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Christian McCaffrey Fantasy Outlook Clouded by Mike Davis' Involvement

Larry Rupp
Christian McCaffrey's fantasy outlook is clouded by Mike Davis' involvement.
Christian McCaffrey's fantasy outlook is clouded by Mike Davis' involvement. / Grant Halverson/Getty Images

One of the top storylines in Week 9 of the NFL season is the return of Carolina Panthers' starting running back Christian McCaffrey. Fantasy football managers are certainly glad to have one of the best players back on the fied, but his role on the offense may not immediately return to what it was before.

The Panthers are expected to keep Mike Davis involved in the offense and may even have him rotate series with McCaffrey this week in order to ease the starter back in. The last thing the team wants to do is rush McCaffrey back and risk him getting reinjured.

Davis has stepped up and performed well in McCaffrey's absence this season rushing for 349 yards on 83 carries and scoring 4 total touchdowns in six games. He has been a threat in the passing attack as well 38 of 43 targets on the season for 244 yards. He has shown he deserves to play a role in this offense moving forward.

McCaffrey returns after suffering a right high-ankle sprain in a Week 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and should still receive a bulk of the work coming out of the backfield. It just may not be the giant workload we have seen him take on in the past. McCaffrey did average 24 touches in the two games he has played this season.

McCaffrey checks in as the No. 3 running back in our Week 9 fantasy football rankings, while Davis is ranked No. 35. McCaffrey should be started in every league due to the upside and sustained success he has had, yet this piece of news also makes Davis a debateable FLEX starter in most leagues.

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