Shark Bites

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.

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Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (knee) is active for today’s game against the Saints. He’s a WR4 in fantasy lineups.

Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (knee) is expected to play against the Saints today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Samuel missed Week 6 and averaged just 49 scoreless yards over the first 5 games. He's not a great fantasy bet.

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.

Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (knee) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Saints. Even if he plays, he can’t be trusted in fantasy lineups at less than 100%.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

Panthers DE Brian Burns left Sunday's win over the Falcons early with a concussion. He would up playing just a quarter of Carolina's defensive snaps. Burns did at least notch his 2nd sack of the season. We'll see about his availability for Week 6 against the Bears.

The Panthers have placed RB Christian McCaffrey (ankle) on IR. It means he'll miss at least the next 3 games. We'll see if McCaffrey can get back for Week 6. Mike Davis will operate as Carolina's lead back in the meantime.

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.

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey is expected to miss "multiple weeks" with the ankle injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Bucs, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. We'll hopefully get more details on the injury and CMC's timeline for return over the next few days. Mike Davis racked up 8 receptions in McCaffrey's absence in Week 2 and figures to lead Carolina's backfield in touches in the meantime. Trenton Cannon is the only other RB on the active roster. Week 3 brings a tough matchup vs. the Chargers, but then come more favorable draws vs. Arizona and Atlanta. Davis is worth scooping up in all fantasy leagues and will be a volume-based fantasy play for however long McCaffrey is out.

 
 
 

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