Monday update — McCaffrey will play against the Vikings, per Adam Schefter. A setback can’t be ruled out, but as it is, play CMC as you usually would in fantasy.
Sunday update — All signs point toward McCaffrey playing on Monday night, per Adam Schefter.
All signs point to 49ers’ RB Christian McCaffrey playing Monday night at Minnesota, despite the fact that he is listed as questionable due to an oblique injury, per sources. McCaffrey returned to practice in a limited way Saturday and said after that he feels “great.”— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 22, 2023
San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey is undergoing MRIs this week after injuring his torso in Week 6 against the Cleveland Browns. It’s unclear whether he has a rib or oblique injury, but either way, the Niners were desperately missing their star running back as they suffered their first loss of the season.
The Niners play the Minnesota Vikings in Week 7.
Fantasy football implications for Week 7
Update, Oct. 20 — McCaffrey was working on the side on Friday, per Matt Barrows. He’s considered day-to-day and they play on Monday night, so there is still time for him to be ready for this week, but it would be good to see him get in a limited practice Saturday.
Update, Oct. 19 — CMC isn’t practice Thursday and is still day-to-day heading into MNF vs. the Vikings this week. McCaffrey doesn’t necessarily need to get a practice in to play this week. It is going to be interesting what happens on Friday. If he is back at practice, that bodes well for his MNF status. If CMC misses practice again, it’s unlikely he’ll play, clearing the way for Jordan Mason and Elijah Mitchell.
If McCaffrey is out or limited in Week 7, Brock Purdy will likely see a downturn in fantasy points without one of his favorite targets. We will also see some Elijah Mitchell and Jordan Mason action in the backfield, though I wouldn’t rush to add them to a fantasy roster. Mason did score a touchdown in Week 6, but Mitchell was completely contained by the Browns defense.
Keep an eye out here for McCaffrey injury updates before you decide to start or sit him this week.