RB Christian McCaffrey - Carolina Panthers

5-11, 202Born: 6-7-1996College: StanfordDrafted: Round 1, pick 8 (2017)

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McCaffrey is week to week with a shoulder injury and is unlikely to play in Week 11


Last season, the NFL's ultimate offensive weapon was on the field for 93% of the Panthers snaps, which includes Week 17 where he rested for half of the game. Christian McCaffrey is a versatile do-everything back and receiver who also can score. He was the #1 fantasy running back in all formats last season, scoring 151 more points than the next closest running back (Aaron Jones) in PPR format. Perhaps last season's accomplishment of 1,000 rushing and 1,000 receiving yards will be the pinnacle performance of his career, but he is still a highly productive running back with no sign of stopping. The 2020 season brings change to the Panthers offense with a new head coach in Matt Rhule, a new offensive coordinator, Joe Brady, and a new quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater. While the coaching staff contends they will utilize McCaffrey as the weapon that he is, it's possible and expected that he will see fewer reps in an effort to not abuse his skills and keep him rested for the betterment of his career. Having said that, Joe Brady is coming from an offense that produced record-breaking numbers at LSU. McCaffrey may not reach the 1,000/1,000 Club again, but his unique skill set and versatility as an all-purpose back makes him a viable candidate to repeat his top fantasy ranking. (April 30)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Dynasty - 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3
Overall Dynasty - 1, 1, 1, 2, 3

Stats and Projections

2017 CAR 16 117 435 2 113 80 651 5 1
2018 CAR 16 219 1098 7 124 107 867 6 1
2019 CAR 16 287 1387 15 143 116 1005 4
2020 CAR 3 59 * * 19 17 * * *
2020 PROJ-Dodds 15.0 255.0 * * 96.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Henry 15.5 260.0 * * 100.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Wood 15.0 260.0 * * 90.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 299.0 * * 112.5 * * *
2020 PROJ-Consensus 15.3 264.1 * * 99.0 * * *

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Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Christian McCaffrey's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 1
RB: 1
Overall-PPR: 1

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Latest News

Panthers | Christian McCaffrey to miss more time? (Mon Nov 23, 03:38 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) was deemed 'week-to-week' by head coach Matt Rhule on Monday, Nov. 23.

Our View: McCaffrey needs more time to get right. There was initial optimism surrounding this injury but that has proven to be a bit off. McCaffrey will get the proper time to heal which means we may not see him for some time. Mike Davis continues as the starter for the Panthers.
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Panthers | Week 11 Carolina Panthers inactives (Sun Nov 22, 11:43 AM) - The Carolina Panthers have declared OG John Miller, QB Teddy Bridgewater, CB Donte Jackson, OT Russell Okung, LB Sam Franklin and RB Christian McCaffrey inactive for Week 11.

Our View: PJ Walker will get the start, which isn't a good development for your Panthers offensive pieces and might nudge you to play the Lions defense today.
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Panthers | Christian McCaffrey to miss another game (Fri Nov 20, 04:04 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) did not participate in practice Friday, Nov. 20, and has been ruled out for Week 11.

Our View: The Panthers have a Week 13 bye, so it's looking more likely by the day that Week 14 will be the earliest return date for McCaffrey.
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Panthers | Carolina's Week 11 injury report (Fri Nov 20, 02:22 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 11 against the Detroit Lions. CB Donte Jackson (toe) and OG John Miller (knee, ankle) also did not practice all week, while OT Russell Okung (calf) did not practice for a second straight day Friday, Nov. 20; all three players are listed as doubtful. LB Tahir Whitehead (rib), QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee), DE Yetur Gross-Matos (shoulder), DE Marquis Haynes (shoulder), TE Chris Manhertz (shoulder) and CB Rasul Douglas (ankle) were limited in practice Friday and are listed as questionable. S Sam Franklin (ankle) was upgraded to a full practice Friday and is also listed as questionable. RB Mike Davis (thumb) practiced in full all week and no longer appears on the injury report.

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Panthers | Christian McCaffrey remains sidelined (Thu Nov 19, 04:14 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 19.

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2020 Schedule

1vs Las Vegas Raiders
2@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
3@ Los Angeles Chargers
4vs Arizona Cardinals
5@ Atlanta Falcons
6vs Chicago Bears
7@ New Orleans Saints
8vs Atlanta Falcons
9@ Kansas City Chiefs
10vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
11vs Detroit Lions
12@ Minnesota Vikings
13--- BYE WEEK ---
14vs Denver Broncos
15@ Green Bay Packers
16@ Washington Football Team
17vs New Orleans Saints