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Chris Carson is Undervalued in 2019 Fantasy Football Drafts

Max Staley
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When he was on the field last season, Chris Carson was one of the most reliable backs in fantasy football. He racked 1,151 rushing yards on 247 carries in 2018, pouring in nine TDs on the ground as well.

Despite Carson's production, 2018's RB14 is currently being drafted as RB24 (48th overall), according to FantasyPros.

Interestingly, little has changed in Seattle from last season, so it's a bit of a surprise that Carson's average draft position (ADP) has fallen this far. Of course, injury concerns could have played a part in Carson's drop, as he's missed two games last season, and only played in four games in the 2017 season.

There's also some concern regarding Carson's workload this season. The Seattle Seahawks used a first-round pick on Rashaad Penny in 2018, and there's a chance that he could steal some more carries in 2019.

However, most reports seem to indicate that Carson has proven to be the better player in training camp. If his workload looks anything like it did in 2018, Carson could be one of the best values in fantasy drafts this season.

On a per-game basis, Carson was an RB1 in standard 12-team leagues last season, averaging 13.0 fantasy points per game. He's currently being drafted as a low-end RB2, though he's proven he has legitimate RB1 upside.

While the injury and workload concerns are worrisome, it's worth noting that Seattle ran the ball 534 times last season (No. 2 in the NFL). Even if Penny receives an uptick in carries, Seattle will likely run the ball enough to make both players viable fantasy options.

If Carson is available when you're on the clock near the tail end of the fourth round, he could prove to be one of the best values in fantasy this season.

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