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RB Christian McCaffrey - Carolina Panthers

5-11, 202Born: 6-7-1996College: StanfordDrafted: Round 1, pick 8 (2017)

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Summary

Christian McCaffrey may not have had a lot of rushes (117) for a rookie picked eighth overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, but he made up for it in other areas, namely as a receiver. He finished the season with 80 receptions on 113 targets. Only LeVeon Bell and Alvin Kamara had more receptions among running backs. McCaffrey totaled 7 touchdowns in year one and is primed to produce similar numbers in 2018. Carolina lost long-time running back Jonathan Stewart to the Giants via free agency, but they turned around and signed veteran C.J. Anderson after the NFL Draft concluded. Anderson is expected to occupy Stewart's role in the offense making McCaffrey a complementary back once again, a role where he thrived. There is room for improvement in McCaffrey's running game as he managed only 3.7 yards per carry as a rookie. The second year pro out of Stanford is a workout warrior who has visually improved his muscle mass in the offseason, particularly his upper body. Look for him to continue to be a key offensive weapon in 2018 with the possibility of an increase role as a rusher. (May 19)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 13, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14, 14, 15, 16, 17
Overall Redraft - 19, 17, 18, 18, 19, 19, 21, 21, 21, 21, 21, 21, 33
RB Redraft PPR - 11, 9, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 12, 14
Overall Redraft PPR - 18, 13, 14, 14, 14, 16, 18, 18, 18, 18, 20, 20, 21, 22, 22, 23, 25
RB Dynasty - 10, 8, 9, 10, 11, 11, 11, 11, 12
Overall Dynasty - 18, 15, 16, 17, 17, 19, 19, 31

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2017 CAR 16 117 435 2 113 80 651 5 1
2018 PROJ-Dodds 15.3 175.0 * * 67.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Henry 16.0 140.0 * * 75.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Wood 16.0 176.0 * * 73.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 191.0 * * 69.5 * * *

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Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Christian McCaffrey's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Average Draft Position

Overall: 20
RB: 12
Overall-PPR: 17
RB-PPR: 11

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Latest News

Panthers | Big game for Christian McCaffrey (Fri Aug 17, 11:38 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey rushed five times for 92 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 28 yards in a 27-20 win over the Miami Dolphins Friday, Aug. 17.

Our View: McCaffrey made a house call on his biggest run of the night and showed (once again) just how dangerous he is with the ball in his hands. Even though they added C.J. Anderson in free agency, the Panthers are clearly going to give McCaffrey a large workload in 2018. He may not outperform his current ADP (RB11, 2.04) but McCaffrey is going to be featured early and often...making him an every week starter for Fantasy GMs.
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Panthers | Six touches for Christian McCaffrey (Thu Aug 9, 10:21 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey rushed four times for 11 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 29 yards in a 28-23 win over the Buffalo Bills in the preseason Thursday, Aug. 9.

Our View: McCaffrey was basically the exclusive first-team running back, in what could portend a jump to RB1 status for him after an up and down 2017.
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2018 Schedule

1vs Dallas Cowboys
2@ Atlanta Falcons
3vs Cincinnati Bengals
4--- BYE WEEK ---
5vs New York Giants
6@ Washington Redskins
7@ Philadelphia Eagles
8vs Baltimore Ravens
9vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10@ Pittsburgh Steelers
11@ Detroit Lions
12vs Seattle Seahawks
13@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
14@ Cleveland Browns
15vs New Orleans Saints
16vs Atlanta Falcons
17@ New Orleans Saints