The 2017 NFL Draft is taking place in Philadelphia, PA, and we’re giving you fantasy analysis on everything from expected roles to bust potential.
<h2>Christian McCaffery 2017 Fantasy Outlook</h2>
Jake Ciely, who has finished in the top four for fantasy football accuracy the last three years, wrote the following about McCaffery with the Carolina Panthers:
McCaffrey is underrated if you can believe it. Similar to David Johnson when he came out and people over-emphasizing his receiving ability, McCaffrey’s between the tackle power and elusiveness gets overlooked. He will step in and be the Panthers best running back as a rookie with Jonathan Stewart relegated to backup work. He truly has three-down ability with the vision and explosiveness to be a solid RB2 as a rookie.
<h2>Christian McCaffery 2017 Mock Draft Evaluation</h2>
And Jayson Braddock, in his mock draft for SportsGrid, evaluated McCaffery thusly prior to the draft:
Just like with the Arizona pick and passing on Haason Reddick, I’m truly struggling with not selecting Gareon Conley here for the Eagles. That said McCaffrey makes so much sense for what the Eagles are doing. The most important position in any sport is the quarterback position (water is wet). The Eagles have to surround the 2nd year signal caller with as many options as possible. They’ve done that with Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith perfectly complimenting Jordan Matthews. Now, McCaffrey can be dynamic out of the backfield or even line up out wide as a receiving threat. NOTE: I completely disagree with the consensus thought that McCaffrey is a “gimmick” running back. He has Le’Veon Bell type patience and explosion. He can handle 20+ touches a game and destroy defenses.