Carolina Panthers Fantasy Football News | Shark Bites

Carolina Panthers Fantasy Football News | Shark Bites

Panthers S Jeremy Chinn (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. He missed practice Wednesday but returned for a pair of limited practices. If he's active, we'd start him in a matchup that should keep him busy. We'll check his status Sunday morning.

Panthers HC Matt Rhule said Friday he expects to activate RB Christian McCaffrey over the weekend and have him available for Sunday's game at Kansas City, according to multiple reports. That goes along with the general feeling during the week. Expect to get McCaffrey back into starting fantasy football lineups. That means Mike Davis should no longer be in there, but we'd try not to drop him if you can help it. Davis has proved his value as a handcuff, and McCaffrey has been out since Week 2 because of a high-ankle sprain.

Jets QB Sam Darnold (shoulder) did not practice on Thursday. He reportedly aggravated his previous throwing-shoulder injury last week. The Jets expect Darnold to play vs. the Patriots on Monday night, but he should be nowhere near fantasy lineups.

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (ankle) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. It's confirmation that he's on track to return for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. It's possible that McCaffrey's volume is scaled back a bit in his 1st game back, but he'll be a must-start in season-long fantasy leagues.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (ankle) is not expected to play against the Falcons tonight. CMC got back on the practice field this week, but it looks like we'll need to wait for Week 9 to get him back into fantasy lineups. Mike Davis remains a RB1 for Week 8.

Panthers HC Matt Rhule said Tuesday that he's "hopeful" to get RB Christian McCaffrey (ankle) back for Thursday night's game against the Falcons. "I’ll have to see how he responds to today," Rhule added. "It was great having him out there. I will say he looks good. He looks like he’s moving around great. Just we’ll let the medical people and him determine how much he can do, or when he can play in a game." The news has gotten progressively more positive on McCaffrey over the past 24 hours. We should have a good idea about his Week 8 status by tomorrow afternoon.

The Panthers activated RB Christian McCaffrey (ankle) from IR on Tuesday. That makes him eligible to play against the Falcons on Thursday night, although it's still unclear if he will. McCaffrey has practiced with a red non-contact jersey on Monday and Tuesday. We'll see how Carolina lists him on the final injury report tomorrow.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey is a "long shot" to play Thursday night against the Falcons. Rapoport adds, though, that the team hasn't ruled him out yet and that McCaffrey is "pushing to play." We'll certainly watch the situation throughout the short week, but it seems we should bet on 1 more week of Mike Davis leading the Carolina backfield.

Panthers CB Donte Jackson is active for today's game against the Saints. He entered the day questionable with a toe injury and still makes for a risky, low-floor IDP play. Carolina will be missing CB Rasul Douglas, who is on the COVID list. Troy Pride Jr. will start in his place. That can only help a matchup that was already positive for Saints receivers.

11:10am EDT 10/25/20

Jets QB Sam Darnold (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Bills. He’s back after a 2-game absence but isn’t a fantasy option, especially with WR Jamison Crowder out.

Jets QB Sam Darnold (shoulder) will start today's game against the Bills, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Consider him an upgrade over QB Joe Flacco for the Jets offense, but Darnold isn't a fantasy option.

Panthers K Joey Slye has been activated from the COVID list and will kick against the Saints on Sunday. He's not a recommended fantasy play with Carolina 7.5-point underdogs in that one.

Jets QB Sam Darnold (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills after a limited week of practice. If he can't go, QB Joe Flacco will get another start. You should be avoiding the situation in fantasy.

12:10pm EDT 10/21/20

The Panthers have placed K Joey Slye on the COVID list. He'll likely miss Sunday's game against the Saints. We'll see who Carolina signs to kick this weekend, but plan on avoiding the situation in Week 7 fantasy lineups.

Jets QB Sam Darnold (shoulder) will be limited and on a "pitch count" in Wednesday's practice, HC Adam Gase said. It gives Darnold a shot to return for this weekend's game against the Bills. Of course, you should continue to avoid Jets QBs in your fantasy lineups.

NFL Networks' Tom Pelissero confirms that Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (ankle) isn't expected to play against the Saints this weekend. "He’s close, but they’re staying cautious with a Thursday night game vs. Atlanta up next," Pelissero adds. We'll see if McCaffrey can make it back for Week 8, but RB Mike Davis gets another start on Sunday.

Panthers S Juston Burris left Sunday's loss to the Bears with a rib injury and did not return. We'll see about his status heading into the Week 7 game at New Orleans.

11:10am EDT 10/18/20

Panthers CB Donte Jackson (toe) is active for today’s game against the Bears. He’s just a lower-level IDP option. CB Eli Apple (hamstring) is inactive.

Jets QB Sam Darnold (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. The tanking Jets have no reason to rush Darnold back. QB Joe Flacco gets another start after completing 55% of his 33 passes for 195 yards and 1 TD in last week's loss to Arizona.

Panthers HC Matt Rhule said Monday that RB Christian McCaffrey is still "a couple of weeks away" from returning from his high-ankle sprain. So RB Mike Davis should at least start the next 2 weeks against the Bears and Saints. Those are difficult draws, but Davis' usage will keep him in the RB1 mix.


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