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DeAngelo Williams active for Panthers

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 7:17pm

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Byron Bell T
Bene' Benwikere CB
Philly Brown WR
Thomas DeCoud FS
Amini Silatolu G
Trai Turner G
Fozzy Whittaker RB

Fantasy Impact:

DeAngelo Williams returns for the Panthers and is expected to get the start with Jonathan Stewart rotating in behind him.

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Panthers Beat: Expect more TE Greg Olsen in Week 9

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 11:32am

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Panthers beat writer David Newton: (TE Greg Olsen) was having a career season until Seattle held him to one catch. He still leads the team with 42 receptions and the Panthers would like to show the rest of the country that their tight end deserves some Pro Bowl consideration. Look for Carolina to toss in a couple of tight end screens that have been so effective. Also look for Olsen to be a bigger part of the game plan in the red zone, where the Panthers scored only six points on three trips against the Seahawks. Statistically, it looks like the Saints are vulnerable.

Fantasy Impact:

Olsen has caught at least five passes in six of his eight games this season. We're expecting he'll bounce back against the Saints on Thursday night.

Panthers Beat: Look for a 'heavy dose' of read-option vs. Saints

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 10:54am

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Panthers beat writer David Newton: DeAngelo Williams returns this week and Jonathan Stewart looked good Sunday, so I look for the Panthers to give the Saints a heavy dose of read-option.

Fantasy Impact:

Newton has rushed the ball 36 times in the last three weeks, for a total of 172 yards, though most of those came during his 107-yard effort in Week 6 against the Bengals. Despite the normal Thursday night risk, Newton is a strong start against a shaky Saints defense.

Panthers plan to start RB DeAngelo Williams vs. Saints

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 9:58pm - [Full Article]

Carolina Panthers (3-4-1) running back DeAngelo Williams had a "good" practice on Tuesday coach Ron Rivera said and because of that, he will get the start for the Panthers Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints (3-4), per NFL Network.

Williams missed the last four games due to a lingering ankle injury. Williams will split carries with Jonathan Stewart, who started last week for the Panthers against the Seahawks and finished with 79 rushing yards and hauled in three passes for 15 yards.

Fantasy Impact:

His return kills the value of Jonathan Stewart, though they are both decent flex/RB3-type starts during the Week 9 Byepocalypse in a nice matchup with the Saints.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Saints RB Khiry Robinson (forearm, questionable) did not practice Wednesday. Robinson will very likely miss Thursday’s game against the Panthers, so Mark Ingram will once again be an excellent play against a leaky Carolina rush defense.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Panthers RB Fozzy Whittaker (thigh, out) was ruled out for Week 9.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle, probable) practiced fully Wednesday. Williams is expected to start for the Panthers, per HC Ron Rivera. His return kills the value of Jonathan Stewart, though they are both decent flex/RB3-type starts during the Week 9 Byepocalypse in a nice matchup with the Saints.

Mark Ingram poised to carry load on short week

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 8:43pm

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It seems unlikely that Saints RBs Pierre Thomas or Khiry Robinson will return to the field Thursday after both were also held out of Sunday’s game -- though neither has been ruled out yet. The Saints’ Tuesday practice was more of a glorified walkthrough since they’ve had such little recovery time between games.

Running back Mark Ingram insisted he’ll be ready to carry a heavy load again if needed. Ingram carried the ball a career-high 24 times Sunday night for 172 yards.

Fantasy Impact:

According to the story, Ingram said he feels a little sore -- naturally -- but insisted he feels good. He also said the increased reps can also be a positive since they help his body get into a rhythm. He could be ins store for another big day Thursday. The Panthers rank 30th in allowing fantasy points to RBs. Be sure to check the Wednesday rankings, but Ingram could very well be among our better RB plays for Week 9.

DeAngelo Williams expects to play Week 9

Monday, October 27, 2014, 2:03pm

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Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams told coach Ron Rivera on Monday is he "ready to roll" for Thursday night's primetime game against New Orleans.

The Panthers' offense runs more effectively when Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams are both playing. Carolina's all-time leading rusher with 6,733 yards hasn't played since spraining his ankle in the first half of a Sept. 28 loss at Baltimore. Prior to that, Williams missed two games with a hamstring injury.

"It'll be a nice boost," Rivera said. "When he and Jonathan [Stewart] get rolling and doing the things they do that's a huge thing for us. That could be a nice shot in the arm."

Fantasy Impact:

Stewart, who has missed three games with a knee injury, had a season-best 79 yards on 16 carries in Sunday's 13-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks and his value takes a hit with the return of Williams for Week 9. We'll have to check the 4for4 rankings on Wednesday, but both backs likely shape up as just potential flex options against the Saints in what now looks like a committee rushing attack again for the Panthers.

Jimmy Graham has to prep for short week

Monday, October 27, 2014, 11:41am

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Jimmy Graham is clearly on the road to recovery after finally busting loose in the third quarter of the New Orleans Saints' 44-23 victory against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.

But Graham will have to fight through at least one more tough week with his ailing shoulder as he and the Saints have to quickly turn around and travel to the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night.

"(Monday’s) gonna be pretty rough for me, I already know. But I’ll take the next 48 hours, that’s really what’s most important, trying to get the swelling and what-not down and try to get ready on Thursday," Graham said after Sunday's game. "I’ll pretty much live in the treatment room, and I’ll be hooked up to all kinds of stuff while I sleep."

After not catching a pass in the first half, stretching his shutout streak to six quarters, Graham busted out with five catches for 59 yards and a touchdown in the third quarter.

Graham played 42 snaps in the game -- up from 30 a week earlier at Detroit. And coach Sean Payton described him as "full" after saying he was limited to certain packages the week before.

Fantasy Impact:

It’s unclear when Graham will be back to "100 percent" with the unspecified shoulder injury he suffered three weeks ago, the story said. But on Sunday night he showed he can still produce in a big way even if he’s not 100 percent. He didn't have a catch in the first half, doing all his damage in the second half. He played 42 snaps, up from 30 at Detroit. We'll continue to monitor him but he should be a go for Thursday night.

Monday, October 27, 2014, 11:34am

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Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports that Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin was late for a team meeting on Saturday. Benjamin’s punishment didn’t extend to the field as he led the team in receiving yards during the 13-9 loss.

“I really didn’t worry about it,” Benjamin said. “When I got my chance and got in, I just wanted to make my mark and get the offense going and help the team.”

Fantasy Impact:

After the game, coach Ron Rivera said that Benjamin sat out those three plays to send the message that “you are accountable just like everybody else."

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (not injury related, probable) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday and is probable for Week 8. Lynch should be fine for a great matchup against the Panthers, though the Seattle running game isn’t clicking like usual.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Panthers RB Chris Ogbonnaya (groin, questionable) missed practice Friday and is questionable for Week 8.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Panthers RB Fozzy Whittaker (thigh, out) has been ruled out for Week 8.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle, out) has been ruled out for Week 8. Jonathan Stewart will get the start against a tough Seattle rush defense that is giving up just 3.2 YPC.