The Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers will square off in Week 4 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers (1-2) are coming off their first win of the Matt Rhule era, staving off the Chargers 21-16 in Los Angeles despite star running back Christian McCaffrey missing the game with a high ankle sprain. Teddy Bridgewater was efficient and the defense forced three turnovers.
The Cardinals (2-1) lost on a last-second field goal to the Detroit Lions and need to win to keep pace in an incredibly tough NFC West division in which every team has a winning record so far. Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins have been an electric tandem in their first year together. Hopkins leads the NFL in catches (32) and receiving yards (356) and Murray is nearing 1,000 total yards. However, he threw three interceptions in the 26-23 loss to Detroit, his third, fourth and fifth picks of the season.
Date: Sunday, Oct. 4
Time: 1 p.m. EST
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Cardinals: 9th vs. Pass, 13th vs. Rush
Panthers: 28th vs. Pass, 28th vs. Rush
Cardinals: -3, -165
Panthers: +3, +143
OUT: S Budda Baker (thumb), S Chris Banjo (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: C Mason Cole (hamstring), LB Dennis Gardeck (foot), WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle), LB Devon Kennard (calf), WR Christian Kirk (groin), CB Dre Kirkpatrick (concussion), LB Tanner Vallejo (illness)
QUESTIONABLE: G Dennis Daley (ankle), T Russell Okung (groin), LB Tahir Whitehead (thigh)*
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Kyler Murray, QB, $7,000
The dual-threat QB is coming off a pretty rough week against the Lions in which he threw three interceptions. But the Panthers are a good team to right the ship against, ranking near the bottom half of the league in passing yards allowed. They’ve also allowed 30 or more points twice this season. If Murray can keep his turnovers in check, he should have a big week.
Kenyan Drake, RB, $6,000
Drake isn’t much of a receiving threat, but he has rushed for 60 or more yards in all three games this season, providing nice consistency out of the backfield. His upside is ultimately tied to whether or not he reaches the end zone. He’s had eight carries inside the 20-yard line including three inside the 10-yard line, but only one touchdown to show for it. Given how many points the Panthers have surrendered this year, this could be the week Drake hits pay dirt again.
Mike Davis, RB, $5,700
Davis is the running back you want now that McCaffrey is expected to miss several games. He had 13 carries and eight catches against the Chargers for a total of 101 yards and a touchdown. The Cardinals’ defense is top 10 in the league in points and yards allowed, but with that kind of usage, Davis is a must-start until McCaffrey returns or someone else emerges in that backfield.
Robby Anderson, WR, $5,400
Anderson was a sneaky good pickup by the Panthers, currently ranking sixth in the NFL in receiving yards. He’s had at least five catches in all three games and twice has racked up 100 or more receiving yards. He clearly has a good rapport with Teddy Bridgewater. However, with McCaffrey out, you can expect to see defenses be more mindful of Anderson, who had five catches for 55 yards against the Chargers, both season lows.