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49ers HC Kyle Shanahan said after Sunday night's win over the Chargers that he was “hoping that the carries could come out about even" between RBs Christian McCaffrey and Elijah Mitchell. Mitchell ended up out-carrying McCaffrey 18 to 14, receiving 5 of the final 6 carries because, as Shanahan said, "we were just feeling him." This obviously isn't what McCaffrey owners want to hear, but don't panic. Even if he's truly going to split carries 50/50 with Mitchell, there's enough to go around for McCaffrey to still settle in somewhere around 12-15 carries per game. And, of course, he'll dominate passing-game work. He's racked up 15 targets on a massive 28% share over San Francisco's last 2 games. It's a similar role to Austin Ekeler's -- and he currently leads all RBs in PPR points per game.

RB Elijah Mitchell led the 49ers in carries Sunday night in his 1st action since a Week 1 knee injury. He carried 18 times for 89 yards, beating Christian McCaffrey by 4 attempts and 51 yards. McCaffrey claimed the lone TD between them and caught 4 of 6 targets to add 39 yards. Mitchell drew 2 targets and caught 1 for a loss of a yard. We'll see about this backfield plan going forward. But the even split in Mitchell's return sets McCaffrey up as a "sell-high" candidate in redraft leagues.

49ers RB Elijah Mitchell (knee) will be activated from IR and play vs. the Chargers on Sunday night, HC Kyle Shanahan said. Mitchell has been out since going down with a sprained MCL in the season opener. He figures to return as the #2 RB behind Christian McCaffrey. Mitchell is unlikely to hold standalone fantasy value but is worth rostering as the CMC handcuff.

49ers RB Elijah Mitchell (knee) has been designated to return from IR. He's now eligible to practice and be placed on the active roster whenever ready. Mitchell has been sidelined since going down with a sprained MCL in the season opener. While he was out, of course, San Francisco traded for RB Christian McCaffrey. So Mitchell will return as the #2 RB -- and just a handcuff in fantasy football. We'll see if he's ready to play vs. the Chargers on Sunday night.

Niners RB Christian McCaffrey accounted for TDs running, receiving and even passing in Sunday's win over the Rams. He posed an 18-94-1 rushing line, claiming 81.8% of San Francisco's RB carries. He also led the 49ers in targets (9) and receptions (8), ranked 2nd in receiving yards (55) and snagged 1 of QB Jimmy Garoppolo's 2 TD throws. McCaffrey also hit WR Brandon Aiyuk for a score from 34 yards out early in the 2nd quarter. McCaffrey dominated backfield work in his 2nd appearance with the team. San Francisco gets a Week 9 bye and then plays at home 4 of the next 5 games.

49ers WR Deebo Samuel (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game vs. the Rams. He leaves behind 7.7 targets per game, which should mostly be absorbed by WR Brandon Aiyuk, TE George Kittle and RB Christian McCaffrey. San Francisco could also lean on the running game more with Samuel out. WR Jauan Jennings (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

The 49ers stayed with their stated plan for RB Christian McCaffrey in his 1st game with the team Sunday. He played 22 total snaps -- 28% of the team total -- logging 8 carries for 38 yards and 2 catches for 24 yards (on 2 targets). Jeff Wilson Jr. led the backfield in playing time and ran for 54 yards on 7 carries. He matched McCaffrey in routes but went without a catch on just 1 target. Rookie Tyrion Davis-Price mixed in for 2 carries (4 yards) and 2 targets (0 catches). We'd bet on a big shift toward McCaffrey for the Week 8 visit to the Rams. Don't plan on using Wilson in your fantasy football lineups.

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reports that the 49ers' initial plan is to get RB Christian McCaffrey "about 20 snaps" vs. the Chiefs today. Glazer adds that that could change based on the flow of the game. 20 snaps is about one-third of the game. Of course, what matters for fantasy is how many touches McCaffrey gets on those snaps. He remains a risk/reward Week 7 fantasy play. See where McCaffrey sits in the Week 7 RB rankings.

New 49ers RB Christian McCaffrey is expected to play Sunday against the Chiefs. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the team has a “package of plays” for him after McCaffrey dove into learning the offense. We’ll all be guessing at just how much McCaffrey gets the ball. Check Sunday morning for our most up-to-date projections

49ers HC Kyle Shanahan isn't yet sure whether RB Christian McCaffrey will play vs. the Chiefs on Sunday. "I'm still up in the air whether we're going to be able to get him here for Sunday or not," Shanahan said in a Friday radio appearance. "I know for sure he'll be here the following Sunday. But that's kind of why I'm in a wait-and-see approach right now ... This happened so fast, and we've just got to see where he's at." We'll continue to look for further updates on McCaffrey's Week 7 role (or lack thereof) leading up to Sunday's kickoff.

The Panthers are trading RB Christian McCaffrey to the 49ers, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. It's obviously a big upgrade in terms of supporting cast for McCaffrey. The 49ers rank 19th in points per game and 18th in yards per game, while the Panthers sit 27th in points per game and dead last in yards per game. San Francisco is also a balanced to run-leaning offense, so McCaffrey should see plenty of rushing volume. We do worry a bit about his target volume, though, in an offense that also features Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle. Overall, we'd consider this about a wash for the fantasy value of McCaffrey, who currently sits 4th among RBs in PPR points per game. We'll see if he'll play vs. the Chiefs this weekend. Carolina, meanwhile, is left with a backfield committee of D'Onta Foreman and Chuba Hubbard in a bad offense. We'll see exactly what that workload split looks like, but neither guy is an exciting fantasy option.

Update: Carolina will receive 2nd-, 3rd- and 4th-round picks in 2023, plus a 5th-rounder in 2024, according to Schefter.

Update: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport calls McCaffrey "likely" to play vs. the Chiefs on Sunday and adds, "expect a red-zone package." We'll see what else we hear about McCaffrey's projected Week 7 role.

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey rushed 13 times for 69 yards and caught 7 of 8 targets for 89 more in Sunday's loss to the Rams. His 158 total yards constituted 77.8% of Carolina's total net yards for the game. No one else on the team collected more than 22 yards. Starting QB P.J. Walker managed just 60 passing yards for the game, with Jacob Eason coming on for 59 more (primarily thanks to a 49-yard completion to McCaffrey). We'll see about Carolina's QB situation for Week 7. D.J. Moore was the only other Panther to see more than 2 targets. He caught 3 of 7 for just 7 yards.

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