Christian McCaffrey Expected to Play Again in 2020
It’s been a lost season for McCaffrey, but it appears as though he will get a chance to play again this season. Head coach Matt Rhule said McCaffrey was coming to the team’s facility on Monday to receive treatment on his injured thigh. McCaffrey stated earlier in the week that he wanted to play this season, and it seems as though he’s likely to get his wish. Week 16 would be the most likely return date – which is also the week for most fantasy championships – but it’s unlikely that any team that used the first overall pick on McCaffrey is actually in contention for a title.
Of course, there’s zero incentive for the Panthers to put McCaffrey in the lineup at this point. They’re currently sitting at 4-8, so losing games would actually be more beneficial than winning them. Even if he does return, there’s no guarantee that he would command his usual massive workload.
Mike Davis has been the biggest beneficiary from McCaffrey’s absences this season. He’s served as their primary running back in that situation, and he’s averaged 15.0 carries and 4.7 targets over his past three games. That workload makes him a solid fantasy option as long as McCaffrey is out of the lineup.
McCaffrey was still excellent when he was on the field in 2020, averaging a stout 30.1 fantasy points per game in PPR formats. That’s the top mark for all players this season – including quarterbacks – and puts him in contention for the No. 1 overall pick in fantasy drafts again in 2021.