Christian McCaffrey

FPPG: 23.2  |  FanDuel Salary: $10,000
FPPG: 23.2  |  FanDuel Salary: $10,000
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Christian McCaffrey (thigh) likely remaining out for Panthers' finale

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (thigh) is unlikely to play in Week 17 against the New Orleans Saints, per comments from head coach Matt Rhule.

What It Means:

Rhule said he would "lean towards" McCaffrey remaining out for the Panthers' finale. This doesn't come as any surprise since McCaffrey has played just once since Week 2. Mike Davis led the backfield with 14 carries in Sunday's win against the Washington Football Team while Rodney Smith and Curtis Samuel had 7 apiece.

Per FanDuel Sportsbook, the Panthers are currently 6.5-point favorites versus the Saints, so a negative game script may not allow them to focus on the run. The Saints are also allowing the fewest FanDuel points per game to the running back position this season.