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Christian McCaffrey

RB, Carolina Panthers

Height 5'11" Weight 202
DOB 1996-06-07 Age 25.3
College Stanford

2021 Fantasy Rankings

RB # 1 (Tier 1)

Position Rankings

Rank Name Bye Age ADP1 PPG2 Comment
Tier 1
1 Christian McCaffrey, CAR 13 25.3 1.01 30.0

Mike's Thoughts: It is rare for me to put a single player into the top tier by himself. McCaffrey's historical per game output is so far ahead of his peers, he would normally qualify, but coming off a season-ending injury, playing with a new QB, and the high turnover position itself - RB - I'll rank him 1 but in a group of similar high reward backs.

2 Dalvin Cook, MIN 7 26.1 1.03 24.1

Mike's Thoughts: He's missed games every season, which is to be expected for any RB with this many projected carries, really. However, there is a higher perceived injury risk with Cook going back to his 4-game rookie season. Double-digit TD and high catch numbers, thanks to limited receiving options on the Vikings, support Cook at 2. There are additional red flags such as Gary Kubiak no longer the OC, and Rick Dennison possibly out as the OL coach, which may warrant a fade on Cook.

3 Alvin Kamara, NO 6 26.1 1.04 25.2
1 Fantasy Football Calculator (12-team PPR)
2 2020 season, PPR scoring
Panthers News · Older McCaffrey News

Fantasy News Last 90 Days

  • No Concerns About Christian McCaffrey's Health Heading Into Week 3

    Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is healthy heading into Week 3 against the Texans. Head coach Matt Rhule said he has no concerns about McCaffrey's availability for Week 3, as the star halfback had to exit Sunday's game due to cramps. The All-Pro runner has handled his usual monster workload through two weeks, as he's amassed 59 touches, turning them into 324 scrimmage yards with one touchdown. McCaffrey is a locked-and-loaded RB1 against a Texans defense that allowed 156 rushing yards and three scores to the Browns.

    Sep 20 · Source via Panthers Christian McCaffrey
  • Christian McCaffrey Back In The Game

    Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (calf) exited Sunday's game against the Saints, but the star rusher eventually returned to the field and managed to add a touchdown to his stat sheet. Considering McCaffrey re-entered this contest, we can safely assume he's good-to-go moving forward. He remains the overall RB1 in redraft and dynasty leagues.

    Sep 19 · Source via Panthers Christian McCaffrey
  • Christian McCaffrey Questionable To Return In Week 2

    Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (calf) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. With the Panthers up 17-0, the team might play things safe with McCaffrey, who appeared to be having leg cramps on the sideline. McCaffrey has 17 carries for 58 yards and four catches for 56 yards. Even if he doesn't return, there doesn't seem to be any reason to worry about McCaffrey's availability going forward, though it's always worth monitoring things.

    Sep 19 · Source via Panthers Christian McCaffrey
  • Christian McCaffrey A Solid RB1 In Week 2

    Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is a solid RB1 this week against the Saints. McCaffrey didn't miss a beat in the season opener as he posted 21 carries for 98 rushing yards and nine receptions for 89 yards on nine targets. The Saints stifled the Packers' rush attack last week, but McCaffrey is the focal point of this offense and his volume and talent make him matchup-proof. Despite the tough matchup, the RB is a solid start in fantasy.

    Sep 17 · Source via Panthers Christian McCaffrey
  • Christian McCaffrey Totals 187 Scrimmage Yards

    Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey carried the ball 21 times for 98 rushing yards and caught all nine targets for 89 receiving yards in Sunday's win over the Jets. The Jets had no answer for McCaffrey, who handled his usual monster workload and looked every bit of the star dual-threat halfback he's been when healthy, as he now has seven games with at least 75 rushing yards and receiving yards, third-most in NFL history behind Marshall Faulk and Priest Holmes. If there were any doubts that the 25-year-old was worth the top overall pick in all drafts, he put them to rest with this performance. McCaffrey hasn't had any trouble staying healthy aside from the 2020 season, meaning fantasy managers should be able to pencil him into their lineups and count on his elite-level workload and production every week. He'll be an elite RB1 in Week 2, even against a Saints defense that was the toughest in the league against running backs last season in terms of fantasy points.

