Week 3 was unfriendly to all Carolina wideouts, as the Panthers took on the Chargers. It was the Mike Davis show in Los Angeles as he received more targets (eight) than any wide receiver in addition to his 13 carries. Will the team spread the ball around more in Week 4 and can any of these receivers be trusted in your lineups? We break down the fantasy implications below.
Fantasy Football analysis: Panthers WRs D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel, Robby Anderson
D.J. Moore received a season low four targets in Week 3, which he turned into 2 receptions for 65 yards and 8.5 PPR fantasy points. Fantasy owners hope that this is a unique circumstance, as Moore received nine and 13 targets in Weeks 1 and 2 respectively. He is the No. 1 wideout in Carolina and odds are the team will continue to use him accordingly. The Arizona secondary is of a similar caliber to that of the Los Angeles Chargers and Moore will likely face off with Patrick Peterson, but Moore is capable of providing decent fantasy production as long as the team targets him sufficiently. Moore belongs in lineups as a WR2.
Curtis Samuel was speculated to be more involved in the rushing attack in the absence of Christian McCaffrey, however his role was minor as he received only four carries for seven yards. He did bring in all four of his targets for 45 yards and outperformed Moore on the day with 9.2 PPR points. This is likely to be a rare scenario, however, and Samuel’s typically low volume makes him a risky play.
Robby Anderson has slowly glided back down to earth since a stellar Week 1 performance. He brought in five of his six targets for 55 yards to finish with 10.5 PPR points in Week 3. Despite the mediocre performance, Anderson was the highest targeted wideout in the game. With Moore likely to draw Peterson, Anderson may find himself open and targeted more often this weekend. His steady volume and big play ability make him a WR3/flex option for your lineups in Week 4.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start D.J. Moore as a WR2
Sit Curtis Samuel
Start Robby Anderson as a WR3/flex