RB - NYJ
Week 8 Outlook
Michael Carter racked up 104 scrimmage yards en route to a solid outing in any PPR format.
The former Tar Heel looked to have fully taken over the Jets backfield coming out of the bye. He played on 72% of the snaps and handled 11 of the 17 total carries. He was only able to muster 37 scoreless yards, but he was the preferred runner. He also received nine targets, which paced the team. He caught eight of them for 67 yards. While he did not find the end zone, the rookie put himself on the backend RB2 radar in full-PPR leagues. Fantasy managers shouldn't be afraid to fire him up as a solid flex play moving forward. He does, however, receive a solid downgrade in standard-scoring leagues.
Micheal Carter was one of the few bright spots on offense for the Jets in their matchup in London vs the Falcons.
Carter paced the team in carries with 10. Ty Johnson was the next closest with four, so it appears that Carter has somewhat separated himself in the backfield. Unfortunately, he wasn't overly efficient, finishing with only 38 yards. He did manage to find the end zone once on the ground, however. He also chipped in with three receptions on three targets for 20 scoreless yards. Carter can be viewed as an RB3 moving forward in any PPR-scoring formats.
Michael Carter leaves fantasy managers wanting more despite finding the end zone for the first time.
Carter managed to find pay dirt from 13 yards out for his first touchdown in the NFL. Despite the touchdown, Carter scored only 9.8 fantasy points, a disappointing outcome. The rookie managed only 38 scrimmage yards, all of which were gained on the ground. While the former Tar Heel was the lead rusher for the Jets, fantasy managers will be disappointed to see he did not receive a single target in the passing while fellow running backs, Ty Johnson and Tevin Coleman, both received two targets apiece. Carter should absolutely be on fantasy benches, but he's not yet consistent enough to be starting except in deeper leagues.
Michael Carter receives nine carries and catches two of three targets. He was only able to rack up 29 scrimmage yards.
While fantasy managers will certainly be happy with Carter leading all Jets' running backs in touches, the production was surely disappointing. It is certainly a positive sign the coaching staff has already shifted to Carter being the lead back, but until this offense can find some balance, fantasy managers are best served leaving Carter on their benches. While the overall touches were certainly a nice sight to see, it was disappointing to see fellow running back, Ty Johnson out-target Carter, five to three. If Carter and Johnson are going to split touches, it will render both of them useless for fantasy purposes, especially with the struggles this Jets offense is currently dealing with. Fantasy managers shouldn't give up hope since the last two contests were against strong defenses, but Carter cannot be put into starting lineups right now either.
After a sluggish Week 1 performance, Michael Carter shows signs of being the best running back for the Jets moving forward.
Carter received 11 carries in Week 2, which was second on the team. He was, however, the leading rusher and finished with 59 yards. He averaged a healthy 5.4 yard per carry and had a long run of 14 yards. He also received three targets and caught two of them for 29 yards. If Carter continues receiving 10–12 carries a game with 3–5 targets a week, Carter will have weekly flex appeal in PPR leagues.