- Why fantasy managers shouldn't mind Christian McCaffrey's Week 2
News: 2 days agoMcCaffrey (ankle) does not have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Saints, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.
Spin: McCaffrey was listed as limited in Thursday's practice due to an ankle injury, but it appears he's now over the minor issue. The 26-year-old is coming off a 100-yard rushing performance versus the Jets in Week 2, and it looks like he's at full health with a tough Week 3 matchup against the Saints on deck. D'Onta Foreman and Chuba Hubbard are available for the Panthers as reserve options behind McCaffrey.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: McCaffrey is eyeing a bounce-back campaign after his last two seasons were ruined by multiple injuries. After not missing a single game and playing 85% of the snaps during his first three NFL seasons, McCaffrey has been limited to 10 games over the last two seasons. The good news is that McCaffrey is only 26 years old and has remained extremely productive when active. Excluding two games he left injured in 2021, McCaffrey was a top-15 fantasy RB in all five "full" games he played. Despite missing more than half the season, he finished 15th among RBs in receiving yards. McCaffrey remains the feature back in Carolina and 200-plus carries and 90-plus receptions is attainable. Durability is an obvious concern, but McCaffrey's elite per-game production makes him hard to pass on in the top five in 2022 fantasy drafts.