Garcia had a tasty matchup last week against the Saints and stunk up the joint, passing for only 119 yards and a touchdown. He simply isn't a good fantasy starter and this is just a so-so matchup against Carolina (200.5 passing yards allowed per game). Garcia has thrown only three TDs in his past three games and won't help you this week. Keep him benched.
Dunn got 22 carries last week against the Saints, but didn't do much with them. He rushed for 74 yards and didn't catch a pass as he came up well short of expectations. The Panthers can be run on, giving up 112.8 yards a game, so Ward isn't a terrible option. Carnell Williams isn't a viable threat for now so Dunn is worth a look as a RB3 this week.
Cadillac scored for the first time in over a year last week as he rushed for 20 yards on four carries. Jon Gruden said this week he wants to get Cadillac more carries but he shouldn't be started in fantasy leagues just yet. Until we see him get double-digit touches a game, he should remain on your bench. But he could become a factor in the closing week so keep a close eye on him.
Bryant caught only three passes last week, but they went for 63 yards and one of them was a touchdown. Jeff Garcia's lack of talent isn't helping him and this isn't the greatest matchup for him to exploit. He's a solid WR3 at this time but the upside is there if you want to gamble with him.
It's tough to get excited about any receiver in the Tampa Bay offense this week but Stevens has a chance to help you if you need to dig real deep. He has only two receptions the past two games, but the Panthers have had some trouble with TEs (Donald Lee scored on them last week) and Stevens could be a target in the red zone. He's very risky obviously but if you're in dire straits in a larger league he does have some upside this week.
Bryant continues to fly under the radar in many fantasy circles but he's having a fine season. He made three FGs last week and has kicked eight in his last three games. This doesn't look like a high-scoring game so Bryant's upside is limited. But he's been performing well so if you normally start him keep going with him.
The Bucs have the fourth-ranked defense in the league and are giving up only 16.7 points per game. The Panthers have explosive potential but Jake Delhomme is struggling and prone to mistakes so the Bucs have a good chance to do well on Monday Night. Their aggressive nature and ability to keep points down will be put to the test but they will come through with solid numbers so start them if you normally would.
Delhomme had another poor game last week against the Packers, throwing for only 177 yards and 0 touchdowns. He's been held under 200 yards passing in four of his last six games and he hasn't thrown more than one TD in a game since Week 8. The Bucs give up only 184.1 passing yards a game so this isn't the week to expect Delhomme to get well. He isn't playing well enough to start against any defense right now so keep him benched this week.
Williams has become a fantasy stud. He had a huge game last week against Green Bay, scoring four touchdowns. He has scored in six straight games and is a Must Start in all leagues right now. The Bucs are strong against the run, allowing 95.4 yards a game, but there's no way you can sit Williams given how well he's playing.
Stewart has fallen to a distant second on the depth chart behind Williams. He just missed a TD last week against Green Bay when he fumbled near the goal line after a long run. But he tweaked his hamstring on the play, further illustrating how his durability issues have derailed what once appeared to be a fine rookie season. At this point, he can't be started in any league given his lack of action and considering how good Williams is playing.
Smith didn't catch a pass in the first half last week against the Packers, but there was no stopping him in the final 30 minutes. He caught four passes for 105 yards and just missed a game-winning TD when he was brought down at the one on a 36-yard reception. Delhomme's struggles aren't helping him but he dropped 112 yards on the Bucs in the first meeting and he's far too talented to sit -- especially in a Monday night game.
Muhammad has faded from view in the Panthers' passing game. He caught only two passes last week against Green Bay and has only seven receptions in his last three games. What fantasy promise he once held is long gone. He shouldn't be started in any league this week.
Rosario remains a non-factor in the Panthers' passing game. He didn't catch a pass last week against Green Bay and there's no reason to think he'll deliver against a solid Tampa Bay secondary. Keep him on your league's waiver wire.
Kasay had a quiet game last week, scoring only five points in Carolina's win at Lambeau Field. He hasn't been producing much with only 20 points the past three games. He has a chance this week, however, as Carolina should be able to move the ball but could stall in the Red Zone against a stingy Tampa Bay defense. In larger leagues, Kasay is worth a look this week.
There is little to fear about the Tampa Bay offense at the moment. They lack a strong passing game and their running game isn't anything special. The Panthers rank 11th in the league in total defense and give up 19.3 points per game. They're looking good this week against a struggling Jeff Garcia and they will come through for their owners on Primetime.