|ADP:||Round: 1, Pick: 2|
|Ht / Wt:||5'11" / 202 lb.|
|Born:||June 7, 1996|
|Drafted:||2017 / Rd. 1 (8)|
McCaffrey agreed to terms Monday with the Panthers on a four-year, $64 million contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: McCaffrey's $16 million annual salary makes him the highest-paid running back in NFL history, a deserved reward after he eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in 2019 while tying for the league lead in touchdowns (19) and finishing second in receptions (116). His rookie deal was set to expire after the upcoming season, so the extension will keep him on Carolina's books through the 2024 campaign, his age-28 season.
McCaffrey ran for 26 yards and a touchdown on nine carries and caught seven of 10 targets for 72 receiving yards during Sunday's 42-10 loss to the Saints.
Analysis: The third-year running back wrapped up an uber-prolific 2019 campaign as Carolina was drubbed by its division rival Week 17, collecting his 19th TD and reaching a nearly-unfathomable threshold of 116 receptions on the year. While logging seven-plus catches for his seventh consecutive outing Sunday, McCaffrey tied Philadelphia's Zach Ertz (2018) and Jacksonville's Jimmy Smith (1999) for 18th all-time in single-season reception total. McCaffrey also became just the third individual in NFL history with both 1,000 rushing and 1,000 receiving yards in a single year, joining Marshall Faulk and Roger Craig as the only players to ever accomplish that feat. Heading into the fourth frame of his rookie contract in 2020, McCaffrey is expected to remain one of the most valuable stocks in fantasy as the centerpiece of a rebuilding Panthers offense.
Offensive coordinator Scott Turner said Thursday that McCaffrey should fill his normal role in the Panthers' offense at least to begin the Week 17 matchup with the Saints, though the running back's workload could be scaled back as the game unfolds, Joe Person of The Athletic reports. "Potentially as the game goes on, we could take a look at some of those other backs," Turner said.
Analysis: The Panthers were eliminated from postseason contention after Week 14, but that didn't stop McCaffrey from logging 100 percent and 90 percent offensive snap shares the following two games and taking on 55 touches between the contests. Based on Turner's comments, McCaffrey looks poised to continue dominating the backfield snaps and touches heading into the regular-season finale, though the Panthers may deviate from that plan if they fall behind early. Considering Carolina has lost two of its last three games by at least 20 points, it wouldn't be surprising if the team found itself in another big hole against a 12-3 Saints team that still has a first-round bye in the playoffs at stake. That reality may lessen McCaffrey's appeal in DFS contests, though he still shapes up a strong lineup option in season-long fantasy leagues that are active for Week 17.
McCaffrey ran for 54 yards on 13 carries and added 15 catches on 15 targets for 119 yards during Sunday's 38-6 loss to the Colts.
Analysis: With rookie Will Grier making his first career start, McCaffrey was relied on in the dink-and-dunk passing game for a career-high 15 catches. He's been arguably the most reliable fantasy player in the league with at least 100 total yards in all but two games this season, both against division rival Tampa Bay. The season ends against a Saints defense against whom McCaffrey picked up 133 total yards and two total touchdowns in Week 12. Despite a rookie under center, McCaffrey is a safe bet to be similarly productive in the finale given his ability to be multidimensional.
McCaffrey carried 19 times for 87 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Seahawks. He also caught eight of 10 targets for 88 yards in the 30-24 loss.
Analysis: McCaffrey averaged a healthy 4.6 yards per carry, scoring a one-yard touchdown in the second quarter and adding a 15-yarder in the fourth. He was also excellent as a pass-catcher with his team trailing all game, finishing second only to D.J. Moore in targets and receiving yards. McCaffrey is likely to surpass 2,000 scrimmage yards for the season next Sunday against the Colts, thanks in large part to his 726 receiving yards (on 82 receptions). He's averaging 5.0 yards per carry as well and should remain a top fantasy selection for the foreseeable future due to his incredible usage and versatile skillset.
McCaffrey ran for 53 yards on 11 carries and caught 11 of 12 targets for 82 receiving yards during Sunday's 40-20 loss to Atlanta.
