San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey ripped off a 72-yard run on the first play from scrimmage in a 28-16 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. At the end of the long run, he was tackled at the three-yard line and caught his breath on the sideline as backup Jordan Mason vultured his touchdown, setting the stage for only his second game this year without a TD. McCaffrey finished with 16 carries for 145 yards and one reception on one target for eight yards receiving. The versatile back is usually more involved in the passing game; all three receiving numbers were season-lows. CMC will go to Arizona in Week 15 to take on the Cardinals, where he'll again be the overall RB1.
Dec 10, 2023 9:38 PM EST
San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey took 17 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown in the team's Week 13 statement win at the Philadelphia Eagles. He also turned four targets in the passing game into three receptions for 40 yards. Part of McCaffrey's historic reliability in fantasy has been his near-complete domination of backfield touches, which makes backup Elijah Mitchell's (knee) likely absence in Week 14 irrelevant. McCaffrey has a tasty home matchup on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks who have the 22nd-ranked rush defense at 119.3 yards per game allowed while allowing the sixth-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Start CMC in Week 14 as the overall RB1 with an extremely high floor and a week-winning ceiling.
Dec 9, 2023 1:56 AM EST
San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey demonstrated again why he's considered matchup-proof in a 42-19 rout at the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. In the marquee matchup, McCaffrey took 17 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown while tacking on three receptions on four targets for 40 yards receiving. Philadelphia came into the game allowing the fewest fantasy points per game to running backs, but you wouldn't have known by watching McCaffrey take chunks of yardage from the Eagles. Following an anxiety-inducing first quarter, he started finding yards after the catch and on rushes, especially working the left side. There is no reason to believe that CMC won't deliver the goods next week when the 49ers host the Seattle Seahawks, as he just put up 139 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in Seattle 10 days ago on Thanksgiving night.
Dec 4, 2023 1:33 AM EST
San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey had a typical McCaffrey performance last week in a 31-13 win in Seattle, dropping 114 yards rushing and two touchdowns on the Seahawks to go with five receptions for 25 yards. While McCaffrey's status as the overall RB1 this year may not be surprising, the degree to which he's monopolized San Francisco's backfield touches is pretty incredible. In the past six games, backup Elijah Mitchell has a total of 12 non-garbage time rush attempts, while McCaffrey has 94. In Week 13 McCaffrey squares off against the top-rated Philadelphia Eagles run defense, who have only allowed 9.9 standard fantasy points per game to running backs. McCaffrey is matchup-proof though, attributable not only to his rushing skill but his involvement in the passing game, as he's averaged 5.7 high-percentage targets per game in that same six-game span. Fire up CMC once again as the fantasy's alpha RB1 on Sunday.
Dec 2, 2023 3:19 AM EST
San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey was excellent in a 31-13 victory over the Seahawks in Seattle on Thanksgiving night. He racked up 114 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 19 carries to go with five catches on six targets for 25 yards receiving. He's had zero games below 12 half-PPR points this year, and Thursday was his seventh game this season with over 20, which technically means he's really good. McCaffrey's second touchdown was particularly impressive as he appeared to be bottled up multiple times during the eight-yard scamper. Though it's conceivable that the 49ers use backup Elijah Mitchell more as the playoffs approach, it's hard to imagine anything slowing down a healthy McCaffrey moving forward. CMC will lead the 49ers rushing attack in a marquee matchup next Sunday in Philadelphia against a not-as-good-as-you-think Eagles defense.
Nov 24, 2023 1:57 AM EST
San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey will take on the Seahawks in Seattle on Thanksgiving night. In Week 11 versus Tampa Bay, the former Stanford star got back into the end zone just one game after failing to score for the first time in 17 contests. McCaffrey has been easily the most productive running back in fantasy, scoring under 13 points twice all year. He's got a plus matchup on tap, as Seattle's defense has been the seventh-most generous to opposing running backs in standard scoring. It's worth noting that both starting guards, Spencer Burford (knee) and Aaron Banks (toe) are questionable to suit up. Even if both were to miss, McCaffrey isn't likely to be impacted too much as he has been doing damage all year with the 30th (Burford) and 64th (Banks) ranked run blockers according to Pro Football Focus. Start him again as the overall RB1.
