As the 2019 fantasy football season nears, it's time to examine players who could make or break your fantasy team. Here's a look at Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey and his fantasy outlook for the season ahead.
Christian McCaffrey Fantasy Outlook
McCaffrey has led both of his Panthers teams in targets and saw the gap widen in 2018. That should change in 2019, with DJ Moore a year in and Curtis Samuel coming off a nice second season. But McCaffrey also saw his rushing load nearly double in Year 2, from 7.3 carries per game to 13.7. That work trended up as the season progressed (15.2 carries per contest from Week 8 through Week 16), and McCaffrey told ESPN in May he’s “way stronger” this year.
Size: 5'11", 205
Bye Week: 7
McCaffrey has gone from elite receiving back to true workhorse. Carolina clearly has him in line for well over 300 touches again in 2019.
Christian McCaffrey had nearly 350 touches last season. Are you expecting a similar workload?
McCaffrey is planning for a similar workload, and fantasy owners should as well. McCaffrey averaged 20.4 touches per game in 2018, and offensive coordinator Norv Turner is so enamored with his skill set that it’s hard for Turner to stop himself from using No. 22 all he can. McCaffrey has put in a tremendous offseason of workouts designed to improve his strength and explosiveness, and the Panthers really don’t have an established No. 2. Only an injury will stop McCaffrey from similar or even better numbers in 2019. He deserves to be the Panthers’ highest draft choice in every fantasy league.—Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer
Season Projections for 2019
269 carries, 1,237 yards, 6 rushing TDs; 95 receptions, 767 yards, 5 receiving TDs