News: 2 days agoMcCaffrey (calf) rushed 15 times for 84 yards and a touchdown while catching all four of his targets for 22 yards in Sunday's 31-7 playoff loss to the Eagles.
Spin: McCaffrey also attempted a pass after both of San Francisco's active quarterbacks were injured -- but unlike his lone pass attempt that went for a touchdown earlier this season -- this one fell for an incompletion. The multi-talented back provided an early spark when he pinballed off multiple defenders for a long touchdown run in the first quarter, but he faced stacked boxes in the second half playing virtually without a quarterback. McCaffrey had an excellent regular season (1,880 total yards and 14 combined touchdowns) to complement his strong playoff run, and he played in every game for the first time since 2019. He was a great fit in San Francisco and remains under contract next year, which should have the fantasy stud near the top of draft boards ahead of next season
ESPN Fantasy Projection: McCaffrey is eyeing a bounce-back campaign after his last two seasons were ruined by multiple injuries. After not missing a single game and playing 85% of the snaps during his first three NFL seasons, McCaffrey has been limited to 10 games over the last two seasons. The good news is that McCaffrey is only 26 years old and has remained extremely productive when active. Excluding two games he left injured in 2021, McCaffrey was a top-15 fantasy RB in all five "full" games he played. Despite missing more than half the season, he finished 15th among RBs in receiving yards. McCaffrey remains the feature back in Carolina and 200-plus carries and 90-plus receptions is attainable. Durability is an obvious concern, but McCaffrey's elite per-game production makes him hard to pass on in the top five in 2022 fantasy drafts.