RB Christian McCaffrey - Carolina Panthers

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 16): Why didn't the Panthers use McCaffrey more as a receiver in Week 2? Look for this to be corrected going forward, especially with Cam Newton's accuracy a wild ride to date.

Week 3: at Arizona Cardinals

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. With 35 of 42 team rushes thus far, Christian McCaffrey remains the engine of the Panthers' ground attack. He was bottled up Thursday by the Buccaneers' improved run defense, but shredded the Rams for 128 yards and 2 touchdowns in Week 1. It's comforting to note that Thursday's letdown was just the fourth time over his last 13 games he's been held below a 4.0 average. McCaffrey is an open-field dynamo, of course, but has bulked up noticeably and become a difficult tackle on the interior. And he's aided by a strong run-blocking line that consistently opens big holes. McCaffrey is always a top-tier play, regardless of game script or matchup. Quarterback Cam Newton hasn't run the ball much - just five attempts through two games. The 30-year-old may be in the process of drastically reducing the weekly punishment he takes. He no longer takes on goal-line work, either; that goes almost entirely to McCaffrey now. For the second straight week, the Cardinals' improved run defense held a solid opposing ground game somewhat in check. They had no answer for Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, who shredded them for 120 yards. But behind him, running backs Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards managed just 58 yards over 16 attempts. That came after the Cardinals held explosive Lions runner Kerryon Johnson to 3.1 per carry in the opener. Linebacker Jordan Hicks (25 tackles thus far) remains an underrated run-stuffer on the second level, while Haason Redick and safety Budda Baker have also taken steps forward. And 330-pound Corey Peters does a fine job of occupying space and absorbing blockers up front. Still, this unit isn't by any means unbeatable, as Jackson proved with his read-option runs off the edge. Baby steps have been taken, and this isn't quite the slam-dunk fantasy matchup it was last year. But speedy backs like Christian McCaffrey remain fully capable of excelling here. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton hasn't run much of late, but he's certainly boning up on the tape of Jackson's Week 2 dominance.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs LAR 67 19 128 2 11 10.0 81 0 0 32.9
2 vs TB 79 16 37 0 6 2.0 16 0 0 5.3
3 at ARI PROJ-Dodds * 20 * * 5.8 * * * *
3 at ARI PROJ-Tremblay * 21 * * 5.0 * * * *
3 at ARI PROJ-Bloom * 17 * * 6.0 * * * *

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.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 2 vs TB (16 / 37 / 0 rush, 6 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Christian McCaffrey was effectively blotted out of this game after the first quarter. The offensive line proved to be a huge liability against the Bucs pass rush, forcing a change in strategy. Rather than running pass patterns, McCaffrey was kept in to block on multiple snaps and, after showing good toughness and patience on some early carries, was a non-factor until the fourth quarter. Tampa Bay's defense did an excellent job of taking McCaffrey away, but the pass-heavy game script did not help his cause. In the fourth quarter, on the final drive, Cam Newton hit McCaffrey on a swing pattern in the right flat. McCaffrey would be the last Panthers offensive player to touch the ball on the ill-fated final play. Taking a direct snap, the offense tried to use misdirection much like the Philly Special to move the play-side cornerback. The cornerback stayed put as McCaffrey ran towards his side, but an excellent tackled short of the first down marker put paid to Carolina's hopes.

2019 Week 1 vs LAR (19 / 128 / 2 rush, 11 / 10 / 81 / 0 rec)

Christian McCaffrey made every touch look like it could be his last in this game, setting the tone for the entire offense with his tenacious running style. The offensive line asserted itself effectively against the Rams front seven, blowing open holes that McCaffrey was more than capable of exploiting. The shifty back added value to every touch, seeing the field well and frequently breaking tackles. A beautiful cutback run on his second carry summed up his drive. The play was designed to go left, but McCaffrey spotted the right side of the line caving in the Rams' front and cut back right for a nice gain. McCaffrey frequently lined up as a wideout, putting the defense in a bind. Expectedly for a player of his talent, he fully exploited those opportunities and often added yards after the catch. As an outlet receiver, McCaffrey was as reliable as ever, beating defenders in space and displaying great toughness into contact. McCaffrey capped off an incredible performance with two rushing touchdowns. The first came on a direct snap in the red zone, with Cam Newton lined up alongside McCaffrey. After a fake to his quarterback, McCaffrey followed his blockers through a gaping hole into the end zone. His second score came on a physical carry close to the goal line. It appeared he had been stopped shy, but he kept his knees off the turf and reached the ball out the last two yards to break the plane. The only blotch on McCaffrey's copybook was a missed assignment in pass protection, with Dante Fowler busting in past him to get to Newton for a sack.

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Latest News

Panthers | Christian McCaffrey stifled in loss (Fri Sep 13, 12:43 AM) - Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey rushed 16 times for 37 yards Thursday, Sept. 12, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2. He caught two passes for 16 yards on six targets.

Our View: This should be McCaffery's low water mark on the season. He was inexplicably underused in the passing game and not effective as a runner. He should be a lot better vs. Arizona next week.
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Panthers | Carolina wants to cut Christian McCaffrey's reps (Wed Sep 11, 09:47 PM) - Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner wants to cut RB Christian McCaffrey's reps this season, but not his touches. He had 29 total touches in the Week 1 loss against the Los Angeles Rams, but also played all 67 offensive snaps. Head coach Ron Rivera said the Panthers will need to think about limiting McCaffrey's reps going forward, but quickly added 'when he's playing the way he is, you want to keep the rhythm going.'

Our View: Monitor McCaffrey's usage as the season goes on. If his touches don't change then it's all good. McCaffrey is the centerpiece of the offense and should remain a top-tier RB1 for Fantasy GMs.
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Panthers | Christian McCaffrey ready to play (Wed Sep 11, 02:06 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (non-injury) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 11, and is not on the injury report for Week 2.

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Panthers | Tuesday practice report for Carolina (Tue Sep 10, 03:47 PM) - Carolina Panthers S Rashaan Gaulden (groin), DE/LB Bruce Irvin (hamstring) and TE Greg Olsen (back) did not participate in practice for a second straight day Tuesday, Sept. 10. RB Christian McCaffrey (rest) was listed as a limited participant, while OT Greg Little (concussion) logged a full practice for a second straight day.

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Schedule

3@ Arizona Cardinals
4@ Houston Texans
5vs Jacksonville Jaguars
6@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7--- BYE WEEK ---
8@ San Francisco 49ers
9vs Tennessee Titans
10@ Green Bay Packers
11vs Atlanta Falcons
12@ New Orleans Saints
13vs Washington Redskins
14@ Atlanta Falcons
15vs Seattle Seahawks
16@ Indianapolis Colts
17vs New Orleans Saints