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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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Christian McCaffrey caught 10-of-14 targets for 56 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' Week 6 loss to the Eagles.
McCaffrey "added" four rushes for eight yards. McCaffrey's bunny catches were as close as the Panthers came to establishing a running game outside of Cam Newton's scrambling. McCaffrey heated up as the game wore on, but really struggled to make plays early. So far, McCaffrey isn't displaying the same sensational stop/start skills he did at Stanford. He's sometimes looked like a deer in headlights when given the opportunity to make plays 1-on-1. Thankfully for fantasy owners, his receiving has been consistent, as he's now up to 44 catches through six games. That is keeping his RB2 value afloat. Oct 13 - 12:03 AM

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Christian McCaffrey managed seven yards on three carries and caught 5-of-7 targets for 31 yards with a touchdown in the Panthers' Week 5 win over the Lions.

He was out-touched by Jonathan Stewart 21 to 8, so McCaffrey's owners should be pleased he was able to eke out an early touchdown to save his fantasy bottom line. McCaffrey has all kinds of real-life value as a playmaker when he gets the ball, but his volume suggests he needs to be downgraded to an RB2/flex option going forward. That's what he'll be in Week 6 against the Eagles.
Oct 8 - 5:30 PM

Christian McCaffrey caught 4-of-6 targets for 33 yards in the Panthers' Week 4 win over the Patriots, adding six rushes for 16 yards.

It was a disappointing effort in a game where the Panthers dropped 444 yards of offense on the Pats. He ceded some snaps to Fozzy Whittaker. McCaffrey continued to show nothing between the tackles, looking tiny as he got swallowed up. He now has 31 carries for 89 yards (2.87 YPC) through his first four NFL games. He has a more impressive 22 catches for 206 yards as a receiver, though Cam Newton hasn't looked natural when targeting him. McCaffrey will be a volatile RB3/FLEX for next week's game against the Lions.
Oct 1 - 5:09 PM

Christian McCaffrey caught 9-of-11 targets for 101 yards in the Panthers' Week 3 loss to the Saints.

He added four carries for 16 yards. With Kelvin Benjamin (knee) knocked out early, McCaffrey led the Panthers in every receiving category. He could have had an even bigger day had Cam Newton not been wildly inaccurate. One of McCaffrey's missed connections was a tipped-ball interception Newton rocketed off his fingertips. The Panthers are barely even pretending McCaffrey is an option between the tackles, but are living up to the hype with his passing-game usage. That's only going to increase with Benjamin likely to be sidelined. The Pats are an attackable Week 4 matchup.
Sep 24 - 4:40 PM

Coach Ron Rivera said Carolina's backfield work will be determined by "flow of the game" and who is playing well.

Fantasy owners who used an early-round pick on Christian McCaffrey can't be too thrilled by this development. Essentially the Panthers are going with a hot-hand approach, which means McCaffrey's role is going to be different each week. For all his promise, McCaffrey has been out-touched by veteran Jonathan Stewart 35-30 in the early going. McCaffrey's day will eventually come, but it could be a while before he overtakes Stewart.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: In daily fantasy, McCaffrey may work as a risky GPP play. The flow could turn in his favor and he could get hot against a Saints defense that struggles to defend receiving RBs. Last week, the Saints allowed the Patriots backs to combine for a 12/137/1 receiving line. McCaffrey has run the 5th-most routes among RBs (52, per PFF), and Stewart hasn't been very involved as a pass-catcher, receiving 3 targets to CMac's 12.
Sep 21 - 3:06 PM

Christian McCaffrey rushed eight times for 10 yards in the Panthers' Week 2 win over the Bills, adding four receptions for 34 yards.

McCaffrey should have had a two-yard touchdown to salt the game away in the fourth quarter, but Cam Newton somehow threw the ball 40 feet over his head. It was a bunny, one that's usually converted 99 times out of 100. McCaffrey got out-carried 15-8 by Jonathan Stewart, though J-Stew was similarly ineffective on the ground. The workload delineation in the Panthers' backfield is looking pretty straightforward for now. J-Stew has McCaffrey by about 2-1 on early downs while McCaffrey dominates passing-game looks. McCaffrey might finally get cooking against the Saints' barely-there defense in Week 3. Fire him up as an RB2 for that one, even with the quiet first two weeks.
Sep 17 - 5:58 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he does not want to "wear" Christian McCaffrey's "batteries out."

"It’s like getting that new toy at Christmas," Rivera said. "You open up the box and there’s what you’d hoped for. But you also have to be wise and smart about when you play with it." It is an interesting analogy, but the meaning is clear. After McCaffrey played 70 percent of the snaps in the opener, the Panthers may look to get him more rest moving forward. Still, he will be on the RB2 map every week.
Source: ESPN
Sep 12 - 9:42 AM

Christian McCaffrey rushed 13 times for 47 yards and caught 5-of-7 targets for 38 yards in the Panthers' Week 1 win over the 49ers.

