Each week we will be looking at players whose value is looking to take a serious hit that you should consider selling on the trade market. It’s easy to get attached to players based on name value, but in a game determined by numbers, sometimes you need to read between the lines and realize when it’s time to jump ship and get the most out of your investment. Selling guys who are trending down can be a slippery slope where you may never be completely happy with your return, but sometimes you need to get what you can and call it a loss before there is no value left at all.
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
While the Carolina Panthers looked to get their groove back somewhat in Week 4 upsetting the Patriots in New England, Christian McCaffrey had a curiously quiet day. You would think if the Panthers were going to score over 30 points in a game that a dual threat talent like McCaffrey should’ve put up some decent yardage and maybe even found the end zone, but McCaffrey was held to just 10 touches in the contest and has now seen his rushing attempts decline each and every week. To make matters worse, Fozzy Whittaker of all people even stole touches from McCaffrey in the passing game last week and vultured a touchdown.
The loss of touches out of the backfield makes some sense as McCaffrey hasn’t been able to do much with the carries he has gotten averaging only 2.8 yards per carry, but still shows explosiveness in the passing game. This is not really a good trend for a back like McCaffrey, he really needs that balance of work rushing and catching passes to retain superior value, otherwise he becomes nothing more than an unreliable third down and passing game specialist who relies on game flow and screen passes to sustain value similar to Duke Johnson. McCaffrey hasn’t been a total bust and still does have great value in PPR leagues especially, but he is someone you may want to start shopping around to see what you can get. Even if Jonathan Stewart gets injured, it is hard to see McCaffrey suddenly stepping into a feature back role.