Fantasy football managers who spent their first overall pick on Christian McCaffrey may have just been burned. Again.
McCaffrey went down with a hamstring injury on Thursday Night Football and has been ruled out for the remainder of the game.
One player's loss is another's gain, though, and this situation could provide a massive boost to rookie Chuba Hubbard's fantasy football outlook.
Chuba Hubbard Fantasy
McCaffrey is a true workhorse, and the No. 2 behind him is never going to get much work while McCaffrey is healthy. Hubbard looked to be firmly established as the No. 2 to start the year, however, seeing 8 carries in garbage time in Week 2. In fact, he's the only Panthers RB other than McCaffrey to record a single carry or target on the year.
Head coach Matt Rhule made it abundantly clear in 2020 that whoever his lead back is will be a workhorse, which would be a great situation for Hubbard. Mike Davis took over starting duties in Week 3 after McCaffrey got hurt and he was the RB8 in PPR fantasy scoring for the rest of the season, averaging 12.6 carries and 4.8 targets per game.
Hubbard is unproven, even compared to Davis, but he handled 328 rushes and 23 receptions in his sophomore season at Oklahoma State, showing his ability to handle a huge (and versatile) workload.
If McCaffrey misses any time, Hubbard will be the top waiver wire pickup this week. And if your league doesn't lock waivers on Thursday night, go add him. Now.
Royce Freeman Fantasy
The other guy who could see an increase in value is Royce Freeman. The former Denver Bronco is more proven at the NFL level, and he's clearly versatile, having tallied 297 carries plus 69 receptions.
Being clearly behind Hubbard on the depth chart, however, means that Freeman is probably still not going to offer much value unless Hubbard gets hurt. He could be worth a speculative add in deeper leagues, but in typical 12-teamers he's far from a must-add, even if McCaffrey misses more time.
At this point, before an official diagnosis and timeline is announced for McCaffrey, all fantasy managers can do is hold their breath. This one has the potential to shake up the entire fantasy football season.
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