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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

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 - 14, 10, 12, 12, 12, 13, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 15, 16, 16, 22
Overall Redraft - 23, 12, 19, 19, 21, 22, 22, 24, 24, 30, 36, 51
RB Redraft PPR - 13, 10, 10, 10, 10, 12, 12, 12, 12, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 17
Overall Redraft PPR - 21, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 18, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 26, 43, 51
RB Dynasty - 9, 8, 9, 10, 11, 11, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12
Overall Dynasty - 18, 14, 15, 17, 22, 31

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2017 CAR 16 117 435 2 113 80 651 5 1
2018 PROJ-Dodds 15 160 * * 65 * * *
2018 PROJ-Henry 16 170 * * 70 * * *
2018 PROJ-Wood 16 160 * * 66 * * *
2018 PROJ-Tremblay 15 185 * * 70 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 23
RB: 14
Overall-PPR: 18
RB-PPR: 11

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