If this were a game next year then I'd definitely say start him. The weakness of Carolina's defense is through the secondary. It's unfortunate because that's something Detroit will not be able to take advantage of. Let's face it, you are in your fantasy playoffs. It's too late to be taking huge gambles. Don't start him.
Shawn Bryson went over 100 yards last week and had a good 39 yard run, proving just how weak the Chief's run defense truly is. Artose Pinner made his debut, not doing a whole lot, if only just providing a spark. Olandis Gary was inactive. Expect that to stay the way it is. Bryson will not be having a repeat performance. Pinner will get a few more carries but will not make a significant impact. None of these players are worth a spot on your playoff roster.
Nobody is worth a playoff spot on an NFL team let alone a fantasy playoff team. None of these players are any good whatsoever. Az-Zahir Hakim is the only receiver doing anything and he's not getting anything over 60-70 yards, and of course, he's been held out of the endzone.
Not worth a start this week. The defense of Carolina will shut the Lions down completely and he won't get the opportunity. John Kasay, the Panthers kicker, is available in a lot of leagues and would be a worth a look in this situation.
They should do well against the run. Carolina utilizes the power running game and that's about the only thing Detroit has played well against. Dre' Bly just got a Pro Bowl berth so he's likely to be pumped as he lines up against equally short but effective Steve Smith. That should be a good matchup as QB Jake Delhomme will be relied on more and more as the running game continues to be stifled by Detroit. Not worth a start in the playoffs, but a good matchup on paper. Watch for WR Mushin Muhammed to have a decent day.