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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: 25

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 59 225 3.8 5 19 17 149 8.8 1 73.4 24.5
2021 CAR 7 99 442 4.5 1 41 37 343 9.3 1 90.5 12.9
2021 (Projected) CAR   259 1,167 4.5 12   89 738 8.3 5 292.5  

2021 Outlook
Depth Chart
Go ahead and mark it down. McCaffrey will be the No.1 pick this year in every fantasy league in every format. And why not? He had over 500 total rushes for just under 2,500 yards and 22 TD in 2018 and 2019 combined and added 223 catches for 1,872 yards and another 10 receiving TD in the same span before injuries ravaged his 2020 campaign.

"Workhorse" doesn't even begin to tell the story when it comes to McCaffrey. He averaged over 330 total touches per season in three healthy seasons before last Fall, and new OC Joe Brady has plans to put an even bigger load on him moving forward. Just look at what he did with his star back in the one game he had him healthy last season - he was on the field for an incredible 97% of the offensive snaps with a 23% target share against the Raiders in Week 1. Those are big numbers, and it's reasonable to expect that Brady and HC Matt Ruhle will lean heavily on McCaffrey early as new QB Sam Darnold re-develops his game.

It all sounds great, as long as McCaffrey is healthy, and that's the big question. Was last year a fluke, or the first signs of decline at one of the most physically demanding jobs in sports? The concern is that it wasn't one bad season-ending injury, it was a succession of ailments. It was an ankle, and a shoulder, and a quad. It was three very different, very significant injuries that kept him out of 13 games.

Whether you're talking fantasy football or the real McCoy (or the Real McCaffrey as it were), the best ability is availability. When he's on the field, he's a tough runner, a versatile receiver, and a constant threat in the red zone. If he's healthy, he will get his. But fantasy owners who take on McCaffrey need to have a serious plan in place for if and when he isn't.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB2 Chuba Hubbard
RB2RB3 Ameer Abdullah
RB3RB4 Rodney Smith
RB4RB5 Giovanni Ricci
RB5RB1 Christian McCaffrey
Panthers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Christian McCaffrey out for the season
Ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Nov 29, 1:46 pm

Carolina Panthers
The #Panthers have placed RB Christian McCaffrey on Injured Reserve. Out for the season. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Sigh. McCaffrey is another top running back that isn't going to make it through the season. According to reports, his ankle injury was significant enough not to allow a return this year but he should be ready to go for 2022. We've seen Chuba Hubbard in the lead role already this season and know what to expect. We should also Ameer Abdullah get mixed in as well. Carolina has a bye in Week 13.


Injury Darnold a gametime decision, McCaffrey activated from IR
Gametime decision for both
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Nov 6, 4:01 pm

Carolina Panthers
Sam Darnold has cleared the concussion protocol, but is still dealing with a shoulder issue. Will be a game-time decision. Panthers activating Christian McCaffrey from IR, team announces. (Joe Person on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: It sounds like McCaffrey is going to give it a go tomorrow but how much he plays is anybody's guess. Head coach Matt Rhule suggested earlier in the week that McCaffrey would be limited if he does play. Both QB and RB will go through warmups before a determination is made on their status. Fantasy owners of both need to pay attention to Sunday morning news.


Injury Sam Darnold battling concussion, shoulder injury
Listed as Questionable
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Nov 5, 1:13 pm

Carolina Panthers
So, here is what I got out of the Matt Rhule press conference: Christian McCaffrey has a good chance to play but we will be limited on his snap count. Quarterback Sam Darnold might be active, but as a backup because his shoulder is much of an issue as his concussion. (Steve Reed on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Darnold still needs to clear concussion protocol but even if he does, his shoulder injury might keep him as the No.2 quarterback this week with P.J. Walker getting the start. McCaffrey needs to be activated on Saturday in order to play. With the Panthers and Patriots playing early, we should get some clarification from Adam Schefter late Saturday night or Sunday morning on both players.


