Bank of America Stadium | Sunday, October 10 | 1:00 p.m. EST (FOX)
Pick: Panthers 20, Bears 16
165 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 5 rush yards, 1 INTCutler was knocked out with a mild concussion after taking nine sacks in the first half against the Giants. If he can play, he'll be facing some of the pressure-heavy schems he faced last week, though the Panthers are not the Giants. If Cutler can't go, Todd Collins or Caleb Hanie provide little value.
3 rec, 40 rec yards, 50 rush yardsThe Giants had been giving up rushing yards in spades before meeting the Bears last week. Forte isn't a back that can do a lot on his own, and at this point the Bears' O-line is in shambles. He still has some value in PPR leagues.
3 rec, 50 yardsHester recorded fewer than 20 yards receiving for the third game this season, solidifying his status as a feast-or-famine fantasy receiver. The Panthers defense is mediocre, so he could produce, but try to find a better starting option elsewhere.
3 rec, 35 yards, 1 TDKnox is technically No. 1 on the depth chart, but averages just three receptions per game. Still, his 20-plus yards-per-catch average keeps him valuable in a lot of leagues. If Jay Cutler cannot play, be sure to downgrade Knox, however.
4 rec, 40 yardsOlsen's value is trending upward, catching five passes last week on a team-high eight targets. He appears to be a trusted target, and should continue to be the primary receiver near the goal line. His value dips if Jay Cutler isn't the quarterback, however.
1 PAT, 3 FGsMike Martz' offense has provided Gould with eight field-goal attempts this season, and so far he hasn't missed. Gould is definitely a worthwhile fantasy option with the help of fun-and-gun system.
3 sacks, 2 INT, 1 FumbleThe Bears did a good job slowing down the run for the first three weeks, but they did not face a single strong rushing attack. The Giants gashed them for 191 yards last week, which could be a bad sign against a run-first Carolina offense.
130 pass yards, 0 pass TD, 2 INTLast week was a step forward for Clausen. He threw one touchdown to zero interceptions and completed better than 50 percent of his passes. He is still far from a viable fantasy option, however.
2 rec, 15 rec yards, 85 rush yards, 1 rush TDWilliams continues to be the more valuable half in the timeshare with Jonathan Stewart. Neither is a great weekly option as long as the passing game provides no support, however. At least he is facing a Bears defense that was ripped apart last week by Ahmad Bradshaw and the Giants.
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 70 rush yards, 1 rush TDStewart saw a lesser load than DeAngelo Williams again, but did score on a 55-yard catch and run. Still, he doesn't see enough touches to warrant weekly fantasy consideration unless long touchdown receptions somehow become the norm.
3 rec, 50 yardsSmith is questionable this week with an ankle sprain, making him one to avoid this week especially considering Jimmy Clausen's struggles at quarterback. Hopefully the injury will not linger further into the season.
3 rec, 45 yardsLaFell's fantasy value jumps up a notch if Steve Smith is unable to play this week. Still, he should not be considered a worthwhile option until the passing game proves that it is functional.
2 rec, 15 yardsRosario is averaging just over two catches a game and has yet to find the end zone. There should be much better tight ends available for free off waivers.
2 PATs, 2 FGsKasay has just three field goal attempts this season, all of which came in team's first game of the season. His value is minimal until the offense can pick up.
3 sacks, 1 INTThe Panthers' defense has not been that bad considering the offense is a walking three-and-out. Unfortunately, without offensive support, the Panthers cannot be considered a viable fantasy option.
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