RB Christian McCaffrey - Carolina Panthers

5-11, 202Born: 6-7-1996College: StanfordDrafted: Round 1, pick 8 (2017)

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Summary

Christian McCaffrey had a successful rookie season in 2017 finishing with an impressive 80 catches and 7 total touchdowns. He took a giant leap forward in 2018 finishing 3rd in standard scoring leagues and 1st in PPR scoring. He became the third player in history to catch 100 passes and rush for 1,000 yards in a season. He finished the year with 13 touchdowns (7 rushing, 6 receiving) and also added a 50-yard touchdown pass to his resume. McCaffrey was the prime beneficiary of Norv Turner's quick-strike offense and often wound up being Cam Newton's hot read when under duress. Perhaps the biggest difference between 2017 and 2018 was McCaffrey's rushing success. He topped 1,000 yards rushing and averaged 5.0 yards per carry on 219 attempts. From a fantasy perspective McCaffrey blossomed into dual-threat producer. His roster spot produced numbers for both a running back and wide receiver which further elevated his popularity as a fantasy standout. Looking ahead to 2019, Carolina has an improved offensive line with stability in all areas, especially if rookie Greg Little can be effective at the left tackle position. Carolina drafted a running back, Jordan Scarlett, in the fifth round, but his skill set is more of a complement to McCaffrey. Scarlett has decent speed, but he's not an adept pass-catcher, and may be utilized more as a goal line option. It's possible that Scarlett could steal some touchdowns, but McCaffrey is more than capable of handling the load and being the team's Swiss army knife, do-anything-back. Look for him to be one of the top three or four backs drafted in re-draft leagues this year. (May 3)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 4, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 7
Overall Redraft - 4, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 7
RB Redraft PPR - 2, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5
Overall Redraft PPR - 3, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5
RB Dynasty - 2, 2, 2, 3, 4, 4
Overall Dynasty - 2, 2, 3, 4

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2017 CAR 16 117 435 2 113 80 651 5 1
2018 CAR 16 219 1098 7 124 107 867 6 1
2019 PROJ-Dodds 15.0 215.0 * * 100.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Henry 16.0 205.0 * * 105.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Wood 16.0 210.0 * * 88.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 243.0 * * 100.8 * * *

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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.

Average Draft Position

Overall: 3
RB: 3
Overall-PPR: 3
RB-PPR: 3

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Latest News

Panthers | Carolina to give Christian McCaffrey help? (Mon Jul 15, 02:48 AM) - Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey might see a little more help in the backfield, as head coach Ron Rivera searches for a secondary runner. '(McCaffrey) him touching the ball was no concern,' Rivera said. 'It was just the extra plays. So we have to look at that and find a way to take that load from him.'

Our View: McCaffrey should touch the ball as much as possible, but a breather from time-to-time would be nice. The team re-signed RBs Cameron Artis-Payne and Elijah Hood, they drafted RB Jordan Scarlett, signed Elijah Holyfield as an undrafted free agent and have RB Reggie Bonnafon in the mix as well. We'll watch this backup running back situation shake out in training camp.
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2019 Schedule

1vs Los Angeles Rams
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