Christian McCaffrey
Christian McCaffrey
22-Year-Old Running BackRB
Carolina Panthers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The eighth overall pick in last year's draft, McCaffrey had an uneven but generally productive rookie season. As many of his critics predicted, the 5-11, 205-pound back had trouble making his mark on the ground, posting 3.7 YPC and rushing for less than 10 yards in three games as he ceded carries to Jonathan Stewart. McCaffrey was also as advertised catching passes out of the backfield, showing great hands and an aptitude for finding open space. He caught multiple passes in every game while finishing third among running backs in receptions, trailing only Le'Veon Bell and Alvin Kamara. As a runner, McCaffrey possesses tremendous elusiveness and can set up defenders to take bad angles or get caught up in traffic while he scampers toward freedom. While Stewart is now a Giant, the Panthers replaced him in free agency with Broncos castoff C.J. Anderson, sending a clear signal that they are unwilling to commit to McCaffrey as a three-down workhorse. That limits his upside, but his role in the passing game should only grow with more experience, and he could take on a larger role on early downs if new offensive coordinator Norv Turner tailors the scheme to McCaffrey's strengths. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $17.24 million contract with the Panthers in May of 2017.
Neutralized in loss to Washington
RBCarolina Panthers
October 14, 2018
McCaffrey managed only 20 rushing yards on eight attempts, but added seven receptions for 46 yards in a 23-17 loss to the Redskins on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
An underrated Washington front seven held McCaffrey to his lowest offensive output (66 total yards) in an otherwise stellar sophomore campaign. Game flow did not facilitate a heavy workload on the ground for the second-year back, as Carolina fell into a double-digit deficit in the first half and was forced to air it out in an ultimately insufficient effort to mount a comeback. Week 7 brings an NFC heavyweight showdown with Philadelphia, and an Eagles defense that hadn't allowed a running back to exceed 42 rushing yards this season until Saquon Barkley put up 130 yards on the ground Thursday night.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    316
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    0
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
2017
757
48
2018
316
0
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other RBs)

Height:   5' 11"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   205 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.48 sec
GOOD
Shuttle Time:   4.22 sec
GOOD
Cone Drill:   6.75 sec
ELITE
Arm Length:   30.00 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.00 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   38 in
GREAT
Broad Jump:   121 in
GOOD
Bench Press:   10 reps
TERRIBLE
Carolina Panthers Team Injury Report
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
The versatile McCaffrey was taken eighth overall in this year's draft and found a nearly perfect landing spot with a Panthers offense in desperate need of playmakers. At 6-0, 200, the Stanford product lacks ideal size for an every-down NFL back, but he proved himself as a threat in the open field in his sophomore season when he set an NCAA record for all-purpose yards with 2,019 rushing yards, 645 receiving yards and 1,200 return yards. McCaffrey's soft hands, elusiveness and crisp route-running should make him one of the top receiving options in the pros out of the backfield as soon as Week 1, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him split out wide or lined up in the slot in certain formations, but he can also produce on the ground thanks to his exceptional vision and patience. As the lightning to Jonathan Stewart's thunder, McCaffrey should quickly work his way into a significant role in Carolina and could supplant the veteran as the starter well before the team's Week 11 bye. He might not see many goal-line touches in a backfield that contains Stewart and Cam Newton, but otherwise the sky would seem to be the limit for the second-generation NFL player.
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Finds end zone in win over Giants
RBCarolina Panthers
October 7, 2018
McCaffrey carried 17 times for 58 yards Sunday against the Giants. He also caught five of six targets for an additional 35 yards and a touchdown in the 33-31 win.
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Big rushing performance Sunday
RBCarolina Panthers
September 23, 2018
McCaffrey rushed 28 times for 184 yards and hauled in both of his targets for 10 more yards in Sunday's 31-21 win over the Bengals.
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Excels as pass catcher in Week 2 loss
RBCarolina Panthers
September 16, 2018
McCaffrey rushed eight times for 37 yards and brought in 14 of 15 targets for 102 yards in the Panthers' 31-24 loss to the Falcons on Sunday.
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Enhanced workload planned for Week 2
RBCarolina Panthers
September 13, 2018
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said that his goal is to get McCaffrey between 15 and 20 carries and around six to 10 receptions Sunday against the Falcons, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
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Totals 95 scrimmage yards versus Cowboys
RBCarolina Panthers
September 9, 2018
McCaffrey carried 10 times for 50 yards and caught six of nine targets for 45 yards during Sunday's 16-8 win over the Cowboys.
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