Let’s face it, there’s an enormous amount of information out there on Sunday mornings. We’re not going to waste your time by repeating the news and notes about who’s in or out this week, since that’s really not what you visit us for. We’re also not going to do another article on starts or sits this week – we already have the personalized lineup advice for you on the premium content. Again, there are 100 places you can go for that, so no reason to repeat ourselves or others.
The Sunday Morning Huddle goes through each game and states what we’re looking to see from a dynasty perspective. One player will be picked from each team who has dynasty value tied to the game – players at a pivot point where their value could increase or decrease based on opportunity and performance.
ATLANTA AT CAROLINA
The Falcons are one of many teams already eliminated from playoff contention. In this game, Atlanta can play spoiler as the Panthers have the slightest hope of a playoff berth. They will have to do it with a limited rushing game and perhaps no superstar receiver Julio Jones. Rookie running back Ito Smith’s season is over after undergoing a knee scope, leaving running back Tevin Coleman with the backfield to himself. While the Falcons tend to use a committee attack regardless of the available personnel, they are left with only Brian Hill and Jeremy Langford behind Coleman. ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that Jones will test things out during pre-game warmups, but he is dealing with rib and hip injuries.
The Panthers playoff hopes are still alive, just barely. If they are going to sneak in, they’ll do it without quarterback Cam Newton, who was shut down after last week’s loss. The Panthers will turn to backup Taylor Heinicke for the final two games. The Old Dominion product has attempted just five passes in his career and Newton’s loss hurts all other members of the offense.