The 2019 season was nothing short of a remarkable season for Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey. It also made him one of the most productive fantasy players this season, which saw his breakout year fall just short of him putting up the most points in a single year falling behind Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson for that all-time feat in fantasy football history. With that in mind, Tomlinson has responded with a hilarious slight to the Panthers Pro Bowler.
Christian McCaffrey’s stellar 2019 campaign
In the months heading into the 2019 season, McCaffrey was viewed as being one of the top unquestioned selections in fantasy football. He had come off a big year in his first full year as the primary workhorse in the backfield in Carolina, posting his first 1,000 rushing-yard campaign while notching north of 100 receptions and 800 receiving yards.
McCaffrey more than met those expectations as he notched double-digit fantasy scoring all but once along with posting more than 20 points 14 times. He also had five performances, netting more than 30 fantasy points, and a pair reaching at least 40 points. The 23-year-old was as consistent as they come and anchored plenty of fantasy teams that brought home the hardware with a championship.
What was most impressive is that he continued this incredible level of production despite his team’s shortcomings. That saw him become just the third player to record more than 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in a single season while setting the NFL record 107 receptions for a running back. He was also the first player in Panthers history to finish with more than 2,000 total scrimmage yards in a single campaign, which his 2,392 yards is the third-highest in league history.
But, McCaffrey came up just shy of the highest single-season fantasy point total that reigning king let him know about it.
LaDainian Tomlinson trash talks Christian McCaffrey
When it comes to greatest single fantasy seasons in league history, the former Chargers great still reigns supreme. His incredible MVP 2006 season, where he posted an NFL record 31 total touchdowns, helped garner 481.1 fantasy points in PPR (points per reception) leagues.
McCaffrey fell just shy of that mark with 471.2 points in the 2019 season, which is something that Tomlinson wasted no time in pointing out that the Pro Bowler’s misstep. He made it a point to single out the failed fourth-down conversation in the waning moments in the Panthers’ road loss to the Green Bay Packers.
However, McCaffrey would have needed a tad bit more to reach that mark, but it’s a record that Tomlinson still proudly holds. It’s quite a difficult feat that requires a record-breaking campaign even to challenge that point total. McCaffrey may value winning football games over his stats, but it’s something for him to shoot for in his personal goals.
Christian McCaffrey’s bright future ahead
McCaffrey may not have reached that impressive mark that Tomlinson has now held over a decade, but it shouldn’t diminish the performance that he put forth in 2019.
He has established himself as the clear-cut best running back in the game that is the complete package as a dual-threat option. McCaffrey is the centerpiece that the Panthers will look to build around for the long haul to get back in the right direction. Carolina will look to bring a new head coach while deciding on Cam Newton’s future with the franchise over the offseason.
McCaffrey has an opportunity in front of him to etch out a historic NFL career that could one day place him among the greatest running backs to play the game while being a fantasy football juggernaut yearly. In the meantime, there is are no more questions around his elite status in the league.