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Christian McCaffrey | Running Back | #22

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (21) / 6/7/1996
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 205
College: Stanford
Drafted: 2017 / Rd. 1 (8) / CAR
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Panthers OC Norv Turner said the team will "keep finding ways" to get Christian McCaffrey the ball.
"He had an unbelievable rookie year and did a lot more than a lot of people would be asked to do and handled them all," said Turner, who compared McCaffrey favorably to one of his former players, Darren Sproles. "He's got such talent, you're just going to keep finding ways to get him the ball and try to create more space for him." McCaffrey was so-so as a ball-carrier in year one (3.7 yards per carry), but excelled in the passing game with 80 catches, which ranked third in the league among running backs. Power back Jonathan Stewart will continue to be involved, though McCaffrey should be in for a bigger workload next season. Jan 23 - 6:13 PM

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Christian McCaffrey rushed six times for 16 yards and caught 6-of-8 targets for 101 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' Wild Card loss to the Saints.

McCaffrey gave the Panthers hope with a 56-yard touchdown catch in which he shook Craig Robertson out of his shoes in the fourth quarter, but the Panthers were not able to complete the comeback. The catch was a fitting exclamation point to a rookie season which saw McCaffrey catch 80 passes for 651 yards and five touchdowns. He was not as impressive as a runner, gaining just 435 yards with two scores on 117 carries, but he improved dramatically in that department in the second half of the season. Already a quality fantasy asset because of his receiving ability, McCaffrey could take a step forward if the Panthers give him more work in the running game next year.
Jan 7 - 8:44 PM

Christian McCaffrey notched 14 yards on six carries while adding five catches for 40 yards on eight targets Sunday in the Panthers' Week 17 loss to the Falcons.

McCaffrey only topped 10 carries in four of 16 games this year but was heavily involved as a pass-catcher with 80 catches for 651 yards and five touchdowns. Among running backs, only Le’Veon Bell and Alvin Kamara caught more passes than McCaffrey this year. The 205-pound McCaffrey wasn’t used much on the goal line and it’s fair to wonder if he’ll ever command workhorse usage. Of course, none of that hindered McCaffrey’s fantasy production this year, particularly in PPR leagues. McCaffrey will play his first career postseason game next week against the division-rival Saints.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 08:09:00 PM

Christian McCaffrey rushed nine times for 39 yards in the Panthers' Week 16 win over the Bucs.

He caught just two passes for 19 yards on four targets. The Panthers didn't do much on offense all afternoon, scoring just one touchdown and totaling only 71 yards in the first half. They were gifted good field position because of Jameis Winston's turnovers. McCaffrey had a breakout Week 15 but had been seeing smaller workloads in previous weeks. That trend came back in this one. McCaffrey will be an RB2/3 next week against the Falcons.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 04:51:00 PM

Christian McCaffrey caught 6-of-7 targets for 73 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' Week 15 win over the Packers, adding 12 carries for 63 additional yards.

McCaffrey's 136 yards from scrimmage were a new career high. 60 of them came on the Panthers' opening drive, where McCaffrey caught four passes for 40 yards and his touchdown. Greg Olsen took over after that, but McCaffrey had already given fantasy owners what they needed. Up to 73 catches on the season, McCaffrey has a plus Week 16 matchup in the Bucs.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 04:29:00 PM

Christian McCaffrey rushed eight times for 35 yards and caught 3-of-4 targets for 18 yards in the Panthers' Week 14 win over the Vikings.

McCaffrey's touches remain a bit down over the last month, and this time he wasn't able to buoy his stat line with a touchdown. Jonathan Stewart rushed for 103 yards and three scores, providing 18 of the offense's 24 points via touchdowns. McCaffrey's floor is scary low in standard leagues. He'll be on the RB2 map in PPR formats next week at home against a bad Packers defense.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 04:32:00 PM

Christian McCaffrey caught 5-of-6 targets for 33 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' Week 13 loss to the Saints, adding six carries for 16 additional yards.

The 49 yards were McCaffrey's fewest in six weeks, though the score was his sixth of the season. With the Panthers facing a 3rd-and-4 from the Saints' 21 late in the second quarter, McCaffrey leaked out on a slow-developing play, and the Saints forgot to cover him. He found the sideline and slipped into the end zone. It was one of his better plays of the season. McCaffrey also hurdled a defender in the second half. Frankly, he deserved more work. He'll be on the RB2/3 borderline for next week's tough matchup with the Vikings.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 07:42:00 PM

Christian McCaffrey (questionable, shoulder) will play Week 13 against the Saints.

