FROY is the one rookie that enters the NFL and is that stud player which most any fantasy owner can count on week in and week out as a solid starter at their corresponding position.  FROY’s should never be counted on by fantasy owners from day one but may be a nice surprise as the season unfolds.  FROY’s are not always the consensus first overall pick in every dynasty rookie draft as they can be that hidden gem that some owner finds in the late first/early second round of fantasy rookie drafts so let’s figure out who this year’s FROY is.

 

Truth be told, if I were to believe that Leonard Fournette or Corey Davis or even Joe Mixon would have a bigger start to their NFL career than Christian McCaffrey, then I certainly wouldn’t have taken Christian with the 2017 first overall rookie pick which I acquired just before the start of the 2016 NFL regular season in a trade.

 

 

Yes, I drafted Christian McCaffrey with a rare first overall rookie draft pick and I absolutely have no regrets as I believe he will not only outscore every other rookie in his class in fantasy points but will also lead his team, the Carolina Panthers, in receptions.  McCaffrey not only has the skill set, work ethic and character to be successful in the NFL, he also has the bloodlines with his father (Ed McCaffrey) having a very successful career as an NFL receiver surviving 13 seasons in the NFL and earning 3 Superbowl Rings (one with the San Francisco 49ers and two with the Denver Broncos).

 

Christian, like his father, had a successful College career playing for the Stanford Cardinals as did his mother (Lisa) who was an exceptional soccer player for the Cardinals and is the daughter of American Track & Field Olympian Dave Sime. Some of Christian’s accomplishments during his College career include earning AP College Football Player of the Year and runner-up for the Heisman Trophy along with recording the most all-purpose yards in a single season.

 

There is a reason that the Carolina Panthers selected McCaffrey with the 8th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft just behind Fournette and Davis who were selected 4th and 5th overall respectively.  That reason is that the Panthers needed a spark in their backfield after relying on an aging and oft-injured Jonathan Stewart to shoulder the load with Fozzy Whitaker and Cameron Artis-Payne being his only relief.  McCaffrey will bring that lightning back that the team has been missing since the departure of RB DeAngelo Williams and he will get plenty of opportunities to do so with the recent departure of speedster WR Ted Ginn, Jr who also had that big play ability.

 

McCaffrey along with fellow rookie Curtis Samuel (WR) will provide QB Cam Newton with a couple of new options on offense who should be exciting to watch as their careers advance in the coming years.

 

I will gladly revisit this prediction at the end of the season but am confident that Christian McCaffrey will be a great complement to Cam Newton and the rest of the Panthers offense providing them with that fire that needed to be ignited last year, going on to score more fantasy points than any other rookie in 2017.