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Running Back, Carolina Panthers

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Draft: 2017 Round 1 (8)
College: Stanford
Ht: 5’11”  Wt: 202 DOB: 1996-06-07 Age: 24

Season Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2017 CAR 16 117 435 3.7 2 113 80 651 8.1 5 150.6 9.4
2018 CAR 16 219 1,098 5.0 7 124 107 867 8.1 6 274.5 17.2
2019 CAR 16 287 1,387 4.8 15 142 116 1,005 8.7 4 353.2 22.1
2020 CAR 3 59 224 3.8 5 19 17 149 8.8 1 73.3 24.4
2020 (Projected) CAR   242 1,161 4.8 10   107 884 8.3 4 288.5  

2020 Outlook
Depth Chart
McCaffrey had one of the greatest seasons ever at the running back position in 2019, rushing for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns, and adding 1,005 yards receiving on 116 receptions with another 4 touchdowns through the air. It was one of the highest-scoring seasons ever for a running back, as he scored 469 PPR points. The only running back to ever score more in a season was LaDainian Tomlinson, who scored 472 PPR points back in 2006.

Despite the amazing season, it is important to realize that McCaffrey basically did what he has been doing his whole career. It does not look like his 2019 was much of an outlier when you look carefully at the stats. Perhaps he scored touchdowns at a higher rate than normal on the ground, and that certainly may regress to the mean a bit. But he finished with 4.8 yards per carry; in 2018 he finished with 5 yards per carry. He simply got more carries in 2019. In 2018 he had 107 receptions with an 86% catch rate; in 2019 he had 116 receptions with an 81% catch rate. He simply had more targets in 2019.

So the main question to consider with McCaffrey is whether his workload will continue to be so robust. He finished 2019 with 403 total touches, and the next highest running back (Ezekiel Elliott) finished with 355 touches. There were seven other backs besides Elliott and McCaffrey who finished above 300. McCaffrey is an otherworldly talent, but his huge touch total certainly contributed to his remarkable fantasy season.

He was also on the field for over 93% of the Panthers' offensive snaps, and Elliott was again second with 83%. That equates to an extra 102 snaps for McCaffrey compared to Elliott. And all of that opportunity led to a bunch of extra touches and production. So will Rhule and Brady keep McCaffrey on the field at this rate, or will they try to keep him fresh and rotate him off more often? That is a question we cannot know the answer to, but the truth is that McCaffrey has been historically excellent whenever he's been on the field. So he will likely be worth the first overall pick in fantasy drafts, even if his snap share plummets to around 75%.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB3 Rodney Smith
RB2RB5 Trenton Cannon
RB3RB2 Mike Davis
RB4RB1 Christian McCaffrey
RB5FB4 Alex Armah
RB6RB6 Reggie Bonnafon
Panthers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Christian McCaffrey doubtful for Week 16
Quad injury
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Dec 23, 2:00 pm

Carolina Panthers
Matt Rhule says Christian McCaffrey (quad) is doubtful to play at Washington. (Joe Person on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: It's been a lost season for McCaffrey who played in three games and suffered multiple injuries. Mike Davis will continue to work as the primary ball carrier with Rodney Smith working in relief.


Injury Christian McCaffrey not expected to play Saturday
Thigh injury
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Dec 15, 2:30 pm

Carolina Panthers
Christian McCaffrey was limited today. (Approximation as it was a walkthrough.) Matt Rhule says he's not expecting McCaffrey to play Saturday at Green Bay. (Joe Person on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Panthers didn't actually practice today and Rhule did note that if McCaffery was able to run in practice on Wednesday he might change his tune on McCaffrey's availability. Fantasy owners should expect McCaffrey to sit this week and have plan B in place. Mike Davis would once again get the majority of reps against the Packers.


Injury Christian McCaffrey not expected to play
Thigh injury
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Dec 10, 3:04 pm

Carolina Panthers
Panthers coach Matt Rhule said at this time he does not expect Christian McCaffrey to play vs. the Broncos. (Joe Person on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: McCaffrey missed practice on Thursday and appears to be headed for the inactive list on Sunday. Mike Davis owners get another usable week out of their waiver wire gem. He'll face a middle-of-the-road matchup against the Broncos in Week 14.


