Fantasy Football: Now Is the Time to Buy Christian McCaffrey

by LaQuan Jones "RealDealFantasy"
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Throughout every fantasy football season, managers are looking to make that move that could turn a season around or help make a big push to the playoffs. This article is for those fantasy managers who are 1-5, 2-4, or 3-3 and falling victim to the injuries the running back position.

Due to the nature of the position, running backs become a position of high value for fantasy football managers. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt have suffered injuries. Saquon Barkley and Chris Carson are also missing a short period of time. That doesn’t even mention David Montgomery.

As a manager dealing with those running back injuries, why not buy a damage running back to hopefully turn your roster around when they finally do return? With a good offer, it’s possible to catch a manager desperate for instant production. Meanwhile, you’re reaping the rewards once the player return healthy.

Can we imagine a healthy squad in 2-3 weeks with a Christian McCaffrey and Nick Chubb combo or a McCaffrey & Saquon Barkley powerhouse? Looking at McCaffrey, he may be the best fantasy football buy right now. With him missing three games already and soon to be missing three more, the time is now. That will leave a McCaffrey shareholder really upset about their 1.01 pick not living up to their expectations.

Now only if you have a solid balanced squad you may be able to pull this off to build that super squad mentioned above. Wide receivers are very deep this season. Players from Cooper Kupp to Cordarrelle Patterson are producing big fantasy points who were undervalued with their fantasy football ADPs.

If you were able to build around those types of wide receivers, hopefully you have a solid group of players on your fantasy football roster. For example, if you drafted DeAndre Hopkins, Keenan Allen, and Robert Woods, you have a very strong balance with the likes of having a great running back group alongside that combo.

If you are one of these managers you can sell a big name like DeAndre Hopkins in a package deal for a McCaffrey. To be clear, some managers might be willing to let go for much less than others. Big names still sell. Packaging a big name with a productive player to go with it usually does the trick.

For example DeAndre Hopkins & Jakboi Meyers for McCaffrey might do the trick just to push the trade over the edge.

The reason you’re buying McCaffrey is for the simple fact he’s a monster in every game he plays. Last season, he played only three games and put up huge numbers points in those games he played. The same can be said about this season. The Panthers running back put up RB1 numbers in every game he’s been healthy.

The volume remains his and that won’t be changing anytime soon. He remains the top target on the Carolina Panthers offense. McCaffrey will be a great gem to your fantasy football roster. Once he returns to go along with your running back group, you’ll have a top running back combo. If you already have a Nick Chubb on your roster, that combo could be unstoppable late in the season with playoff spots and championships on the line.

The window is small to buy McCaffrey. Don’t let a McCaffrey shareholder sit too long to think about keeping him on the roster. Even worse, consider trading him to another league-mate who overpaid. Jump on the opportunity now before it’s too late. Again, the more time you let them sit they’ll possibly just decide to wait for him to return.

Bad decisions are made when teams are in a desperate situation. Try to catch someone off guard and get yourself a top running back for a late-season run.

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