Shark Bites

Panthers DE Brian Burns (shoulder) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Saints. Marquise Haynes started last week when Burns saw his snaps limited by a knee injury. He figures to see full-time duty this week.

Panthers RB Mike Davis (ankle) isn't expected to play vs. the Saints this weekend, ESPN's David Newton reports. So with Davis and Christian McCaffrey out, Carolina will be down to RBs Rodney Smith and Trenton Cannon. Look for Smith to handle the bulk of the work, but the matchup vs. New Orleans' top-ranked RB defense leaves him as an uninspiring fantasy play. WR Curtis Samuel should also continue to play a significant role in the ground game after carrying 7 times for 52 yards last week.

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (thigh) won't play in Sunday's finale vs. the Saints, HC Matt Rhule said. The consensus #1 overall pick in 2020 fantasy drafts ends up playing just 3 games. Disaster. The good news is that McCaffrey should be a full-go for the offseason program. And remember that he played all 16 games in each of his first 3 NFL seasons. He's an easy 2021 bounce-back candidate. Mike Davis will close out this season as Carolina's lead back, although he lost 7 carries and 2 targets to RB Rodney Smith last week.

Panthers DE Brian Burns entered Sunday's game with a knee injury that kept him out of the starting lineup and limited his role. He came away from it with a shoulder stinger as well. Burns played 41% of the snaps against Washington and still managed a sack and a pass deflection. We'll see about his outlook for Week 17 against New Orleans.

Panthers DE Brian Burns (knee) is active for today's game against Washington, but Marquis Haynes will start in his place. Limited playing time will obviously lower both the floor and ceiling for Burns. We'd take a shot on Eagles DE Vinny Curry over Burns in IDP lineups. Bills DE Jerry Hughes is another potential alternative.

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (thigh) is inactive for today’s game vs. Washington. We’ll see if he can make it back for next week’s finale but wouldn’t bet on it. Mike Davis gets another game as lead back today.

Panthers DE Brian Burns (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against Washington. That's seems surprisingly optimistic after Burns missed the entire practice week. HC Matt Rhule said early in the week that he didn't like Burns' chances of playing. We wouldn't bet on him being available, but we'll check Burns' status Sunday morning.

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (thigh) is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against Washington. Mike Davis gets another game as lead back but is just a lower-end RB2 after disappointing in terms of usage and production last week.

Panthers HC Matt Rhule revealed Sunday that DE Brian Burns came away from Saturday's loss at Green Bay with an MCL injury. Burns had an MRI, whose results we haven't yet seen announced. Rhule told the team website that Burns will likely be questionable for the Week 16 visit to Washington, though. We'll see about the edge rusher's status throughout this week.

Panthers WRs D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel are active for tonight's game against the Packers. Moore was activated from the COVID list this week and should be ready for his usual role. Samuel's hamstring tightened up on him in Thursday's practice, so he comes with elevated risk in fantasy lineups.

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (quad) is inactive for tonight's game against the Packers, as expected. Mike Davis gets another game as lead back.

Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Saturday night's game against the Packers. He was added to the injury report and limited on Thursday. We'll look for updates on Samuel and will get his game status around 7 pm ET on Saturday. Samuel has finished as a top-32 half-PPR WR in 6 of his last 7 outings.

Panthers WR D.J. Moore was activated from the COVID list this week and is set to return for Saturday night’s game against the Packers. He racked up 27 targets over his last 3 games and is safe to get back into Week 15 fantasy lineups.

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (thigh) is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game against the Packers. He's not going to play. Mike Davis will get another game as Carolina's lead back vs. a Green Bay defense ranked 28th in adjusted fantasy points allowed to RBs.

Panthers HC Matt Rhule said Tuesday that he doesn't expect RB Christian McCaffrey (shoulder, quad) to play against the Packers on Saturday. CMC was listed as a limited participant in Tuesday's walkthrough. The team is clearly still hoping he can play again this season, but look for Mike Davis to get another game as lead back vs. Green Bay.

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (shoulder, quad) has a "chance" to play against the Packers on Saturday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. McCaffrey will reportedly practice on Tuesday and be evaluated from there. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (shoulder, quad) is officially inactive for today’s game vs. the Broncos. He’s reportedly hoping to play again this season, but we’ll monitor his practice participation this coming week. RB Mike Davis gets another start today.

ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (shoulder, quad) wants to play again this season. The report makes no mention of whether McCaffrey will be healthy enough to play -- or whether the team will bring him back. We'll have to keep an eye on his status this coming week. Mike Davis gets another game as Carolina's lead back vs. Denver today.

Panthers WR D.J. Moore remains on the COVID list as of Friday afternoon and isn't expected to play vs. the Broncos on Sunday, ESPN's David Newton reports. Moore has averaged 7.4 targets per game this season, so his absence frees up a bunch of opportunity for WRs Robby Anderson and Curtis Samuel.

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (shoulder, quad) is listed as doubtful for this weekend's game against the Broncos. HC Matt Rhule said again on Friday that McCaffrey isn't expected to play. We'll see if he can make it back for Week 15. Mike Davis gets another game as Carolina's lead back and sits in high-end RB2 territory in our Week 14 Rankings.

 
 
 

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