Injury McCaffrey limited on Wednesday with thigh injury
Missed last three games with shoulder injury
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Dec 9, 2:23 pm

Carolina Panthers
Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey was limited with a shoulder injury and a new injury -- thigh, which he tweaked last week, according to Matt Rhule. Matt Rhule said it tightened up today. (Joe Person on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: It sounds like McCaffrey is going to have to improve quite a bit in order to play this week. If he misses, Mike Davis would be in for another big workload. We'll follow Thursday and Friday practice reports closely.


Injury Christian McCaffrey likely to return in Week 14
Missed last three games with shoulder injury
By: Doug Orth | Mon Dec 7, 6:30 pm

Carolina Panthers
Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) is expected to play on Sunday after missing the last three games. "There’s nothing to make me think he’s not,’’ coach Matt Rhule said. (ESPN - David Newton)

FFToday's Take: The bulk of McCaffrey's fantasy owners likely didn't make the fantasy playoffs, but it appears as if he is about to pay off for those folks if they persevered. McCaffrey was given 28 touches after missing nearly two months with his ankle injury back in Week 9, so a similar workload could be in store against the Broncos. He obviously needs to be started everywhere if he is active.


Injury Christian McCaffrey to miss more time?
Coach called RB "week-to-week" on Monday
By: Doug Orth | Mon Nov 23, 8:00 pm

Carolina Panthers
Panthers coach Matt Rhule seems more optimistic that QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) will play Sunday against Minnesota than RB Christian McCaffrey (shoulder). “I would expect Teddy to practice on Wednesday and we’ll take it from there. He was cleared to play yesterday, so I would assume he will be ready to go on Wednesday. Christian, we’ll take it week to week." (ESPN - David Newton)

FFToday's Take: McCaffrey has already missed two games with his shoulder after missing six with his knee sprain. Taken at face value, Rhule's comments make it sound like he is pessimistic that the stud running back will be ready to play in Week 12 against the Vikings. However, it would make sense for Carolina to give its top back another game off with a bye coming up in Week 13. At least for now, it appears Mike Davis is set up to make at least one more start.


Injury Christian McCaffrey unlikely to play in Week 11
Shoulder injury
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Nov 16, 10:16 am

Carolina Panthers
Panthers’ RB Christian McCaffrey is unlikely to play Sunday against the Lions due to his shoulder injury and the team still is preparing got a multi-week absence, per source. So likely no McCaffrey and uncertainty about QB Teddy Bridgewater, too. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Not good news. It was reported last week that McCaffrey might be able to play this week, but it looks like we'll be seeing more of Mike Davis as the lead back in Carolina. Davis has been the RB29, RB31, RB32, RB30 the last four weeks.


Injury Christian McCaffrey's Week 10 status "in doubt"
Panthers would turn to Mike Davis again if CMC can't go Sunday
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Wed Nov 11, 11:07 am

Carolina Panthers
Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) on Twitter: "#Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey, dealing with a painful shoulder injury suffered Sunday, won’t practice today, source said. His status for Sunday is further in doubt." (Twitter/NFL Network)

FFToday's Take: Mike Davis could have some more time for fantasy owners as a clear-cut RB1, but we'll have to wait and see if CMC practices later this week.


Injury Christian McCaffrey could miss time
Shoulder injury
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Nov 9, 9:54 am

Carolina Panthers
#Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey, who returned after missing more than a month with an ankle injury, could miss more time with a shoulder injury suffered yesterday, source said. He’s having tests today, but his status this week is very much in doubt. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: McCaffrey was back in a workhorse role in Week 9 but was getting his shoulder and ribs looked at during yesterday's game with the Chiefs. Mike Davis would jump back into an RB1 role if McCaffrey misses any time.


Injury Panthers expected to activate McCaffrey this weekend
Should play against the Chiefs
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Nov 6, 1:20 pm

Carolina Panthers
Panthers plan to activate RB Christian McCaffrey this weekend and he is expected to play Sunday against the Chiefs. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: We've expected McCaffrey to get cleared and play against the Chiefs, the only question is does he jump right back in to his workhorse role or does Mike Davis force some kind of timeshare. It's hard to be against McCaffrey and giving the decent matchup against a Chiefs defense that will allow big gains in the running game, McCaffrey is easily an RB1.


