• Michael Carter

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Scouting report

by Chris Kucharski

NYJ RB Michael Carter - Week 7 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 7 at New England
The rookie running back has had double-digit touches every game since Week 1 and Michael Carter appears to be the Jets' No. 1 back. We think the touches will continue to rise which will in turn raise his fantasy stock. Carter hasn't had any big stats games yet, but he has scored touchdowns in each of the past two contests. This has helped with his fantasy value when played.

Carter faces the Patriots who are ranked 16th in aFPA to running backs, When he faced New England back in Week 2, Carter had his best day - 13 touches for 88 yards.

No doubt he has been moving up fantasy charts. This will still be a tough one but if the touches start reaching 15+, he will move into the RB2 range on a regular basis. Start Carter for Week 7 as a low-end RB2 against the Pats.

by Chris Kucharski

NYJ RB Michael Carter - Week 5 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 5 vs. Atlanta
Michael Carter had a season and career-high 14 touches and although the yardage production wasn't there yet, he did score his first touchdown of the season. Carter will get more playing time as he played over 50% of the snaps for the first time this season.

Carter has a great matchup against the Falcons who are ranked 27th in aFPA to running backs. We expect Carter to get 15+ touches again and that means his fantasy numbers will be relevant. Start him as an RB3 or flex for Week 5 as he settles in to becoming the Jets featured back.

by Chris Kucharski

NYJ RB Michael Carter - Week 4 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 4 vs. Tennessee
Michael Carter's numbers are slowly climbing and they should be. After all, the Jets aren't going anywhere so they might as well play the younger players to see what they can do in the NFL. Carter has 23 touches the past two weeks and that number should climb. With touches, the fantasy number will become more relevant.

Jets face the Titans who are ranked 17th in aFPA to running backs. We just expect Carter to get more playing time as the season goes on. He is a borderline RB3 for Week 4, but still might be a week or two away from being in your lineup.

by Chris Kucharski

NYJ RB Michael Carter - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 at Denver
Rookie Michael Carter went from five touches to 13 in his first two weeks as a professional. He ended up with 88 yards from scrimmage and we think that's where the Jets will eventually go with their running game. Carter will be used in the passing game which will eventually give him some value in PPR leagues. For now, he will still split time with Ty Johnson and veteran Tevin Coleman.

It's a decent matchup for Carter against Denver who was ranked 21st in aFPA to running backs last year. We expect Carter to have some impact on the game but the touches might peak at 13 for at least the first half of the season. Keep him on the bench for Week 3 but if he is on the waiver wire, pick him as his fantasy stock is trending upward.

by Chris Kucharski

NYJ RB Michael Carter - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 at Carolina
The Jets expect Michael Carter to be the main back at some point this season. To start 2021, he will be the backup to Tevin Coleman. Carter will get opportunities but it remains a mystery on how many.

The Jets face the Panthers who were ranked 14th in aFPA to running backs in 2020. New York should generate some offense against an average defense.

Keep Carter on the bench for Week 1. He should get 7-10 touches in his first game and that will limit his productivity. Eventually, he will be a fantasy starter but not quite yet.

by Chris Kucharski

NYJ RB Michael Carter - 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
The Jets used a fourth-round draft pick to select Michael Carter out of North Carolina. He rushed for over 1,000 yards the last two seasons and that's with sharing time with Javonte Williams. Carter’s speed, vision, and acceleration make him an ideal fit for the West Coast offense new offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur will run. He was very efficient catching the ball out of the backfield for the Tarheels and will be used in the Jets passing game as well. Carter is the favorite to be at the top of the depth chart entering the season.

Fantasy Downside
Carter's size was the biggest knock going into the draft. He isn't really built to run between the tackles, so the Jets will have to find him some open space to get him the ball. New York will probably spread the ball around to the tailbacks which means Carter won't be a 20 touches-per-game back.

Bottom Line
Carter has been going anywhere from the eighth to 10 round. He definitely has more value in PPR leagues as we expect him to catch around 45 passes. Combine the receiving yards and rushing yards and Carter should go over 1,000 yards from scrimmage. He will fit into most lineups as a high-end RB3 and he can serve as a flex on most rosters.

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