Fantasy Injury Updates: Latest news on Christian McCaffrey & Elijah Mitchell affecting Week 5 RB rankings



Christian McCaffrey and Elijah Mitchell missed last week, and their respective availabilities for Week 5 are in question. Both will likely be “questionable” for their matchups, but both have a chance to make their returns to your fantasy lineups. We’ll dive into the latest injury updates and discuss how Week 5 RB rankings may be affected.

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WEEK 5 WAIVERS: Top pickups

Christian McCaffrey injury update

As expected McCaffrey (hamstring) missed the Panthers’ Week 4 game in Dallas, but there’s a chance he returns in Week 5 to play the Eagles. This is great news for McCaffrey owners, but you do have to hope the Panthers won’t rush him back before he’s ready. Hamstring injuries can linger, and this is not a player to take that risk with. It’s still expected McCaffrey sits out Week 5.

Like last week, Chuba Hubbard would start for Carolina if CMC is out. It was disappointing to see Hubbard lose passing-game work to Rodney Smith, and we can’t view him as more than a low-end RB2. He’s ranked at the RB21 in standard and RB25 in PPR. McCaffrey will once again be a top-five play at the position if healthy.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Elijah Mitchell injury update

Mitchell (shoulder) was inactive for the second straight game last week, but Kyle Shanahan is hopeful he can practice without a non-contact jersey this week. If their wish comes true, it will likely mean Mitchell will suit up against the Cardinals. You’d have to think the 49ers will try to keep this game on the ground as much as they can. Trey Lance might get his first career start, and it would be smart to limit Kyler Murray’s possessions. That said, Mitchell should be in line for plenty of work if he can go this week.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

It looks like Trey Sermon is the only other back that will get any kind of workload in his absence, and he should be a factor even when Mitchell comes back. However, we still figure Mitchell to be the lead back in SF, and we like him at the RB26 in standard and RB28 in PPR. If he’s out in Week 5, Sermon will be ranked similarly.


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