Bottom 5 Rushing Matchups Week 2

Footballguys Staff takes you through the Bottom 5 Rushing Matchups for Week 2


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Carolina Panthers Rushing Offense at Tampa Bay

It’s never advisable to doubt Christian McCaffrey’s potential for production. The NFL’s preeminent workhorse opened the season with a 96-yard day, earning 23 attempts despite a whole game’s worth of discouraging game script. McCaffrey will always be the offensive focal point, regardless of what type of game is being played, so fantasy players never need to worry about his floor. But there are factors working against his rushing efficiency. The Panthers' front line is very much in transition, and Teddy Bridgewater’s dink-and-dunk passing game keeps defenses close to the line.

McCaffrey and the Panthers will get no scheduling relief in Week 2, squaring off with a Tampa Bay unit that’s developed into arguably the NFL’s stingiest. Dating back to Week 1 of last season, they’ve allowed only a single runner (Chris Carson) to top 75 yards on the ground, averaging just 2.9 yards per carry along the way. McCaffrey was one of those victims - twice, in fact - amassing all of 68 yards on 38 carries in last year’s matchups. The Saints’ Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray saw no daylight last Sunday, combining for just 64 ground yards of their own. The Carolina line is generally solid in the middle but will need creative help opening lanes against this imposing front. Vita Vea, in particular, has blossomed into a truly elite run-stuffer. He and Ndamukong Suh dominate the interior more often than not, freeing up athletic linebackers Lavonte David and Devin White to roam. McCaffrey really can’t be benched in any fantasy scenario, but this always looms as a nightmare weekend for his players.

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