to negate the Bucs front four.
I am still starting DJ Moore as I expect him to bounce back this week. Since I expect the Panthers to be playing from behind there will be plenty of targets to go around so feel free to start Robby Anderson as well. Joey Slye should get some field goal opportunities as well, so start him if you got him. There are no other relevant Panthers to play in fantasy this week.
My initial knee jerk reaction is to say there are no good plays in this matchup. But if the offenses suck, wouldn’t the defenses be a good play? Maybe. I instead think there will be some scoring in this one. Someone has to score right?
I see one solid start, running back Joe Mixon since he will get a lot of carries and has PPR value. Mixon should eclipse 100 combined yards and put up a score. I like Browns running back Kareem Hunt over Nick Chubb because of his PPR value. Both players could put up 10 to 15 points though.
At wide receiver Tyler Boyd and Odell Beckham should get plenty of targets with middling results. Jarvis Landry is banged up so sit him unless we get a very positive pre-game update saying he is fine. A.J. Green, on the other hand, should put up 10 to 15 points as well.
Quarterback is where it gets dicey. I would sit Baker Mayfield until he shows he can play with consistency. If I was rolling the dice tonight I would play Joe Burrow. The Bengals have the better offense and he should get plenty of chances to shine.
Cheers and good luck!