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The news: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Panthers are trading RB Christian McCaffrey for draft picks to the 49ers.
What it means in fantasy: As compensation, the Panthers will receive second-, third-, and fourth-round draft picks in the 2023 NFL draft, as well as a fifth-round pick in 2024, heavily on running backs as rushers and receivers from the backfield. It will be a breath of fresh air for McCaffrey considering the Panthers rank last in the league in total yards per game. Once he enters the field, he can be considered a high-end RB1 with a chance to become Fantasy’s MVP for the season.
go deeper: After playing all 16 games in each of his first three NFL seasons, McCaffrey was limited to just 10 combined games in 2020 and 2021 by injuries. However, he was very productive in the field. McCaffrey averaged 19.6 touches and 22.2 fantasy points per game during his career.
The news: Panthers RBs D’Onta Foreman and Chuba Hubbard are expected to form a committee after Christian McCaffrey’s departure.
What it means in fantasy: To be honest, I think Foreman will ultimately chair the Panthers’ committee, but Hubbard will also be involved. Carolina signed Foreman as a free agent from the Titans earlier this year. The Panthers appeared underwhelmed by Hubbard’s 10-game stint as a starter last year when McCaffrey missed time. While McCaffrey was out, Hubbard rushed for 514 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games. He also caught 19 passes for 110 yards and one touchdown. Foreman found success with the Titans when he filled in for Derrick Henry when he sustained a foot injury in Week 8 of last season. He finished the season with 133 rushing attempts for 566 yards and three touchdowns and nine receptions for 123 yards. Hubbard (96.5%) and Foreman (95.8%) are available in a high percentage of ESPN leagues. Both are on the Flex radar for Carolina’s offense, which ranks last in the NFL in total yards per game.
The news: ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that WR DJ Moore is considered “ground of the list.”
What it means in fantasy: Moore is unlikely to be traded as the deadline nears, despite multiple calls from other teams. Moore was negatively impacted by the Panthers’ offense, which isn’t a fantasy football bonanza. A trade would greatly enhance his fantasy prospects. This season, Moore has averaged 7.3 goals and 8.4 fantasy points. He was the WR15 in our draft trends this summer. Even as a flex option, Moore is difficult to trust.
The news: Cardinals WR Rondale Moore caught one of two goals for 31 yards against the Saints.
What it means in fantasy: With Marquise Brown out for the near future with a foot injury, Moore should play a more prominent role in the Cardinals’ passing game. In the last two games, Moore has caught 13 of 18 goals for 117 yards. In his first game after serving his suspension, DeAndre Hopkins stopped that positive momentum. He caught 10 of 14 targets for 103 yards. In Week 8 against the Vikings, fantasy managers will have a hard time trusting Moore in their lineups.
go deeper: This was the second time Hopkins had had 10 receptions for 100 yards or more in his first game of a season. In the last 20 seasons, only Hopkins, Davante Adams, Michael Thomas, Andre Johnson and Anquan Boldin have done that multiple times.
The news: Patriots RB Damien Harris was in full training Thursday.
What it means in fantasy: Harris is struggling with a hamstring injury. After missing the game against the Browns last week, he seems on track to play the Bears Monday night. Depending on how healthy Harris is, he’ll likely limit Rhamondre Stevenson’s Snaps and Opportunity Share. Stevenson can still be inserted into fantasy formations as RB2.
The news: Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett missed practice for the second straight day as he deals with a hamstring injury.
What it means in fantasy: The Seahawks could do without Lockett for their matchup against the Chargers. The receiver has missed just two games in his career, and one was the last game of 2016 after breaking his leg. Lockett’s status should be monitored by fantasy managers on Friday and likely into the weekend. If Lockett is unable to leave, Dee Eskridge and Marquise Goodwin will fill in.
The news: Ravens RB JK Dobbins did not train Thursday due to a knee injury.
What it means in fantasy: Dobbins’ knee tightened against the Giants last week. It’s possible he’ll miss Sunday’s game against the Browns after back-to-back DNPs. If he’s inactive, fantasy managers should look to Kenyan Drake, who filled in for Dobbins last week and finished with 19.7 fantasy points. Drake is still available in 82% of ESPN leagues. Gus Edwards is also close to returning from injured reserve. If he becomes active, he will play a role in the backfield.
The news: Raiders TE Darren Waller missed practice for the second straight day with a hamstring injury.
What it means in fantasy: This isn’t good news for Waller, especially after a bye week. There’s a good chance he’ll miss this week’s game against the Texans. Backup tight end Foster Moreau is very capable of filling the void. It’s a great contingency plan for fantasy managers who have wallers on their list.
The news: ESPN’s Rich Cimini reports that WR Elijah Moore will be inactive in Week 7 against the Broncos after requesting a trade.
What it means in fantasy: Moore is frustrated by his lack of targets, but the Jets aren’t considering a trade as the deadline is fast approaching. Moore has been targeted just 29 times this season. His trade demand “didn’t sit well with the Jets.” Moore’s absence opens the door for Corey Davis to find high ground against the Broncos as Zach Wilson has a strong relationship with him.
go deeper: Davis leads the Jets with 351 receiving yards in 19 catches, 17 of which were first downs or touchdowns.
The news: WR Hunter Renfrow did not train Thursday due to a hip injury.
What it means in fantasy: The report came as a surprise. Fantasy managers should switch to Mack Hollins if Renfrow is eliminated as Hollins is still available in 93% of ESPN leagues. In the two games earlier this season when Hollins had eight or more goals, he finished the game with a total of 41.5 fantasy points.
The news: Ravens TE Mark Andrews missed practice for consecutive days due to recovery reasons.
What it means in fantasy: Coach John Harbaugh has publicly stated that these are rest days for Andrews but he is also struggling with a knee injury. I think Andrews will play the Browns on Sunday. However, were Andrews unable to play, Ravens tight end Isaiah Likely would be an intriguing streamer. Cade Otton and Evan Engram should also be considered. WR Rashod Bateman is on course to return this week after suffering a foot injury. After the Week 6 loss to the Giants, offensive coordinator Greg Roman noted that Devin Duvernay should be more involved; This would be even more likely if Andrews were excluded.
Today on ESPN.com/Fantasy and on the ESPN Fantasy App
Mike Clay’s Playbook: predictions and analysis for every game
Eric Karabell’s Fantasy Hot Seat: Tua Tagovailoa tops the list of players under pressure in Week 7
• Fantasy Focus Podcast: Daniel Dopp, Stephania Bell and Mike Clay react to Christian McCaffrey’s massive trade before previewing everything you need to know for Week 7, including key injury updates, lineup suspensions, whether you can start Brady and much more! watch
• The Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: this week’s best advice in one place
• Inactives Watch: Who’s in, who’s out and what does that mean?
• The fantastic ups and downs by Matt Bowen and Tristan H. Cockcroft
• Fantasy Football Now: Sunday at 10am ET on ESPN2
In case you missed it:
Field Yates’ Fantasy Field Pass for Week 7: How will Dak, Tua, Hopkins fare on returning to the action?
Mike Clay’s TNF Playbook: Saints vs. Cardinals
Tristan H. Cockcroft’s positional matchup card
Fantasy film room by Matt Bowen
Al Zeidenfeld’s DFS best buys for week 7
• “Fantasy Focus” Podcast: Field Yates, Mike Clay and Daniel Dopp preview a friendlier “Thursday Night Football” for the Fantasy before dishing out the WRs that have great matchups and the WRs that you might hit the have to set the bank. Then Adam Schefter joins in to discuss the storylines to be seen in Week 7, including who needs to be on your radar for a late-season push. Listen | watch