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CSC’s Fantasy Start/Sit: Panthers vs. Saints

Saints return from bye in bout with Panthers

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Start: Latavius Murray

The Panthers have given up the 4th most fantasy points to opposing RBs this year, surrendering an average of 26 points per game. Murray has gotten plenty of touches so far this season, averaging over 11 per game, so the opportunities will present themselves on Sunday. Michael Thomas has been questionable all week and has now sustained a hamstring injury that could keep him out on Sunday. If Thomas is unable to play, the Saints very well could go run heavy which means more involvement in the offense for Murray. He should be considered a decent FLEX play with a high floor in deeper leagues, and if he manages to find the endzone again, it would cap off what should be one of Murray’s better fantasy days this year.

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Sit: Curtis Samuel

Samuel has yet to score in double figures this fantasy season, and will also be coming off of an injury this week. He is clearly behind Robby Anderson and DJ Moore on the Panthers depth chart, and really only has value if you are counting on him scoring a long touchdown. He does not get enough volume anymore to be considered a dependable fantasy play, there are many better options out there.

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Start: Mike Davis

Don’t let the Saints run defense or Davis’s lackluster performance against Chicago last week convince you to take him out of your lineup. Davis is really the only option the Panthers have out of the backfield, and has looked very good filling in for the injured Christian McCaffrey this year. He is still an RB1, treat him as such.

Sit: Tre’Quan Smith

Tre’Quan Smith has shown flashes during Michael Thomas’s absence, but they have not been with any kind of consistency. He scored twice in week 4 against the Lions, but only managed 8 yards the next week against the Chargers. Even if Michael Thomas is again unable to play, I do not trust him enough to put up big points against the Panthers, who rank 3rd in fantasy points given up to opposing WRs.

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