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What to do with Curtis Samuel, D.J. Moore in Week 11 fantasy football

Carolina hasn’t exactly been known for its passing attack so far in 2019. Is there any way to could support two different wide receivers in Week 11?

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel celebrates with running back Christian McCaffrey after his touchdown during the second quarter of the game between the Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

It’s sometimes hard to trust two receivers on the same team, especially when said team also employs human fantasy point magnet Christian McCaffrey. Still, if there were ever a week to buy into the upside of both D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel, it would be this Sunday against the Falcons. Momentarily putting aside Atlanta’s defensive inadequacies, the duo has actually been one of the NFL’s most voluminous WR pairings in recent games. In fact, in Carolina’s past four contests, Moore has seen a whopping 27.8% of quarterback Kyle Allen’s 144 pass attempts directed toward him, while Samuel’s accounted for a 21.5% target share with three receiving touchdowns. The Panthers, surprisingly, seem to possess one the NFL’s most streamlined target hierarchies.

The advanced numbers are just as reassuring. Going back to the beginning of Week 6, only eight wideouts have accumulated 500-plus air yards. Not only does Samuel sit sixth amongst this group (520), but his 31 targets within this span are four fewer than any of the other seven WRs. He’s a massive big play threat who’s averaged an eye-popping 3.66 PRR points per touch the past five weeks — the second-most by a wide receiver with at least 15 receptions. As for Moore, the only four wideouts with a higher target share in that same time frame are Michael Thomas, DeAndre Hopkins, Davante Adams and Julian Edelman. However, while Thomas, Hopkins and Edelman are three of the four highest-priced receivers on DraftKings this week, Moore’s salary still sits at a very digestible $5,900. Its already an appealing number, yet one that stands to be a steal if Moore’s touchdown regression kicks in versus Atlanta.

Fantasy Football Analysis, Carolina Panthers WRs Curtis Samuel and D.J. Moore

For two WRs who have been as integral to the Panthers’ game plan as Moore and Samuel have been in recent weeks, you really couldn’t ask for a better matchup that the Falcons. Atlanta comes into Week 11 surrendering the league’s highest opponent QB rating (113.2) and giving up 10.1 yards per target to wide receivers — the second-highest rate in all of football. Both are locked in as Top 30 players at their position, with each also carrying insane amounts of upside. What’s not to love?

Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Samuel. Start Moore.