    Sep 12 · Source via Panthers Christian McCaffrey
  • Christian McCaffrey "Full Speed and Ready to Go"

    Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is a full go to start the season. McCaffrey missed 13 games last year due to injuries but is "full speed and ready to go physically and mentally," per head coach Matt Rhule. That's not particularly surprising, as the Panthers had said that the star halfback would handle a full workload as he had in seasons past, though it's still music to fantasy managers' ears to hear the coaching staff reiterate his good health. Rhule added that the team needs to get the 25-year-old involved early on against New York. With the Panthers currently 5-point home favorites, McCaffrey is slated for around 20-plus touches against a Jets defense that was very giving to opposing receiving backs last season. A Week 1 RB1 finish is certainly within the realm of possibilities, making McCaffrey a must-start in all formats.

    Sep 8 · Source via Panthers Christian McCaffrey
  • Christian McCaffrey A Top Play In Week 1

    Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey will likely reaffirm his status as a top fantasy performer in his Week 1 matchup against the Jets. McCaffrey missed 13 games last season due to ankle, shoulder, quad injuries, though he still handled an average of 25.3 touches per game in three contests where he was healthy- as well as a whopping 926 total touches through his first three seasons, second in the league during that span. The Panthers have indicated that the 25-year-old will handle a large workload once again in 2021, meaning fantasy managers shouldn't even think twice about starting McCaffrey in all formats against the Jets. New York's defense was solid against the run but struggled against receiving backs, allowing the fourth-most targets and receptions to halfbacks in 2020. McCaffrey could finish as the overall RB1 in Week 1.

    Sep 7 · Source via Panthers Christian McCaffrey
  • Christian McCaffrey Favorite To Win OPOY

    Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is the favorite to win NFL.com's Offensive Player of the Year award. McCaffrey was the overall consensus favorite on the poll, composed of 29 analysts from the site. However, he will need to remain healthy, which was a problem during the 2020 campaign. The 25-year-old battled ankle and shoulder issues last season, and he was relegated to just three contests as a result. Still, he remains atop the fantasy rankings once against heading into the new year, and the latest vote of confidence from the site certainly helps reaffirm the top billing.

    Sep 5 · Source via Panthers Christian McCaffrey
  • Chuba Hubbard Could Cement Status As Backup Running Back Friday

    Carolina Panthers running back Chuba Hubbard should get plenty of opportunities to lock down the backup running back job in the final preseason game of the year Friday against the Steelers. Listed as the second-string halfback on the depth chart, Hubbard has been the team's starter during the first two preseason games, as the squad attempts to rest All-Pro Christian McCaffrey as much as possible. With fellow backups Reggie Bonnafon and Rodney Smith unable to practice, Hubbard has been the starter for each of the first two preseason games, tallying 19 total touches for 135 scrimmage yards. Another strong outing Friday against a Steelers defense expected to rest most of its starters would essentially cement the rookie's status as the backup to Christian McCaffrey heading into Week 1. If so, Hubbard would be the back to target as insurance for McCaffrey drafters.

    Aug 27 · Source via Panthers Chuba Hubbard Christian McCaffrey
  • Christian McCaffrey To Be "Very, Very Limited" Friday

    Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey will be "very, very limited" during Friday's preseason finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to head coach Matt Rhule. "He's going to take a lot of hits during the season, more than anyone else out there on the field. We'll save those hits for the season," added Rhule when asked about the superstar's status for the final exhibition game before the Week 1 showdown against the New York Jets. McCaffrey has a lot of managers nervous heading into the 2021-22 campaign, especially those who have the No. 1 overall pick in upcoming fantasy drafts. He missed 13 games last season because of ankle and shoulder issues. However, he has been the undisputed king of fantasy production over the previous few seasons based on his ability to rack up yardage in various ways. This reign should continue if he stays at 100 percent moving ahead.

