- Height / Weight
- 5'11" / 202 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- June 7, 1996 (22)
- 2nd Season
- 2017 / Rd. 1 / Pk. 8 (CAR)
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera doesn't see any reason why second-year running back Christian McCaffrey can't reach 200 carries after seeing 117 in his rookie season. He had 337 carries for 2,019 yards in 14 games in his second season at Stanford in 2015 in addition to 45 catches. As more of the change-of-pace back last year, McCaffrey managed to catch 80 passes for 651 yards. Even with C.J. Anderson now in the fold in Carolina, McCaffrey figures to be the featured back, which automatically should increase his carry load. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner's lead back had at least 200 carries in seven of his eight full seasons as an offensive coordinator. McCaffrey's fantasy price tag was already high, so be prepared to pay a second-round price for him.
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey said he has added "about five pounds of good muscle" in the offseason. "My core strength, my upper body strength and my lower body," McCaffrey continued, "I'm just trying to increase all those. Make sure I can break tackles in the second level and be able to turn those three-, four-yard runs into some bigger runs." McCaffrey was much more successful catching passes than on the ground in his rookie season. The 21-year-old had 117 carries for 435 yards (3.7 yards per carry) and two scores on the ground. Through the air, he caught 80 passes for 651 yards (8.1 yards per catch) and five touchdowns. Even with C.J. Anderson now in the fold on early downs, McCaffrey will be a popular fantasy back, especially in PPR formats.
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey will have a new offensive coordinator for his second season and new Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner said the team will "keep finding ways" to get 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.