Can McCaffrey help the Panthers offense as a rookie?
Christian McCaffrey was destined to be a superior athlete. Ed McCaffrey, his dad also a Stanford alum, played in the NFL 13 seasons and his mom Lisa was a soccer star at Stanford. Now the 5ft 11in 202 pounds running back will be suiting up for the Carolina Panthers.
McCaffrey possesses Olympic level speed. His college highlights are filled with him leaving opposing players in his wake. Can he create that kind of separation at the NFL level? That remains to be seen. He will play behind an offensive line Pro Football Focus ranks as the 12th best. A dual threat, McCaffrey will also have a chance to shine in the passing game. Although, Cam needs to continue to improve in the short and intermediate passing game.
McCaffrey currently has an ADP of 31. How does he fit into a Panther offense that has Jonathan Stewart leading the way at running back? Surely, Stewart will be hurt at some point opening the door for. The offensive line did not provide Cam with the best protection last season. Perhaps, McCaffrey can be the recipient of some check down passes he can take to the house. He has the most upside in PPR leagues for season-long leagues. I also think he will be a high-upside play in daily fantasy depending on the match-up.