RB Chris Carson - Seattle Seahawks
|6-0, 218||Born: 9-16-1994||College: Oklahoma State||Drafted: Round 7, pick 2017|
Week 21: bye week
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Chris Carson's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 18 vs DAL (13 / 20 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / -1 / 0 rec)
Carson could not recreate the success he had for most of the season, as he was stuffed on numerous occasions, and wasn't able to help in the passing game (two receptions for negative yards, and one drop). His longest rush was for only five yards, and when Rashaad Penny subbed in briefly, he was faster to the hole each time, which translated into a big gain on one carry. On top of that, Mike Davis came in for most passing downs, and J.D. McKissic got a red zone TD reception. Late in the game, Carson converted a 2-point conversion, and that would be the highlight of his day. Despite his success this year, Carson may not be a lock as the starter next year.
2018 Week 17 vs ARI (19 / 122 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Carson just keeps getting better as the Seahawks head into the playoffs next week. In the final match, he had his longest rush of the season, a 61-yard run from deep in his own territory. The initial hole was huge and he shot through it like a rocket, which got him past most of the defense, but he just didn't have the breakaway speed to get past the last couple of guys. His short yardage touchdown was another small marvel, as one of the Cardinals latched on to his lower leg, but Carson's second and third effort freed him up for the score. Even with Rashaad Penny back in action, Carson led the three-headed rotation with 19 carries, to 11 for the other two combined.
2018 Week 16 vs KC (27 / 116 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Let's be honest - stat line aside, game in and game out, you could say the same things about Carson: He runs hard; follows his blockers well; is tough to take down; runs a little better over the middle than to the outside; and is the clear lead runner for the Seahawks. For about the first eight weeks, he was the greater part of a timeshare. But at this point in the season, his role is clearly much more than that. Not quite workhorse back, but very, very close. And he continues to earn every touch. Sure, he's a bit better when working with a lead blocker, but he sure proved he can handle things on his own as well. On the late touchdown, from one yard out, Carson was hit at the line of scrimmage on a left off tackle, but kept his momentum going - then, was hit by a second defender, and STILL won the battle, pushing both back and crossing the goal line defiantly, as if on a mission. He really does seem to be better with each week gone by.
2018 Week 15 vs SF (22 / 119 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 29 / 0 rec)
Carson ran well all game, controlling the line of scrimmage with ease on most plays. Runs to the left were particularly well blocked, and he did a great job maneuvering through the holes he was given. Not only did he dominate the touches in the ground game, but added to his repertoire this week was six catches. The Seahawks seemed to resort to passes out of the backfield for much of the game, and Carson proved up to the task, despite the presence of Mike Davis, who got even more work in that area. The one black mark on Carson's game is the fact that in OT, he was completely stuffed on the first two plays from scrimmage, which led to a Seattle punt, and the eventual loss on the ensuing 49ers drive.
2018 Week 14 vs MIN (22 / 90 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Carson had perhaps the only fantasy friendly line on either side of the ball. With a long gain of 11 yards, he played a strong and steady game throughout, and looked as impressive taking the ball outside as he did with his patented power running game up the middle. His two yard touchdown burst up the middle was in important nail in the coffin near the end of the game, that suddenly put the game out of reach. His gutsy running was the glue that held this offense together. Carson remains the clear #1 runner in this backfield.
2018 Week 13 vs SF (13 / 69 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)
Carson set the tone with his usual smash-mouth routine on the opening drive, rushing up the middle on three consecutive plays to open the game. Between three backs, he carried a little over half the load. As Mike Davis's carries dwindle, Carson is now getting more looks outside the tackles, in addition to the inside runs. On the downside, Carson was stopped multiple times in short yardage situations, including being stuffed twice in a row at the one yard line. Aside from that blip - or red flag, if you prefer - he ran steadily all game. Carson left the field in the fourth quarter with a dislocated finger, but is expected to play next week.
2018 Week 12 vs CAR (16 / 55 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
They're going to start calling him 'The Cat' after his highlight reel run up the middle. Carson attempted to leap a defender in the open field, who caught just enough of him to send him end over end -- but Carson somehow landed on his feet and kept going for a yard or two before being brought down. The biggest takeaway from this game is that Carson is really doing well on second and third efforts. He's hitting the hole hard, as usual, but the fact that he so often keeps going forward after first contact, is the heart of his game. The yardage total was nothing to write home about, partly due to playing from behind, as the passing game was a little more active than usual. But, he added a short yardage touchdown, giving Carson a pretty steady fantasy day.
