Opponent: Denver Broncos
Location: Bank of America Stadium
After an amazing rookie season, Cam Newton has come back down to Earth. Hard. He’s had a few pretty good games but at best he is now a matchup play. This week’s matchup against the Broncos looks soft but Denver have been getting better. I’d place Cam in the borderline starter group for this week.
DeAngelo Williams may have had the long TD last week but the NFL has admitted that was an illegal score and when you discount it you see the same poor stats. I will continue to advise you to ignore him until he has several weeks of consistently good play. Jonathan Stewart is interesting here but even with the majority of carries he’s only a flex player until he does something with them. Forget Mike Tolbert.
After finally reaching the end zone last week and having a big day, Steve Smith now faces a tougher challenge. Let’s face it – EVERYBODY has cut up the Redskins defense but the Broncos are a bit more disciplined. He’s a high to mid level WR2 this week. Aside from Smith, there is only one wide receiver worth considering this week on the Panthers and that’s Brandon LaFell. He’s returning from a concussion so be sure to follow the news of his condition but he should be a decent flex option and certainly a likely starter in deeper leagues.
Since coming to the Panthers after his time with the Chicago Bears, Greg Olsen hasn’t done a whole lot and I’m not expecting much from him this week. He’s in the mess of players who are borderline starters but he’ll be one I’d avoid if at all possible.