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Carolina Panthers

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium | Coach: Ron Rivera
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense24th92.9 (27th)239.6 (17th)
Defense21st135.2 (28th)243.2 (18th)

Next Game

Thu, October 30, 8:25 PM EDT
Bank of America Stadium
TV: NFLN
New Orleans Saints
at
Carolina Panthers

Schedule

Sun Sep 7
W 20 - 14at TB
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Sun Sep 14
W 24 - 7DET
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Sun Sep 21
L 37 - 19PIT
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Sun Sep 28
L 38 - 10at BAL
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Sun Oct 5
W 31 - 24CHI
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Sun Oct 12
37 - 37at CIN
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Sun Oct 19
L 38 - 17at GB
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Sun Oct 26
L 13 - 9SEA
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8:25 pm EDT
Today
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Preview
8:30 pm EST
Mon Nov 10
at PHI
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 16
ATL
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 30
at MIN
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 7
at NO
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 14
TB
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 21
CLE
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 28
at ATL

Standings

NFC
South
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Carolina3-4-11-0-0
New Orleans3-4-01-1-0
Atlanta2-6-02-0-0
Tampa Bay1-6-00-3-0
Fantasy Analysis | 1414624579
Greg Olsen deserves your trust
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Panthers coach Ron Rivera mentioned Monday that the reason tight end Greg Olsen had only one catch for 16 yards in Week 8 is because the Seahawks rotated their coverage toward him, particularly in the red zone. You can understand why they'd do that after Olsen averaged 70.4 yards with four touchdowns in his first four games.

Unfortunately, since the Seahawks limited the Panthers to just nine points in that game, they've invited other teams to emulate them, and while the Saints, Olsen's Week 9 opponent, certainly aren't the Seahawks defensively, they've done good job of containing tight ends this season, giving up the second-fewest Fantasy points per game to them. And that's even though they rank 31st against the pass.

But just because you can make a reasonable case to sit one this year's most productive and reliable tight ends doesn't mean you should follow through with it. Week 8 was just the second time in eight games that Olsen's production didn't justify a starting spot -- a terrific ratio for any player, regardless of position -- and the Saints haven't really faced a team with a top-flight tight end until now.

If quarterback Cam Newton has big numbers in this game -- and the data suggest he should -- Olsen will, too. Keep him active.

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Kelvin Benjamin could come up big
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

With the Panthers expected to pass a lot in Week 9 against a Saints team that ranks second in total offense and fifth in scoring offense, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin figures to be one of the prime beneficiaries. After all, he's emerged as quarterback Cam Newton's preferred downfield target as a rookie and, at 6-feet-5, is a big target in the red zone as well.

After a strong start to the season, his yardage has been hit or miss lately, but generally speaking, when Newton is on, so is Benjamin. And all signs point to a big game for Newton. Not only is that the only way he keeps the Panthers in the game, but the Saints rank 31st against the pass, giving up 289.3 yards per game. They've also allowed the second-most Fantasy points per game to wide receivers.

Considering he's scored a touchdown in five of eight games this season, you're probably starting Benjamin regardless of any matchup data. But you can do so with confidence this week. Both Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard rank him among their top 10 wide receivers.

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Good chance Cam Newton bounces back
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Granted, Cam Newton hasn't been the most predictable quarterback from week to week, and because his production is largely a function of how often and how effectively he runs the ball, that doesn't figure to change. But after a disappointing showing against the Seahawks in Week 8, he should be in for an easier time Week 9 against the Saints.

After all, the Saints' explosive offense combined with their suspect defense predisposes them to shootouts. Of course, the last time I predicted a shootout for the Panthers Week 7 at Green Bay, it didn't go so well for Newton either, but that matchup wasn't as favorable as this one. The Saints rank 31st against the pass, allowing 289.3 yards per game, and have given up the eighth-most Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks.

In a week when high-profile quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan and Jay Cutler are all on bye, I would think someone in a 12-team league would want to start Newton, even if that someone isn't you.

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Panthers release Week 9 injury report
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

The Panthers released their injury report for Thursday's game against the Saints. Safety Thomas DeCoud (hamstring) and defensive tackle Kawann Short (ankle) are questionable, while offensive tackle Nate Chandler (thigh) and linebacker Jason Williams (hip) are probable.

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Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams probable for TNF
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

The Panthers listed running back DeAngelo Williams as probable for Thursday's game against the Saints. Williams practiced on a limited basis this week after missing four straight games with an ankle injury and is expected to split carries with Jonathan Stewart.

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