With the Panthers running freely over the Lions last week, Delhomme didn't have to do much and that hurt his fantasy owners. He completed 10-of-19 passes for just 98 yards and one TD, his second straight game with less than 100 yards. Still, he is capable of posting big numbers as he burned the Falcons for 294 yards and 2 TDs in the 24-9 win at home in Week 4. He will have some success this week, but not as much as the first matchup because the Panthers will run the ball more than they pass it.
Williams posted his third straight 100-yard rushing game and fourth overall last week against Detroit, gaining 120 yards and scoring twice on 14 carries. Williams scored on runs of 56 yards and 4 yards, giving him four TDs in the last three games. He should have good success again this week as the Falcons rank 22nd against the run, so make sure you keep him in your starting lineup.
The rookie registered his first 100-yard game of his career last week against Detroit, gaining 130 yards and a TD on 15 carries. He scored from 22 yards out and had a couple of big runs. Stewart now has six TDs on the season as he also scored a TD in Week 4 vs. Atlanta, rushing for 55 yards on 15 carries. Look for Stewart to prosper again this week as the Falcons rank 22nd vs. the run.
The Panthers have run the ball so much these last two weeks that Smith is almost an afterthought. He hasn't scored the last two weeks after catching four TD passes the previous six games, but he did finish with six catches last week for 59 yards. Smith burned the Falcons for 96 yards and a score on six receptions in the Week 4 win at home and he should post similar numbers again this week.
Muhammad had his best game of the season in Week 4 vs. Atlanta, catching eight passes for 147 yards and a TD. He hasn't done much since then and last week was his lowest output of the season as he caught one pass for 16 yards. He will improve upon that this week, but don't expect another Week 4 performance.
King caught his first TD pass of the season last week vs. Detroit, snaring a 15-yard scoring toss from Delhomme. He finished with two catches for 19 yards and still isn't a worthy fantasy play despite the TD catch.
The Panthers' defense forced four turnovers and had three sacks last week against Detroit, one of their better performances of the year from a fantasy standpoint. They will need a similar effort this week to beat the Falcons for the second time this year.
Ryan completed 20-of-33 passes for 250 yards last week against Denver, but he failed to throw a TD pass as the Falcons lost for the first time at home. It was the first time he hadn't thrown a TD pass in a game since Week 4, when the Panthers held Ryan to 158 yards on 21-of-41 completions. This is a tough divisional matchup against a top-5 pass defense, but look for Ryan to lead the Falcons back on top with a raucous crowd behind him.
Turner had another standout game last week vs. Denver as he ran for 81 yards and two TDs on 25 carries. He scored on runs of 9 and 28 yards as he now has nine rushing TDs. The Panthers held Turner in check during their Week 4 matchup, limiting him to 56 yards on 18 carries, but it should be a different story at home. Look for Turner to break a few big runs against a Panthers' run defense that ranks 18th in the NFL.
Norwood had 43 total yards last week vs. Denver and he rushed for 51 yards on three carries in the Week 4 matchup at Carolina. But he remains a backup RB who gets too few touches to consider for this week. Keep him on your bench.
White posted his fifth 100-yard receiving game of the season last week vs. Denver as he finished with five catches for 102 yards. White has now had five or more catches in each of his last eight games and has six TDs during that time. He burned the Panthers for seven catches and 90 yards in the earlier matchup and should have another solid game at home.
Jenkins has emerged as a solid No. 2 wideout for the Falcons, but he remains a reserve player for fantasy owners. He had five catches for 55 yards last week vs. Denver and now has 11 catches for 127 yards over his last two games. Look for slightly lesser numbers this week as the Panthers can handle him.
Despite playing with two dislocated fingers, Finneran had his best game of the season against Denver, catching four passes for 44 yards. Acknowledge the effort, but don't pick up Finneran for this game.