Are the experts trying to have their cake and eat it too? Explain how CMC is the overall number one pick for every kind of draft, yet in rookie PPR, Chuba Hubbard is ranked the 7th best RB? If you are assuming CMC’s upside this year, there won’t be many touches left for Chuba. Or is this just a “stash on the bench” play? It’s not like Carolina is going to become a monster RBBC this year.
Honesty time: The experts KNOW that CMC’s days are numbered, but they are willing to gamble with this season not being the end of the line for CMC.
I have a rule for RB’s: I call it the “400 touch” rule. When an RB breaks down after a 400 touch season (carries plus receptions), they are usually not the same again. Terrell Davis of the Broncos managed to pull off 3-400 touch seasons, but after he broke down in 1999, he only managed an 8 game season 3 years later, before retiring. Jamal Anderson lost his mojo after just one 400 touch season. Of course there are exceptions, like Eric Dickerson, but even he never matched his best season after that.
CMC may have a half decent season, but expecting 2019 production is overly optimistic. He’s not a big back who can take another 400 touch season, or even a back running behind a monster o-line, like Emmitt Smith did.
CMC drafters: Caveat emptor.