After a brutal start to 2009, the Carolina Panthers sat Jake Delhomme and started Matt Moore towards the end of the season. Moore did well enough to where the Panthers felt comfortable releasing Delhomme this past off season. In five starts, seven games total, Moore passed for just 1,053 yards but he did toss 8 touchdowns to 2 interceptions. It is tough to see what the Panthers will get from Moore but with his top receiver Steve Smith ailing with another broken arm as well as having two stellar running backs to toss the ball off to, Moore will produce numbers that are no more worthy than a QB3 in 2010/11. The only chance at respectability is if the three rookie wide receivers for the most part do well. That is a lot to ask.
Backups: Jimmy Claussen
You will be hard pressed to find a running back duo on any NFL team that can rival the Panthers DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart heading into this fantasy football season. Williams, who was banged up for a solid part of the year still played in 13 games, putting up close to 1,400 all-purpose yards while carrying the rock into the end zone 7 times. If he regains his health, Williams will bounce back to the tune of an improved season and will qualify as a RB1 in deeper leagues.
Stewart is also a unique back in the fact that he is a power runner that has a knack for finding pay dirt as well as racking up the yardage. Posting a 5.1 yardage average as well as chiming in with 11 touchdowns has put this bruising back on the fantasy football map. Unless Williams is banged up again, Stewart will be 1B in Carolina and while he will produce another very good year he will be looked at as more of a high-end RB2 in deeper leagues.
Backups: Mike Goodson, Tyrell Sutton
Smith is the only veteran on this team at the wide receiver position who is capable of big things. Unfortunately a broken arm injury has him scheduled to miss the beginning of training camp. That isn’t the best of news when you have three rookie wide receivers on the team that are dependent on some leadership. Smith, once healthy, will still be a reliable top-end WR2 but with all the crap that has gone on with him lately you have to downgrade him on draft day to a low-end WR2 in deeper leagues. There are no other receivers on the roster expected to make an impact this year in fantasy football.
Backups: Dwayne Jarrett, Brandon LaFell, Armanti Edwards
Jeff King, Dante Rosario. Those are the two names to know as far as Carolina tight ends go. Why is that? Because you need to know who NOT to draft this year in fantasy football. It is as simple as that. Neither will produce anywhere near high-mid TE2 numbers. Therefore unless you play in a 20 team league, they shouldn’t even be considered.
Backups: Gary Barnidge
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