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NFL Week 5 Fantasy Football Recap: Carolina Panthers vs. San Francisco 49ers

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Jeff Wilson Jr. (22) runs for yardage pursued by Carolina Panthers cornerback Jaycee Horn (8) during the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Wilson Jr.: 17 carries, 120 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 reception, 12 receiving yards

Christian McCaffrey: 14 carries, 54 yards, 1 touchdown, 7 receptions, 50 receiving yards


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The 49ers’ adjusted backfield: The 49ers had used backup halfbacks on just six snaps the previous two weeks, but that increased to 20 snaps in this game.

    • Tevin Coleman has emerged as the backup in San Francisco, and he took roughly one-third of the snaps that would have typically gone to Jeff Wilson Jr.
    • This was likely done because of how much the 49ers relied on the run game. Coleman was rotated in during the first quarter but saw more time as the game progressed.
    • Wilson is still a relatively safe play in most matchups, but his ceiling is capped even further than it was before.

Monitor the health of Baker Mayfield: Mayfield was spotted in a walking boot after the game. He didn’t play on the Panthers’ last drive.

    • Phillip Walker took over for the final drive and would likely be the starter if Mayfield misses time.
    • Sam Darnold is eligible to return from injured reserve but is reportedly not close to returning.
    • Mayfield had earned the lowest grade for quarterbacks over the first four weeks of the season (46.4).
    • If the Panthers make a change at quarterback, that could have a positive impact on D.J. Moore and Robbie Anderson, among others.
    • Moore has played all but 10 offensive snaps this season. Similarly, Anderson has missed 27 snaps — but most were run plays.
    • Moore and Anderson both have targets per routes run under 20%, but those would likely go up with a new quarterback.

Table Notes
  • Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.
  • Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.
  • Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.
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