Christian McCaffrey: Safe Stud or Overvalued Bust? (Fantasy Football 2022)
It’s important to look at fantasy football players from all angles. While there is only one outcome at the end of the season, there are many perspectives as fantasy football drafts approach. We’re going to examine both sides of the Christian McCaffrey debate. In one corner, Derek Brown and Andrew Erickson are supporters of McCaffrey and his draft day cost. In the other, we have Joe Pisapia who’s much lower on the Carolina Panthers’s running back. Which side are you on?
Christian McCaffrey is Overvalued
Christian McCaffrey is a Stud
The injury concerns for Christian McCaffrey are justified. Since 2020 he’s dealt with an ankle sprain, thigh injury, AC joint sprain, and high ankle sprain, missing 18 games. When he’s on the field, though, he’s still a top-three running back. Last season in the five games he played at least 48% of the snaps, he averaged 20.1 (0.5 PPR) fantasy points per game. This would have placed him as the RB3 in weekly fantasy scoring behind only Jonathan Taylor and Derrick Henry.
– Derek Brown
We all know the deal with CMC. When healthy, he’s easily the best player in all of fantasy football. He played in four games in 2021 with at least a 50% snap share and his PPR fantasy finishes were RB1, RB3, RB4 and RB3. McCaffrey averaged 26 fantasy points per game. Considering the extent of CMC’s injuries have not resulted in major surgeries or completely torn ligaments, I like him bouncing back to form in 2022. I like that the Panthers are already putting him in preseason bubble wrap to make sure he’s full-go for Week 1. Four of the Panthers’ 5 wins last season came when CMC was active and playing.
– Andrew Erickson
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