Should You Start Chuba Hubbard or Miles Sanders in Fantasy Football Week 9?

Chuba Hubbard and Miles Sanders have been a difficult pair to figure out for the Panthers -- which of the two is the better fantasy start in Week 9?

We’re taking a look into the prospects for Chuba Hubbard and Miles Sanders in fantasy football for Week 9. Which Carolina Panthers RB is the better player to start this week, and can you rely on either — or both? Let’s dive in.

Which of the Panthers RBs Should You Start?

The Pro Football Network Start/Sit Optimizer says Hubbard is the player to start. His projected 10.1 points include 52.7 rushing yards, two receptions, 24.8 yards, and 0.2 TDs. That doesn’t seem like a big stat line, but it outperforms the consensus projection for Sanders (6.2 points).

My ranking for the Panthers’ running backs aligns with the consensus, as the Hubbard takeover has been evident over the last couple of weeks. Weeks 6 and 8 saw Hubbard play closer to a bell cow role for the Panthers. Despite not producing in Week 8, he did in Week 6, and with a juicy matchup ahead, he feels likely to be a strong play this week.

Chuba Hubbard’s Fantasy Outlook This Week

After paying up to sign Sanders, many left Hubbard for dead in draft season. Those who have him now have a solid RB2 role on their hands. Over his last two games, Hubbard has played 72% of the snaps for the Panthers and has seen 34 carries and three targets in that time.

Hubbard had one good and one poor game with those opportunities. With Sanders out in Week 6, Hubbard posted an RB7 finish against the Miami Dolphins. Off the bye week, the Panthers continued with his lead role, and despite 15 carries, Hubbard finished as the RB36.

This week, head coach Frank Reich named Hubbard the starter again, but he also said that he’d split carries with Sanders. The matchup with the Indianapolis Colts is a great one, too. Over the last month, the Colts have allowed the most TDs to RBs (eight). They also allow the third-most fantasy points to RBs over the same period. Hubbard is a fine RB2 play this week with upside.

Miles Sanders’ Fantasy Outlook This Week

2023 has been a nightmare season for Miles Sanders and his fantasy managers. Despite starting the year with three weeks between 57% and 65% of snaps, Sanders has just one total top-12 finish. While originally viewed as a three-down back by the staff, both his carries and his targets have been on the decline.

Last week was likely an outlier due to injury, as Sanders scored zero fantasy points on just two carries off the bye. Over his last three games, Sanders has scored a total of 4.9 fantasy points on 22 carries and four targets. Assuming around eight carries and a target or two, this sets Sanders up for just a couple of points unless he falls into the end zone.

As mentioned above, the Colts matchup is one to target, but even with the matchup, it’d be tough to play Sanders. Sanders has not been efficient and hasn’t scored since Week 3. That was also his one top-12 finish of the year. It’s hard to treat him as anything besides a TD-dependent Flex option — a risky one at that. Hopefully, you have better options.

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