Analysis: Over the past month McCaffrey has been even more dominant than usual in terms of his contributions as a pass catcher, hauling in seven or more passes in each of his past four outings, while exceeding 65 receiving yards in three of those four appearances. As a rusher, too, he was able to have an effective afternoon against the Falcons' front seven, averaging better than 4.8 yards per carry after being held to a collective 3.0 yards per rush against New Orleans and Washington the past two weeks. A far more challenging matchup awaits in Week 15, with McCaffrey and Carolina's ground attack facing off against Seattle's top-10 rush defense.
McCaffrey carried 14 times for 44 yards and caught seven of 13 targets for 58 additional yards during Sunday's 29-21 loss to the Redskins.
Analysis: Despite his seemingly favorable matchup, McCaffrey averaged just 3.1 yards per carry en route to one of his rushing outputs of the season. He yet again played a major role in the passing game, but even at that he hauled in just over half the passes thrown his way and barely reached 100 scrimmage yards. Most notably, McCaffrey failed to reach the end zone for just the third time this season to cap off this lackluster outing. He should have every opportunity to bounce back next Sunday against the Falcons.
McCaffrey rushed 22 times for 64 yards and a touchdown while catching all nine of his targets for 69 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Saints.
Analysis: McCaffrey had a one-yard touchdown among his nine catches, and he later added a four-yard score on the ground. The multi-faceted running back now has 12 rushing scores and four more through the air, and McCaffrey has caught the ball 20 times in his last two games alone. Even when he doesn't do much on a per-touch basis, McCaffrey's nose for the end zone and heavy volume week in and week out make him arguably the most valuable asset in the fantasy realm.
McCaffrey tallied 70 rushing yards on 14 carries and caught 11 of 14 targets for 121 receiving yards during Sunday's 29-3 loss to the Falcons.
Analysis: Another Sunday, another monstrous outing for the MVP candidate McCaffrey. The third-year back was even more dominant than usual in the passing game Sunday, however, establishing a new season-high with his 11-catch outing, and exceeding his previous season-best in receiving yardage by 35. What's even more encouraging is the fact that McCaffrey has been extremely efficient as a rusher of late, as he has averaged an astronomical 6.1 yards per carry since Week 8. He'll face an immense challenge maintaining that level of effectiveness on the ground in Week 12, with the Panthers getting ready to face New Orleans' top-five rush defense.
McCaffrey (foot) practiced fully Thursday, Brendan Marks of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Analysis: McCaffrey has had limitations on his practice reps for three consecutive weeks at this point, but they were lifted on each occasion. As a result, his foot issue won't impact his availability for the Panthers' Week 11 divisional matchup with the Falcons, who have conceded 124.9 yards from scrimmage per game and nine touchdowns to running backs in nine contests this season.
McCaffrey didn't practice Wednesday due to a foot injury, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: McCaffrey kicked off last week with a similar listing, only a knee issue was to blame for the absence on that occasion. On a positive note, coach Ron Rivera told Reed that the Panthers are being cautious with McCaffrey and "giving him a breather" Wednesday. Considering McCaffrey is averaging 25.9 touches per game, that approach is warranted, but fantasy managers will want to circle back and make sure the health concern doesn't linger.
McCaffery isn't participating in Wednesday's practice, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: McCaffery was held out of last Wednesday's practice while tending to a knee issue, but he managed to ramp up his reps throughout the week and handle his usual workload during Sunday's 24-16 loss to the Packers. The 23-year-old's status will once again bear monitoring if he's listed with an injury designation on Wednesday's practice report, though there isn't yet any reason to worry about his availability for Week 11. He's on tap for a favorable matchup at home against the Falcons.
McCaffrey rushed 22 times for 31 yards and a touchdown while securing four of five targets for 26 yards and another score in the Panthers' 37-26 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Analysis: As was the case when the teams met Week 2 in Carolina, McCaffrey continued running into brick walls in the running game across the pond in London. However, the multi-talented running back still managed to find his way into the end zone on a pair of occasions, with the one through the air coming on a nifty 25-yard reception midway through the second quarter. McCaffrey now has seven total touchdowns over the last four games alone and will rest up over the coming bye week ahead of a challenging matchup against the 49ers defense Week 8.
