• Chris Carson

  • RB
  • , Seattle Seahawks
  • 27
  • 218 lbs
  • 6' 0"
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Scouting report

by Bill Riccette

SEA RB Chris Carson - Week 5 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 5 vs Rams

Interestingly, the Seahawks used a bit more of a committee against the 49ers. Chris Carson saw just 25/56 snaps while Alex Collins saw 22 snaps. Carson out-carried Collins, 13-10, but it was Collins that scored on Sunday. Was this just a one-week thing or will Seattle used Collins more going forward? Especially on a short week, it's certainly possible for this week, which would make Carson at least a flex option.

* Carson is currently a situation to monitor with a neck injury

by Bill Riccette

SEA RB Chris Carson - Week 4 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 4 at 49ers

The snap counts were pretty spread out among the Seahawks running backs in Week 3. Chris Carson saw 23 snaps, Travis Homer played 16 and Alex Collins had 14. But it was still Carson dominating the touches, getting 14 touches (12 carries) compared to three for Homer and two for Collins. Carson turned those 12 carries into 80 yards and a touchdown. This is what Seattle will look like in the running game, making Carson a solid RB2 again this week.

by Bill Riccette

SEA RB Chris Carson - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 at Vikings

With Rashaad Penny out, Seattle gave Chris Carson 34 offensive snaps (out of 54), 14 to Travis Homer, and just six to Alex Collins. So, as if it wasn't clear already, this is Carson's backfield. He only totaled 31 yards (including not a single target in the passing game) but found the end zone twice. This week, he gets Minnesota, who are coming off allowing 103 rushing yards on 21 carries between Chase Edmonds, Kyler Murray and James Conner. That, and Carson's usage, puts him on the borderline of RB1 territory this week. Carson has also scored a touchdown against the Vikings in three straight games.

by Bill Riccette

SEA RB Chris Carson - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 vs Titans

These were the snap counts among Seahawks running backs in Week 1: Chris Carson 42, Rashaad Penny 7, DeeJay Dallas 3, Travis Homer 2. So yeah, this is Carson's backfield. 19 touches in Week 1 for 117 yards. Tennessee allowed 136 yards on the ground in Week 1, 116 between Chase Edmonds and James Conner. Carson is in RB1 territory this week.

by Bill Riccette

SEA RB Chris Carson - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 at Colts

Chris Carson is still the lead back in Seattle and likely will still see his 15-20 touches a game, but Rashaad Penny, Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas are still in the mix. That said, Carson is the early-down back and still sees some work in the passing game, making him an RB2/flex option this week. However, he does face a Colts team that ranked second against the run in 2020, so just be prepared if the Colts control him somewhat.

by Bill Riccette

SEA RB Chris Carson - 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Chris Carson's usage should increase now that Carlos Hyde is in Jacksonville. With Seattle seeming to want to shift to a run-based offense, that's good news for Carson as the backfield will run through him. And you'll get production from him on a per-carry basis, as Carson averaged over 4.8 yards per carry in 2020. He's a solid RB2 with his usage in Seattle.

Fantasy Downside

Carson did miss four games in 2020 due to injury and hadn't played a full 16-game season in his first four years in the league. Of course, now the season is 17 games, so it's certainly possible Carson will miss some time in 2021. Also, will he see more use in the passing game? Travis Homer is still around in that aspect.

2021 Bottom Line

Carson is very solidly in the RB2 range as a likely top-20 running back. He's going in the fourth round, near guys like David Montgomery and Josh Jacobs, among others. Seattle is also paying Carson $7 million a year, so they still expect plenty of production and have hopes for Carson going into 2021 in an ultra-competitive NFC West.

by Bill Riccette

SEA RB Chris Carson - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs 49ers

Carson has been as steady as they come through these fantasy playoffs. He’s hit at least 60 rushing yards in four straight games but has gone without a touchdown in his last two games. He missed the first 49ers game due to injury. In fact, he’s missed Seattle's last two games against the 49ers because of injury. He’s ready to try to run Seattle to the No. 1 seed if things break right for the Seahawks against a near-average defense against the run in San Francisco.

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