Player Outlook
In 10 games replacing Christian McCaffrey in 2021, Hubbard scored at least 13 PPR points four times and at least 15 PPR points twice. That's not so great, nor was Hubbard ranking outside of the top 35 in pretty much every single advanced rushing metric last year, the least of which being a 3.56 yards per carry average. The Panthers added D'Onta Foreman this offseason to add more power and experience to their running back depth chart, likely putting Hubbard in a position to barely contribute when McCaffrey is healthy and partially work when McCaffrey is sidelined. Thus, we'd wait to add Hubbard off waivers once it's clear he'll be relied upon in the Panthers offense. You shouldn't draft him.

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  • Panthers' Chuba Hubbard: Starts in preseason opener

    Hubbard rushed four times for 11 yards in Saturday's 23-21 preseason win over the Commanders. Hubbard started the contest with Christian McCaffrey sitting out. Although he didn't play for long, it's notable Hubbard worked ahead of D'Onta Foreman, whose signing this offseason gives Hubbard fresh competition to back up McCaffrey. With Foreman finishing Saturday with three carries for five yards, Carolina's second-string running back competition should remain worth tracking over the exhibition slate.
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  • Panthers' Chuba Hubbard: Has company behind McCaffrey

    Hubbard could lose reps behind starter Christian McCaffrey to offseason pickup D'Onta Foreman, who offers a bigger, more physical complement to Carolina's top back, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports. Hubbard enjoyed an expanded role with McCaffrey sidelined for 10 games last season, gaining 786 yards from scrimmage and scoring six times over 197 touches as a rookie. However, the 6-foot-1, 236-pound Foreman brings a more imposing presence to Carolina's backfield and is fresh off an impressive showing while replacing the injured Derrick Henry in Tennessee last season. Foreman's addition along with Hubbard's development going into Year 2 should give the Panthers ample insurance if McCaffrey's health remains an issue, as he's now missed 23 games the past two seasons. However, compared to last year when Hubbard faced relatively little competition for the staring role while McCaffrey was sidelined, Foreman could now push Hubbard for the No. 2 gig and cut into his workload.
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  • Panthers' Chuba Hubbard: Scores in finale

    Hubbard rushed nine times for 48 yards and caught both of his targets for eight yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 41-17 loss to the Buccaneers. Hubbard was productive despite seeing fellow tailback Ameer Abdullah lead the Panthers with 16 touches. The rookie's presence was felt early on, as Hubbard hauled in a two-yard touchdown to cap Carolina's opening drive. Afterward, he was efficient on the ground overall, helped by a long gain of 19 yards. With star Christian McCaffrey (ankle) playing just seven games this season, Hubbard was forced into an expanded role, starting 10 games. The fourth-rounder finished with 172 carries for 612 yards and five touchdowns while catching 25 of 37 targets 174 yards and another score. Given McCaffrey's injury history and hefty contract, the Panthers may try to trade him this offseason. Whether they find a taker or not, Hubbard proved to be a solid backup capable of starting if required during his rookie campaign.
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  • Panthers' Chuba Hubbard: Minimal production in loss

    Hubbard rushed six times for nine yards and failed to bring in his only target in the Panthers' 32-6 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. Hubbard unsurprisingly found nearly non-existent running room during his few opportunities against a notoriously stingy Buccaneers defensive front. Game script eventually nullified the Panthers' ground attack for the most part, making it an utterly forgettable fantasy afternoon for the rookie. Despite his role as a de facto lead back to close out the season, Hubbard has seen single-digit carries in each of the last two games and has been an almost complete non-factor as a receiver since Week 7. He'll have another unenviable assignment in Week 17 in the form of a Saints team that's on par with Tampa Bay in terms of stopping the run.
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  • Panthers' Chuba Hubbard: Sees eight carries

    Hubbard ran for 40 yards on eight carries against Buffalo on Sunday. Hubbard's production was mostly driven by a 21-yard carry in the first quarter, with the other seven carries producing just 19 yards. He saw backup runner Ameer Abdullah poach four carries (though for just seven yards) and four targets, all of which were caught for a total of 48 yards and a touchdown. Hubbard might have more ability as a pure runner than Abdullah, but the latter seems to be distinguishing himself as the team's best pass-catching option at running back in the absence of Christian McCaffrey. The Panthers get a difficult matchup against Tampa Bay in Week 16.
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  • Panthers' Chuba Hubbard: Salvages day with rushing TD

    Hubbard rushed 10 times for 33 yards and a touchdown and wasn't targeted in the passing game during the Panthers' 29-21 loss to the Falcons on Sunday. Stepping back into a lead-back role for Christian McCaffrey (IR-ankle), Hubbard ended up with the same number of carries as Cam Newton and also saw game script turn against the ground attack in the second half. However, Hubbard was able to salvage his fantasy day with a 17-yard scoring scamper along the way. The rookie did prove capable of much better production during his earlier stint as the No. 1 back this season, so he could well see a bump in workload, albeit in a very tough matchup, against the Bills on the road in Week 15.
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  • Panthers' Chuba Hubbard: In line for starting role