McCaffrey (back) was listed as a full participant at Thursday's walkthrough, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: After taking the day off Wednesday to tend to a back injury, McCaffrey shed his designation by taking every rep one day later. On Thursday morning, coach Ron Rivera told Brendan Marks of The Charlotte Observer that McCaffrey will be present at Friday's session in anticipation of being available Sunday against the Buccaneers in London. As such, McCaffrey's status for Week 6 may be confirmed as soon as the conclusion of that practice.
Coach Ron Rivera said Thursday that he expects McCaffrey (back) to practice Friday and be ready for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Brendan Marks of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Analysis: It looks like the Panthers were just being extra cautious with their star running back to start the week, as it looks like McCaffrey, who is nursing back soreness, is going to be at least close to a full participant in Friday's session. Expect all this to be confirmed at some point Friday, but barring an unexpected setback for McCaffrey, expect him to be good to go against the Buccaneers in London this weekend.
Coach Ron Rivera told Tiffany Blackmon of NFL Network that McCaffrey (back) will continue to receive regular off days on Wednesdays.
Analysis: McCaffrey was held out of Wednesday's practice due to back soreness, but the report notes he received last Wednesday off as well. Apparently this may become a regular occurrence, so fantasy owners shouldn't need to fret about the early MVP candidate taking a day off practice. While McCaffrey remains a bit sore, team doctors plan to continue checking in and providing treatment throughout the upcoming flight to London. He did take all walkthrough reps in practice this week, so all signs are pointing to McCaffrey being ready for the Week 6 matchup against the Buccaneers.
McCaffrey didn't practice Wednesday due to a back injury, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: Through five games, McCaffrey has logged every offensive snap on three occasions and missed just 14 of a possible 342 of those plays, so it's no surprise he's picked up some bumps and bruises along the way. The aforementioned back issue may stem from his flip into the end zone this past Sunday against the Jaguars. With that in mind, McCaffrey's status should be monitored closely in the coming days to get a sense of his status for Sunday's trip to London to face the Buccaneers.
Coach Ron Rivera told Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic that McCaffrey dealt with cramps near the end of Sunday's 34-27 win against the Jaguars.
Analysis: McCaffrey limped off the field on the Panthers' second-to-last possession and was seen stretching his legs, per Rodrigue. A short time later, McCaffrey's backup, Reggie Bonnafon, iced the game with a 59-yard touchdown run, and while the Panthers had one last drive, Bonnafon got all the reps out of the backfield thereafter. Rivera implied that McCaffrey will receive plenty of rest this week, so his practice reps may be capped as the team readies itself for a divisional matchup with the Buccaneers at home.
McCaffrey played all 68 of the Panthers' offensive snaps in Sunday's 16-10 win over the Texans.
Analysis: McCaffrey has left the field for merely five of Carolina's 277 offensive snaps through the first four weeks, leaving next to no playing time for backups Reggie Bonnafon and Jordan Scarlett. With that involvement, McCaffrey has already racked up 111 touches and 629 scrimmage yards, putting him on pace to break Chris Johnson's NFL single-season record of 2,509 in the latter category. Although coach Ron Rivera and coordinator Norv Turner previously mentioned their preseason hope to scale back McCaffrey's snaps while still increasing his touches, the superstar tailback has only grown in both capacities thus far. Furthermore, with the Panthers looking to keep pace while quarterback Cam Newton (foot) remains sidelined, the ultra-productive McCaffrey only figures to continue to carry the offense, arguably making him fantasy's most-coveted commodity.
McCaffrey rushed 27 times for 93 yards and a touchdown and brought in all 10 of his targets for 86 yards in the Panthers' 16-10 win over the Texans on Sunday.
Analysis: With a relatively inexperienced quarterback under center in a difficult road environment against an aggressive defense, the Panthers unsurprisingly utilized McCaffrey's highly versatile skill set as a major crutch. The strategy worked well for both the team and the star back's fantasy managers, with his massive workload leading to a highly fruitful day. McCaffrey was responsible for Carolina's only touchdown of the day on a three-yard run with just over a minute left in the first half, his fourth rushing score over the first four games. McCaffrey's 27 totes set a new high-water mark for him on the season, while his reception total equaled a season-best figure. The 2017 first-round pick will look to continue on his stellar first quarter of the campaign at the expense of the Jaguars in Week 5.
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