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What to do with Mike Davis in Week 7 fantasy football

We go over Mike Davis’ fantasy football outlook ahead of the Panthers Week 7 matchup against the Saints.

Mike Davis of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Bank of America Stadium on October 18, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina.      Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Sunday game update: The Saints have had no additional positive Covid-19 tests since Emmanuel Sanders, and so this game is set to happen. ESPN projects Mike Davis at 19.3 points in PPR leagues. The Saints will be without Sanders and Michael Thomas, which could bode well for the Panthers keeping this game close and maybe springing an upset. That bodes well for the game script.

Friday game update: Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders was placed on the reserve-COVID list after testing positive on Friday. Though he is now in quarantine and away from the team, he did practice with the Saints on Thursday. The NFL will be monitoring this situation closely in case there is a need to postpone this matchup.

Mike Davis might be the most rewarding waiver wire pickup of the year and has provided a spark for the Carolina Panthers since Christian McCaffrey went down with an ankle injury early in the year. The Panthers are gearing up for a divisional matchup against the New Orleans Saints, and Davis could struggle against one of the best run-stopping teams in the NFL.

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Matt Rhule doesn’t seem optimistic about McCaffrey making his return in Week 7, so it appears like the Davis show will continue. Davis has been one of the NFL’s premier receiving backs for weeks now. New Orleans hasn’t allowed a running back to eclipse 100 rushing yards since 2017, and could make him one-dimensional. Davis’ skills as a pass catcher could help offset his disadvantage running the ball, but he’ll face an uphill battle.

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I’d sit Davis in this matchup, as the Saints are excellent up and likely won’t allow him to shed as many tackles as usual. He’ll likely have to catch a touchdown pass or two to match his recent performances.