Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (knee) is inactive for today’s game against the Bears. That frees up a few extra targets for Robby Anderson, D.J. Moore and Mike Davis.
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bears. Hopefully he wasn’t part of your Week 6 plans — but Samuel’s absence would free up a few extra targets for WR Robby Anderson, WR D.J. Moore and RB Mike Davis.
Updating previous reports, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with his high-ankle sprain, following his Monday morning MRI. That makes Mike Davis a top waiver target this week. The veteran clearly isn't close to McCaffrey in ability, but he should control the touches in a shallow backfield. A Week 3 matchup with the Chargers looks challenging. The ensuing 5 weeks, though, include both meetings with the Falcons (weeks 5 and 8) and an upside scoring matchup with Arizona (Week 4). Davis figures to crack the top 30 in our Week 3 RB rankings on expected touch volume alone.
The Panthers have released RB Reggie Bonnafon. That's not a big move, but it positions RB Mike Davis #2 on the depth chart behind Christian McCaffrey. No player would come close to approximating McCaffrey's scoring should the starter go down, but Davis brings a much better record of production than Bonnafon and would at least be worth rostering in that circumstance.
ESPN's David Newton believes RB Mike Davis "might have the edge" for the Panthers' #2 RB job. His competition is Reggie Bonnafon and Jordan Scarlett. The battle is irrelevant as long as RB Christian McCaffrey is healthy, of course. We wouldn't bother spending a pick to "handcuff" CMC at this point.
The Panthers claimed RB Mike Davis off waivers. He's obviously no threat to Christian McCaffrey, but Davis might be the favorite for touches over Reggie Bonnafon if McCaffrey goes down.
The Bears have released RB Mike Davis. He's totaled just 3 carries and 1 target over the past 5 games, so there's no fantasy impact here in Chicago. Davis, though, could gain fantasy value if he lands somewhere like Detroit or Miami.
Bears RB Mike Davis is a healthy scratch for today's game against the Vikings. That's a boost to RB David Montgomery's stock.
The Bears added Iowa State RB David Montgomery in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Montgomery is coming off 3 productive seasons for the Cyclones. He led the squad with 563 rushing yards as a true freshman and then broke out for 1,146 yards and 11 TDs in 2017. Montgomery bested those numbers this past season, racking up 1,216 yards and 13 scores. His career 4.7 yards per carry looks disappointing, but he played behind some bad offensive lines. Montgomery is a tackle-breaking machine on tape and ranked 4th in this RB class in Pro Football Focus’ 2018 Elusive Rating. He’s also adept in the passing game, totaling 71 catches over 3 college seasons and faring well in pass protection. Montgomery tested as a 36th percentile athlete at the Combine and won’t be a big-play back as a pro. But he has the size (5’10, 222 lbs.) and skill set to make it as a lead back. He joins free-agent addition Mike Davis and change-of-back guy Tarik Cohen in Chicago’s backfield. Montgomery has a shot to lead the way in touches this season.
The Eagles have traded for RB Jordan Howard, giving a conditional 6th-round pick that could become a 5th-rounder, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. So even the worst-case scenario here for Philadelphia would mean giving a pick in the round in which Chicago drafted Howard. The 24-year-old -- until November -- gives the Eagles a younger player to fulfill a role likely similar to what LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi played the past couple of years. At the very least, Howard looks like Philly's best bet near the goal line. We'll see if the Eagles add anything else to the position in the NFL Draft. In Chicago, meanwhile, RB Mike Davis appears ready to take over Howard's vacated role and looks like an option late in the single-digit rounds of best-ball drafts.
The Bears have added free-agent RB Mike Davis. The former Seahawk was sneaky-good last year, averaging 4.6 yards per carry on 112 attempts and posting a 34-214-1 receiving line. Pro Football Focus graded him 25th among 62 RBs -- notably 12 spots ahead of new teammate Jordan Howard. Howard has been the subject of trade whispers, although we're not sure Davis' addition is a precursor. We'll see.
Update: Davis' deal is for 2 years and $6 million with a max value of $7 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Seahawks RB Chris Carson injured his finger in the 4th quarter of Sunday’s game against the 49ers. He headed back to the locker room for x-rays. We’ll pass along an update on Carson when we get one. His absence would leave Seattle’s backfield to Rashaad Penny and Mike Davis.
Update: HC Pete Carroll said after the game that Carson dislocated his index finger. He got it stitched up and is expected to be fine.
Seahawks OC Brian Schottenheimer said Tuesday that RB Chris Carson will start Thursday night's game against the Packers. That means absolutely nothing other than Carson being on the field for Seattle's first offensive snap. But Carson was operating as the clear lead ball-carrier before missing most of Week 9 and all of Week 10 with a hip injury. Consider him the best bet for carries on Thursday night, but RBs Mike Davis and Rashaad Penny also figure to remain plenty involved.
Seahawks RB Chris Carson (hip) is on track to return for Thursday night's game against the Packers, HC Pete Carroll said. Carson has been operating as Seattle's lead back but will now need to contend with rookie Rashaad Penny's breakout Week 10 -- in addition to Mike Davis. The crowd leaves all 3 of these guys as risk/reward RB3s for Week 11.
Seahawks RB Chris Carson (hip) is inactive for today’s game against the Rams. Mike Davis should serve as Seattle’s lead back and is an upside RB2 in fantasy lineups. RBs Rashaad Penny and C.J. Prosise are also active for the ‘Hawks.
Seahawks RB Chris Carson (hip) is not expected to play against the Rams later today, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Schefter adds that a final decision won't be made until pregame warmups. We'll get Carson's official status around 3 pm ET, but he should obviously be on fantasy benches. RB Mike Davis should serve as Seattle's lead back today and is a solid RB2 in fantasy lineups.
Seahawks RB Chris Carson (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Rams. He didn't practice all week, but HC Pete Carroll suggested Friday that Carson will be a game-time decision. We’ll look for another update on Sunday morning, but we might not find out his official status until 3 pm ET. Mike Davis will serve as Seattle’s lead back if Carson can’t play.
Seahawks RB Chris Carson (hip) didn't practice on Wednesday. Don't expect him to practice much, if at all, this week after aggravating that hip issue on Sunday. The best-case scenario probably has him as a game-time decision for this weekend's tilt with the Rams. Mike Davis will serve as Seattle's lead back if Carson can't go.
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