Falcons running back Cordarrelle Patterson was not himself in Week 4, rushing the ball just 9 times for 38 yards. The veteran playmaker did end up in the end zone to salvage his fantasy week, but playing just 29% of the offensive snaps painted a grim picture.
The bad news came to fruition on Monday morning, when Patterson was a somewhat surprising addition to the injured reserve per an announcement from the team.
Cordarrelle Patterson Injury Update
Reports suggested Patterson underwent a procedure on his knee on Monday morning, leading to this injury designation.
The IR placement means Patterson won't be eligible to return for the next four weeks. The earliest date to slot him back in starting lineups is Nov. 6, or Week 9 of the regular season.
Patterson managers are eager to know how the rest of Atlanta's backfield shapes up in his absence.
Tyler Allgeier Fantasy Outlook
The one silver lining on Patterson's lack of production was a nearly a full game's worth of Arthur Smith's plan with the backups. Both Tyler Allgeier and Caleb Huntley were featured prominently, although Allgeier's performance offered just slightly better fantasy value.
He ended up rushing the ball 10 times for a stellar 84 yards. That yardage was offset by a long 42-yard rush, although Allgeier was the only running back to see a passing target (caught 1-of-1 for 20 yards).
It's also important to note Allgeier's role prior to the Patterson injury. He ranks second on the depth chart with 26 yards and has been productive at 5.3 yards per carry.
Caleb Huntley Fantasy Outlook
Huntley also finished the game with 10 carries, tallying a total of 56 yards. He did find the end zone once and holds the same amount of red zone rushing attempts (4) as his counterpart Allgeier.
This backfield shapes up to be more of a 1A-1B situation with Patterson on the mend. Unfortunately, that doesn't do much for fantasy perspectives.
Patterson's departure leaves 44% of the rushing opportunities up for grabs. For a team that runs the ball at the fourth-highest clip in the NFL this season, that's a lot of opportunity. At this point, crashing the waiver wire for either Allgeier or Huntley is a good idea. It won't be surprising to see one of those two names emerge as the preferred option these next four weeks, but it's too early to tell.
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