Christian McCaffrey player props for Super Bowl 58: MVP? picks ...
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Fresh off having nabbed the Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year award Thursday night, Christian McCaffrey now looks to lead the 49ers to their first Super Bowl title since 1994.
Here are three player props to consider for San Francisco’s top offensive weapon in Sunday’s Super Bowl 58 clash versus Kansas City.
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Christian McCaffrey Longest Rush Over 17.5 Yards (-120 or better)
We’ll start with a prop that McCaffrey is very capable of hitting, given his explosiveness and the matchup against a Kansas City defense allowing 4.6 yards per carry on the road since the start of the season.
McCaffrey averaged a career-best 5.4 yards per carry during the regular season running behind an offensive line that facilitated an impressive 1.59 yards before first contact per carry. The highly versatile weapon has followed it up with 5.1 yards per rush attempt in two postseason games.
McCaffrey figures to get plenty of cracks against a KC defensive line that surrendered an elevated 1.29 yards before first contact per carry, as head coach Kyle Shanahan is expected to lean heavily on his most potent weapon in a game with the highest stakes possible.
Christian McCaffrey Quarter With Most Rush Yds: 4th (+200 or better)
This is a fun prop to sweat out at a great price if you are backing the idea of the 49ers as favorites and being in a position to protect a lead late.
The Niners’ offensive line is capable of progressively wearing down a KC front seven that can spring occasional leaks against the run. With Kansas City being so effective against the pass and Shanahan certainly not wanting to leave anything on the table when it comes to McCaffrey, it would stand to reason he’d entrust any fourth-quarter lead to the All-World running back.
If San Fran has indeed been able to stick to what I believe could be a fairly run-centric game plan by the time the fourth quarter rolls around, McCaffrey may well be facing a worn-out unit that he could find some creases against and pile up the yardage in the process.
Christian McCaffrey To Win Super Bowl MVP (+450 or better)
While it’s true Super Bowl MVP honors are snagged by quarterbacks more than any other position, McCaffrey undoubtedly has the credentials and ability to garner the award if the favored Niners prevail.
McCaffrey has the ideal skill set to put together a dominant enough all-around performance as a running back to merit the award. He also should certainly have a chance to earn more than enough touches to rack up the necessary yardage and scores.
There’s no sense in limiting the team MVP’s workload in the last game of the season with everything on the line, and Shanahan has already demonstrated a willingness to feed McCaffrey a hefty postseason diet by affording him 24 touches apiece in San Fran’s first pair of playoff victories.
Given the likelihood Brock Purdy and his pass catchers are kept from truly spectacular MVP-worthy performances by KC’s staunch secondary, betting on McCaffrey to get there makes sense.