Panthers vs. Saints: Fantasy football projections Drew Brees, Cam Newton and Steve Smith

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We break down the pertinent fantasy projections for the Week 17 matchup between the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints.

The Carolina Panther and New Orleans Saints had some disappointing seasons this year, but their quarterbacks have been a big part of fantasy lineups. In order to help you set the optimal playoff lineup, we've got player projections courtesy of numberFire.

Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton has been a key component to a lot of fantasy teams that have made it to the playoffs and his season should end on a high note vs. the worst defense in the league. Steve Smith should be his main target and Brandon LaFell might be good for a deep ball on Sunday.

DeAngelo Williams should also see enough carries to be viewed as an RB2 and Mike Tolbert could get some goal-line touches.

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees is coming off a monster game against the Cowboys and he should be ready to go again vs. their divisional opponent. Marques Colston was getting open on a better Dallas secondary, so he should be able to muster up some nice stats against the Panthers. Jimmy Graham will be a must-start option, too.

Darren Sproles should be ready as an RB2 in standard, with PPR owners needing to start the reception-happy back. We'd steer clear of Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas.

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