Nov 22, 2023 10:05 PM EST
San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey had yet another solid fantasy day on Sunday in a home 27-14 victory versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The stud running back finished the game with 78 yards rushing on 21 attempts to go with five receptions on five targets for 25 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown comes just one week after McCaffrey had his NFL-record-tying streak of 17 games with at least one touchdown snapped. Fantasy managers can only hope that a new streak was started today as playoff time looms around the corner. The Bucs ground defense was near the top of the league coming into this matchup but CMC's heavy involvement in the passing game and command of backfield touches make him all but matchup-proof. He'll be on short rest next week as the 49ers travel to Seattle to face the Seahawks on Thanksgiving night.
Nov 20, 2023 1:35 AM EST
San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey will look to continue rewarding fantasy managers who took him with their top pick when his team hosts the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Last week, McCaffrey failed to score a touchdown for the first time in 17 games, but buoyed fantasy teams anyway by gaining 95 yards on 16 carries to go with six receptions on 10 targets for 47 yards receiving. Tampa Bay's defense has been stingy to opposing running backs, allowing the second-fewest fantasy points per game to the position, trailing only the Philadelphia Eagles' unit. But McCaffrey is as close to matchup-proof as it gets. Last year, he ran roughshod over the Bucs to the tune of 119 yards and a touchdown on only 14 carries, plus another touchdown receiving. Fantasy players will be looking for a similar result on Sunday as CMC checks in as the top overall running back option.
Nov 18, 2023 12:43 AM EST
San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey will remain tied with Baltimore Colts Hall of Famer Lenny Moore for the most consecutive games with a touchdown at 17 after failing to score in Sunday's 34-3 rout of the Jacksonville Jaguars. McCaffrey had a useful fantasy day regardless, finishing with 95 yards on 16 carries and six catches on 10 targets for 47 yards. Head coach and play-caller Kyle Shanahan did all he could to get McCaffrey the record-breaking touchdown, bringing him back into the game with the second unit and force-feeding him in Jacksonville territory but ultimately coming up a few yards short. Fantasy managers accustomed to touchdowns may have been disappointed, but McCaffrey was much more efficient on the ground in this one than during San Francisco's losing streak, averaging 5.9 yards per carry versus 3.7 across the losses. CMC will once again be an elite option in Week 11 when San Francisco hosts the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Nov 12, 2023 9:08 PM EST
San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey takes on the fourth-ranked Jaguars defense in Jacksonville on Sunday. Jacksonville's defense has only allowed 79.3 yards per game on the ground and has been the third-stingiest to opposing running backs at 11.8 fantasy points per game. In recent weeks, McCaffrey's fantasy value has been buoyed by his historic touchdown streak, which stands at an NFL-record 17 straight games with a touchdown, including playoffs. Quietly though, he has been a bit inefficient on the ground. He hasn't gone over 100 yards rushing since Week 4 versus Arizona and is averaging 3.4 yards per carry since, far behind his career average of 4.6. Nitpicking aside, CMC's receiving prowess, stranglehold on San Francisco's RB touches, and nose for the end zone make him the near-unanimous overall RB1 this week.
Nov 11, 2023 2:05 AM EST
San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey scored a touchdown in his 17th consecutive game, including playoffs, in Sunday's 31-17 home loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. He finished with 12 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown on the ground, and caught six of seven targets for 64 yards and a touchdown in the passing game. While the 49ers as a whole have hit a rough patch, the same can't be said of McCaffrey. He's been probably the most valuable fantasy asset of 2023 thus far and one of the most dependable players in the history of fantasy football. He'll have a week to rest up during a Week 9 bye and look to break Lenny Moore's 59-year-old-record when San Francisco travels to Jacksonville in Week 10.
Oct 29, 2023 9:34 PM EST
San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey will square up with a struggling Cincinnati Bengals run defense on Sunday in Santa Clara. Last week the overall RB1 broke the NFL record for most consecutive games with a touchdown, including playoffs. He finished the game with a solid line of 15 carries for 45 yards and a touchdown on the ground and three receptions on as many targets for 51 yards and another touchdown. Fantasy managers were thrilled to see the production, but just as noteworthy was his continued domination of backfield touches. Backup running backs Elijah Mitchell and Jordan Mason handled one touch for one negative yard combined. CMC comes into this week as a fully healthy, historically consistent RB1 facing a run defense that ranks fourth-worst in the NFL at 142.8 yards allowed per game.
