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📽️ 2021 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12-Team PPR Expert Draft Picks & Rankings

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The Fantasy Football draft season is quickly approaching, and you need to be sharpening your draft skills. Awesemo fantasy football expert Dave Loughran is here to help. His 2021 Fantasy Football Mock Draft for 12-team PPR leagues will break down the entire first round and give you pick-by-pick analysis for each player. Some of the questions Loughy will answer are “Is Christian Mccaffrey a lock to be the first overall pick?” and “where should Travis Kelce go in the first round?”

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Running Backs: Draft Christian McCaffrey No. 1 Overall?

From a production standpoint, McCaffrey still holds the crown as the NFL’s elite feature back. The Panthers eased McCaffrey in during his 117-carry rookie season in 2017. From there, he eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing and 100 catches in back-to-back seasons in 2018 and 2019. McCaffrey’s 2019 was one of the top seasons ever produced by a running back. McCaffrey rushed for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns on 287 carries while adding 116 receptions for another 1,005 yards and four touchdowns. He even spent 11% of his snaps in the slot or out wide in 2019. 

McCaffrey played on 91.3% and 93.4% of snaps, respectively, in 2018 and 2019. While he only appeared in three games last year, McCaffrey touched the ball 26, 22 and 28 times in those games. He also played on 97%, 64%, and 71% of snaps despite suffering injuries in the latter two. However, the Panthers did very little to address their running back depth behind McCaffrey this offseason. Mike Davis departed during free agency, and the team only added rookie Chuba Hubbard on Day 3 of the NFL Draft. Without other viable options, McCaffrey looks likely to handle another enormous workload. 

Digging into the workload specifics, McCaffrey handled 93% of all running back carries and 94% of all running back targets in 2019. This massive workload also included 80.6% of Carolina’s red zone duties. He is already handling a three-down and goal-line role and has shown the ability to dominate all phases of the game. 

See Matt Gajewski’s entire 2021 Fantasy Football Rankings article and mock draft cheat sheets. 


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