Christian McCaffrey Injury Update Crushes Fantasy Outlook in Week 8
By Max Staley
Updated (9:50 a.m. EST, Thursday Oct. 29): Christian McCaffrey is not expected to be ready to suit up for the Carolina Panthers Week 8 Thursday Night Football matchup. He still hasn't been ruled out, but it's looking like Mike Davis will serve as Carolina's lead back again on Thursday night. McCaffrey appears to be close to a return, however, so he should be back in the lineup for Week 9.
It's looking like Christian McCaffrey fantasy managers are going to have to wait just a little bit longer. There was some hope the Carolina Panthers superstar running back could return in Week 8, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen.
McCaffrey is reportedly considered a 'long-shot' to suit up for his team's Week 8 game against the Atlanta Falcons, but he hasn't been ruled out quite yet.
Christian McCaffrey Fantasy Outlook
Reading the tea leaves, it's tough to see McCaffrey suiting up in this one. Carolina is facing a short week as it prepares for to take on the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday Night Football. On the bright side, though, he'll have about 10 days to get ready for Week 9, which feels like a logical point for him to return.
Assuming that happens, McCaffrey would be looking at a mouth-watering matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. Entering Week 7, Kansas City checked in as the league's sixth-worst defense against the run, per Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics. A matchup between the McCaffrey-led Panthers' offense and the Chiefs would also likely be one of the highest-scoring games of the week.
If he's active in Week 9, he'd instantly be back in the conversation for the No. 1 overall player in fantasy, even if Mike Davis steals a few touches.
While it's looking more and more like CMC won't be back until Week 9, nothing is set in stone quite yet, so it'll be important to continue monitoring Carolina's practice reports throughout the week.
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