Chuba Hubbard, Carolina Panthers vs. Philadelphia Eagles

After sitting out against the Cowboys, Christian McCaffrey is listed as questionable against the Eagles. Hamstring injuries are something to be cautious about and so with great optimism, we can buy he’s ready but is also far from 100 percent. Hubbard might still see action, just not to the volume we originally expected heading into this week.

The McCaffery news will likely push Hubbard out of the fantasy radar. We doubt a favorable split of the carries is coming. Hubbard was decent against the Cowboys, who have been stingy against the run. He got the second most touches against Dallas and would have finished higher up the flex finishers if he could have gotten a goal line plunge. To be fair, no backs have been able to score against the Cowboys and the Eagles would’ve been a much better matchup for Hubbard.

The potential is still there if he could get close to 20 touches per game but that’s not happening unless CMC re-aggravates the hamstring injury or is sidelined again.

Quick Hits

Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cleveland Browns — Cleveland is no joke against the run. They haven’t allowed a single back to rush for more than 45 yards or catch for more than 30 yards. Only Phillip Lindsay has been able to score on them, but that shouldn’t scare Ekeler owners from starting him this week. Just don’t expect anything above flex numbers.

Ty’Son Williams, Baltimore Ravens vs. Denver Broncos — Latavius Murray saw an opening and pushed his way through and took the starting role away from the rookie in Weeks 3-4. It was a move that could be foreseen the minute Murray signed. Williams will get a few bones thrown his way but he probably won’t see significant snaps unless there’s an injury.

Najee Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver Broncos — Harris showed his versatility against the Bengals and Big Ben seems satisfied dumping off to Harris, five to seven yards, instead of down the field. Just in the last three games, he’s caught 25-of-31 targets for 174 yards. Denver does give up the least amount of fantasy points to opposing running backs. We doubt it’s enough to change Harris’ weekly start status (don’t bench him), but do expect less than normal production.