Fantasy Football outlook for the Carolina Panthers in Week 7

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The Carolina Panthers came back to earth with a tough loss at home against the Bears. Here’s which players should be in your fantasy lineup in Week 7.

The Carolina Panthers fell just short of taking their win streak and their season to the next level by failing to finish a comeback at home on Sunday against the Chicago Bears.  While the game was ugly for both teams, it surely exposed a huge area of need for Carolina.

First and foremost is the tight end position. For years, Panthers fans were spoiled by the consistency and athleticism of Greg Olsen. Now, it should be very obvious that Ian Thomas is not a starter in the NFL and Chris Manhertz is a non-factor as a pass-catcher.

With Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel out of the lineup, Chicago’s stiff pass-defense limited Robby Anderson and forced Teddy Bridgewater to force-feed D.J. Moore. And for the second time this season, the Panthers struggled to score touchdowns despite multiple trips to the red zone.

An upgrade at tight end would remedy both of these issues and it should be Carolina’s highest priority either in the 2021 NFL Draft or before the trade deadline.

Cat Crave’s site expert Dean Jones made a strong argument in favor of trading for Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku. Head coach Matt Rhule and general manager Marty Hurney could afford to listen to his advice.

Here’s a quick look at the fantasy football outcomes of Week 6 and who should be in your lineup in Week 7 against the New Orleans Saints.