McCaffrey touched the ball two fewer times than Jonathan Stewart, but he was still heavily involved in an offense which seemingly wants to build around a strong running game. McCaffrey was mostly bottled up, but he did convert three long third downs including an eight-yard run to close out the game. If this is McCaffrey's floor, he is going to have a solid fantasy season. He will be a back-end RB2 next week against the Bills.
Sep 10 - 7:31 PM

FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports Christian McCaffrey is expected to handle 12-15 touches in Week 1 at San Francisco.

"He's not going to start, but he's going to get about 12 to 15 touches," were Glazer's exact words. McCaffrey drafters in season-long leagues were likely hoping for a bit more, but it's further confirmation that Jonathan Stewart will maintain a big role. Stewart is an underrated RB2/flex play in a favorable matchup against the 49ers. McCaffrey will handle punt returns, so the Panthers want to keep him fresh and explosive for an all-purpose role.
Sep 10 - 12:51 PM

Cam Newton said the Panthers are "expecting big things" from Christian McCaffrey.

"Whether battling injuries or not, [Curtis Samuel and McCaffrey] are being forced into fire," Newton added. It’s fair to say Newton has more weapons than he’s ever had in his career and he even called the idea of it "scary" on Tuesday. The Panthers reportedly have tailored their playbook to CMC, so the Stanford rookie has RB1 upside even without getting a massive workload. He shapes up as a risky RB2 against the 49ers on Sunday.
Sep 5 - 6:21 PM

Christian McCaffrey rushed seven times for 21 yards and caught one pass for 12 yards in the Panthers' third preseason game.

His catch was especially important because it came from Cam Newton, one of the quarterback's two throws of the night. McCaffrey didn't enter the game until Jonathan Stewart had already rushed the ball twice, but from there the pair rotated fairly evenly. An exciting rookie who's routinely being drafted in the 3rd round, McCaffrey will likely score the majority of his fantasy points between the 20s with Newton and Stewart hogging goal-line touches, limiting his touchdown upside. McCaffrey is a risky pick at his current ADP.
Aug 24 - 9:40 PM

Christian McCaffrey rushed three times for 33 yards and one touchdown in the Panthers' second preseason game, adding two catches for 39 yards.

The Panthers' offense barely saw the field in the first quarter due to a first-play fumble by Devin Funchess and then a Derek Anderson interception, but Jonathan Stewart played six of the first ten snaps, with McCaffrey getting the other four and the next five. McCaffrey ripped off numerous big plays in succession, first a 13-yard run up the gut followed by a 17-yard touchdown between the right guard and tackle. On the next drive, he took a screen 38 yards. McCaffrey's burst especially stands out. He's the real deal. McCaffrey's ADP has settled in the mid third round.
Aug 19 - 4:56 PM

Christian McCaffrey rushed seven times for 33 yards in the Panthers' preseason opener.

McCaffrey saw a first-down carry on Carolina’s second drive and followed his blocks efficiently for a gain of 12. It was his best run of the night. McCaffrey entered the game behind Jonathan Stewart, and the two appear headed for a near-even rotation to begin the season. As a committee back with uncertain scoring-position usage, there is a real chance McCaffrey is a better reality than fantasy player as a first-year pro.
Aug 9 - 9:06 PM

Jonathan Stewart said Christian McCaffrey is "pretty unstoppable" running routes out of the backfield.

"There’s not going to be anybody in this league that can cover him 1-on-1," Stewart continued. "(OC Mike) Shula has definitely found some pretty good ways to put him in positions to win." Stewart's comments align with early camp reports; ESPN's David Newton wrote McCaffrey has been peppered with "short passes and screens." Stewart will likely keep most of his early-down role, but the Panthers clearly plan for McCaffrey to be heavily involved as well.
Jul 31 - 8:05 AM

ESPN's David Newton reports the Panthers are peppering Christian McCaffrey with "short passes and screens" in practice.

After observing on Thursday, Newton reports it's "obvious" the Panthers have "big plans" for their first-round pick. Per Newton, McCaffrey is "so fast on his cuts that it leaves (defenders) grasping for air." McCaffrey is an exceptional runner, but it's become clear the Panthers view the passing game as the best way for him to make a rookie impact. It will be a big change for an offense that hasn't been big on screens or running back targets under Cam Newton.
Jul 27 - 6:30 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Cam Newton
2Derek Anderson
3Garrett Gilbert
RB1Christian McCaffrey
2Jonathan Stewart
3Fozzy Whittaker
4Cameron Artis-Payne
GLB1Jonathan Stewart
2Christian McCaffrey
3RB1Christian McCaffrey
2Jonathan Stewart
FB1Alexander Armah
WR11Kelvin Benjamin
2Damiere Byrd
3Curtis Samuel
WR21Devin Funchess
2Russell Shepard
WR31Russell Shepard
TE1Greg Olsen
2Ed Dickson
3Chris Manhertz
LT1Matt Kalil
2John Theus
LG1Andrew Norwell
2Amini Silatolu
C1Ryan Kalil
2Tyler Larsen
RG1Trai Turner
2Greg Van Roten
RT1Daryl Williams
2Taylor Moton
K1Graham Gano