    Aug 24 · Source via Panthers Christian McCaffrey
  • Christian McCaffrey Not Expected To Play Sunday

    Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is not expected to play in Sunday's preseason game against the Colts. Head coach Matt Rhule noted on Friday that most of the starters wouldn't play for the opening preseason contest- and McCaffrey is likely among those, considering he endured an injury-marred campaign in 2020, suiting up for just three games. The Panthers said that they wouldn't limit McCaffrey's workload in any way following his lost 2020 season, though it makes sense to conserve the number of reps he takes wherever possible, especially with a 17-game season on the way. Fantasy managers should have no reservations about taking McCaffrey with the first pick, as he had started all 16 games in each of the previous two years, compiling at least 1900 scrimmage yards and 13 scores while finishing as a top-two running back in each campaign.

    Aug 13 · Source via Panthers Christian McCaffrey
  • Christian McCaffrey Healthy And Poised For Big Workload

    Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is healthy now after missing all but three games in 2020, and offensive coordinator Joe Brady said last month that he doesn't plan to use McCaffrey any less this year just because of his previous injuries. The entire offense runs through McCaffrey, as he's their running game, a threat in the passing game and also a decoy. Mike Davis is now in Atlanta, so McCaffrey is the only RB on Carolina's current roster with significant NFL experience. Most fantasy managers don't really care that McCaffrey was a complete bust as the No. 1 overall pick last year, as he's once again the consensus top overall fantasy selection heading into the 2021 season, and for good reason.

    Jul 22 · Source via Panthers Christian McCaffrey 2021 outlook
  • Taylor Moton, Panthers Agree To Four-Year, $72 Million Deal

    Carolina Panthers right tackle Taylor Moton has agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal with the club Thursday. The deal includes $43 million guaranteed and ensures that Moton- who was PFF's highest-graded right tackle in 2020- avoids the franchise tag and nets a big payday. That's good news for Carolina's offense, particularly for both All-Pro back Christian McCaffrey and new signal-caller Sam Darnold, who should both benefit from the stability Moton brings to the otherwise unspectacular Carolina offensive line.

    Jul 15 · Source via Panthers Sam Darnold Christian McCaffrey
  • Running Back

    Performance Scoring Review · Switch
    Season Team G FPts Snp RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuTD Tgt Rec ReYd ReAvg ReTD FL
    2017 CAR 16 150.6 758 (70.2%) 117 435 3.72 2 113 80 651 8.1 5 1
    2018 CAR 16 274.5 965 (91.3%) 219 1098 5.01 7 124 107 867 8.1 6 1
    2019 CAR 16 353.2 1056 (93.4%) 287 1387 4.83 15 143 116 1005 8.7 4 0
    2020 CAR 3 73.0 171 (76.7%) 59 224 3.80 5 19 17 146 8.6 1 0
    2021 CAR 2 38.4 57 (89.1%) 45 170 3.78 1 9 14 154 11.0 0 0

    2021

    Performance Scoring Review · Switch
    Wk Opp Score FPts Snp RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuTD Tgt Rec ReYd ReAvg ReTD FL
    1 NYJ W 19-14 18.7 57 (89.1%) 21 98 4.67 0 9 9 89 9.9 0 0
    2 NO W 26-7 19.7 - 24 72 3.00 1 - 5 65 13.0 0 0

    2020

    Wk Opp Score FPts Snp RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuTD Tgt Rec ReYd ReAvg ReTD FL
    1 LV L 30-34 25.4 65 (97.0%) 23 96 4.17 2 4 3 38 12.7 0 0
    2 TB L 17-31 20.8 47 (64.4%) 18 59 3.28 2 5 4 29 7.3 0 0
    9 KC L 31-33 26.8 59 (71.1%) 18 69 3.83 1 10 10 79 7.9 1 0

