Updated: Jul 9
Written by Christian Skutevik
Everything Great About CMC
Scoring 469 fantasy points last season, Christian McCaffrey outscored every other back in the NFL by 149 points. In fact, he was so dominant that had he played in just 12 games he would have still finished as the #1 back in football. Aaron Jones, who finished second to McCaffrey in PPR scoring finished '19 with a whopping 19 TDs, 1,558 yards, and 50 catches and still only scored 68% of McCaffrey's fantasy points.
But, how did McCaffrey dominate his position by such a wide margin? Well for starters last year wasn't a fluke, in '18 McCaffrey finished 2nd to Saquon Barkley in PPR scoring by half a point, essentially making '19 the 2nd straight year he was on at least tied as the best running back in football. Honestly, with a short glance at the stat book it should be no surprise McCaffrey finished as fantasy football's #1 back. Every time he touched the ball he was excellent and every game he played in added to his historic numbers.
McCaffrey became just the 3rd player in NFL history to record 1,000 rushing and 1,000 receiving yards in the same season while averaging a solid 4.8 Yards per carry and scoring 19 total touchdowns. While volume certainly played a role in his monster stat line, he was a dependable back and he made the most out of every touch. Turning 142 targets into 116 catches for over 1,000 yards and 4 TDs while averaging over 62 receiving yards game, McCaffrey was essentially a solid WR2 who also happens to be an elite runner and work horse in the Panther ground game. Btw, Did i mention his 116 catches breaks the previous record for most catches by a running back... which was held by him at 106 catches.
The Concerns About CMC
The only real concern anyone can really have with McCaffrey's fantasy value is his surrounding cast. The Panther's O-line ranks just 19th in run blocking success and 22nd in pass blocking efficiency. Not to mention the two most important positions in football are the quarterback and the head coach, and the Panthers are starting fresh at both spots. Teddy Bridgewater has been around the NFL long enough and proven himself enough to show us that he is manageable but nothing more. Meanwhile first year HC Matt Rhule is a MASSIVE question mark that could leave the Panthers struggle in the next few years to come. New coaches struggle in the NFL and while it could turn out to be a great hire, I'm not getting my hopes up.
Christian is in elite level running back on the ground and a historically great back in the passing game. While the Panther's offense as a whole isn't great, McCaffrey is still the #1 fantasy back in football. He lead the NFL in touches last year(403) while maintaining high level of efficiency, sniffed out the end-zone like a bloodhound, and was easily the most versatile back in the game. If he doesn't get drafted in the first two picks of your draft, someone made a major mistake...