Christian McCaffrey Fantasy Outlook Makes Him Worth the Top Draft Pick Following Huge Contract Extension

Jason Schandl
Christian McCaffrey's fantasy football value should remain sky-high in 2020 following his contract extension with the Panthers.
Christian McCaffrey's fantasy football value should remain sky-high in 2020 following his contract extension with the Panthers. / Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images
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Christian McCaffrey just turned in one of the great fantasy football seasons of all time, and the Carolina Panthers have rewarded him with a fat new contract extension. He's now the highest-paid running back in NFL history.

Christian McCaffrey Fantasy Football Value 2020

There's plenty of debate about whether paying an RB like that is a smart move for an NFL team, but fantasy football owners don't need to be concerned about that.

McCaffrey racked up a ridiculous 471.2 point-per-reception (PPR) fantasy points in 2019 — 156.4 more than any other back in the league and the highest single-season total for a back in the past decade.

That value was driven by his massive workload, leading the NFL with 403 touches — 287 carries and 116 receptions (on 142 targets). That volume meant he was basically playing running back and wide receiver — ranking fourth in the NFL in carries and second in receptions.

If we just take his rushing stats, he would have posted 228.7 fantasy points, which would have ranked 13th among running backs. Just taking his receiving numbers, he would have had 240.5, which would have ranked 12th among wideouts.

Volume is far more consistent year-over-year than efficiency, so when we're looking for a first-overall fantasy football pick, we want a guaranteed workload.

This contract is a clear sign that Panthers' new management has every intention of keeping McCaffrey as the focal point of the offense, solidifying his spot as the most valuable player in fantasy football for the 2020 season.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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