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Christian McCaffrey Fantasy Outlook Includes Major Bounce-Back Potential in 2021

Larry Rupp
Christian McCaffrey is primed for another huge season in 2021.
Christian McCaffrey is primed for another huge season in 2021. / Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

Christian McCaffrey has been one of the most productive running backs in the NFL over the last few years, but injuries caused him to play just 3 games in 2020. The Carolina Panther seems fired up to prove he is fully healthy and he comes with major bounce-back potential in fantasy football as well.

Christian McCaffrey Fantasy Outlook

It is no secret that McCaffrey has been amongst the best players to own in fantasy football since he entered the NFL back in 2017. The 25-year-old playmaker finished as the No. 1 RB in PPR scoring in 2019 and the No. 3 RB in 2018 while playing for a largely underwhelming Panthers offense.

Fantasy managers may be hesitant to jump right back on the McCaffrey train. However, he would've finished well within the top five RBs in fantasy football last season given he had stayed healthy and kept up his pace through three games. McCaffrey racked up 374 yards from scrimmage on 76 touches and scored 6 touchdowns.

Carolina heads into the 2021 season with a lot of newfound hope as they acquired quarterback Sam Darnold to run the offense. The former New York Jet should rely heavily on his All-Pro running back to get up to speed. Expect McCaffrey to see a lot dump-offs and screen passes in the passing attack.

McCaffrey also does not have the presence of veteran Mike Davis behind him as he was signed by the Atlanta Falcons this offseason. That means he should have every opportunity to be a workhorse on this offense given the lack of depth in the backfield.

McCaffrey has an average draft position of No. 1 overall across all fantasy football league formats, according to FantasyPros. He also slides in as the No. 1 running back in The Duel's 2021 fantasy football rankings.

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