Christian McCaffrey, RB Carolina Panthers

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Panthers Beat: RB C.J. Anderson appears to have lead role

Monday, July 16, 2018, 6:39pm

Charlotte Observer - [Full Article]

It appears that C.J. Anderson will take the lead in the traditional running back role.

Related players: Christian McCaffrey

Fantasy Impact:

The author feels we will see McCaffrey's receiving numbers rise from last year's 80-651-5 line. He doesn't think McCaffrey's carries will go up by much, but he's not ruling out 900 receiving yards for McCaffrey. McCaffrey is our No. 12 ranked PPR running back.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside

Christian McCaffrey only ran for 435 yards as a rookie last season, but he caught 80 passes as well. Only LeVeon Bell and Alvin Kamara caught more balls at the running back position! McCaffrey found the end zone seven times as well, and he should remain a focal point of the Panthers offense. New offensive coordinator Norv Turner hasn’t had such a versatile threat at the position since his days in San Diego, but he’ll look to get McCaffrey the ball in space as often as possible.

Fantasy Downside

McCaffrey is unlikely to increase his workload in the running game by much, and he averaged only 3.7 yards per carry last season—despite being drafted as a playmaker out of Stanford. Free agent signee C.J. Anderson will likely vie for touches on first and second down, keeping McCaffrey fresh for change-of-pace and passing-down work.

2018 Bottom Line

Despite a lack of elite production in the run game, McCaffrey should continue to be a borderline RB1 in fantasy leagues, particularly in PPR formats. He’ll continue to be a big part of the passing game and his role should continue to expand as his comfort level on the team grows during his second season. Even if he repeats his numbers from last season, he’ll be worth considering at his late-second/early-third-round ADP.

2018 Strength of Schedule - CAR
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
8
DAL
5
@ATL
27
CIN
BYE23
NYG
28
@WAS
3
@PHI
30
BAL
18
TB
17
@PIT
29
@DET
12
SEA
18
@TB
15
@CLE
10
NO
5
ATL
10
@NO

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2017 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
1@SF1347013.62538077.606.511.547/6770.1%
2BUF810001.25434058.504.48.443/6863.2%
3NO416004.00910101111.2211.720.741/5969.5%
4@NE616002.67433068.254.98.948/6376.2%
5@DET37002.33531176.209.814.837/6656.1%
6PHI48002.0010561145.6012.422.461/8274.4%
7@CHI710001.43736095.144.611.653/7273.6%
8@TB43000.75549079.805.210.238/6558.5%
9ATL1566104.40528065.6015.420.453/6581.5%
10MIA523104.60327179.0017.020.045/7758.4%
11BYE--------------
12@NYJ762008.862350517.509.711.750/7269.4%
13@NO616002.67533166.6010.915.940/5770.2%
14MIN835004.38318046.005.38.343/6467.2%
15GB1263005.256731712.1719.625.653/7570.7%
16TB939004.33219049.505.87.853/6680.3%
17@ATL614002.33540088.005.410.452/6185.2%
Per game7.3127.190.130.063.725.0040.690.317.068.149.2914.2947.31/67.4470.29%
Totals117435213.728065151138.14148.6228.6757/107970.29%