Fantasy Football: 5 questions concerning the Cats

In this new feature, looks at the top five questions for the Carolina Panthers that fantasy football participants will have to face in their drafts this summer.

1. Will QB Jake Delhomme repeat his success from last season?
The one noticeable difference is that he won't have WR Mushin Muhammad to throw to any more so that probably will hurt Delhomme's numbers. The duo really developed good chemistry and both players put up career-like numbers.

Muhammad's physical size will also be missed in the lineup which is why it's possible that the team goes back to running the ball more which could put Delhomme's fantasy numbers down a notch or two.

2. Who will be the most valuable running back to have on their roster?
The team could carry as many as six backs through training camp but likely three to four will be active on game days.

As the team heads in to training camp, the main backs appear to be DeShaun Foster, Stephen Davis, and Nick Goings. However, Davis is still recovering from major knee surgery and isn't a lock to make the final roster.

Foster is probably the safest choice to look at as the starter at this season because of his age. Goings is more of a utility back and probably not starter material.

The other back to watch is rookie Eric Shelton who could have an increased role should Davis be released prior to the start of the season.

3. Will WR Steve Smith bounce back from last year's injury?
All reports recently indicate he's fully recovered from last year's injury. It will likely take him some time to get back in to the swing of things but that's what training camp is for.

Smith is still a pretty young player who is just starting to develop as a receiver. He's the kind of player you can look for near the middle of your draft that should provide pretty good numbers who should be in your lineup every week.

4. Is second-year WR Keary Colbert worth drafting as a starter or as a backup?
Colbert is expected to take over a starting role for the team but Steve Smith will almost certainly be the top receiving option for the team this season.

Colbert should evolve in to a decent fantasy receiver but it's going to take some time for him to do that. At this point in his career, you're probably better off selecting him as a backup rather than a starter.

5. Is their fantasy defense worth drafting as a starter or backup?
Their defense was besieged by injury last year and they were a shell of their former self. Now that the injured players are back healthy, their fantasy defense should be worthy of top-10 consideration.

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