Half PPR Fantasy Football Rankings: Christian McCaffrey is a Great Top 5 Selection

Fantasy Football Expert Justin Edwards looks at the current Fantasy Football rankings and projections for 2023.

“We have a few surprises that sit atop the list. Though the rankings will shift throughout the Summer months, it’s important to keep an eye on fluctuating average draft positions (ADPs) to keep a leg-up on your league mates!”

2023 Fantasy Football Rankings

*As always, the projections and rankings are courtesy of 4for4’s Half PPR Fantasy Football rankings

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1Justin JeffersonMinnesota Vikings
2Austin EkelerLos Angeles Chargers
3Cooper KuppLos Angeles Rams
4Christian McCaffreySan Francisco 49ers
5Nick ChubbCleveland Browns
6Bijan RobinsonAtlanta Falcons
7Derrick HenryTennessee Titans
8Tony PollardDallas Cowboys
9Ja’Marr ChaseCincinnati Bengals
10Saquon BarkleyNew York Giants

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Half PPR Fantasy Football Rankings, What Stands Out:

Christian McCaffrey is back in the top-5.

Analysis:

There’s no reason to think that a healthy CMC won’t be a force in fantasy football yet again.

Unmatched Scheme and Usage

McCaffrey actually saw a slight dip in touches (19.7 vs. 19.2) after the trade to San Francisco, but his fantasy production saw a positive bump from 16.9 to 19.3 points per game (half-PPR) thanks primarily to a spike in touchdowns. He was able to score more in fewer snaps (85% vs. 68%) because the 49ers’ used him efficiently and tried to feature him whenever he was on the field. The reduction in snaps should be good for his overall health and durability.

The one glaring concern is his usage in the four games in which Elijah Mitchell played. In those games, McCaffrey averaged 15.0 touches, which paled in comparison to his 21.6-touch average he had with Mitchell sidelined. His carries took the biggest hit (10.5 with Mitchell vs. 16.7 without Mitchell), while his receiving role remained relatively unchanged.

In the four games they played together, Mitchell actually out-touched McCaffrey 8-to-7 inside the opponent’s 10-yard line. If both backs are healthy, it appears that the 49ers want to give a significant amount of work to Mitchell to keep from overworking McCaffrey. CMC still has major weekly upside given Mitchell’s propensity to get injured and the likelihood that the 49ers lean on McCaffrey in close games, but he’s not a shoo-in to see 19+ touches per game this season.

Who is Christian McCaffrey?

Christian McCaffrey is an American professional football player who currently plays as a running back for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). Born on June 7, 1996, in Castle Rock, Colorado, McCaffrey comes from a family deeply rooted in sports. His father, Ed McCaffrey, was a former NFL wide receiver, and his mother, Lisa, was an accomplished soccer player.

While attending Stanford University, Christian McCaffrey established himself as one of the most versatile and dynamic players in college football history. He set numerous records and won numerous awards, including the prestigious Heisman Trophy finalist in 2015.

In 2017, he was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the first round of the NFL Draft. Since then, McCaffrey has become one of the league’s most electrifying players, known for his agility, speed, and ability to contribute as a runner, receiver, and return specialist. 

Are there any other running backs to look out for in the 2023 fantasy drafts?

It’s difficult to predict with certainty who will emerge as top running backs in the 2023 fantasy drafts. However, several up-and-coming players to keep an eye on include Kendre Miller of the New Orleans Saints, Jahmyr Gibbs of the Detroit Lions, and Dameon Pierce of the Houston Texans. With their potential and youthfulness, they could make valuable additions to fantasy teams in the future. 

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Who are some rookies at the RB, WR, TE, and QB positions that I can consider in this format?

Here are some rookies to consider for 2023 NFL fantasy leagues, with their average draft position at this time; the aforementioned running back Jahmyr Gibbs (4.05), tight end Michael Mayer (17.02), Jordan Addison (6.10) and Anthony Richardson (9.02). The current PPR running back rankings has Gibbs as a good value right now, coming off boards slightly later than our ranking of RB13.

How often are fantasy football rankings updated?

Fantasy football rankings are updated frequently during the offseason and leading up to the start of the regular season. It’s important to check for the latest updates to make informed decisions.

What are the 2023 Fantasy Football Rankings?

2023 Fantasy Football Rankings are a list that ranks players based on their projected performance in the upcoming fantasy football season. These rankings serve as a guide for fantasy football players during their draft and help them make informed decisions about which players to select for their teams.

What does RB stand for in fantasy football?

RB stands for running back in fantasy football. Running backs are players who primarily carry the ball and are heavily involved in both rushing and receiving plays.

What is a fantasy draft?

A fantasy draft is the process by which fantasy football teams are formed. Participants take turns selecting players from the pool of available players based on their rankings and desired positions.

What does WR stand for in fantasy football?

WR stands for wide receiver in fantasy football. Wide receivers are players who primarily catch passes thrown by the quarterback.

What does TE stand for in fantasy football?

TE stands for tight end in fantasy football. Tight ends are players who are primarily involved in receiving passes but also provide blocking support.

What does QB stand for in fantasy football?

QB stands for quarterback in fantasy football. Quarterbacks are the leaders of the offense and are responsible for throwing passes and making strategic decisions on the field.

What is the significance of position in fantasy football?

Position in fantasy football refers to the role that a player plays on the field. Different positions have varying levels of involvement and importance in the game, and fantasy football teams must select players from different positions to form a well-rounded team.

What are consensus rankings?

Consensus rankings are rankings that are aggregated from multiple sources to provide a more comprehensive and balanced view of player performance. These rankings take into account various experts’ opinions and combine them to form a consensus ranking.

How do fantasy football rankings help in the draft?

Fantasy football rankings help in the draft by providing a reference point for evaluating the value and potential of players. These rankings can help fantasy football managers make more informed decisions about which players to select at each position based on their rankings and projected performance.

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Justin has been playing fantasy sports since he booted up a Sandbox Fantasy Football league on his Gateway computer in Middle School. After nearly two decades in the restaurant industry, he's focusing his attention on making a living in the sports industry.

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