Fantasy Football 2015: Colts at Panthers Week 8 Preview
Indianapolis Colts (3-4) at Carolina Panthers (6-0)
Monday, November 2, 2015; 8:30 PM ET
Rounding out the Week 8 NFL schedule on “Monday Night Football,” we’ve got a pretty good-looking matchup between the Colts and the Panthers. Indianapolis (3-4) is coming off a loss to the Saints, while Carolina (6-0) stayed undefeated with a win over the Eagles in Week 7.
There will be plenty of notable fantasy names on the field for this one, so let’s take a look at a few guys from each side and see what we might be expecting from our rosters.
Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts: Luck (and pretty much the whole Colts team) had a miserable first half against the Saints, but he was able to pick it up in the second half statistically. He’d finish with 333 yards passing, three touchdowns and a pair of picks.
Luck hasn’t quite been the dominant force most fantasy owners thought he’d be this year. That said, he’s posted some decent stats the past two weeks, with six total touchdowns. He’ll have his hands full with the Carolina D, though.
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Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: Newton is a bit unconventional in fantasy, as he’s not much of a passer. He makes up for that with his legs, however. He put up 20 yards rushing with a touchdown to go along with his passing line against Philly in Week 7.
You’ll have to decide whether it’s in your best interest to use Newton in fantasy. He’s most effective in leagues that don’t punish interceptions and offer higher points for rushing touchdowns.
Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Gore has outperformed his fantasy draft status for most of the year, but only paid off in PPR formats last week. He put up 43 rush yards on nine attempts with five receptions (led the team) for 32 yards more.
It’s been a couple of weeks since Gore has scored a touchdown, but does have at least 78 rush yards in two of his last three games. He’s a flex option here.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: Mike Tolbert stole the RB glory in Week 7, as he logged two short touchdowns against the Eagles. Stewart didn’t get into the end zone, but did manage 125 rush yards on 24 carries.
That’s two solid weeks in a row for Stewart, who has at least 86 total yards in each of his last two games. He’s definitely a flex or RB2 candidate, but will lose touches at the goal line to Tolbert.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Hilton flashed his big-play ability against the Saints, logging 150 yards and two touchdowns on just four receptions. He’s now got three scores in his last two games.
Hilton is one of those receivers who’s pretty reliant on snagging a long TD in order to put up the big fantasy points. Still, he gets an upgrade with Luck back under center and is a must-start guy.
Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers: Olsen’s not your typical flashy fantasy TE, but he gets the job done most weeks. He put up just three grabs against Philly, but turned them into 65 yards.
It was a letdown from his seven-catch, 131-yard effort in Seattle, which also featured his third touchdown of the season. Still, with the lack of reliable tight ends out there, Olsen is as good as just about anyone.
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