Panthers fantasy football review and outlook for Week 2 vs. Saints

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Zane Gonzalez – Carolina Panthers K

Another day, another kicker. The Carolina Panthers waived kicker Ryan Santoso on Tuesday as the search continues for the team’s long-term answer at the position.

Santoso made two field goals and missed an extra point in Sunday’s win against the Jets, which was enough to prompt the team to cut him and retain their seventh-round pick from a conditional preseason trade with the New York Giants.

On Tuesday, the Panthers brought in Zane Gonzalez, formerly of the Detroit Lions practice squad. His career field goal percentage is 78.0 but kicks an impressive 94.6 percent on extra points.

Start or Sit for Week 2?

Buyer Beware.

Gonzalez is a veteran kicker and he’s coming from another team’s practice squad so he should be ready on Sunday. After missed opportunities in Week 1, don’t expect Carolina to settle for field goals.

This could be a low-scoring game, but an important indicator of whether Gonzalez will remain on the team by this time next week.

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The Panthers’ defense proved me wrong last week and I couldn’t be happier. The unit finished in the top six among fantasy defenses by tallying nine fantasy points. Carolina’s front seven bullied rookie quarterback Zach Wilson on Sunday, grabbing six sacks along with one Shaq Thompson interception.

While signs look mostly positive, this young group will have to get better at being consistent for four quarters. Their fantasy outcome would have been higher if they hadn’t allowed the Jets to score two touchdowns in the second half.

Start or Sit for Week 2?

Buyer Beware.

The Saints looked like a well-oiled machine against Green Bay. Jameis Winston managed to protect the football and not take a single sack. It’s hard to imagine things will go as perfect for a second consecutive game but Carolina’s defense has to be even better than it was in Week 1.

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New Orleans lacks talent at wide receiver but Alvin Kamara is the engine of the offense and if the Panthers don’t stop him it’ll be a long afternoon.