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Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey will likely be rested for the team's Week 17 matchup against the New Orleans Saints. With the NFL's highest snap rate (97%) for running backs and second-most  FanDuel fantasy points (327.5) coming from position players, that is a ton of vacant production there for the taking. 

The Panthers' depth chart has Cameron Artis-Payne, who hasn't done much at the NFL level, listed as the RB2. He did have a solid career at Auburn, mostly running the football. Just like everyone else on the Panthers' running back depth chart, Artis-Payne hasn't really had many chances to produce with McCaffrey hogging up all the snaps. 


Speaking of that depth chart, Travaris Cadet and Kenjon Barner are both listed at the bottom for the Panthers at running back. Cadet has been used more on passing downs over the course of his career, making him an interesting candidate to be the most McCaffrey-like, if there is such a thing. 


Barner spent some time with the New England Patriots this season and had excellent junior and senior years with at Oregon. He has been used more on running downs over his career but does appear to have those dual-threat capabilities, if given the opportunity. 

By far, Week 17 is the hardest slate of games to get a handle on. While teams like the Los Angeles Chargers, Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys say they won't rest their players, they could very well play them for a half, or even just a quarter. So be prepared for anything and everything. 


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