McCaffrey has been a true workhorse, playing 96.3 percent of the snaps through nine games, more than any running back in the NFL, the story said. Artis-Payne will now back up McCaffrey, but has only been active twice this season.
McCaffrey had been dubbed a draft day winner because the Panthers didn't add a running back through the draft, but the addition of Anderson will surely cut into his workload. Look for McCaffrey and Anderson to form a 1-2 punch ala McCaffrey and Jonathan Stewart of last season, who combined for 315 carries, 1,115 rushing yards, and eight rushing touchdowns. Stewart led in all three categories, while McCaffrey led the position in catches (80), receiving yards (651), and receiving touchdowns (5). Anderson's career-high in receptions is 34. McCaffrey will be the back to own in PPR leagues, while Anderson could turn into a solid RB2/RB3 option in standard leagues.
In his four career games where he's carried the ball at least 10 times, Artis-Payne has averaged 74 total yards and 0.75 touchdowns on 15.8 touches per game (including 14.5 rushing attempts and a 4.05 yards per carry average). The Panthers may add a runner in the draft, so the Panthers' power back competition is something to monitor as the summer wears on.