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NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Recap: Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Chuba Hubbard (30) runs up the middle against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Chuba Hubbard: 9 carries, 63 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 receptions, 10 receiving yards

D.J. Moore: 7 receptions, 69 yards, 1 touchdown


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The Christian McCaffrey replacements: Chuba Hubbard started for Carolina, but the Panthers used a two-man rotation in a dominant performance over Tampa Bay.

    • Hubbard was the clear favorite of the two, playing 22 snaps over the first three quarters compared to 14 for D'Onta Foreman. This included Hubbard taking eight carries to four by Foreman and Hubbard taking the third-down snaps.
    • Hubbard suffered an ankle injury at the start of the fourth quarter and didn’t return.
    • Most of Foreman’s rushing production in the first three quarters came from a 60-yard run. Foreman proceeded to run 11 times in the fourth quarter for 48 yards with Hubbard out.
    • Hubbard is the clear waiver target among the two, assuming he is healthy. We expect the Panthers to be losing most games, and that seems like a role where Hubbard will play more based on Week 7.
    • If Hubbard misses time, then Foreman would see a clear majority of offensive snaps.
    • Undrafted rookie Raheem Blackshear played five offensive snaps. He lined up as a wide receiver on four of them and took one snap in the backfield.

The Robbie Anderson replacement: The Panthers inserted Terrace Marshall Jr. directly into the starting lineup, having Marshall fully take Anderson’s role in the offense.

    • Marshall caught two of three passes thrown his way for 31 yards, which was good enough to be second on the team in receiving yards.
    • Laviska Shenault returned to the Panthers as their fourth wide receiver. He had played only 15 snaps over two games this season due to injury prior to the game.
    • Shenault played two snaps over Marshall in 12 personnel.
    • Marshall was also off the field in 13 personnel, which were all run plays. He was on the field for every other offensive play.
    • There is a chance Shenault could be more involved as the season progresses if he can stay healthy, which could be from Anderson on the outside but also potentially from Shi Smith in the slot.
    • Marshall is a waiver wire target in deeper leagues where all of the league’s starting receivers are on rosters. It would require both the passing game to improve and for Marshall to live up to his draft pick for him to be considered for starting lineups.

Monitor the Russell Gage injury: Gage suffered a hamstring injury early in the fourth quarter and didn’t return.

    • He caught four passes for 39 yards prior to the injury, while the top two wide receivers dominated in targets.
    • He was the clear No. 3 receiver with Julio Jones out with a knee injury.
    • Scotty Miller took over as the third wide receiver for the rest of the game.
    • It’s been difficult to trust the Buccaneers' third receiver with how bad the offense has been. Either Gage or Jones is worth considering if another top-four wide receiver on the team is injured.

Add Rachaad White: The rookie running back led the Buccaneers in rushing yards and saw a career-high in percentage of offensive snaps despite the poor game script.

    • White gained a career-high 24 yards on six carries and also caught an eight-yard pass.
    • White had played in 22.7% of snaps so far this season while the Buccaneers were behind compared to 33.6% when Tampa Bay had a lead.
    • All of his playing time against the Panthers came while the game was tied or Tampa Bay was behind.
    • Leonard Fournette has finished at 3.0 yards per carry or lower in five of his past six games.
    • There is a chance White will continue to earn more playing time as the season progresses, and at some point become the starter.

 


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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