The last time the Panthers played the Falcons it did not go well for Carolina. In a contest where most people believed the Panthers’ bevy of high-end skill position players would thrive across the board against a much-maligned Atlanta defense, Carolina was only able to muster a measly three points across 60 minutes of uninspiring action. When you also consider that this prior meeting took place just three weeks ago, you can start to understand why some might be hesitant to trust the Panthers’ receiving corps in their opening round of the Fantasy Football playoffs.
Still, those people would be wrong to do so. Though Atlanta’s secondary hasn’t looked completely inept in three of the team’s past four games, the numbers the unit has surrendered for the season as a whole are still staggering. The Falcons have conceded the second-most yards per target to opponent wide receivers (9.9), the fourth-highest opponent passer rating (102.6), and the seventh-most passing touchdowns (23) of any squad in the league through 13 weeks. On top of all that, Atlanta’s allowed five individual 100-yard receiving performances and its given up multiple touchdown receptions to the same wideout four different times so far in 2019. As far as matchups go, D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel couldn’t ask for a more pristine opportunity to produce in Week 14.
Fantasy Football Analysis, Carolina Panthers WRs D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel
There should be no questions about whether or not you’re starting Moore after all he’s done in recent games. In fact, going back to the beginning of Week 9, Moore leads all wideouts in targets (55) and receiving yards (517), while trailing only Jarvis Landry in overall PPR points (106.2). Samuel, on the other hand, is a boom-or-bust proposition. The 23-year-old has failed to produce 50-plus receiving yards in six of Carolina’s past nine contests, yet, at the same time, he sits sixth in all of football with 1,269 air yards, only trailing the likes of Mike Evans, Kenny Golladay, Julio Jones, Odell Beckham and John Brown. That upside in a good matchup cements Samuel as an extremely high-ceiling WR3 this Sunday.
Start Moore. Start Samuel.