    Touchdown Distances
    Rushing: 6, 3, 1, 7, 1
    Receiving: 9

    2019

    Wk Opp Score FPts Snp RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuTD Tgt Rec ReYd ReAvg ReTD FL
    1 LAR L 27-30 32.9 67 (100.0%) 19 128 6.74 2 11 10 81 8.1 0 0
    2 TB L 14-20 5.3 79 (100.0%) 16 37 2.31 0 6 2 16 8.0 0 0
    3 ARI W 38-20 24.8 58 (92.1%) 24 153 6.38 1 4 3 35 11.7 0 0
    4 HOU W 16-10 23.9 68 (100.0%) 27 93 3.44 1 10 10 86 8.6 0 0
    5 JAC W 34-27 41.7 56 (86.2%) 19 176 9.26 2 9 6 61 10.2 1 0
    6 TB W 37-26 17.7 64 (97.0%) 22 31 1.41 1 5 4 26 6.5 1 0
    8 SF L 13-51 21.5 54 (78.3%) 14 117 8.36 1 5 4 38 9.5 0 0
    9 TEN W 30-20 34.6 61 (85.9%) 24 146 6.08 2 3 3 20 6.7 1 0
    10 GB L 16-24 20.1 73 (100.0%) 20 108 5.40 1 7 6 33 5.5 0 0
    11 ATL L 3-29 19.1 70 (93.3%) 14 70 5.00 0 14 11 121 11.0 0 0
    12 NO L 31-34 25.3 76 (100.0%) 22 64 2.91 1 9 9 69 7.7 1 0
    13 WAS L 21-29 10.2 74 (98.7%) 14 44 3.14 0 13 7 58 8.3 0 0
    14 ATL L 20-40 13.5 70 (98.6%) 11 53 4.82 0 12 11 82 7.5 0 0
    15 SEA L 24-30 29.5 72 (100.0%) 19 87 4.58 2 10 8 88 11.0 0 0
    16 IND L 6-38 17.3 63 (90.0%) 13 54 4.15 0 15 15 119 7.9 0 0
    17 NO L 10-42 15.8 51 (71.8%) 9 26 2.89 1 10 7 72 10.3 0 0

    Touchdown Distances
    Rushing: 8, 2, 76, 3, 5, 84, 1, 40, 1, 58, 3, 4, 1, 15, 1
    Receiving: 18, 25, 7, 1

    2018

    Wk Opp Score FPts Snp RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuTD Tgt Rec ReYd ReAvg ReTD FL
    1 DAL W 16-8 9.5 57 (85.1%) 10 50 5.00 0 9 6 45 7.5 0 1
    2 ATL L 24-31 13.9 63 (94.0%) 8 37 4.63 0 15 14 102 7.3 0 0
    3 CIN W 31-21 19.4 67 (100.0%) 28 184 6.57 0 2 2 10 5.0 0 0
    5 NYG W 33-31 15.3 69 (97.2%) 17 58 3.41 0 6 5 35 7.0 1 0
    6 WAS L 17-23 6.6 60 (100.0%) 8 20 2.50 0 8 7 46 6.6 0 0
    7 PHI W 21-17 8.0 59 (100.0%) 7 29 4.14 0 6 6 51 8.5 0 0
    8 BAL W 36-21 17.6 64 (98.5%) 14 45 3.21 1 6 4 11 2.8 1 0
    9 TB W 42-28 27.7 61 (98.4%) 17 79 4.65 2 6 5 78 15.6 0 0
    10 PIT L 21-52 31.8 54 (94.7%) 14 77 5.50 1 5 5 61 12.2 2 0
    11 DET L 19-20 11.0 58 (100.0%) 13 53 4.08 0 8 6 57 9.5 0 0
    12 SEA L 27-30 35.7 59 (100.0%) 17 125 7.35 1 11 11 112 10.2 1 0
    13 TB L 17-24 22.1 70 (100.0%) 10 106 10.60 0 10 9 55 6.1 1 0
    14 CLE L 20-26 22.1 74 (100.0%) 16 63 3.94 2 7 6 38 6.3 0 0
    15 NO L 9-12 12.0 58 (100.0%) 15 53 3.53 0 11 8 67 8.4 0 0
    16 ATL L 10-24 17.8 82 (90.1%) 21 101 4.81 0 13 12 77 6.4 0 0
    17 NO W 33-14 4.0 10 (13.9%) 4 18 4.50 0 1 1 22 22.0 0 0

    Touchdown Distances
    Passing: 50
    Rushing: 11, 3, 1, 1, 1, 4, 1
    Receiving: 18, 6, 20, 25, 2, 8