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|Dynasty managers who roster Michael Carter were dealt a devastating blow this offseason when the Jets drafted Breece Hall with the 36th pick in the NFL Draft. The team's decision to draft Hall is, unfortunately, a strong indication that they don't see Carter being their long-term solution at running back. There have been times in the past, such as Seattle's backfield of Rashaad Penny and Chris Carson, where we've seen teams invest early round picks in running backs only to have a player already on the roster hold them off for years, but those situations are few and far between. Typically, when a team drafts a running back with a premium pick, that back is eventually going to be given every opportunity to show his worth.
For Carter, preseason usage is going to tell us a ton about how the team currently views him. If he's on the field for the majority of the first team reps with Zach Wilson at QB, then fantasy managers can feel confident that he'll at least start the season in a timeshare with Hall, or potentially even as the team's top back. In that scenario, Carter could have some early season value and wise managers could reap those benefits before trading him away to some naive manager who doesn't see the writing on the wall. While offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur hasn't really been a coach who's given any one back a true "workhorse" role in the past, it's also worth considering that he's never really been tied to a back who has the physical tools and upside of Breece Hall. There's a reasonable chance that Carter is phased out of the offense or becomes just a complementary back by the midway point during the season and there's almost no chance that he develops into a truly valuable fantasy piece without an injury to Hall in conjunction with a general improvement in his own performance.
Carter's price isn't significant as he's being selected in the double-digit rounds of most drafts and he's really a player who fantasy managers should be drafting if he looks like he'll be the top back in the offense to start the season. Even then, though, you should be looking to offload him early in the year before you're left holding the bag.
| Michael Carter listed as Doubtful|
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Dec 2, 10:41 am
|RB Michael Carter and RT Cedric Ogbuehi are listed as DOUBTFUL for Sunday, per Saleh. S Ashtyn Davis (hamstring) has been ruled out. #Jets (Rich Cimini on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Carter left last week's game with an ankle injury and the Doubtful tag means he'll likely be on the Inactive list on Sunday. That means we'll see more of Zonovan Knight, Ty Johnson and perhaps James Robinson who was a healthy inactive last week. Knight is the probably the most intriguing of the bunch from a fantasy perspective while Johnson could operate more on third downs.
| James Robinson inactive for the Jets|
Rookie RB Zonovan Knight is active
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Nov 27, 11:31 am
|RB James Robinson is INACTIVE -- a healthy scratch. Rookie RB Zonovan Knight is active. #Jets (Rich Cimini on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Robinson doesn't seem to be fitting in well with the Jets as he is a healthy scratch. Michael Carter shapes up to be a fine RB2 play against the Bears.