• Christian McCaffrey

  • RB
  • , Carolina Panthers
  • 26
  • 202 lbs
  • 5' 11"
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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

CAR RB Christian McCaffrey - Week 12 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 12 at Miami Dolphins

Things are so much better when Christian McCaffrey is healthy. The world seems brighter, Cam Newton looks younger and fantasy managers don’t have to worry about whether Chuba Hubbard or Ameer Abdullah are worth consideration. McCaffrey found the end zone last week and totals 119 yards on 10 carries and seven receptions. He led the team in receiving yards, catches and targets and the offense continues to run through him when he’s on the field.

This week, McCaffrey faces a Dolphins defense that ranks 15th in aFPA to opposing running backs. Matchups don’t really matter much with McCaffrey though, as his usage and activity in the passing game make him a must-start every week. We have him ranked as an elite option, as usual.

by Brandon Niles

CAR RB Christian McCaffrey - Week 11 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 11 vs. Washington Football Team

Christian McCaffrey didn’t find the end zone last week against the Cardinals – he came up just short – but he caught 10 passes!! McCaffrey ended up with 95 yards on 13 carries to go with his 66 receiving yards. The Panthers’ offense has struggled and it may be harder for him to find the end zone with Cam Newton likely taking over as the starting quarterback. Still, McCaffrey has over 100 yards from scrimmage in each of his two games back and it’s only a matter of time before he finds the end zone again.

This week, McCaffrey faces a Washington defense that ranks 19th in aFPA to opposing running backs. McCaffrey’s usage and ability to impact the passing game makes him a must-start every week.

by Brandon Niles

CAR RB Christian McCaffrey - Week 10 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 10 at Arizona Cardinals

Christian McCaffrey returned to action last week against the Patriots, and despite a horrible offensive performance for the Panthers, he still managed to gain 106 yards on 14 carries and four receptions. McCaffrey should continue to have a high floor due to his activity in the passing game, as he was targeted five times on the day and led the team in receiving yards.

This week, McCaffrey faces a Cardinals defense that ranks sixth in aFPA to opposing running backs. Regardless of matchup, however, McCaffrey is too good and used too much not to have him active. Start him, and cross your fingers he stays healthy for a stretch this time.

by Brandon Niles

CAR RB Christian McCaffrey - Week 9 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 9 vs. New England Patriots

Christian McCaffrey has been out since Week 3, but he’s supposedly flirting with being active heading into Week 9. He’s a must-start any time he’s active, but be sure you have a backup option available to you if you’re going to risk having him in your lineup. Monitor the health situation very carefully, but if he’s active, you have to start him. He showed last year that he could be productive coming off injuries, even if it turned into getting injured again.

by Brandon Niles

CAR RB Christian McCaffrey - Week 6 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 6 vs. Minnesota Vikings

Christian McCaffrey almost returned this past week against the Eagles, but he wound up being inactive for the second straight week. He’s set to return this week, but keep an eye on the injury report as it gets close to game time, and have a backup plan in place.

For his return, McCaffrey gets a Vikings defense that ranks 12th in aFPA to opposing running backs. McCaffrey was dynamite in his first two games before getting hurt in Week 3 this year, so fantasy managers should definitely start him so long as he’s active. Despite missing nearly three games, he still has 364 yards and a touchdown this season to go along with 16 receptions.

by Brandon Niles

CAR RB Christian McCaffrey - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 at Houston Texans

Christian McCaffrey had a nice game last week against the Saints, rushing for 72 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries, while adding 65 yards on five receptions. McCaffrey finding the end zone is no surprise, as he has a ridiculous 46 touchdowns in 53 career games. His ability to produce running the ball and catching the ball, while also finding the end zone is what made him the number one pick in most fantasy leagues the last two years.

This week, McCaffrey faces a Texans team that gave up almost 100 yards and a touchdown to Nick Chubb last week, although they shut down the Jaguars running game in Week 1 – which probably says more about the Jaguars than the Texans. Regardless, McCaffrey is a must-start every week, regardless of matchup and fantasy managers should never consider sitting him as long as he’s healthy.

by Brandon Niles

CAR RB Christian McCaffrey - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 vs. New Orleans Saints

Christian McCaffrey returned to his usual self after missing most of last year with multiple injuries. He started off the season with a bang, racking up 187 yards from scrimmage on 30 touches, including nine receptions. Anyone concerned about how he’d work with Sam Darnold or coming off of last season can put to bed those concerns and feel confident with their likely number one draft pick.

The Saints were the best defense against the run last year, ranking number one in aFPA to opposing running backs, and then they completely shut down the Packers’ offense in Week 1, including Aaron Jones and the run game. That being said, McCaffrey is so good and adds so much to his fantasy points total in the passing game, he’s a must-start regardless of matchup. Keep expectations realistic this week for your star back, but don’t ever sit him, as long as he’s healthy.

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