Week 11 wraps up with the New England Patriots high-powered offense taking on the stingy Carolina Panthers defense. Both teams have players who possess plenty of fantasy value and could be the difference in you taking home a win this week.
Cam Newton- Cam Newton’s ability to produce strong numbers through both the air and on the ground makes him an extremely valuable fantasy option. His Monday night matchup against the New England Patriots will allow him to take advantage of both skill sets. The Patriots rank 12th in the league against the pass and 29th against the run. Fantasy owners can expect Newton to produce in both categories and is a must start on Monday Night Football.
Danny Amendola- The New England Patriots are coming off their bye week, which means that the injury prone Danny Amendola had extra time to rest up. While the Panthers pass defense is top five in the NFL, a lot of the focus will be on tight end Rob Gronkowski. Amendola, when healthy, is one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets. His fantasy value is strongest in point-per-reception (PPR) leagues, however, he is worth a start in all fantasy formats.
Stevan Ridley- The Carolina Panthers defense has been very good this year and is a majority of the reason for the team’s success this season. With the leagues third best rush defense, not many running backs have had success against the Panthers. Stevan Ridley, who has really developed into a strong fantasy option since his weak start to the season, will take a majority of the carries Monday night, however Shane Vereen will dress for the first time since week 1. With Vereen’s return and the dominance of the Panthers rush defense, Ridley will serve a better purpose on your bench.
DeAngelo Williams- The Carolina Panthers have struggled to get their running game going this season. With Jonathan Stewart returning to the team’s backfield rotation, DeAngelo Williams’ stock has dropped. Fantasy owners can expect an equal workload from Williams and Stewart against the Patriots on Monday Night Football, making Williams a weak flex option in fantasy leagues.