    Hubbard is in line to serve as the Panthers' starting running back after Christian McCaffrey (ankle) was ruled out for the season Monday. Hubbard served as the lead back in the second half of Sunday's loss to the Dolphins, and he's in line to serve as the No. 1 running back across the final five games of the regular season. The rookie also filled in for McCaffrey when he missed five games due to a hamstring injury earlier in the season, and he totaled 89 carries for 329 yards and two touchdowns while securing 13 of 18 targets for 88 yards during that time. Ameer Abdullah should serve as Carolina's primary backup.
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  • Panthers' Chuba Hubbard: Helps replace McCaffrey

    Hubbard rushed two times for six yards and didn't catch his only target in Sunday's 33-10 loss to the Dolphins. Hubbard didn't impact the box score much, but it's important to note that starting tailback Christian McCaffrey played just one second-half snap after injuring his ankle Sunday. McCaffrey was also seen in a walking boot after the contest, raising some concern over his status despite Carolina now entering its bye week. Should he be limited at all once the Panthers return, Hubbard and Ameer Abdullah would figure to assume much of McCaffrey's vacated workload, potentially elevating both of their stocks.
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  • Panthers' Chuba Hubbard: Not used Sunday

    Hubbard played just one offensive snap in Sunday's 27-21 loss to Washington. Hubbard saw superstar Christian McCaffrey and quarterback Cam Newton combine for 20 of Carolina's 21 rushing attempts, perhaps a sign of things to come going forward. Although him playing just one snap was still rather surprising given his recent production, Hubbard's backup role behind such accomplished runners restricts his fantasy upside, with Sunday serving as a glaring example of that.
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  • Panthers' Chuba Hubbard: Set to lose work with McCaffrey back

    Hubbard is expected to see his snap and touch count take a hit Sunday against the Patriots with Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) suiting up for the first time since Week 3, Darin Gantt of the team's official site reports. Even with McCaffrey back in the fold, there's an expectation he'll be on a limit of around 30 to 40 snaps as he works his way back from a strained hamstring, per David Newton of ESPN.com. As a result, Hubbard will remain involved in Carolina's offense, but he may be hard-pressed to approach the 20.4 touches per game he was given during McCaffrey's five-game absence. It's difficult to project what can be expected of both backs, and a smaller workload for Hubbard may not pay dividends for a player averaging just 3.6 yards per carry this season.
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  • Panthers' Chuba Hubbard: Gets 25 touches

    Hubbard rushed 24 times for 82 yards and a touchdown but lost a fumble in Sunday's 19-13 win over the Falcons. He also caught one of two targets for nine yards. Hubbard coughed it up on Carolina's first offensive play but proceeded to garner his second-highest touch total of the season. That came despite recent addition Ameer Abdullah totaling 66 yards on his 11 touches and fellow tailback Royce Freeman getting the ball six times as well. Although Hubbard wasn't particularly efficient on the ground, his six-yard touchdown during the fourth quarter helped the Panthers snap their four-game losing streak. Next up is a matchup against the Patriots in Week 9, but with star Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) reportedly on track to return for that game, Hubbard may see his workload cut significantly going forward.
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  • Panthers' Chuba Hubbard: Scores first NFL touchdown

    Hubbard rushed 16 times for 61 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-28 loss to Minnesota. Hubbard finally hit pay dirt in his fourth start in place of the injured Christian McCaffrey (hamstring). The latter was just placed on IR this past week, assuring the rookie tailback at least two more starts following his solid outing Sunday. Hubbard will get a very favorable matchup in Week 7 when the Panthers take on the Giants' 28th-ranked rush defense (137.2 rushing yards allowed per game).
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  • Panthers' Chuba Hubbard: Lead back for foreseeable future

    Hubbard is expected to operate as the lead running back for at least the next three weeks after Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Saturday. It's obviously a disappointing development for McCaffrey, who had already been ruled out ahead of the Week 6 contest, but Hubbard fantasy managers have to be giddy about the guaranteed workload, especially with three straight matchups against inferior defensive talent on tap. The rookie fourth-round pick has certainly lived up to the billing as a top-tier backup, accumulating 284 total yards on 58 touches since taking over for the injured McCaffrey in Week 3. While the Panthers will likely sign or elevate another running back from the practice squad in short order, it's hard to imagine anyone threatening Hubbard's workload at the moment.
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  • Panthers' Chuba Hubbard: Draws Week 5 start

    Hubbard will pick up a second straight start at running back Sunday against the Eagles with Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) inactive for the contest, Zach Berman of The Athletic reports. The starting assignment was fully expected for Hubbard after McCaffrey took a doubtful designation into the weekend following limited practices Wednesday through Friday. While McCaffrey was sidelined for the Week 4 loss to Dallas, Hubbard paced the backfield with 13 carries for 57 yards, but he was limited to two catches for 14 yards on two targets in the passing game, as Carolina leaned on Rodney Smith as its primary third-down back. As such, a true three-down role may not await Hubbard on Sunday, but he still looks like a strong fantasy option as the lead runner for a Carolina squad that will be facing the NFL's 31st-ranked run defense.
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  • Panthers' Chuba Hubbard: Likely getting another start Week 5

