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RB Christian McCaffrey - Carolina Panthers

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

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Summary

After being picked eighth overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, Christian McCaffrey signed a four year, $17.224 million contract with Carolina on May 4 - there will be no protracted negotiations to worry about as he takes over as the lead running back for the Panthers this year. McCaffrey had 632/3,922/21 rushing and 99 receptions at Stanford (with two return TDs as well) - he is a proficient dual-threat back. Additionally, McCaffrey comes from a NFL family (former Broncos' receiver Ed McCaffrey is his dad) so he's seen the grind of the pro game up-close-and-personal - he should be more ready for the off-field challenges of the league than any given prospect from a non-NFL home. He should be a three-down back for the Panthers, though they may prefer veteran Jonathan Stewart in short yardage/goal-line situations. Footballguy Matt Waldman summarized McCaffrey's prospects in the 2017 Rookie Scouting Portfolio, Post-Draft Edition, as follows: 'McCaffrey played in a Stanford scheme that has a ground game nearly identical to Carolina. He'll fit immediately as a two-down runner and three-down weapon when used as a receiver. Think of him as the new DeAngelo Williams to pair with Jonathan Stewart short-term. As his pass protection develops, and the Panthers learn to maximize his receiving skill, McCaffrey has RB1 upside.' (May 21)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 19, 12, 15, 15, 16, 16, 17, 17, 18, 19, 19, 22, 22, 23, 23, 26, 29, 30, 36
Overall Redraft - 47, 28, 36, 36, 36, 37, 39, 44, 47, 51, 54, 55, 59
RB Redraft PPR - 20, 12, 14, 15, 15, 15, 16, 17, 17, 17, 17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 38, 40
Overall Redraft PPR - 47, 31, 31, 32, 34, 36, 37, 39, 42, 44, 49, 54, 56, 59
RB Dynasty - 10, 8, 8, 8, 11, 16, 20
Overall Dynasty - 27, 17, 19, 20, 29, 39, 64
Overall Rookie - 3, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 4, 4, 4

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 146 * * 36 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 153 * * 42 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 205 * * 42 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 184 * * 23 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 38
RB: 15
Overall-PPR: 39
RB-PPR: 15

Carolina Panthers Team Links

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Footballguys Articles

Overvalued Players: Running Backs
  FBG Staff - July 19
Player Spotlight: Christian McCaffrey
  Daniel Simpkins - July 6
Overvalued Players: Running Backs
  FBG Staff - June 12
Value Plays: Running Backs
  FBG Staff - July 19
Overvalued Players: Quarterbacks
  FBG Staff - July 18
How to Attack Your Large-League PPR Draft
  Jeff Tefertiller - July 17
Dynasty Trade Value Chart: Summer Update
  Dan Hindery - July 12
How to Attack Your Two-QB PPR Draft
  Jeff Tefertiller - July 12
Let the Games Begin: The MFL10 and Best Ball Fantasy Season Has Begun
  Ari Ingel - July 11
Player Spotlight: Kelvin Benjamin
  Dave Larkin - July 11

Articles from around the web

Uh-Oh, Christian McCaffrey Could Be a Bust
  Stephen Andress - July 10
Sammy Watkins among 2017 fantasy breakout players
  Michael Fabiano - May 31
Jordan Howard leads 2017 fantasy players to avoid
  James Koh - May 31
Which Running Backs Outperformed Their Teammates the Most in 2016?
  Brandon Gdula - July 13
Fantasy football backfield situations by team in 2017
  James Koh - July 13
2-Quarterback Mock Draft
  Jesse Pantuosco - July 12
Fantasy Busts: First Six Rounds
  Ryan Black - July 8
RUNNING BACKS TO TARGET, AVOID IN PPR LEAGUES VS. STANDARD
  Dan Schneier - July 1
Dominant Red Zone Receivers
  Raymond Summerlin - June 26
Expert Mock Draft (Standard Scoring)
  Mike Tagliere - June 23

2017 Schedule

1@ San Francisco 49ers
2vs Buffalo Bills
3vs New Orleans Saints
4@ New England Patriots
5@ Detroit Lions
6vs Philadelphia Eagles
7@ Chicago Bears
8@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
9vs Atlanta Falcons
10vs Miami Dolphins
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ New York Jets
13@ New Orleans Saints
14vs Minnesota Vikings
15vs Green Bay Packers
16vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
17@ Atlanta Falcons