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 9): McCaffrey basically was the Panthers offense in Week 1. He looks like he should have been the consensus #1 pick in fantasy drafts.

General News (Thu Sep 12): Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner wants to cut 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."

General News (Wed Sep 11): practiced fully on Wednesday and is not on the team's injury report.

General News (Tue Sep 10): partially participated in Tuesday's practice as he was given part of the day off for rest.

Week 2: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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FBG says: Good matchup. Once considered a scatback who couldn't handle an early-down load, Christian McCaffrey has left any running-game doubts in the dust. After averaging 2.4 yards per rush over his first 8 NFL games, he's produced 5.0 over his last 25. He was unstoppable last Sunday, gashing the Rams for 6.7 en route to 128 on the day. He broke off runs of 23, 18, 17, and 12 yards among his 19 attempts, simply erupting through holes and shaking would-be tacklers in the open field. McCaffrey has fine-tuned his body for the rigors of the NFL, and he's proven himself a playmaker running both inside and outside. Quarterback Cam Newton doesn't run as often as he used to but remains difficult to square up with defensively. And both will continue to benefit from running behind a strong run-blocking line. Led by center Matt Paradis and right guard Trai Turner, this is a group adept at both mauling in the trenches and clearing paths on the second level. Promising young nose tackle Vita Vea will provide a challenge Sunday, but the unit did a fine job against the game's best, Aaron Donald, in Week 1. For the most part, the Tampa Bay run defense impressed in Week 1. Led by a dominant front line, the team stifled Kyle Shanahan's three-headed attack - Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida, and Raheem Mostert totaled just 100 yards over 30 attempts. There were a few chunk plays, but beyond their 3 longest runs, the 49ers averaged just 1.9 per carry. Second-year tackle Vita Vea was a terror, consistently tying up blockers on the interior and allowing the linebackers to roam. Lavonte David and Shaquil Barrett were especially active on the second level, and safety Jordan Whitehead (seven solo tackles) was helpful in the box Combined with rookie Devin White, there's plenty of playmaking in this unit. One week doesn't quite wash away the rough memories of 2018 where they allowed 4.7 yards-per-carry, but it was an eye-opening start to the season.

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
2 vs TB PROJ-Dodds * 19 * * 7.3 * * * *
2 vs TB PROJ-Tremblay * 21 * * 7.3 * * * *
2 vs TB 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 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

2vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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