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When we enter Week 8 of the NFL season, we generally have a very good idea of what every NFL offense will look like and how usage will look. The San Francisco 49ers this week, however, present a very unique situation. Christian McCaffrey is the highest floor/ceiling RB of this generation and is now on a very good offense with a great play caller/designer. There is a broad range of viable RB options this week that will keep CMC’s ownership subdued and Deebo Samuel has been ruled out, which raises our expectations of CMC’s role this week. This is a player who we know has a “had to have it” ceiling and who will almost certainly come in at single-digit ownership (and a price tag well below his peak). This comment is not directed at any one specific person, but in the fantasy football industry, there are a lot of people giving advice who have a very limited track record of success and/or are not putting much on the line in regard to the plays they recommend. I can guarantee you that if CMC fails this week, I will be right there with you if the parachute doesn’t open.
Davante Adams is still one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. While he is priced above Josh Jacobs and has been outproduced by him this season, Adams still has an elite ceiling and is likely to garner single-digit ownership this season. A 30-point game by Adams would not be shocking at all and with most of the field looking to use salary at running back, Adams provides leverage within his own team as well as from a roster construction perspective.
(Yes, I know…..super crazy of me to suggest CMC and Davante Adams – the top 2 players in fantasy less than a year ago. Just a great example of recency bias among the fantasy football community as both of these players are in great spots at low ownership and have a very high chance of being parts of the slate you had to get right.)