2018 Week 11 vs GB (17 / 83 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Coming back from his hip injury, Carson promptly coughed up the ball on his first carry. After that, he corrected course and looked as strong as ever running between the tackles. Carson clearly has improved his game as the season has worn on. He showed his speed-power combination on a ten yard run up the middle that seemed to move on momentum alone. Later, he easily drove through a crowded line for a goal line touchdown. And in the second half, the Packers were much tougher on the running game, but he still managed to shed and drive forward multiple would-be tacklers for short gains. Carson is still not receiving 100% of the touches, ceding some plays to Rashaad Penny, presumably when he needs a breather; and to Mike Davis, mainly on passing downs.
2018 Week 9 vs LAC (8 / 40 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
At the start, all three backs - Carson, Mike Davis, and rookie Rashaad Penny - played a role in the opening drive. Entering the game with a 'questionable' tag due to a lingering hip injury, Carson looked quite strong at the start, before aggravating the injury after only ten snaps and leaving the game.
2018 Week 8 vs DET (25 / 105 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Carson dominated the backfield touches for the Seahawks (25 to Mike Davis's 10), and at the same time dominated the Lions with his impressive combo of patience and power. Coming out of the bye week, Carson seemed more patient at the line than he has been - as if he perhaps has found his Matrix-like moment in which the game around him is finally slowing down a bit. Or, maybe he was just playing the Lions. In either case, this was easily his most impressive effort of the season, as he simply owned the middle of the field at times. He caught a couple of short passes as well, and his only weakness was that he had far more success on inside runs than when he ran outside. On his 7-yard touchdown up the gut, he showed good vision in waiting for the hole, great cutback speed getting to it, and power to break through the last man who was waiting for him at the goal line. The only real downside looking ahead, is that the amount of carries against the Lions was likely an anomaly, with his inside running being more of what the game script called for while the Seahawks held the lead.
2018 Week 6 vs OAK (14 / 59 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Carson is confidently the lead back now, giving way to Mike Davis on some plays, but it's clearly more than a 50-50 split. Carson mainly carried the ball on inside runs, including a big gain on 2nd and 28, that showed that he is more than capable of eluding would-be tacklers when he has a little room to move. Carson got goal line touches, including a TD that was called back on a penalty. Late in the game, up 27-0, the Seahawks rested him for most of the fourth quarter.
2018 Week 5 vs LAR (19 / 116 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
After missing the last game and watching his backup top one hundred yards, Carson had something to prove in this one. He came out running hard up the middle, and continued to do so with success throughout the game, wearing out the Rams defense in the process. Carson was the 1A back of this committee and looked even better than he had in his first hundred-yard performance in week three. The ground game as a whole looked healthier, and Carson was able to showcase a true blend of patience and power running between the tackles. Many of his carries came out of the shotgun formation, including a 16-yard draw play on 1st and 20 that showed he can be more than just a straight ahead power runner. As for the committee, Davis got the touchdown run this time, but the rotation did not seem to intentionally designate one or the other as the short yardage back.
2018 Week 3 vs DAL (32 / 102 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Carson was a workhorse, there is no better way to put it. It took him 32 carries to get his 102 yards, but get them he did. This was a slow-and-steady, patient rushing attack, that gained just enough yardage to move the chains consistently and keep the heat off of the passing game. Carson balanced end runs with plays between the tackles, with a long gain of only 13. The Seahawks blockers seemed to dominate the line of scrimmage more as the game went on, and Carson, to his credit, stayed with his blockers 99% of the time. On one play he reversed direction for positive yardage, but mainly he read the blocks well and played a strong, patient game. His touchdown was a 5-yard draw play up the middle, out of the shotgun formation.
2018 Week 2 vs CHI (6 / 24 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Carson took the first play up the gut for an impressive 8 yard gain. It was all downhill (and not in a good way) from there, as the Seahawks yet again failed to establish their running game. He showed a nice burst into the line, and there were times when Carson used an extra gear to break a tackle, but he never found open field. In the second half, all of the touches went to other backs.
2018 Week 1 vs DEN (7 / 51 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Carson not only started the game, but had the better stats to show for it, versus the rookie, Rashaad Penny. Carson was asked to do a bit of everything, and he really shone on a highlight reel juke-and-leap over a defender early in the game. He also looked good in between the tackles as well as catching the ball. In fact, he had a long screen pass called back on penalty that would have given his reception yards total a big boost. Though Carson did everything that was asked of him, he also fumbled the ball, giving the Broncos the ball in Seahawks territory. Carson is clearly the lead back for now, but this could easily evolve into a timeshare.
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