Sports bettors and fantasy football owners alike are keeping close tabs on the status of arguably the most dynamic player in the NFL, Christian McCaffrey.
McCaffrey missed six games early in the season with a high ankle sprain, and he was injured again in Week 9 against the Chiefs when he banged up his shoulder. The Panthers star RB has now missed the last three weeks and Carolina is on its bye this coming weekend.
The next possible date that CMC could return to the Panthers lineup is Week 14, at home against the Broncos. It’s likely that McCaffrey plays against Denver considering he was practicing last week ahead of the team’s game against Minnesota.
#Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey has arrived at practice and will work in a red jersey today. So, progress for Carolina’s star.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 25, 2020
When will Christian McCaffrey be back?
The Panthers are still technically alive for a playoff spot at 4-8, but at this point it would take an all-time miracle for them to make the field. With not much to play for down the stretch, the Panthers are taking their time with their star RB.
That said, the Panthers’ late bye week buys McCaffrey some time and he looks probable to return against Denver.
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The Panthers have exceeded expectations so far this season, despite their 4-8 mark. They were +12000 to win the Super Bowl before the season started at FanDuel Sportsbook, which were the fourth highest odds in the league.
A major obstacle that stood in the way of Carolina making the postseason this year was that the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were both expected to be strong. Both the Bucs and Saints have lived up to those expectations. New Orleans is charging toward a division title at 9-2 and 7-5 Tampa Bay looks like it will take the 5, 6 or 7 seed in the NFC.
The Panthers are off the board at FanDuel to win the NFC South but you can still bet on their win total, which is currently set at 5.5.
CMC 2020 season props update
Having already missed nine game this season, it will be next to impossible for McCaffrey to eclipse the preseason over/under props that were set by sportsbooks.
At FanDuel, CMC’s total yardage over/under was a whopping 1974.5, and he was projected for 13.5 TDs ahead of the season.
He was his usual scintillating self in his last outing against the Chiefs as he racked up 69 yards rushing and 82 yards receiving. CMC had both a rushing and receiving touchdown.
The dynamic back has 374 yards of total offense so far this year, leaving him 1601 yards short of FanDuel’s number. Reaching the TD mark is more doable as he had six total touchdowns this season, but he’ll simply be running out of time if he misses more games.
Davis has kept Carolina afloat
Running back Mike Davis has filled in admirably for McCaffrey, having racked up 503 yards rushing since the game when McCaffrey was initially injured. Davis, though not exactly on McCaffrey’s level, is also an effective receiver out of the backfield. The former 49ers, Seahawks and Bears back has 329 yards receiving this year with two receiving touchdowns.
Though Davis proved capable in McCaffrey’s absence, the Panthers (and fantasy football owners) will be welcoming CMC back with open arms when he returns.