Minnesota Vikings @ Carolina Panthers
Sunday, 25 September @ 1:00 PM
Battle of the Backup Running Backs
START: WR, Stefon Diggs
Second year receiver Stefon Diggs is not going to keep producing the way he has been the first two games this season, but he’s the clear number one in Minnesota which makes him a name to consider every week.
Most would probably be surprised to find out the Panthers defense is only allowing an average of 14 fantasy football points to wide receivers this year after the departure of Josh Norman and Roman Harper.
Carolina’s defense simply hasn’t looked as dominant as they had been last season and Diggs has the tools necessary to cause them fits all day long.
The lack of touchdown catches for the young receiver is concerning, but the volume he’ll receive from Sam Bradford should keep him in your lineup.
SIT: WR, Tedd Ginn Jr.
This is the Anti-Diggs. The Vikings defense is giving up more fantasy points per game than Carolina’s, and Ginn is looked at as a homerun hitter.
The problem with Ginn is his strength. He’s a touchdown dependent wildcard with little consistency.
Going up against Minnesota’s defense Ginn is sure to get some targets, but his three catches on the year thus far shows just how much those targets are producing.
Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen are getting monster shares in this offense, and Ginn is the one getting them stolen from him.
Sit him here and hope he doesn’t explode for two catches, 120 yards and two touchdowns.
SLEEPER: RB, Cameron Artis-Payne
With starter Jonathan Stewart out second year back Cameron Artis-Payne is expected to be the feature back this Sunday and the Auburn product says he’s ready.
In 2015 the then rookie impressed in limited opportunity tallying 183 rushing yards on 45 carries averaging 4.1 yards per carry.
His only touchdown of the year came in Week 17 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and he’ll be looking for another this week.
For his first start of 2016 Artis-Payne draws the Cincinnati Bengals who are currently giving up more than 20 fantasy points per game to running backs.
He’s big risk big reward, but if you need to save cap room this week, give this young Panther a look for your lineup.
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