3. Michael Carter, RB, NY Jets
2021 Statistics: 118.4 Total Fantasy Points, 8.5 PPG
2022 Prediction: 160.0 Total Fantasy Points, 8.2 PPG
In the 2021 season, Michael Carter only played in 14 games and still recorded a total of 118 fantasy points. In the 2022 season, Carter looks to take another strong leap in his sophomore campaign.
Carter's points-per-game may drop slightly if he plays all 17 games, but his total fantasy points would beef up in a respectable way. In 2021, Carter recorded just four rushing touchdowns and still ranked extremely high in the fantasy football statistical rankings.
He ranked as the 30th best fantasy running back as a rookie alongside the likes of David Montgomery and Melvin Gordon within itching distance last season in total points.
This season, I would take Carter over both of them without thinking twice, as a sophomore surge may be a strong prediction for him.
The only thing holding back my prediction of Carter being drastically higher on the hype train was the offseason addition of Breece Hall, a running back from Iowa State that the Jets selected in the second round.
Hall may take away some potential reps in the receiving game from Carter, who caught 35 passes last season, but he should still get plenty of looks in the overall running game.
Where would I take Michael Carter?
Look to take Carter in the fourth round of this year's fantasy draft if you are in an 8-12 person fantasy league. The worst mistake you could make would be passing up on Carter if he falls past the fourth round. He may be a sleeper in some leagues.