Fantasy Football News: Christian McCaffrey, Breece Hall, Marlon Mack (2022)

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Marlon Mack could open the season as the Texans’ lead back

The Athletic’s Aaron Reiss speculates that Houston Texans running back Marlon Mack could open the 2022 season as the team’s starter before giving way to rookie Dameon Pierce in the latter half of the year. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: The Texans have historically been unpredictable when running back. Just last year, her committee of three—David Johnson, Phillip Lindsay, and Mark Ingram—disappeared in Rex Burkhead, who took on a workhorse role. As Riess notes, Reconstruction Texans “still believe it’s important to have veterans on the rotation, even though Houston won’t be competing this year,” and it should continue to be so in 2022. Mack, a former Colt, was signed this offseason and should head coach Lovie Smith be preferred back to open the season.

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Christian McCaffrey will have a new training program in 2022

The Carolina Panthers intend to take a fresh approach next season when it comes to pushing back on Christian McCaffrey’s training regimen. The team will, according to The Athletic’s Joseph Person, “take many reps off him throughout the week in the hope that the reduced workload will help him get through the season”. As previously reported, McCaffrey will also not play in any preseason games.

Fantasy Impact: The Panthers clearly need a new approach with McCaffrey lest his talent be wasted on injured reserve. The star dual threat back played three games in 2020 and seven in 2021, and while he was healthy, his lack of time on the field was a huge disappointment for the Panthers and Fantasy managers. Without the injuries, McCaffrey would be the consensus 1.01 in fantasy drafts year after year. Instead, its projection is a bit messed up. It’s safe to consider him a mid-tier RB1 this year, but ongoing injury concerns will likely discourage fantasy managers from picking him with first overall pick.

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Breece Hall is considered the Jets’ lead back

The New York Jets intend to use both Breece Hall and Michael Carter in complementary roles away from the backfield, “but Hall is the lead back,” writes The Athletic’s Connor Hughes. The Jets reportedly consider the rookie a “home run threat.” (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Hughes explains that the Jets like both Hall and Carter, but “they were always watching [Carter] an ideal complement to Mike LaFleur’s Running Back by Committee. Hall is now the Batman of Carter’s Robin.” Of course, this makes sense after the Jets made Hall the first running back to be drafted this spring. During his senior year at Iowa State, he produced 1,472 rushing yards, 289 receiving yards and 23 total touchdowns. He goes into his rookie season as an RB3 with the advantage of the low-end RB1. Carter, on the other hand, is still a very attractive threat who can take on lead back duties if Hall suffers an injury or the Jets need fresh legs. As a rookie last season, Carter averaged just under 1,000 scrimmage yards (14 games) but finished with double-digit fantasy points seven times, including a 32.2-point performance in Week 8. He has a lower cap but always can still deliver FLEX Appell 2022 weekly.

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