Fantasy Player Projections

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QBCarson Palmer

Carson Palmer

210 pass yards, pass TD, INT

Palmer threw for just 182 yards against Kansas City in Week 15, dashing the hopes of many who expected a big game out of the former No. 1 overall draft pick. For the first time since Week 4, Palmer was kept out of the end zone. Don't gamble again on Palmer again: The Panthers have allowed just 13 passing touchdowns this season.

RBDarren McFadden

Darren McFadden

90 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 32 rec yards

McFadden rushed 30 times for 110 yards against the Chiefs in Week 15. He also caught four passes for 39 yards in one of his best games of the season. He finally came through for those owners who drafted him in the first round and managed to make the playoffs largely without his help.

RBMike Goodson

Mike Goodson

34 rush yards, 1 rec, 7 rec yards

Goodson rushed 13 times for 89 yards against Kansas City in Week 15. He's healthy and once again serving as Darren McFadden's backup. Even so, fantasy owners should not start Goodson in Week 16. His touches, and the offense, are too unpredictable.

RBMarcel Reece

Marcel Reece

5 rush yards, 2 rec, 15 rec yards

With Mike Goodson healthy again, Reece's productivity dropped off considerably; he didn't even get a carry in Week 15. Drop Reece now that Goodson is back.

WRDarrius Heyward-Bey

Darrius Heyward-Bey

4 rec, 60 yards, rec TD

Despite being thrown to five times, Heyward-Bey was unable to make a catch against the Chiefs. He should bounce back against the Panthers, but fantasy owners should remain cautious about a Raiders passing game that should have destroyed the Chief but did not.

WRRod Streater

Rod Streater

4 rec, 70 yards

Streater led the Raiders with five catches for 62 yards in Week 15 against Kansas City. The rookie has really emerged as a fantasy threat in recent weeks, with 12 catches for 258 yards and one touchdown in his past three games. He's worth a look against the Panthers in Week 16.

WRDenarius Moore

Denarius Moore

4 rec, 50 yards

Moore caught five passes for 46 yards against Kansas City, but for the third consecutive week he was unable to score a touchdown. Fantasy owners should consider him as a WR3 at best against the Panthers in Week 16.

TEBrandon Myers

Brandon Myers

3 rec, 35 yards

Myers caught just two passes for 15 yards against the Chiefs in Week 15. His Week 14 bust apparently wasn't a mirage, and he now has just six targets and three receptions in the past two weeks. It's time to look elsewhere.

KSebastian Janikowski

Sebastian Janikowski

2 PATs, 2 FGs

Janikowski kicked five field goals, including two longer than 50 yards, in the Raider's win over Kansas City in Week 15. Before this huge fantasy breakout, Janikowski hadn't reached double-digits in fantasy since Week 8, which was also against the Chiefs.


INT, 2 Sacks

The Raiders recorded a shutout against the Chiefs in Week 15, while also registering four sacks and an interception. Oakland's defense has not been reliable all season, however, and it shouldn't be used in fantasy play against Cam Newton and Co. in Week 16.

QBCam Newton

Cam Newton

240 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT, 40 rush yards

Newton threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns at San Diego in Week 15. He also rushed four times for just seven yards. For the fourth straight week, he threw for at least two touchdowns, and over the past three weeks he has been the highest scoring quarterback in fantasy.

RBJonathan Stewart

Jonathan Stewart

40 rush yards, 1 rec, 5 rec yards

Stewart missed his second game in a row with an ankle injury, and DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert took advantage in Week 15. Stewart's ankle couple with the fact that he has just one touchdown this season makes him a player to avoid in Week 16 regardless of his status.

RBDeAngelo Williams

DeAngelo Williams

35 rush yards, 1 rec, 7 rec yards

Williams led the Panthers with 22 carries for 93 yards at San Diego in Week 15, but it was former Chargers running back Mike Tolbert who did the damage near the goal line, punching in two touchdowns. Williams did catch two passes for 51 yards and his own touchdown. If Jonathan Stewart (ankle) plays in Week 16, it's doubtful Williams will manage to replicate his Week 15 fantasy production.

RBMike Tolbert

Mike Tolbert

22 rush yards, 1 rec, 12 rec yards

Tolbert rushed nine times for 40 yards and two touchdowns against his former San Diego team in Week 15. He also caught two passes for 24 yards. If Jonathan Stewart (ankle) returns in Week 16, though, Tolbert's touches could take a big dip.

WRSteve Smith

Steve Smith

6 rec, 75 yards, rec TD

Smith caught six passes for 57 yards and a touchdown at San Diego in Week 15, which tied for his second-best fantasy day of the season. After a slow start, Smith has 18 catches for 286 yards and two touchdowns in the past three weeks. A matchup against the porous Raiders should keep the good times going.

WRBrandon LaFell

Brandon LaFell

3 rec, 35 yards

LaFell (toe) played against the Chargers in Week 15, but wasn't targeted. His toe injury appears to be affecting his ability and the Panthers' confidence in his play.

TEGreg Olsen

Greg Olsen

5 rec, 52 yards, rec TD

Olsen caught five passes for 56 yards at San Diego in Week 15. He had caught two touchdown passes in his previous two games, and he should score against the Raiders in Week 16, too. Oakland has allowed eight touchdown catches to tight ends this season.

KGraham Gano

Graham Gano

2 PATs, FG

Gano made a 33-yard field goal, along with four extra points, at San Diego in Week 15. He has yet to miss a kick in four games this season, but he has just five field goals during that span.


INT, 2 Sacks

The Panthers had six sacks and two forced fumbles at San Diego in Week 15, and they allowed just seven points to the Chargers. This was the best fantasy outing of the season for the Panthers' D/ST. Despite their production in Week 15, however, it's tough to rely on them in crunch time.
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