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What to do with Falcons, Panthers D/ST in Week 8 fantasy football

Are either of these NFC South D/ST’s worth a start in your Week 8 fantasy football lineup?

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) under pressure from Carolina Panthers defensive end Brian Burns (53) during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Falcons and the Panthers are each coming off of a tough loss heading into their Week 8 Thursday night match-up. The Panthers emerged victorious, just a few weeks ago when these two teams faced off in Atlanta, and the Falcons will be looking for revenge on the Panthers’ turf this week. Are either of these team’s D/ST’s worth a starting spot in your lineup? We break down the fantasy implications below.

Fantasy Football Analysis: Falcons D/ST, Panthers D/ST

The Falcons have struggled defensively so far this season, particularly in the secondary, where they have a passing defense that ranks squarely in last place. The Falcons are allowing an average of 333.4 passing yards/game and have given up 19 passing touchdowns so far this season. They allow an average quarterback rating of 113.4. Their rushing defense appears to be their strong point, as they have allowed only six touchdowns on the ground with an average of 92.4 yards/game. The Falcons lost 23-16 the last time these teams faced off, and Teddy Bridgwater completed 27 of 36 passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns. The Falcons D/ST finished the day with -3 fantasy points that day. Not a lot has changed in the past few weeks and more of the same can be expected of this unit. The Falcons D/ST belongs on waiver wires this week and likely for the remainder of the season.

The Panthers D/ST unit is averaging 3.1 fantasy points per game this season. They have ten takeaways on the season and have recorded six sacks. The last time the Panthers faced the Falcons Matt Ryan completed 21 of 37 passes for 226 yards. Todd Gurley also did some damage on the ground as he stacked up 121 yards and scored a touchdown. It is worth noting that Julio Jones was unavailable in that game and Matt Ryan has been much more effective since his return. The Panthers D/ST managed only 4 fantasy points the last time these teams matched up and it’s not realistic to expect much more this time around. There are likely better options out there this week.

Start/Sit Recommendation

Sit Falcons D/ST

Sit Panthers D/ST