Slight stock down here for McCaffrey who currently ranks as our RB12 in the latest Running Back Rankings. The rookie is sure to still be a big part of the team’s offense going forward, but we can turn down the heat a little bit that often surrounds the new rookies.
You can boost Jonathan Stewart’s stock as he reportedly will see the bulk of the carries. Stewart is not a sexy pick by any means, but this shines a little light on what used to be a solid RB2 on fantasy teams. He could be a bench stash for teams this year. He’s not going to be a focal point of the Panther’s offense, but should still contribute on a weekly basis.
One of the most explosive and exciting players in the 2017 NFL Draft was Christian McCaffrey. The dynamic play-maker was all over the field at Stanford, and should be used similarly in Carolina. He’s very highly ranked across many fantasy sites including our own as rookies like him generally are. Although, it might be time to stop drinking the kool-aid and open our eyes a little bit.
McCaffrey has been used a lot as a slot receiver in OTA’s, where the Panthers can get him out in open space to create plays like he’s done in the past. With reports of Stewart receiving majority of the team’s carries, it takes away from the monster dual-threat we potentially saw in McCaffrey. Yes, McCaffrey will still get a number of carries and be used in the backfield, but it appears he’s not going to be that bell-cow back in the offense who also happens to lineup in the slot. With McCaffrey being ranked ahead of other RBs like Jordan Howard and Lamar Miller, maybe we should be dialing back on our expectations of the rookie this early. He will still be a valuable asset to fantasy owners, but the continued presence of Stewart in the offense will limit the ceiling of McCaffrey’s potential, especially in the rushing touchdown regard.
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