Fantasy Damage Updates: Christian McCaffrey, Chris Carson, Miles Sanders, week 10 extra spectacular RB rankings


If you're one of the many fantasy football owners who got excited about Christian McCaffrey last week, you must be devastated that he'll likely be out in week 10. In the meantime, they will be owned by Chris Carson, Miles Sanders and Kenyan Drake, wondering about the health of their backs, all of whom have been absent for two weeks. These players are routinely at the top of our Fantasy RB leaderboard and will be there in week 10 when they become available. For now, however, their injuries create uncertainty and some tough choices for fantasy owners.

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Is Christian McCaffrey playing this week?

In his first return leg after an ankle injury that sidelined him for five games, McCaffrey suffered a shoulder injury in week 9 that could cause him to miss more time. He didn't train on Wednesday and according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, McCaffrey is unlikely to play the Buccaneers in week 10.

If McCaffrey is out for at least a week, Mike Davis will be Carolina's backfield leader again. He pulls a tough matchup with a Buccaneers defense that doesn't allow for much mileage on the ground, but he got a total of 74 yards against them in Week 2 so Davis still has RB2 advantage in that matchup.

The good news for McCaffrey's owner is that he may not be out for long. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, there is "hope" that McCaffrey can face the Lions in week 11.


Is Chris Carson playing this week?

Carson (foot) is at risk of missing his third game in a row and was out of practice for the Seahawks on Wednesday. According to Joe Fann of NBC Sports Northwest, Seahawks manager Pete Carroll said Carson was ahead of Carlos Hyde (thigh) on his return attempt, but he's not sure if either will play in week 10.

Carson had a 50-50 chance of playing in week 8, but that seems like a classic case where Carroll is overly optimistic about a player returning from injury. Carson's status should be watched in the future, but until he's back on the practice field it's hard to imagine he'll play. DeeJay Dallas will continue to shoulder the burden when Carson and Hyde can't play, while Travis Homer gets involved more as a pass-catching back.

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Is Miles Sanders playing this week?

Sanders (knee) is expected to get active again this week after missing both weeks 7 and 8. He did limited training on Wednesday, a sign that he will be ready to play against the Giants.

Sanders' return coupled with the thinned out ranks at the RB position makes him a potential RB1 against the Giants. In the meantime, Boston Scott will again be a fine handcuff instead of a solid starter, with Sanders taking on most of the workload.

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Is the Kenyan playing Drake this week?

Drake (Knuckles) was originally expected to miss a few weeks for the Cardinals, but now it seems he might have a chance to return in week 10. Drake was present at Cardinals practice on Wednesday, albeit to a limited extent. Even so, it's always good to practice early in the week and indicates that Drake is about to return.

If Drake can't leave in week 10, Chase Edmonds would be a solid starter and potential RB1 against the Bills. If Drake is healthy, he'll likely be a high-end RB2, with Edmonds working their way into flex space in PPR leagues as it is still possible for them to share carry.


Steven Gregory