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Carolina coach Ron Rivera has "opened up the competition" at cornerback this week as his team prepares to face Tampa Bay.
The Panthers were absolutely torched by Matt Ryan and Julio Jones in Week 4 and will attempt to bounce back by shaking up their secondary. With CB James Bradberry battling turf toe and CB Bene Benwikere coming off an awful performance, Carolina will struggle to find a quick fix. Despite the problems in coverage, the Panthers D/ST is still a startable Week 5 fantasy option against turnover machine Jameis Winston. Oct 6 - 9:40 PM

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Carolina will host the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3, who are last among NFL offenses in rushing yards through two weeks.

The Vikings have racked up just 95 total yards on the ground through two weeks and now will face Carolina without Adrian Peterson (knee). Carolina held San Francisco to 65 rushing yards in Week 2 and will be a tough test for Minnesota's committee of running backs. The Panthers D/ST is a solid fantasy option at home this week.
Sep 25 - 1:10 AM

The Charlotte Observer notes that Carolina DC Sean McDermott will look to protect his rookie cornerbacks in Week 1.

"Look for them to play off the ball in the Panthers’ Cover-3 scheme and concede the short passes to Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders," said the Observer's Mike Persinger. The Panthers lost star CB Josh Norman over the offseason and chose to largely replenish their secondary with youth. The Carolina front-seven should be able to keep the clamps on Denver QB Trevor Siemian, making the Panthers D/ST a top-10 play in Week 1 on the road.
Sep 8 - 6:13 PM

The Carolina Panthers lead the NFL in takeaways, forcing 36 turnovers through 15 games.

The total is boosted by a league-high 22 interceptions, as the Panthers D/ST has been a quality performer in fantasy leagues all season. Carolina has failed to force a turnover in just one game this season and will host Tampa Bay on Sunday, who has handed the ball over five times in the last two weeks. The Panthers D/ST is a top-tier fantasy option this week.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 10:42:00 PM

The Carolina defense will look to repeat its Week 14 performance in which the group handed Atlanta a shutout.

Carolina will face Atlanta for the second time in three weeks on Sunday, and the Panthers D/ST racked up four turnovers while holding the Falcons to 230 total yards in their Week 14 matchup. A week after allowing a furious late-game comeback attempt from the New York Giants, the Panthers D/ST will still be a top-five fantasy option against Atlanta, who has coughed the ball up 13 times in the last five weeks.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 02:59:00 AM

The Carolina defense has allowed just 46.6 rushing yards and 193.8 passing yards over the last five weeks.

The undefeated Panthers are coming off a shutout of the Atlanta Falcons and travel to New York to face the Giants in Week 15. Carolina is in the top-five among NFL defenses in points, rushing yards, and passing yards allowed in what has been a fantastic 2015 season. The Panthers D/ST is a top-five fantasy option in Week 15.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 01:00:00 AM

The Carolina defense has allowed just 50.0 rushing yards per game over the last five weeks.

Carolina is second among NFL defenses in run defense this season at 87.2 yards per game, but has been as stout as defenses come in recent weeks. Week 14 brings a matchup with Atlanta, who owns a mid-ranked rushing attack in 2015. The Carolina defense has been a fantasy standout this season and should bounce back nicely after a Week 13 shootout at New Orleans. The Panthers D/ST is a top-five fantasy option in Week 14.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 03:46:00 AM

The Carolina Panthers will look to keep their stellar defensive play rolling in Week 13 at New Orleans.

The matchup isn't the prettiest, as the Saints are third in the NFL in total yardage, but the Carolina defense is too good to sit in fantasy leagues. The Panthers have allowed only 13.3 points per game over the last three weeks while forcing ten turnovers in those games. The Panthers D/ST will be a top fantasy option on the road in Week 13.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 02:43:00 AM

The Carolina defense has forced 13 turnovers in the last four weeks.

The undefeated Panthers have outscored opponents 137-81 over those four games and will travel to Dallas in Week 12 where they will look to continue their defensive success. Carolina is also third among NFL defenses in sacks this season and will be a top-tier fantasy option at Dallas in Week 12.
Thu, Nov 26, 2015 03:13:00 AM

Carolina CB Charles Tillman (knee) is expected to miss Week 11.

The Charlotte Observer expects second-year cornerback Bené Benwikere to get the start with Tillman sidelined. The Carolina defense will look to shutdown Washington QB Kirk Cousins on Sunday, who is coming off an impressive performance in a big win at home against New Orleans in Week 10. The Carolina D/ST has the tools to keep Cousins in check this week despite the secondary injury concerns and will be a top fantasy option on Sunday.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 02:51:00 AM

The Carolina defense is allowing just 5.9 yards per attempt and a 56.6 completion percentage to opposing passers in 2015.

Both marks are the best among NFL defenses and are part of the reason the Panthers are sitting comfortably at 8-0. Week 10 brings a matchup with Tennessee and QB Marcus Mariota, who is coming off an impressive 371 yard, four touchdown performance in Week 9. Tennessee averages just 331.5 total yards per game, good for 28th among NFL teams, making the Panthers D/ST a top Week 10 fantasy option.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 01:42:00 AM

Standout Carolina CB Josh Norman is looking forward to facing Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers on Sunday when the Panthers host the Packers.

Norman is tied for second in the NFL in interceptions with four, and is catching Rodgers off of a down game where he threw for just 77 yards against Denver. Norman is excited for the opportunity, telling the Charlotte Observer, "I’m sitting back here watching film on this guy, the stuff that he’s able to do, man. I’m like, I’m going to have to plaster (coverage) all night and not take any plays off." Carolina has been solid against opposing passers in 2015 and the Panthers D/ST will remain a top-five fantasy option in Week 9.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 04:11:00 PM

The Carolina Panthers will be a top Week 8 fantasy option when they host the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night.

The Carolina D/ST will square off with Andrew Luck and the Colts, who are tied for 23rd among NFL teams in scoring at just 21.0 points per game. The Colts have also had trouble with turnovers this season, piling up 15 giveaways in seven games. Fantasy owners can count on the Carolina D/ST this week as the Panthers look to stay undefeated.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 04:31:00 AM

Carolina DE Jared Allen will start on Sunday after missing Week 6 with a pinched nerve in his back.

The Panthers D/ST will get a pass rush boost from Allen as they face the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday. The Carolina defense has 13 sacks on the season and will be a top-five fantasy option this week as they take on Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford, who has five interceptions over the last two weeks.
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 11:54:00 PM

The Carolina Panthers travel to Seattle in Week 6 to face the Seahawks, who lead the NFL in rushing.

The success of the Seattle running game is impressive considering the suspect play of their offensive line and injury status of Marshawn Lynch. Backup RB Thomas Rawls has filled-in nicely however, and Russell Wilson is always a threat with his legs. The Carolina defense is no slouch in defending the run, allowing just 92 rushing yds/gm, good for sixth-best in the NFL. The Carolina D/ST will be a top-10 option this week among fantasy defenses.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 06:10:00 PM

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