Panthers in Fantasyland Week 10
Jeff “Tito” Thitoff works for Fantasy Draft Proxies, a service that assists people in drafts and decisions throughout the seasons on starting lineups, trades and waivers. Tito has played fantasy football since 1980, with his first pick ever being Cleveland QB Brian Sipe. He hosted a fantasy football radio show for eight years on the ESPN affiliate in Columbus, Ohio. Here are his Week 10 suggestions:
The biggest news for Carolina this week was the announcement that Cam Newton was headed to IR. Now it is safe to wonder if he has played his last game in a Panther uniform. I know Kyle Allen has played well, but is he a franchise quarterback? I don’t know yet – but is he a viable fantasy option? Probably not.
For the record, I think Cam is back with the Panthers next season. Moving on …
There was snow on the ground at Lambeau Field, and it looks like ideal football conditions for Sunday. By “ideal,” I mean ideal for watching from the couch.
It will be windy and cold, but that won’t affect Christian McCaffrey’s value. He will continue to get the most looks for this offense as he makes his push towards the MVP award. CMC is posting numbers that rival LaDanian Tomlinson.
DJ Moore is a decent play this week, and Curtis Samuel is an option with the abundance of teams that are. Kicker Joey Slye is a solid play and Greg Olsen is a top-10 TE.
Beyond McCaffrey, let’s take a look at the running backs this week.
Le’Veon Bell is supposedly healthy-ish, so he is a safe play against the New York Giants. Many experts think he is a top-10 RB this week. I think he is top-20, but not going to be among the ten best.
Going against the Panthers, I think Jamaal Williams is sneaky play for Green Bay. Carolina needs to shut down Aaron Jones and although Williams won’t lead the Green Bay backs in touches, he can certainly provide outstanding bang for the buck.
The other big news in fantasy football is the potential return of AJ Green. The Bengals receiver was a near-lock to make his season debut, but then he missed practice Wednesday and his status is up in the air. He would be smart to play and try to ball out before hitting free agency, so he is a guy I like for the next several weeks.
And for those people that think defenses don’t matter in fantasy, I want to point out that New England has proved otherwise, The Patriots have impacted many fantasy leagues this year, but they are off this week. In their absence, I would try and grab the Colts (home against Miami) or the Browns (hosting Buffalo).