Chris Carson
Chris Carson
25-Year-Old Running BackRB
Seattle Seahawks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
In many ways, Carson is the perfect running back for the Seahawks. Seattle's much-maligned offensive line improved at run blocking last year with the additions of guard D.J. Fluker and new position coach Mike Solari, but it was still convenient to have a lead back who prefers running through people rather than waiting for holes to develop. The Oklahoma State product actually led the NFL in broken tackles on rushes in 2018 (39 put him one ahead of Saquon Barkley and Derrick Henry) and while that running style makes Carson more susceptible to injury, the results last year were impressive once he seized the No. 1 job for good in Week 3. He finished with Seattle's first 1,000-yard season since Marshawn Lynch in 2014, reviving a moribund rushing attack with the help of new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. Carson doesn't have any other standout traits besides power, however, and a lack of pass-catching skill limits his overall upside. Rashaad Penny, the 27th overall pick in last year's draft, will push hard for more touches this season, but the duo have a lot in common in terms of their skill sets, so a traditional runner/receiver timeshare won't necessarily develop. More likely, coach Pete Carroll will let his running backs battle for carries, which could lead to solid season totals for both in the league's most run-heavy offense but frustration for fantasy owners when it comes to guessing which player will come out on top any given week. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $2.47 million contract with the Seahawks in May of 2017.
Eclipses century mark
RBSeattle Seahawks
November 11, 2019
Carson rushed 25 times for 89 yards and a touchdown and caught three of four targets for 12 yards in Monday's 27-24 overtime win versus the 49ers.
ANALYSIS
Carson garnered 28 touches to Rashaad Penny's two, as the former was the clear bell cow again despite putting yet another ball on the ground, although the Seahawks were able to recover. The third-year running back has rushed at least 20 times in six of seven games, and the workhorse role continues to pay off, as he exceeded 100 yards from scrimmage in five of those outings. Carson will enjoy the upcoming bye and fire back up in Week 12 against the Vikings.
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How do Chris Carson's 2019 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
16.0%
 
Positive Run %
80.0%
 
% Yds After Contact
81.8%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
3.5
 
Rushing TD %
2.0%
 
Touches Per Game
22.7
 
% Snaps w/Touch
42.2%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-3.5
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.07
 
% Team Air Yards
-1.3%
 
% Team Targets
10.8%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-1.0 Yds
 
Catch Rate
79.4%
 
Drop Rate
8.8%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
8.7
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Carson, a seventh-round pick out of Oklahoma State last year, won the starting job in the Seahawks' backfield in training camp and put together a solid four-week run before breaking his leg and ending his season. It's easy to see what the coaching staff liked about the rookie, as he runs with tackle-breaking power behind a 5-11, 218-pound frame and seems to welcome contact without hesitation. The downside is that he doesn't make many defenders miss, and an injury history that dates back to his junior year in college suggests he might not be able to withstand the pounding his running style attracts. Carson also doesn't offer much in passing situations, limiting his role primarily to early downs and short-yardage spots. The selection of Rashaad Penny in the first round leaves Carson in a tricky spot, though the second-year pro did open training camp with the starting offense. With Penny now uncertain for Week 1 while recovering from a broken finger, Carson is on track to open the season as Seattle's starting running back. Of course, the battle for carries may just be getting started.
It appears as if the Seahawks will opt to have a running back by committee in 2017 with Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise all capable of leading the charge. Beyond that, Seattle has a handful of young backs competing for limited roster spots, and Carson, a seventh-round selection, will have to separate himself from the crowd if he hopes to remain on the roster come September. While he failed to record major stats at Oklahoma State, the 22-year-old performed admirably during the combine, running a 4.58-second 40 while posting a 37-inch vertical and 130-inch broad jump, but don't expect him to see major reps in 2017.
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Compiles 133 yards
RBSeattle Seahawks
November 3, 2019
Carson rushed 16 times for 105 yards and caught both targets for 28 yards in Sunday's 40-34 overtime win against the Buccaneers.
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Finds paydirt in win
RBSeattle Seahawks
October 27, 2019
Carson rushed 20 times for 90 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Falcons.
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Manages little on 24 touches
RBSeattle Seahawks
October 20, 2019
Carson rushed 21 times for 65 yards and caught three of five targets for nine yards in Sunday's 30-16 loss to the Ravens.
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Generates 159 scrimmage yards
RBSeattle Seahawks
October 13, 2019
Carson rushed 24 times for 124 yards and a touchdown and caught all four targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 32-28 win over the Browns.
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Less competition for touches
RBSeattle Seahawks
October 13, 2019
Carson is in line to see the majority of the touches Week 6 against Cleveland, as backup Rashaad Penny (hamstring) is inactive for the contest.
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