Carolina Panthers (Teddy Bridgewater, Robby Anderson, D.J. Moore)
Signing Teddy Bridgewater has thus far proved to be a solid move by the Panthers. Carolina is coming off two surprising wins in which they were underdogs, beating both the Chargers and Cardinals. He’s been much more than a game manager, averaging a healthy 8.1 yards/attempt with an impressive 73% completion rate. Rookie head coach Matt Rhule has done a great job setting Teddy up for success, and his young team will be itching to take out their ailing rivals. Expect a show out this Sunday against the miserable Atlanta Falcons defense in a fun divisional matchup. Atlanta is allowing the most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season, and has let wide receivers score at will. Simply put, this unit can’t stop anyone. Bridgewater has a great chance to reach his ceiling, with 300-plus yards and multiple touchdowns on the table.
Robby Anderson freed himself from the clutches of Adam Gase this year, and has naturally bounced back with his new squad. Carolina has breathed new life into the potent receiver; he’s averaging 9 targets/game and a solid 13.5 yards/reception. Even with such a prevalent offensive role, Anderson still has only one touchdown on the season. Look for him to add to that total against the Falcons atrocious secondary. He and teammate D.J. Moore are accounting for nearly 50% of the Panthers target share, making both a solid play on volume alone. Moore has been disappointing through 4 games, as he hasn’t even eclipsed 300 receiving yards or scored a touchdown. However, he is still seeing the targets needed to produce. A breakthrough is coming, and this tremendous matchup is the perfect recipe.
Consider running this stack back with a Falcons pass catcher. Calvin Ridley is in a good spot to see increased volume with Julio Jones nursing a hamstring. Even if Jones is on the field, he’s likely to be used in a decoy role. Tight end Hayden Hurst is also an interesting name for a contrarian play. He too will benefit from the Jones injury, and shouldn’t need to block much against Carolina’s substandard pass rush.
Arizona Cardinals (Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins)
Arizona has faltered in two straight games after coming into the season full-steam ahead. Kyler Murray has still been a fantasy producer in the losing efforts, and will look to “right the ship” against the horrid New York Jets. The Cardinals are strong road favorites and will look to put this game away early. Naturally, this will come via Murray’s arm. He has thrown at least 30 attempts in each game this year, and has gashed teams with his rushing ability. Expect an aerial assault from the onset, much of which will go to DeAndre Hopkins.
Hopkins has been everything Arizona hoped for, and quickly established himself as the bell-cow of this offense. He is seeing a whooping 11.5 targets/game, which is third most in the league. Hopkins and Murray have developed a great chemistry, and he’s had two few monster outings this season. The Jets have absolutely no one whom can cover him, meaning another 100-yard game is a reasonable expectation. Remarkably, Hopkins has only one touchdown despite his voluminous target share. Expect him to find the end zone this week, possibly even twice as he is due for positive regression.
The rest of Arizona’s auxiliary pieces are too volatile to confidently roster. Plus, Hopkins and Murray are a bit pricey. That is why I’ve limited this stack to only two players. It should leave some decent salary left to jam in more expensive running backs.