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QB Derek Anderson - Carolina Panthers

6-6, 240Born: 6-15-1983College: Oregon StateDrafted: Round 6

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Week 7: at Chicago Bears

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Cam Newton had a forgettable outing last week after lighting up the league in his previous two games. Newton attempted a season and career-high 52 passes, completing only 28 of them for 239 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions--marking his second game of the year with three interceptions. Newton did not have a lot of help from his teammates here though as the rushing game was non-existent while two of his three interceptions came on quite fluky plays. Kelvin Benjamin had a decent outing as he was the top Panthers target, catching nine of his 13 targets for 99 yards. After a slow start to the season, Benjamin has now amassed 261 yards and a touchdown in his last three games. Devin Funchess was kept quiet last week with only 36 yards on three receptions as Benjamin out-targeted him for the first time since Week 2. Ed Dickson was targeted eight times here after his 175-yard explosion in Week 5, but he only managed to haul in half of those targets for 36 yards. Christian McCaffrey was the team-leader in the receiving category from a fantasy perspective with 10 receptions on 14 targets for 56 yards and a touchdown. McCaffrey now has a receiving touchdown in back to back games. The Bears defense was highly opportunistic last week as they forced a fumble while picking off Joe Flacco twice for a combined 142 return yards--one of which was a 90-yard touchdown by safety Adrian Amos. The Bears have proven to be very solid against the pass, now ranked eighth in pass defense as they have allowed only 198 passing yards per game. The Bears have allowed the ninth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. They have not allowed over 235 passing yards since Week 1 against Matt Ryan--and that includes facing opponents such as Jameis Winston, Ben Roethlisberger, and Aaron Rodgers. While they did allow Rodgers to throw for four touchdowns, they have only allowed four total passing touchdowns in their other five games this season, including zero passing touchdowns last week against the Ravens. Adrian Amos has been outstanding over the top, and they have had a solid pass rush to keep the pressure on opposing quarterbacks. The Panthers offensive line may be returning Center Ryan Kalil this week, which would be a boost in their pass protection. However, based on the inconsistency of Cam Newton this season along with the effectiveness of Chicago's zone defense schemes, it should be an uphill battle for the Panthers.

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