Injury Christian McCaffrey not expected to play
Ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Oct 29, 7:07 am

Carolina Panthers
#Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (ankle) isn’t expected to be activated from injured reserve for tonight’s game against the #Falcons, per sources. He returned to practice Tuesday and Carolina hasn’t formally ruled him out. But it was a long shot all week and remains that way. (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: It's another week of Mike Davis as a bellcow running back. McCaffrey has only been back at practice for two days so it makes sense to hold him out another. The Panthers face the Chiefs in Week 9.


Injury Christian McCaffrey returns to practice
Still considered "a long shot" to play Week 8
By: Doug Orth | Mon Oct 26, 4:30 pm

Carolina Panthers
Christian McCaffrey changed into a red jersey for the portion of practice open to the media. He was in a baseball cap on the sideline as the team stretched and did not actively participate. (Panthers.com - Myles Simmons)

FFToday's Take: Baby steps. McCaffrey had not practiced since going down in Week 2, and it doesn't make much sense to rush him on a short week when the team can give him another week to recover. Assuming he sits out Thursday's game against Atlanta and ramps thing up next week, CMC will have had six full weeks to recover. In short, he should be able to hit the ground running for his fantasy owners over the second half of the season. Mike Davis figures to get one more start in Week 8.



2020 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 LV L 30-34 23 96 4.2 2 4 3 38 12.7 0 25.4
2 at TB L 17-31 18 59 3.3 2 5 4 29 7.3 0 20.8
9 at KC L 31-33 18 69 3.8 1 10 10 82 8.2 1 27.1

2019 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 LAR L 27-30 19 128 6.7 2 11 10 81 8.1 0 32.9
2 TB L 14-20 16 37 2.3 0 6 2 16 8.0 0 5.3
3 at ARI W 38-20 24 153 6.4 1 4 3 35 11.7 0 24.8
4 at HOU W 16-10 27 93 3.4 1 10 10 86 8.6 0 23.9
5 JAC W 34-27 19 176 9.3 2 8 6 61 10.2 1 41.7
6 at TB W 37-26 22 31 1.4 1 5 4 26 6.5 1 17.7
8 at SF L 13-51 14 117 8.4 1 5 4 38 9.5 0 21.5
9 TEN W 30-20 24 146 6.1 2 3 3 20 6.7 1 34.6
10 at GB L 16-24 20 108 5.4 1 7 6 33 5.5 0 20.1
11 ATL L 3-29 14 70 5.0 0 14 11 121 11.0 0 19.1
12 at NO L 31-34 22 64 2.9 1 9 9 69 7.7 1 25.3
13 WAS L 21-29 14 44 3.1 0 13 7 58 8.3 0 10.2
14 at ATL L 20-40 11 53 4.8 0 12 11 82 7.5 0 13.5
15 SEA L 24-30 19 87 4.6 2 10 8 88 11.0 0 29.5
16 at IND L 6-38 13 54 4.2 0 15 15 119 7.9 0 17.3
17 NO L 10-42 9 26 2.9 1 10 7 72 10.3 0 15.8

2018 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 DAL W 16-8 10 50 5.0 0 9 6 45 7.5 0 9.5
2 at ATL L 24-31 8 37 4.6 0 15 14 102 7.3 0 13.9
3 CIN W 31-21 28 184 6.6 0 2 2 10 5.0 0 19.4
5 NYG W 33-31 17 58 3.4 0 6 5 35 7.0 1 15.3
6 at WAS L 17-23 8 20 2.5 0 8 7 46 6.6 0 6.6
7 at PHI W 21-17 7 29 4.1 0 6 6 51 8.5 0 8.0
8 BAL W 36-21 14 45 3.2 1 6 4 11 2.8 1 17.6
9 TB W 42-28 17 79 4.6 2 6 5 78 15.6 0 27.7
10 at PIT L 21-52 14 77 5.5 1 5 5 61 12.2 2 31.8
11 at DET L 19-20 13 53 4.1 0 8 6 57 9.5 0 11.0
12 SEA L 27-30 17 125 7.4 1 11 11 112 10.2 1 35.7
13 at TB L 17-24 10 106 10.6 0 10 9 55 6.1 1 22.1
14 at CLE L 20-26 16 63 3.9 2 7 6 38 6.3 0 22.1
15 NO L 9-12 15 53 3.5 0 11 8 67 8.4 0 12.0
16 ATL L 10-24 21 101 4.8 0 13 12 77 6.4 0 17.8
17 at NO W 33-14 4 18 4.5 0 1 1 22 22.0 0 4.0

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