The Panthers suffered a significant loss in Week 2, as Christian McCaffrey went down with an ankle injury and is expected to miss some time. Carolina will need to revamp their offense, as McCaffrey was a centerpiece and will not easily be replaced. Luckily, Teddy Bridgewater has tons of talented weapons and has been able to distribute the ball well in the first two weeks this season. What can we expect from this receiving corps in Week 3 against a Chargers defense that shut down the Chiefs’ high octane offense in Week 2? We break down the fantasy implications below.
Fantasy Football analysis: Panthers WRs D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel, Robby Anderson
D.J. Moore got off to a disappointing start this season, but rebounded well with eight receptions on 13 targets for 120 yards in Week 2. Moore is clearly a favorite target of Bridgewater and one would hope that the percentage of catches per targets increases as the season goes on and further chemistry develops. The Chargers are a formidable opponent, but this volume can not be ignored and Moore belongs in starting lineups this week.
Robby Anderson was a pleasant surprise in the Carolina offense, as he topped 100 yards in each of the last two weeks. He received eight and ten targets respectively in Weeks 1 and 2 and seems to be jiving well with Teddy Bridgewater. Things may be tough for Anderson this week, but his excellent production in Weeks 1 and 2 earns him consideration for Week 3 lineups, especially as there are now more targets to go around in the absence of McCaffrey.
Curtis Samuel is the third option in the passing attack up to this point, and his fantasy value has been minimal, as he has not reach double digit scoring in Weeks 1 and 2. Samuel may see an uptick in production as he is a versatile weapon and may receive some work out of the backfield. Even with the increased usage, Samuel can’t be added to lineups with confidence until we observe him in this potential new role.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start D.J. Moore as a WR 2
Start Robby Anderson as a WR3/flex
Sit Curtis Samuel.