Delhomme continues to manage the game well for the Panthers, but he's nothing more than a backup fantasy QB this year. He has just 14 TD passes on the season, including just five in the Panthers' last seven games. Last week in the heartbreaking loss against the Giants, he completed 11-of-19 passes for 185 yards and no TDs. In the Week 7 30-7 win over New Orleans, Delhomme completed 14-of-22 passes for 195 yards and two TDs. Look for the Panthers to run more often this week with lesser numbers expected from Delhomme.
Williams is a fantasy MVP candidate this year as he has a career-high 20 total TDs, including 11 in the last four games. Williams was awesome against the Giants last week, rushing 24 times for 108 yards and four TDs, his seventh 100-yard game of the season. He was limited to just 66 yards in the Week 7 win over the Saints, but should have another big game this week against a Saints' defense that ranks 16th in the NFL against the run.
Stewart has taken a back seat to DeAngelo Williams recently, even near the goal-line. He has nine rushing TDs this year, but was limited to nine carries and 29 yards against the Giants last week. In the Week 7 win over New Orleans, Stewart rushed 17 times for 68 yards and a TD and will again team up with Williams for a ball-controlled offense that will do everything it can to keep the Saints' offense off the field.
Smith had his string of 100-yard receiving games snapped at four last week at New York as the Giants double-teamed him often and held him to three catches for 47 yards. The Panthers did what they could to get him involved, even allowing him two rushes for 21 yards. In the Week 7 win over New Orleans, Smith caught six passes for 122 yards and one TD and he will be the primary target again this week against a Saints' passing defense that ranks 21st in the NFL.
Muhammad had four catches for 80 yards last week at New York, but he failed to catch a TD pass for the fourth straight game. He was limited to three catches for 43 yards in the Week 7 win over New Orleans and won't be a major factor again in this week's big game.
Kasay was the goat last week at New York as he missed a potential game-winning 50-yard field goal that would have beaten the Giants. Now the Panthers have to win this week to secure a first-round bye and home field advantage in the second round. He won't miss any FGs this week in the Superdome.
The Panthers had three sacks but no turnovers last week at New York, but they've been a solid fantasy D all year long. They enter the final regular season game with 35 sacks and 27 forced turnovers and will put plenty of pressure on QB Drew Brees this week.
Brees needs 317 yards to reach 5,000 for the season, which isn't out of the question by any means. He has nine 300+ games this year, including last week's 42-7 win at Detroit when he completed 30-of-40 passes for 351 yards and two TDs. The only game in which he failed to throw a TD pass this year was Week 7 at Carolina when he completed 21-of-39 passes for 231 yards and an interception. Brees will have his hands full this week against a determined Panthers' defense that ranks 11th in the NFL against the pass and now has playoff goals to reach.
Thomas looks more and more like a fulltime back as he has come on strong for the Saints and fantasy owners. Thomas now has scored eight TDs in the last five games, including one last week at Detroit when he gained 103 total yards: 77 rushing and 26 yards on three receptions. He had just one carry for two yards in the Week 7 loss at Carolina but will be a major factor this week at home.
Colston came up big last week at Detroit and has come on strong for fantasy owners after missing six games to injury. He toyed with the Lions last week and finished with nine catches for 99 yards and two TDs (a nice 30.9 game) and now has 24 catches for 315 yards over the last four games. He didn't have a catch in the Week 7 loss at Carolina but will be a major factor in this week's game.
The Saints haven't been able to get Moore involved in the offense down the stretch and that has hurt fantasy teams that expected big things from him in the playoffs. Moore hasn't scored a TD in the last three games and has just 14 catches for 113 yards and one TD over the last four games. He was limited to four catches for 36 yards last week at Detroit, but will improve upon those numbers this week against the Panthers.
Henderson improved his yards-per-catch average to 25.5 last week with two big receptions for 96 yards. It's always hit-or-miss for Henderson, who still has just 30 receptions this year and three TDs. Don't take the gamble this week with him.
Shockey left last week's game with an ankle injury and is questionable for this week's game. The safer bet is Billy Miller, who had four catches for 38 yards last week at Detroit and is a consistent target for Brees in this high-powered offense.
Where the heck did Bell come from? No idea, but the Saints used him a bit last week and he rushed four times for 26 yards and a TD and added one catch for 14 yards. He could vulture another TD from Pierre Thomas this week, but probably won't.
The Panthers collected two interceptions and two sacks in the 42-7 win at Detroit last week and has been adequate this year for fantasy teams with 27 sacks and 25 turnovers, but getting any turnovers against Carolina his week will be tough.