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    Cordarrelle Patterson Injury Update: Week 11 status and fantasy outlook

    Cordarrelle Patterson's injury is forcing fantasy managers to make tough decisions ahead of Week 11. What is his outlook?

    Cordarrelle Patterson has been one of the greatest fantasy football stories in recent NFL history. But an ankle sprain suffered in Week 10 against the Cowboys is threatening to keep him sidelined on Thursday Night Football against the Patriots. What is Patterson’s injury and fantasy outlook in Week 11 and beyond?

    Update: Cordarelle Patterson is a game-time decision for the Atlanta Falcons Week 11 matchup with the Patriots.

    Cordarrelle Patterson’s fantasy outlook

    The running back/wide receiver hybrid was knocked out early in Sunday’s blowout loss to Dallas. With the Atlanta Falcons on a short week, Patterson appears to be doubtful at best for this Thursday’s contest, and his Week 12 availability remains a big question mark as well.

    Over the years, Patterson has dealt with the normal litany of injuries that come with playing professional football: concussions, chest bruise, ankle bruise, hip pull, hamstring strain, knee strain, leg strain, etc. The bigger issue is that he’s 30 years old — an age when recovery times can last longer than one might face at 22.

    Fortunately, durability should not be an issue. For context, Derrick Henry was on pace this season to collect roughly as many touches as Patterson has throughout his nine-year NFL career.

    Patterson is not someone who appears to be breaking down. Fantasy managers can breathe easy that when he’s back on the field, Patterson should return to his normal must-start self.

    Who benefits in fantasy while Patterson is sidelined with his injury?

    Assuming Patterson sits, Mike Davis and Wayne Gallman would split carries in the interim. It is clear that neither has Patterson’s skill set or versatility.

    Both Gallman and Davis were substitute bell cows last year. Gallman fared well, filling in for an injured Saquon Barkley. But on an Atlanta team that might struggle to score, it’s hard to imagine Gallman breaking through as more than an RB3/4 if Patterson sits.

    Meanwhile, Davis started for the injured Christian McCaffrey in 2020, combining decent running with an impressive 59 catches. However, he has struggled with 3.3 yards per carry this season.

    So there is almost no risk that Gallman or Davis will displace Patterson’s normal 12+ touches when he returns. Along with rookie TE Kyle Pitts, Patterson is the engine that drives this offense. Largely undrafted this summer, he has revitalized his career on a team desperate for playmakers.

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