Delhomme has had two consecutive brutal games (9 INT). He's likely on a very short leash, as the Panthers just signed A.J. Feely. Though he had 589 yards, 3 TD and 0 INT against Atlanta last year, he is not a recommended start.
The last time he played at Atlanta, last November, DeAngelo Williams went for 101 yards and a TD. Last week, his TD run was one of the Panthers' lone bright spots in the dreadful season opener. With Delhomme struggling so mightily, expect John Fox to run the ball early and often.
Stewart will continue to get carries because of his immense talent. He had ten TDs last year, but failed to get in against the Eagles on multiple goal line chances. He's still working off his lingering Achilles' injury. He's not a recommended start at this point.
Despite a lousy opener, (3 rec, 21 rec yards) Steve Smith was targeted 14 times Week 1. He is still, very much, an elite fantasy WR, having gone over 1000 yards each of the last four seasons. Look for him to have a good game with a high potential upside. If he had a better QB, he'd be a top guy. He had 265 yards in two games vs. Atlanta in 2008.
Like Smith, Muhsin Muhammad was targeted repeatedly by Panthers QBs (9 times? I don't remember him being sick 9 times). His 4 rec, 41 rec yards should get better against an opponent with whom he's so familiar. He had 12 rec for 187 with 2 TD vs. Atlanta last year.
He had a decent week against the Dolphins (229 yards, 2 TD) and is a recommended start, though he didn't throw for a single TD against the Panthers last year. Certainly, against the Eagles, the Panthers did not seem like the 2008 version. He's a low end starting option in 12 team leagues.
Turner will likely bust out against the Panthers. The Miami D that kept him in check last week played very well. When he last played the Panthers in Atlanta, Turner went for 117 yards and 4 TDs. Turner will be motivated to prove that the 1699 yards and 17 TD he had last year were not a fluke. Yeah. You should start him.
Always a threat to break one, whether catching a swing pass, running off tackle or taking a snap in the Wildcat, Norwood (7 touches vs. Miami) doesn't merit a start in leagues that don't award points per reception. He's most useful as a handcuff to Turner.
Like Turner, White is an immensely gifted offensive player who had a tough time against the Dolphins last week (5 rec, 42 rec yards) despite being thrown to a club high, 10 times. He is a favorite target of Ryan's and will likely get on the board this week.
The Dolphins best player last week was the Falcons' veteran kicker, who missed a PAT and two easy FGs. Though he's back in a dome, games like that are often harbingers for the future of guys who have been around as long as Elam has. Expect at least one more miss.
The Falcons D played nicely against the Dolphins and should do the same against Jake Delhomme and the struggling Panthers. However, the unit was 25th in the league against the run last year and DeAngelo Williams figures to have some success.