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Christian McCaffrey Fantasy Outlook Explodes After Latest Injury Update Ahead of Week 9

Adam Taylor McKillop
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey's fantasy outlook explodes after his latest injury update ahead of Week 9's contest against NE.
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey's fantasy outlook explodes after his latest injury update ahead of Week 9's contest against NE. / Bob Levey/GettyImages
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At long last, fantasy managers can breathe a huge sigh of relief. At least the ones who roster Christian McCaffrey anyways.

The other 11 managers in your league will be shaking in fear.

Christian McCaffrey Injury Update

The Carolina Panthers announced Saturday that they have activated McCaffrey ahead of a Week 9 matchup with the New England Patriots. McCaffrey's fantasy outlook explodes as a result.

Christian McCaffrey Fantasy Outlook

McCaffrey hasn't played since Week 3 when he went down with a hamstring injury. He immediately jumps into fantasy managers' starting lineups and always has a chance to finish weeks as the top scoring running back or fantasy player across the entire NFL.

The dynamic running back entered the season with an average draft position of No. 1 overall and RB1 thanks to his excellence as both a rusher and pass-catcher. McCaffrey was operating as RB2 in PPR leagues for Weeks 1 and 2, prior to the injury that held him to just 7 rushes in Week 3.

The Patriots matchup is an enticing game to kickstart his return, as well. New England ranks just 17th in Football Outsiders' rush defense DVOA metric and allows 112.8 rushing yards per contest.

Sam Darnold Fantasy Outlook

McCaffrey's return also show a ripple effect for quarterback Sam Darnold's Week 9 fantasy outlook.

Darnold and the Panthers kicked off the 2021 campaign on fire and he operated as QB5 through Week 4. His play has taken a sharp downturn, seeing him fall to QB16 on the year and QB18 in games without McCaffrey.

The first-year Panthers gunslinger has thrown just 4 TDs to 7 INTs on a 56.02% completion percentage in this absence. Fantasy managers should wait and see on Darnold, but there's a chance he returns to a solid starting QB option in fantasy leagues thanks to McCaffrey's return to the huddle.


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