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By Michael Blunda

It seems like every season, at least one team becomes a fantasy wasteland. In 2010, that club is the Panthers.

Looking like it would be a serviceable offense entering the season with QB Matt Moore taking over for departed turnover machine Jake Delhomme, Carolina has been a complete mess virtually from Day One. And matters got even worse in Sunday's blowout loss when both Moore and RB Jonathan Stewart got hurt and had to leave the contest.

With RB DeAngelo Williams (foot) already out and Tyrell Sutton also getting injured Sunday, the Panthers had to go to Mike Goodson against the Saints. He proceeded to run for 29 yards on nine carries, and he'd be far from a solid fantasy option if he's forced into extended action moving forward.

The even bigger concern for Carolina is the passing game, though. Rookie Jimmy Clausen has been ineffective, and he was pulled Sunday for fellow rookie Tony Pike, the third QB. No matter whom the squad decides to go with under center, it's terrible news for Panthers receivers, especially Steve Smith. He had one catch for nine yards vs. New Orleans, and there's no way owners can trust him to produce in this situation.

Things could get better for this attack once Williams and Stewart are both healthy, but that's not even a guarantee. In the meantime, owners have almost no choice but to avoid this catastrophe entirely and bench all of their Panthers.

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