    Hubbard is expected to remain the Panthers' starting running back for Sunday's game against the Eagles with top option Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) listed as doubtful for the contest, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. Though McCaffrey and head coach Matt Rhule consistently expressed optimism throughout the week about the former's recovery from the hamstring injury, McCaffrey looks set to miss his second straight game after he managed only limited participation in practices Wednesday through Friday. Unless McCaffrey exhibits remarkable progress heading into Sunday, he'll yield starting duties to Hubbard, who played 47 percent of the offensive snaps in the Panthers' Week 4 loss to the Cowboys and finished with 71 yards on 15 touches (13 carries, two catches). A negative game script for most of that contest resulted in Hubbard losing some passing-down work to Rodney Smith, but the rookie could be in better position to deliver a more useful fantasy line Week 5. Not only are the Panthers home favorites in the contest, but Hubbard will also be facing off against the NFL's 31st-ranked run defense.
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  • Panthers' Chuba Hubbard: Manages 71 total yards

    Hubbard recorded 13 rushes for 57 yards in Sunday's Week 4 loss to the Cowboys. He added two receptions for 14 yards. Hubbard led the Panthers' backfield, accounting for 13 of the team's 24 rushing attempts. He was particularly effective early in the contest, as he managed gains of 14 and 12 yards on the team's third offensive possession. Despite the hot start, he was scripted out of the chance to produce as the Panthers fell behind by three touchdowns late in the third quarter. It's unclear how long Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) will remain sidelined, but assuming he can't return in Week 5 against the Eagles, Hubbard should again have the chance to lead the Panthers backfield.
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  • Panthers' Chuba Hubbard: Confirmed as Week 4 starter

    Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said Wednesday that Hubbard will serve as the team's starting running back Sunday in Dallas, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. Though top back Christian McCaffrey is expected to miss some time after injuring his hamstring in the Sept. 23 win over the Texans, the Panthers are apparently optimistic that he'll be sidelined for less than three games, as Rhule said McCaffrey won't be placed on injured reserve. In any case, Hubbard should be in store for an expanded opportunity for at least the next two contests, starting with Sunday's showdown in Dallas. Though Royce Freeman is on hand as an experienced backup option behind Hubbard, the rookie out of Oklahoma State has exhibited a three-down skill set over his 64 offensive snaps through Carolina's first three games. In addition to carrying 19 times for 62 yards, Hubbard has run routes on 34 of the 38 pass plays in which he's been on the field, recording eight receptions for 31 yards on eight targets. He's also won in both of his pass-blocking opportunities, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
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  • Panthers' Chuba Hubbard: Bumps up depth chart

    Hubbard has jumped up the Panthers' depth chart following word that McCaffrey is expected to miss multiple games due to a hamstring strain, Adam Maya of NFL.com reports. McCaffrey was forced from Thursday's eventual win at Houston early in the second quarter, and Hubbard took on most of the backfield work thereafter. By the end of the game, Hubbard logged 40 of 73 offensive snaps (55 percent), while reserve Royce Freeman got on the field for 11 (15 percent). Hubbard was the clear beneficiary in terms of production, as he recorded 11 rushes for 52 yards (4.7 YPC) and caught three of five targets for 27 yards. Meanwhile, Freeman managed 25 total yards on six touches. As long as McCaffrey is sidelined, Hubbard should be Carolina's primary back, with Freeman mixing in on occasion. Meanwhile, Rodney Smith and Spencer Brown are the running backs on the practice squad, and the Panthers already have worked out veteran RB Duke Johnson.
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  • Panthers' Chuba Hubbard: Replaces injured McCaffrey

    Hubbard rushed 11 times for 52 yards and caught three of five targets for 27 yards in Thursday night's 24-9 win over the Texans. Hubbard was forced into extended action after superstar Christian McCaffrey exited during the second quarter with a hamstring injury. Although the rookie fourth-rounder promptly proceeded to drop a pass and get stuffed on a fourth-and-one attempt -- and later dropped a would-be touchdown in the second half -- Hubbard still racked up commendable yardage on short notice. Obviously, McCaffrey's status should be paramount to monitor ahead of the Week 4 matchup versus the Cowboys, but if he's sidelined or slowed, Hubbard and recent veteran signee Royce Freeman would figure to have their roles expanded, with Thursday showing that the first-year tailback is preferred as the primary option in McCaffrey's absence.
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  • Panthers' Chuba Hubbard: Gets eight carries

    Hubbard rushed eight times for 10 yards in Sunday's 26-7 win over the Saints. Hubbard was handed a decent workload despite Christian McCaffrey finishing with 29 touches. However, Hubbard playing a quarter of Carolina's 76 overall offensive snaps came partially as a result of McCaffrey missing a couple drives while dealing with cramps, Joseph Person of The Athletic reports. After hardly getting anything going with his carries Sunday, Hubbard will hope to make a bigger impact if called upon in Thursday's upcoming game versus the Texans.
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