Throughout the preseason, DJ Moore was heavily favored to be the top dog of the Panthers wide receiver corps, yet his Week 1 performance was incredibly underwhelming. Newcomer Robby Anderson led all Panthers receivers in Week 1 and finished as the fifth highest scoring fantasy wide receiver for the week. Was this just a fluke or can we expect more of the same in weeks to come? We break down the fantasy implications below.
Fantasy Football analysis: Panthers WRs Curtis Samuel, D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson
Many fantasy owners drafted DJ Moore as a WR1 and were disappointed to see him finish Week 1 with four receptions for 54 yards and no touchdowns for a total of 9.4 fantasy points in ESPN PPR leagues. It included a few drops and was a far cry from the breakout performance most had hoped for, though the nine targets he received does bode well for future opportunities. He remains the most targeted player on the offense and will look to bounce back against a susceptible Buccaneers secondary in Week 2.
Curtis Samuel matched Moore’s performance by tallying five receptions for 38 yards, while adding one carry for five yards to total 9.3 fantasy points. A performance of this caliber was expected from Samuel, as he provides a decent floor on a weekly basis, but isn’t expected to produce big points regularly.
The real winner of the week was Robby Anderson, who hauled in six receptions for 115 yards and one touchdown. He received eight targets in the game and clearly made the most of them. Anderson has big play ability and seemed to connect well with Teddy Bridgewater. It is important to note that 75 of his 115 yards came on a single play, highlighting his boom/bust potential.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start DJ Moore as a low end WR 1 in all formats.
Start Robby Anderson as a WR3 with big play upside in all formats.
Start Curtis Samuel as a what the heck flex play in deep leagues only.