Cameron Artis-Payne
Cameron Artis-Payne
26-Year-Old Running BackRB
Carolina Panthers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Artis-Payne played a career-high 15 games last year but spent most of his time on special teams, seeing only 37 snaps on offense and gaining nearly half his rushing yards on a single 43-yard run against the Dolphins in Week 10. A 2015 fifth-round pick, Artis-Payne won't wow anyone with his foot speed or elusiveness, but he has shown some ability as a downhill, between-the-tackles runner who can lower his helmet and gain yards after contact. That could make him a goal-line weapon and solid backfield partner for pass-catching wizard Christian McCaffrey, but even with Jonathan Stewart now in another uniform, Artis-Payne's role doesn't seem likely to increase after the Panthers picked up C.J. Anderson in the offseason. Artis-Payne likely is headed for another season covering kicks and waiting for an injury to open a spot for him in the offense, unless he manages to significantly outperform Anderson during training camp and the preseason. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $2.45 million contract with the Panthers in May of 2015.
Plays nine games
RBCarolina Panthers
January 14, 2019
Artis-Payne finished the 2018 regular season with 19 rushes for 69 yards and a touchdown in nine games played.
Artis-Payne also caught three of his four targets for 15 receiving yards. Through four years with the Panthers, the tailback has never topped more than 45 carries in a season and has been active for just 32 games. Even after C.J. Anderson left Carolina this season, Artis-Payne was hardly used as Christian McCaffrey's backup. In fact, 16 of Artis-Payne's 19 carries came in a meaningless Week 17 win over the Saints. Given that spare role, it wouldn't really be surprising if he heads elsewhere in free agency this offseason.
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How do Cameron Artis-Payne's 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by the number of times he touched the ball.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
Positive Run %
% Yds After Contact
Avg Yds After Contact
Rushing TD %
Touches Per Game
% Snaps w/Touch
Air Yards Per Game
Air Yards Per Snap
% Team Air Yards
% Team Targets
Avg Depth of Target
-1.5 Yds
Catch Rate
Drop Rate
Avg Yds After Catch
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Cameron Artis-Payne's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
5' 10"
215 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.53 sec
Cone Drill
7.13 sec
Vertical Jump
36.5 in
Broad Jump
118 in
Hand Length
8.88 in
Arm Length
29.67 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
A fifth-round pick two years ago, Artis-Payne has made just 10 appearances as a pro. Although only three of those came last season, all of them were starts, and he commendably rushed 36 times for 144 yards and two touchdowns. Artis-Payne got those opportunities while Jonathan Stewart was injured, but when the veteran is healthy, coach Ron Rivera has revealed that Artis-Payne's skill set is too similar for him to be active. Regardless of that logic, Artis-Payne could find himself in an even smaller role this year, as the Panthers opted to draft running back Christian McCaffrey in the first round and utility threat Curtis Samuel, who played tailback part-time in college, in the second. With Stewart still around as well, Artis-Payne may have to battle with Fozzy Whittaker for a roster spot.
Artis-Payne showed up on the wires in April, landing a speeding ticket for allegedly traveling 102 mph in a 65 mph zone. It’s a shame we never saw that gear during the regular season — including the playoffs, Payne averaged less than four yards per rush, and he was scarcely used as a receiver. Turtle in the regular season, hare in the spring. If something’s going to happen for Artis-Payne in the pros, it needs to develop quickly. Although he’s entering his second year as a pro, he turned 26 in June. But he made the profile cut for us because he’s still the presumed backup in a good offense, and Jonathan Stewart can’t be expected to stay healthy for a full season. Perhaps the pro game will slow down for Artis-Payne during his second pass through the league.
Selected in the fifth round of this year’s draft, Artis-Payne was named to the All-SEC team following his only year as Auburn’s running back last season. That accomplishment coincided with him tallying 1,608 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns for the Tigers. Now, as the 5-10, 212 pound tailback transitions to the NFL, Artis-Payne is tasked with adjusting from Auburn’s spread offense to the Panthers’ conventional pro-style. With 4.53 speed in the 40-yard dash, Artis-Payne boasts enticing downhill running ability to develop behind starter Jonathan Stewart. Additionally, with DeAngelo Williams out of the picture, the Carolina’s No. 2 running back position is seemingly up for grabs between him, Fozzy Whittaker, and Jordan Todman. As a result, the rookie’s level of progress during the preseason should indicate where his fantasy value ultimately sits beginning the upcoming campaign, but his potential is worth monitoring.
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Could see more work in Week 17
RBCarolina Panthers
December 30, 2018
Artis-Payne is likely to notice an elevated role on offense Sunday against the Saints with Carolina expected to limit lead back Christian McCaffrey's snap count, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.
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Tallies 20 yards in loss
RBCarolina Panthers
December 23, 2018
Artis-Payne contributed a seven-yard run and 13-yard catch during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Falcons.
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Garners single carry
RBCarolina Panthers
December 11, 2018
Artis-Payne rushed for five yards on his lone carry during Sunday's 26-20 loss to Cleveland.
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Gets a carry
RBCarolina Panthers
November 19, 2018
Artis-Payne rushed once for one yard in Sunday's 20-19 loss to the Lions.
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Promoted to second string
RBCarolina Panthers
November 13, 2018
Artis-Payne will serve as Christian McCaffrey's backup following Monday's release of C.J. Anderson, Jelani Scott of reports.
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