Delhomme had his best game in weeks against the the Broncos, passing for 253 yards and a TD. That was only the second time in his past six games that Delhomme had passed for more than 180 yards in a game. The Giants give up only 195.4 passing yards a game so this isn't the best matchup for Delhomme by any means. At this point, he should only be started when the matchup is clearly in his favor. So keep him benched this week.
Williams had another quality fantasy game in Week 15, rushing for 88 yards and a touchdown. He has now scored in eight straight games and nine of the past 10. Even with Jonathan Stewart back and effective, Williams is still getting it done in a big way. The Giants have a tough run defense, allowing only 90.4 yards a game, but the Panthers are back to being a standout running team and Williams has had a Pro Bowl-caliber season. He's a Must Start again in every league this week.
Stewart had another productive game in Week 15, rushing for 52 yards and a touchdown against the Broncos. He has scored in each of the past two games and has at least 50 yards rushing in the past three. He's getting plenty of carries (31 combined the past two weeks) and will be used heavily again this week as the Panthers try to win the game on the ground. He's a solid RB3 option.
Smith is one of the most enjoyable players in the league to watch and he's enjoying another banner season. He had another huge game in Week 15, catching nine passes for 165 yards and a touchdown. That was his second straight nine-reception game and he has topped 100 yards receiving in each of the past four. You know you start him against any defense.
Muhammad had a decent game last week against Denver, catching four passes for 70 yards. That was his best receiving output since Week 5, which tells you how insignificant Muhammad has become in the Carolina passing game. He isn't a good bet to do well against a solid Giants' secondary so keep him benched.
Kasay had a big game last week, converting all three of his FG attempts in the win over the Broncos. On the down side, that gave him just four FGs in his past three games. This could be a game which sees the Panthers move the ball but struggle in the red zone so Kasay has some upside. He's worth a look in larger leagues this week.
The Panthers throttled Jay Cutler last week and face Eli Manning, who's coming off a poor performance against the Cowboys. Carolina ranks 10th in the league in total defense and gives up 18.9 points per game so it has the talent to frustrate Manning and keep the game close. Playing on the road limits the Panthers' upside, so consider them a mild fantasy option this week.
Manning had a poor game in last week's showdown with the Cowboys, passing for only 191 yards and 0 TDs with 2 INTs. He's now thrown for less than 200 yards in his past two games and has only two TDs in his past three games. The Panthers will pose a mild challenge as they give up 204 passing yards a game. This isn't a scary matchup but Manning isn't playing at a high level from a fantasy standpoint so he's far from a sure thing. He's a mild upside play who should only be started in larger leagues this week.
Jacobs sat out last week game with a knee injury and his status for Week 16 is in question. If Jacobs plays, he'll be tough to sit given how productive he's been. The Panthers can be run on, giving up 111.5 rushing yards a game so Jacobs has a very good chance to deliver. Watch the practice reports closely and if Jacobs is cleared to play Sunday night, start him if you can.
Ward started again last week and fared well when he got the chance against Dallas, rushing for 64 yards on 14 carries. He's more than capable of taking over if Jacobs can't go again this week. Even if Jacobs plays, Ward will be active as usual and he's been a solid RB3 in many leagues. If you need him there this week, he's worth a look.
Hixon continues to deliver as the starter in place of Plaxico Burress. He caught six passes for 60 yards last week and has 14 receptions in his past three games. The Panthers aren't a stellar pass defense so Hixon has some upside as a WR3 this week. He's definitely worth starting in that role.
It's becoming clear the Giants are preparing to move on without Toomer next season. He's done little in the passing game lately, catching only five passes the past two weeks. At this point, he's just a WR4 in larger leagues given his lack of upside. Don't let the thought of having a player in the Primetime game this week sway you. Starting Toomer is no advisable.
Smith looks to again be carving out a role of prominence in the Giants' passing game. He caught five passes last week and has nine receptions in the past two games. He lacks upside outside of being a mild WR4 in PPR leagues as he hasn't scored this year and has topped 60 yards receiving just once. If you need him in a PPR format, he will be a solid choice this week but don't get carried away with your expectations.
Boss has again lost his fantasy luster. He has only two receptions the past two games and has only one TD in his last five games. It's possible Manning will start looking for him again in the Red Zone, but at this point of the fantasy season you can't start players you hope will do well who aren't doing much. You have to go with the ones who are clearly producing. Boss isn't so he's not a good starting option this week.
Carney converted both of his FG attempts last week but has scored only 19 points the past three games. He's proven to be a standout fantasy option this season and this is a game that will see the Giants move the ball effectively so he has a chance to deliver. He's worth starting if you need him this week.
The Giants were grounded by the Cowboys last week and will struggle to stop the Panthers' dynamic ground game this week. On the plus side, Jake Delhomme can be rattled and will make some careless throws so some sacks and takeaways are very likely. They're a solid starting option at home this week.