4. Michael Carter, RB, NY Jets
Running back has been a real key weakness for the NY Jets for many years. In fact, the last time a player ran for at least 1,000 yards was in 2015 thanks to Chris Ivory.
Having relied on veteran Frank Gore last year, with 2020 fourth-round pick La’Mical Perine not living up to expectations during his rookie season, the Jets are turning to another fourth-rounder, North Carolina’s Michael Carter, to help improve their fortunes in the rush game.
And for fantasy managers, in a league where true No. 1 runners are so scarce, Carter offers a decent alternative for many who are looking for productive running backs.
According to Fantasy Pros, Carter is projected to score upwards of 150 fantasy points this year, with some backing the rookie to go over 700 yards for the season.
And while the Jets are likely to rotate their backs throughout the season, Carter will be expecting to get a lot of the ball so there is no reason why he can’t soar past those totals.
He might not be the biggest player, but Carter was extremely explosive at North Carolina, averaging just under seven yards a carry having formed a formidable partnership with new Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams.
Much like they did at North Carolina, the Jets are expected to rotate their running backs a lot this season.
With many options to choose from on their roster, Carter will bring that real team player energy from his college days to Gang Green, as well as much-needed receiving ability, something which will be crucial for the team this season.
The leading back heading into training camp was supposedly six-year pro Tevin Coleman, another player who could potentially fill also a void in many fantasy teams with a late-round selection.
Yet, with Carter expected to take a lot of the workload, plus competition from Perine and Ty Johnson to consider, don’t expect huge numbers this season from the injury-prone Coleman.
Carter has the talent to capitalize on any opportunity this year and while he’s a long way off from being a No. 1 fantasy running back, he is definitely worth a punt.