Carolina Panthers: Fantasy football outlook in Week 9 at Chiefs

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Joey Slye – Carolina Panthers K

Joey Slye is going to have to make a 50+ yard kick at some point this year. Matt Rhule has shown he’s not afraid to take risks and try 50 or 60-yard attempts. For the player to remain on the Carolina Panthers, he’s going to have to successfully make those.

Start or Sit in Week 9?


This could be a really good game for Slye. Points are a premium to any team playing the Chiefs and coaches tend to take fewer risks when playing against great teams. Carolina’s play-calling and execution on fourth down against the Falcons left much to be desired and I think Rhule will keep that in mind, especially when the Panthers are in field goal range.

Carolina Panthers DST

While the Panthers continue to be an above-average defense in yards per game and points, they’re still an abysmal fantasy defense this season.

A lack of sacks and turnovers while allowing about 24 points per game has the Panthers routinely netting less than five fantasy points. Carolina may be at a talent deficiency in key areas but defensive coordinator Phil Snow has to figure out a way to get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

Start or Sit in Week 9?


No lengthy analysis needed here because this is probably the biggest mismatch in the NFL this season. Patrick Mahomes has only turned the ball over once this year and the Panthers aren’t getting pressure on anyone.

Even if Carolina flips a switch and can get multiple sacks and takeaways, the Chiefs consistently score too many points to start any defense against them.