The Panthers and the Packers face off this weekend in a game with a 47-point O/U in which Green Bay is a five-point favorite, so expect Kyle Allen to put on a passing show to try to keep up with the Packers in the scoreboard.
When it comes to attacking, Carolina is basically a one-man crew with Christian McCaffrey leading the team in everything-offense. Other than the tailback, the Panthers rely heavily on WRs D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel. Just this past week marked the first time through nine games that both of them finished with 16-plus fantasy points. Moore was able to catch seven of his ten targets for 101 yards (season-best), while Samuel caught three of six passes thrown his way for 64 yards and a touchdown.
That has been the story all season. While Moore has been the most-used and more efficient receiver of the two (45 of 68 receptions, 564 yards), he’s only scored one touchdown. On the other hand, Samuel has a line of 30 receptions on 60 targets for 407 yards but has scored three touchdowns already. None of them has been otherworldly (they rank WR31 and WR38 respectively), but Moore is out-performing Samuel by more than a fantasy point per game with some positive regression in the shape of scoring coming his way.
Fantasy football analysis, Carolina Panthers WRs D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel
The game against the Packers will be a tough test not only for the Panthers as a whole but for their wideouts particularly. Green Bay is giving up the ninth-fewest points per game to wide receivers and has allowed just five touchdowns on the year to the position. This defense, though, hasn’t dealt with a pass-heavy (more than 16 passes to WRs in a single game) team other than Kansas City since Week 5. Moore and Samuel are being targeted 17 combined times per game, so they could be in a good position to put up numbers just on sheer volume.
Moore himself has been targeted eight or more times in the past four weeks, and he has the highest floor of the two just because of that. Samuel has his upside in his playing style, being a deeper threat (the Packers suffer covering deep routes). Both players can be considered starters this week, but I would only recommend playing Samuel as a risky Flex option with upside but a potential low floor if things don’t click for him.
D.J. Moore: Start
Curtis Samuel: Start (Flex)