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NFL Week 6 Fantasy Football Recap: Carolina Panthers vs. Los Angeles Rams

Inglewood, California, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) carries the ball against Los Angeles Rams linebacker Bobby Wagner (45) in the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Christian McCaffrey: 13 carries, 69 yards; 7 receptions, 89 receiving yards

Allen Robinson: 5 receptions, 63 yards, one touchdown

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Monitor the Robbie Anderson situation: Anderson was the talk of trade rumors heading into the game. After multiple verbal altercations with coaches, he was benched and taken to the locker room.

  • Terrace Marshall Jr. took over as the starting outside receiver in place of Anderson in every personnel group.
  • Shi Smith’s role remained unchanged — he was the team’s slot receiver in three-receiver sets.
  • It wouldn’t be surprising if Anderson just played his last down in Carolina. His fantasy value going forward will ultimately depend on the team he lands on. His playing time will likely decline, while his fantasy value will depend on how much it falls and the quality of the quarterback.
  • Marshall is worth a waiver wire add in deeper leagues. He was a popular sleeper target a year ago and was one of the best rookie wide receivers in the 2021 preseason.
  • Laviska Shenault has missed most of the season with an injury, but he could also be in the mix for significant playing time, dampening Marshall's value.

Add D’Onta Foreman: Christian McCaffrey has been the subject of trade rumors and put up a dominant performance today, only increasing his trade value.

  • Foreman is worth adding just in case McCaffrey is traded, as he would then become the Panthers' lead back.
  • He more than doubled Chuba Hubbard in both routes run and carries.
  • Both running backs would see significant playing time, but Foreman would likely be the leader.
  • There is always a chance a trade involving McCaffrey includes a running back joining Carolina, which would destroy any value that Foreman has.

Start Darrell Henderson: Cam Akers was inactive, and there are reports he will not play for the team again. This makes Henderson the clear starter for Los Angeles.

  • He dominated playing time in every kind of situation.
  • He ran 12 times for 43 yards and a touchdown while catching two passes for 9 yards.
  • The Rams ran seven plays where wide receivers ran the football. Los Angeles will continue to sprinkle these plays in, but Henderson should run more in winning situations as we advance.
  • The situation will change once Kyren Williams is healthy again, but Henderson is a relatively safe starter between now and then.
  • Akers’ fantasy value largely depends on his destination and that team’s depth chart.

Monitor Tyler Higbee’s playing time: Higbee had been one of the most dependable fantasy tight ends this season, but he was restricted to one catch for 7 yards today.

  • He played much less than usual, as the team substituted backup tight ends a little throughout the game.
  • He still saw enough playing time to leave him in starting lineups this week, but it’s a situation worth monitoring going forward.

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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