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The Gut Check No. 434: On And Off The Radar, Week 16

Waldman examines some helpful Week 16 plays on an off the fantasy radar. 

Congratulations on making it this far. Let's see if we can help you bring it home this weekend. This week's Gut Check is devoted to players on and off the fantasy radar that I think could help teams in their Championship matchups. 

on the radar: RB Christian McCaffrey 

McCaffrey told the FOX broadcast crew that he has been asking for greater responsibility in the offense on a weekly basis. Demonstrating that he is up to the task, the Panthers staff has incrementally added more to McCaffrey's role since midseason.  

One of those roles is more work as an outside receiver. McCaffrey was recognized at Stanford for his work as a receiver split from the formation, but the Panthers haven't used him that often in this capacity. They've aligned him as a wideout but rarely threw the ball to him beyond the line of scrimmage. 

Against the Packers, Cam Newton targeted McCaffrey as a wideout against tight coverage. 

 

McCaffrey route split wide

A post shared by Matt Waldman (@mattwaldmanrsp) onDec 17, 2017 at 10:22am PST

While this is encouraging news for those with McCaffrey on their squads, when it comes to targets split from the formation, I'm not expecting the floodgates to open. It's an added dimension that could give McCaffrey an extra catch or two per game. If an injury or odd match-up advantage occurs that Carolina can continue exploiting, it heightens McCaffrey's absolute ceiling. 

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