Oct 28, 2023 4:28 AM EST
San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey set the NFL record for the most consecutive games with a touchdown, including playoffs, at 16 in the team's 22-17 loss to the Vikings in Minnesota on Monday. McCaffrey, who had fantasy managers sweating for most of the week due to uncertainty concerning an oblique injury, didn't show any ill effects. He handled 15 carries for 45 yards and a touchdown on the ground, and caught all three targets for 51 yards and a touchdown through the air. Perhaps the most encouraging sign for McCaffrey's health is that backup running backs Elijah Mitchell and Jordan Mason combined for one carry and no targets. CMC will keep fantasy teams on his back in Week 8 when the 49ers host a porous Cincinnati Bengals run defense.
Oct 24, 2023 1:04 AM EST
San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (oblique) is officially active for the Monday night game against the Minnesota Vikings. McCaffrey didn't practice for most of the week before joining in a limited capacity on Saturday. CMC is reportedly dealing with a slight tear in his oblique, but it's clearly not serious enough to give the Niners pause with their best player. It remains to be seen if the team will limit McCaffrey at all against the Vikings, but we would never outright tell fantasy managers to bench the 27-year-old while he was active. McCaffrey should have a pretty normal workload and is looking to score a touchdown for the 17th straight game against a porous defense.
Oct 23, 2023 7:08 PM EST
San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (oblique) will play on Monday Night Football against the Minnesota Vikings, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The fantasy superstar is dealing with a "slight little tear" in his oblique but is ready to roll in Week 7. McCaffrey originally suffered the injury in the loss to the Cleveland Browns in Week 6, causing him to leave the game early. If McCaffrey was seriously compromised, the 49ers would likely hold him out as a precaution. Since he's going to be active, he is a must-start in this NFC matchup. He could see a slightly reduced workload, but the 27-year-old can score fantasy points in a hurry due to his receiving skills and explosive rushing upside.
Oct 23, 2023 2:46 PM EST
San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (oblique) is dealing with a "slight little tear" in his oblique, but he's still expected to play on Monday Night Football against the Minnesota Vikings, according to FOX Sports' Jay Glazer. All signs are trending in the right direction for CMC to suit up on Monday night despite the team listing him as questionable on Saturday's final injury report. McCaffrey is a must-start in all fantasy lineups as long as he's active, and he could carve up Minnesota's defense, even at less than 100 percent. If he doesn't play or is limited at all, Jordan Mason and Elijah Mitchell would see some extra work in San Francisco's backfield.
Oct 22, 2023 1:00 PM EST
All signs are pointing to San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (oblique) playing on Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings despite the fact that he's listed as questionable for Week 7 due to an oblique injury he suffered in the Week 6 loss to the Cleveland Browns, according to sources. CMC returned to practice in a limited fashion on Saturday and said after that he feels "great." We won't know for sure if the 27-year-old will be active until 90 minutes before kickoff on Monday, but this news at least makes it a little more acceptable to risk leaving McCaffrey in your starting lineups for the week. There's a chance he could be somewhat limited if he plays, but McCaffrey is a must-start in fantasy if he's available.
Oct 22, 2023 11:20 AM EST
San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (oblique) is considered questionable for the Week 7 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. The superstar back has been sidelined all week, but was able to get in a limited practice session on Saturday. He was able to run routes and catch passes, but didn't take any contact. It sounds like McCaffrey could end up as a legitimate game-time decision this week. That obviously puts fantasy managers in a tough spot with this game being on a Monday night. Jordan Mason and Elijah Mitchell would split up the duties in the backfield, assuming McCaffrey is unable to play.
Oct 21, 2023 6:31 PM EST
San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (oblique) was doing work off to the side with the team's training staff during practice on Friday. McCaffrey was held out of Thursday's practice and could go down with his second straight DNP, which isn't great for his chances of suiting up on Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings. The 27-year-old still has another day to practice on Saturday, but it's looking like he might be closer to a game-time decision for Week 7, which will make things tricky for his fantasy managers. CMC is a must-start in fantasy if he's active. If he isn't given the green light to play this week, Jordan Mason and Elijah Mitchell should split backfield duties against Minnesota.
Oct 20, 2023 5:29 PM EST
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters on Thursday that running back Christian McCaffrey (oblique, ribs) had an "encouraging" MRI exam and that he considers CMC to be day-to-day heading into Monday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 7 despite not practicing on Thursday. McCaffrey rarely practices on the first day of the week anyway, so Friday will be a much more important day in terms of whether he'll be able to play on Monday. Even if the 27-year-old doesn't play in Week 7, the encouraging news is that his injury isn't a long-term one. CMC is a must-start in all fantasy lineups when he's active. If he cannot play on Monday, Jordan Mason and Elijah Mitchell (knee) would split backfield duties against Minnesota.
Oct 19, 2023 6:04 PM EST