This article is part of our Sunday Spotlight series.
This article will look at the day-game Sunday slate each week and break down the matchups contained, looking to identify the DFS utility of the players involved. The dollar figures listed parenthetically next to a player refer to DraftKings and Fanduel prices, respectively.
CAR vs. LAR
Open: 51 O/U, CAR +3
Press time: 50 O/U, CAR +2
Cam Newton (6500 DK, 7900 FD) might not truly be 100 percent healthy, but he might be close since the Panthers didn't even list him on the injury report this week. If Cam is healthy or close to it, his rushing upside alone gives him one of the highest weekly ceilings. With this particular matchup, going against a Rams team with a high scoring standard, any potential escalation in urgency makes Cam that much more likely to tip toward his upside scenarios.
Furthermore, the quality of the Rams defense is up to some amount of question after they allowed 4,851 yards and 33 touchdowns through the air last year, their average fantasy points allowed (21.8) muted largely by 20 interceptions, which is generally difficult to repeat two years in a row. If Newton and the Carolina passing game get going, then we have a pretty good idea of who will benefit. With Devin Funchess and Torrey Smith gone from last year's offense (946 snaps, 110 targets), the receiver production should channel more reliably through Curtis Samuel (4200 DK, 5900 FD) and D.J. Moore (5500 DK, 6200 FD), both of whom are explosive athletes