Prior to the NFL Draft, you could have made the case for Carter as a breakout Fantasy option this year. He showed flashes of being a standout running back as a rookie in 2021, scoring at least 13 PPR points in five of his final 10 games. But the Jets decided to select Breece Hall in the second round of the NFL Draft, and it's clear Carter's role will be reduced. To what extent we don't know, but Hall should end up as the lead running back for the Jets. Carter could be relegated to passing downs work or just spelling Hall at times each week. Keep an eye on what happens in training camp, but Carter is now worth drafting after Round 10 in most formats. If Hall misses any time then Carter could be a Fantasy star, but if Hall is healthy it could be a rough season for Carter in a secondary role.
Carter’s college tape showed he was a player to get excited about.
While undersized, his diverse skill set looked beneficial for fantasy.
And we saw that in spurts last year for a Jets squad overrun by injuries and poor QB play.
2022 brought on the arrival of a potential workhorse back in Breece Hall. We believe Carter will retain a role, especially in passing situations. But this will certainly be a key battle to watch in training camp. And there's no doubt Carter's upside isn't what it was months ago.
For now, the 2nd-year back projects as an RB4.
Carter is entering his second season with the Jets, though his fantasy value took a major hit when the team drafted Breece Hall in April. Carter -- a 2021 fourth-round pick -- shared backfield duties during most of his first season, but he showed his upside when called upon for a larger workload around midseason. Carter hit a high in Week 8 against the Bengals, pacing all backs in fantasy points thanks to 172 yards and a score on 24 touches. His playing time dwindled from there, however, and he missed three games due to injury. Carter impressed as a rookie and has upside as a receiver, but he's a bit undersized and is now likely to be limited to situational carries and a passing-down role behind Hall. Carter has some insurance appeal, but he figures to struggle for consistent flex production.
The media is predicting Michael Carter will remain the starter heading into camp, so he will have a chance to build on a decent rookie year which saw him have some success at times behind a poor offensive line with quarterbacks who allowed defenses to stack the box anytime they wanted to. That starting job leaves Carter in a position to provide some value for Fantasy GMs, but not a ton. He should be looked upon as a solid third running back you can plug in if need be in a pinch.