Marshon Lattimore Injury Update Improves Value for DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel

Dan Israeli
Seattle Seahawks v Carolina Panthers
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The Carolina Panthers' passing game has struggled in recent weeks, due to the regression of quarterback Kyle Allen, but do get some good news in Week 12 with New Orleans Saints' top cornerback Marshon Lattimore not expected to play.

Lattimore did not suit up last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but his absence did little to improve the fantasy output of Mike Evans, who caught just four catches for 69 yards. Having said that, when Lattimore played against the Bucs in Week 5, Evans put up a goose egg on three targets.

As for the Carolina Panthers' wide receiver duo of D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel, it is Moore who has benefitted the most from Allen's recent play, with a very prolific role in recent weeks. Moore has averaged 12 targets over his last three games, which he has parlayed into 24 catches for 316 yards.

Samuel has struggled in his deep threat role, however, failing to surpass four catches or 64 yards in that span, and has been a touchdown-dependent player in fantasy all season.

Since Lattimore has not traditionally worked as a shadow corner in his career, it is unclear who his absence benefits the most. It is still a net positive for both Moore and Samuel, who should find themselves in a pass-heavy game as the Panthers are 9.5-point underdogs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

While Moore is by far the safer play, there is a chance Samuel can have some success this week if Allen is able to connect with his best deep threat weapon. The Saints have actually given up eight pass plays of 40-plus yards this season, which is tied for sixth most in the NFL. Moore is the 10th ranked WR in our Week 12 PPR rankings, while Samuel comes in at 29th.

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