(This is PFF Fantasy’s Bold Predictions Week. All week long, members of the fantasy staff will be making their biggest predictions for the season to come, with various approaches.)
Bold predictions don’t always have to focus just on a single season of fantasy football production. For today’s piece, the focus is more long-term.
Below are some bold predictions for the 2018 season that matter more down the road, either for dynasty or devy purposes. If you’re thinking long-range, these are the fantasy predictions for you.
Christian McCaffrey will have a first-round dynasty startup ADP in 2019
The second-year running back is staring a massive workload in the face in 2018 following a 197-touch debut season that saw him finish as PPR RB9. McCaffrey led the position with 106 targets in 2017 but ranked just 39th in carries with 117. New Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner reiterated that the team would like to see McCaffrey touch the ball at least 20 times per game. If this happens, the back will get at least 123 more touches than he did in his rookie season. The team has featured McCaffrey heavily with the first-team unit throughout the preseason and Turner does have a history of establishing bell-cow running backs. With Le’Veon Bell and David Johnson turning 27 before the 2019 season, dynasty players will start to move them down the boards in favor of backs from the past few classes. Inspired by a stellar 2018 season in which he adds a rushing ceiling to his receiving floor, drafters will vault McCaffrey over Melvin Gordon, Dalvin Cook, Kareem Hunt, and Leonard Fournette in ADP in addition to the aforementioned backs.