A shoulder injury limited him at practice throughout the week. Carolina's Swiss-Army knife will be in the RB2 conversation Sunday at New Orleans.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 08:02:00 AM

Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) is questionable for Week 13 against the Saints.

McCaffrey is expected to play after two straight limited practices, though coach Ron Rivera plans to wait until Saturday's walkthrough to determine his status. All signs point to him being active for what should be a high-scoring matchup with the Saints. McCaffrey is our No. 21-ranked running back for Week 13.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: McCaffrey sets up as an intriguing GPP target, especially if Saints CB Marshon Lattimore plays, which could swing targets from Devin Funchess to the back. The Saints struggle to stop receiving RBs; they’re giving up the ninth-most receptions and sixth-most receiving yards to the position. Last time McCaffrey played the Saints, he went off for 101 receiving yards on nine catches. He’s also logged the sixth-most targets inside the ten-yard line (7). While he’s priced up for the matchup, he has plenty of upside to pay it off and we’re projecting just 7.5% ownership on DraftKings.
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 04:07:00 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the team will likely determine Christian McCaffrey's (shoulder) status on Saturday.

McCaffrey saw his usual reps at Thursday's practice and is trending toward playing Sunday at New Orleans, though the Panthers will wait until Saturday to make a final determination. Greg Olsen's (foot) status will also be decided on Saturday. Second among running backs in catches behind only Le'Veon Bell, McCaffrey will be an RB2 if he suits up.
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 12:41:00 PM

Christian McCaffrey said he took "all" his normal reps in Thursday's practice, and that he's not concerned about his shoulder ahead of Sunday's game against the Saints.

Coach Ron Rivera was more cagey when asked about McCaffrey's status earlier Thursday, but it's clear he's in no danger of sitting out. McCaffrey will be a mid-range RB2 for what figures to be a high-scoring game at the Superdome.
Thu, Nov 30, 2017 02:22:00 PM

Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) returned to practice Thursday.

When asked about McCaffrey's shoulder injury on Wednesday, coach Ron Rivera said, "We'll see tomorrow." The fact McCaffrey is practicing "tomorrow" suggests he will be ready to go in New Orleans on Sunday. McCaffrey caught nine passes for 101 yards the last time he faced the Saints.
Thu, Nov 30, 2017 11:01:00 AM

Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday.

McCaffrey took a big hit in the Week 12 win over the Jets. Asked about his Week 13 status, coach Ron Rivera said, "We'll see tomorrow." We don't expect McCaffrey to miss Sunday against the Saints, but it obviously is worth monitoring. McCaffrey is second to Le'Veon Bell in RB catches this year.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 02:50:00 PM

Christian McCaffrey collected 62 yards on seven carries while pulling in two-of-five targets for 35 yards Sunday in the Panthers’ Week 12 win over the Jets.

McCaffrey rumbled for a season-long 40-yard run in the second quarter and later set the Panthers up with first-and-goal at the one-yard line after breaking loose on a 26-yard catch-and-run. He lost goal-line work to 240-pound Jonathan Stewart but proved to be the superior back, just as he’s been the past several weeks. McCaffrey has been a PPR stud this year leading all running backs with 59 catches and will be in the RB2 mix next week at New Orleans.
Sun, Nov 26, 2017 05:55:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Christian McCaffrey took more snaps as a slot receiver this week in practice.

Carolina is thin at receiver after losing Curtis Samuel to injured reserve. The return of Greg Olsen should help in that regard, but getting McCaffrey some snaps as a receiver also makes sense. Already on pace for 91 catches, being used out wide would be just another feather in McCaffrey's PPR cap.
Sun, Nov 26, 2017 08:08:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Cam Newton
2Garrett Gilbert
RB1Christian McCaffrey
2Jonathan Stewart
3Fozzy Whittaker
4Cameron Artis-Payne
GLB1Jonathan Stewart
2Christian McCaffrey
3RB1Christian McCaffrey
2Fozzy Whittaker
FB1Alex Armah
WR11Devin Funchess
2Russell Shepard
3Fred Ross
4Rasheed Bailey
5Jamaal Jones
WR21Curtis Samuel
2Kaelin Clay
3Damiere Byrd
4Mose Frazier
5Austin Duke
WR31Russell Shepard
TE1Greg Olsen
2Chris Manhertz
3Scott Simonson
4Evan Baylis
5Kent Taylor
LT1Matt Kalil
2Blaine Clausell
3John Theus
LG1David Yankey
C1Ryan Kalil
2Tyler Larsen
3Greg Van Roten
RG1Trai Turner
2Dorian Johnson
RT1Daryl Williams
2Taylor Moton
3Dan France