Week 8

QBs:

Matt Ryan – This current matchup has an o/u of 49 points with Panthers favorite by -2.5. If Panthers do go up early in the game, Ryan would be asked to sling the ball. He would be considered a low end QB1 this week.  The last time they faced in week 5, Ryan had his worst performance of the year and I am sure he would be looking forwards to this rematch. He also gets Julio back this game which he was not a part off in week 5.

Teddy Bridgewater – Teddy is facing the Falcons who have allowed the most points to opposing QBs. He should have no problem moving the ball. He dropped over 20 points the last time they met and should be in line for the same this week. He should also be considered a low end QB1 and a great value pick. 

RBs:

Mike Davis – CMC has been officially ruled out for this game and that would mean that Davis would again be in line again for a much bigger role. He has been lights out in CMACs absence and should continue to have a role even when CMAC is back. Davis did have his best performance of the year against the falcons when they met in week 5 with 25 touches, 149 total yards and 1 TD. It would be sweet if he repeats that but should be considered safe for this game.

Todd Gurley – Gurley has scored a TD in every game except for 2 this year. He is their goal line back and when he does score a TD, he is usually good. Just like Davis in their previous matchup, Gurley also had his best game against Panther in week 5 with a combined 121 yards along with 1 TD on just 14 touches. He is also coming off a great week against Detroit with RB #3 finish on the week with scoring 2 TDs and 21 FPs.

WRs:

DJ Moore – Moore has received exactly 93 yards in the last three game and should be able to get more than that in this game. He is fighting for targets and has done this on an average of 4 receptions in each of his last 3 games. He is also coming off his best game last week with a WR #5 finish on 5 targets, 4 receptions, 93 yards and 2 TDs. His volumes concern me but at the same time he is the type of player that can take a slant route to the house anytime. 

Robby Anderson – Anderson has quietly put up a great season so far. He is not a boom or bust guy anymore but has rather been consistent throughout the year. He leads the Panthers in targets and is the clear favorite of Teddy. He is averaging 8.6 targets per game and that is great for WR. On the other hand, we also know falcons are very beatable through the air. They were just torched by the Golladay/Jones/Amendola combo last week and Robby should have no problem this week.

Julio Jones – We all know that when Julio is healthy, he is a clear high end WR1 on the week. The problem this year has been his injuries and not being able to stay on the field. That said, he has been great in the last 2 games since he has been back. He has 9+ targets each of those weeks, 8 receptions and almost 100 yards in each game. These are great numbers by itself but then you add in 2 TDs and that’s just bonus. He should be a locked and loaded WR1 this week as well.

Calvin Ridley – Ridley is the WR#1 through he first 7 weeks with the most FP scored. Now that may be due to the absence of Julio in some games, but he is emerging as one of the best WRs in the game. Ridley torched the panthers with 136 yards (his highest on the year) on just 8 receptions the last time they met and should have a safe floor this week too.

TEs:

Hayden Hurst – Hurst has had his ups and downs through the first 7 weeks. On occasions he has been great while on other weeks not so much. That said though, it is tough to find a TE getting such volume. He is averaging 5.7 targets with his lowest being in Week 3 against Chicago (3 targets) and week 6 against Minnesota (4 targets). What is funny is that even in those 2 weeks he had salvaged himself by scoring a TD in each of those matchups. In the TE wasteland, he should be a safe low end TE1.       

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