Injury Christian McCaffrey lands on IR
Will miss the next three games
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Oct 16, 1:19 pm

Carolina Panthers
The #Panthers placed Christian McCaffrey on Injured Reserve, knocking him out three games. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: McCaffrey (hamstring) was originally injured in Week 3 and will now miss the next three games. In his absence, Chuba Hubbard will continue to work as Carolina's lead back and be weekly RB2 with the Vikings, Giants and Falcons on the upcoming schedule.


Injury Christian McCaffrey misses practice Thursday
Hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Oct 14, 1:44 pm

Carolina Panthers
Panthers injury report: DNP: Christian McCaffrey (hamstring), Shaq Thompson (foot), Kamal Martin (concussion). Limited: CJ Henderson (shoulder). (Joe Person on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: McCaffrey originally suffered his hamstring injury in Week 3 and has missed the last two games. He was limited in practice on Wednesday. We'll get a better idea of his true status after practice on Friday.


Injury Christian McCaffrey listed as Doubtful
Limited in practice all week
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Oct 8, 1:42 pm

Carolina Panthers
Matt Rhule says he wasn’t “going to play any games” with the injury status. Christian McCaffrey was limited all week, so he’s doubtful for the game. For what it’s worth, this seems like it’s better in the long haul for him and the team. (Joe Person on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: McCaffrey got in some limited work this week but he's unlikely to play in Week 5 meaning Chuba Hubbard, Royce Freeman and Rodney Smith will handling running back duties against the Eagles. Smith took some receiving work (5 tgts, 5-48) last week against the Cowboys and is a wet blanket on Hubbard's fantasy value.


Injury Christian McCaffrey avoiding IR for now
Suffered hamstring injury in Week 3
By: Doug Orth | Mon Sep 27, 11:30 pm

Carolina Panthers
Panthers HC Matt Rhule says RB Christian McCaffrey will not be placed on IR with his hamstring injury. Seems to indicate they think he has a chance to be back in less than 3 weeks. (ESPN.com - Cameron Wolfe)

FFToday's Take: It suggests the Panthers believe the injury is a minor one since an IR stint would cause him to miss three games. They are also opening themselves up for second-guessing and a repeat of last year's injury-plagued season if they are wrong. While McCaffrey recovers, Chuba Hubbard is expected to receive the lion's share of backfield work in Carolina. Royce Freeman will also see some work, although he should only be viewed as a handcuff to Hubbard for now.


Injury Christian McCaffrey departs early in Week 3
Strained hamstring
By: Doug Orth | Fri Sep 24, 1:00 am

Carolina Panthers
Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey left Thursday night's game against the Texans with a strained hamstring. HC Matt Rhule said the team doesn't know the severity of McCaffrey's injury. The star running back will undergo additional tests. Quarterback Sam Darnold said he talked to McCaffrey after the game and described him as "sad." Darnold also had a message for McCaffrey, believing he'll be back this season. "Just that I'm thinking of him and to take his time," he said. "We'll be all right without him. Obviously, we want him back. But I want him to take his time and make sure he's good for the end of the season." (ESPN - David Newton)

FFToday's Take: This report makes it sound as if McCaffrey will need more than a three-week stint on injured reserve. Fantasy managers should expect at least that much as soft-tissue injuries often require multiple-week absences. Chuba Hubbard did a fine job filling in for CMC against the Texans and should be considered a strong RB2 option for however long McCaffrey is out. Royce Freeman will see some work as well, but probably not enough for fantasy purposes.



2021 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 NYJ W 19-14 21 98 4.7 0 9 9 89 9.9 0 18.7
2 NO W 26-7 24 72 3.0 1 6 5 65 13.0 0 19.7
3 at HOU W 24-9 7 31 4.4 0 2 2 9 4.5 0 4.0
9 NE L 6-24 14 52 3.7 0 5 4 54 13.5 0 10.6
10 at ARI W 34-10 13 95 7.3 0 10 10 66 6.6 0 16.1
11 WAS L 21-27 10 59 5.9 0 8 7 60 8.6 1 17.9
12 at MIA L 10-33 10 35 3.5 0 1 0 0 - 0 3.5

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

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