Michael Carter Injury Update Boosts Fantasy Outlook Heading into Fantasy Playoffs

Michael Carter's latest injury update boosts his fantasy outlook heading into fantasy football playoffs in Week 15.
Michael Carter's latest injury update boosts his fantasy outlook heading into fantasy football playoffs in Week 15. / Elsa/GettyImages

An ankle injury has sidelined Jets running back Michael Carter since Week 11, but head coach Robert Saleh is confident in his return for Week 15, just in time for fantasy football playoffs.

Carter's recent injury update is shedding some fantasy value for managers heading into the playoffs.

Michael Carter Injury Update

Saleh is expecting his leading running back to be designated for return from the IR ahead of the Jets Week 15 clash with the Miami Dolphins, an interesting fantasy opponent.

Michael Carter Fantasy Outlook

The rookie running back was finally coming into his own in Weeks 7-11 prior to the ankle injury. Carter operated as RB5 in PPR leagues during that span, seeing a desirable 19.2 opportunities (12.8 carries, 6.4 targets) during that span and notching 53 rushing yards, 4.6 receptions and 48.8 receiving yards per game.

New York's offense has sputtered since Carter left the lineup, going from 408.4 yards per game in Weeks 7-11 to 267.7 per game since Week 12.

On paper, Miami's defense rates well against the run by allowing the eighth-fewest PPR points to opposing running backs and ranking 14th in Football Outsiders' run-defense DVOA metric.

Carter injured his ankle in Week 11 against the Dolphins, but still managed to put up RB27 numbers in just 20 offensive snaps (33%), so he's trending towards RB2/FLEX value if reinstated from the IR before Sunday.

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