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Chris Carson fantasy football updates for Week 10

The Seahawks’ determination to run the ball means there will be opportunities for Chris Carson. We’re tracking his fantasy performances and news updates throughout the season.

Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson carries the ball during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

What is Chris Carson’s fantasy football status, DFS price for Week 10?

Carson actually had a strong game in Week 9, going for 16-105-0 on the ground, along with a pair of receptions for 28 yards. The 17.3 DKFP didn’t jump out in tournaments, but playing against Tampa has been a terrible matchup for RBs.

Carson will be in an even more difficult spot in Week 10, going on the road to face an undefeated 49ers team. San Francisco ranks third in DKFP allowed to RBs, but we do know Carson should see his usual 15-20 touches in this one, giving him a nice floor. It’d be tough to sit Carson on your bench in season-long unless you have a very deep lineup, but think twice before paying $6,700 before him on DK.

What is Chris Carson’s fantasy football status, DFS price for Week 9?

The good news is that Carson is locked into the workhorse role in Seattle’s backfield — he just handled 20 or more carries for the fifth straight game. The bad news is that after three straight 20-plus DKFP point games, Carson’s only totaled 25 DKFP in the last two games combined.

Carson is must-play in your season-long leagues, but he’s now reached a season-high $7,200 on the DraftKings main slate, which is a lot given the matchup. Tampa Bay ranks third in DKFP allowed to the RB position, and have limited Christian McCaffrey to 29 total DKFP in two games this season.

What is Chris Carson’s fantasy football status, DFS price for Week 8?

Carson finally let us down in Week 7, but it had more to do with a stout Baltimore defense, and a game script that was working against him. Although the 10.4 DKFP were disappointing, Carson still saw 24 touches, which made four straight weeks with at least that number.

The Seahawks will be favored in Week 8 in Atlanta, regardless of Matt Ryan’s (ankle) status, and Carson will be a lock for well over 20 touches. I trust him to bounce-back in this spot, and payoff his $7,000 salary on DK. As has been the case all season, you’re not taking Carson out of season-long lineups until the bye week arrives.

What is Chris Carson’s fantasy football status, DFS price for Week 7?

Carson’s Week 3 benching for his fumble issues is well in the rearview mirror. In fact, Carson’s been one of the most reliable workhorse RBs over the last three weeks Carson’s racked up a 73-346-1 line on the ground, adding nine receptions for 81 yards and another score. He’s seen at least 26 touches and 100 rushing yards in each of those three games, scoring a minimum of 21.5 DKFP.

Carson’s locked into one of the safest spots in fantasy right now, and is still underpriced at $6,500. We can bank on 25 touches here against a Baltimore defense that ranks slightly below average in DKFP allowed to RB this season. Carson makes for a play in cash and tournaments, and is must-start in season-long.

What is Chris Carson’s fantasy football status, DFS price for Week 6?

Even with Rashaad Penny back in the mix for eight touches in Week 5, Carson had a strangle hold on the RB1 job in Seattle. Why the Seahawks don’t want to put the ball in Russell Wilson’s hands as much as possible doesn’t make sense to me, but Carson pounded the rock 27 times for 118 yards and a touchdown, and also caught the game-winning touchdown (22.3 DKFP) in Week 5 against the Rams.

If you watched MNF, you saw the Browns get absolutely dominated on the ground by the 49ers. That leaves Carson in a tremendous spot in Week 6, coming off consecutive 20-DKFP games, with upside for 20-plus touches. He’s a great play at $6,000, and a must-start in season-long.

What is Chris Carson’s fantasy football status, DFS price for Week 5?

Carson’s fumble issues became a red flag after Week 3, which made him difficult to trust on the Week 4 DraftKings slate. He’d lost a fumble in each of the first three games of the season, and busted for the second consecutive week, scoring a season-worst 5.0 DKFP against the Saints.

Week 4 was a huge bounce-back for Carson, as the Seahawks showed us they still have faith in their lead RB. Carson did have the luxury of facing a terrible Arizona defense, but posted a 22-104-0 line on the ground, while bringing in all four of his targets for 41 yards (21.5 DKFP). He’s off this week’s main slate with the Seahawks hosting the Rams on TNF, but he’s a solid play at $6,000 if you’re playing a slate that includes all games for this week. His Showdown price is $12,300. In season long leagues, Carson should remain in your lineups.

What is Chris Carson’s fantasy football status, DFS price for Week 4?

Carson began the season with such promise, scoring 25 DKFP against the Bengals for $5,700. He dominated the touches out of the backfield, and felt like he’d be a mid-priced RB we could count on this season, even after he spiked to $6,400 in Week 2. The only negative he had in Week 1 was a lost fumble.

Fast forward a couple weeks, and Carson hasn’t been in the end zone in the last two games, and lost another fumble in each of those outings. Even with Rashaad Penny out in Week 3, Carson found a way to get benched. The Week 3 matchup against Arizona is favorable, but even back down at $5,700, it’s tough to trust Carson. You’re likely using him as a FLEX play in your season long leagues, but one fumble could put him on the bench for the rest of the day. We can’t risk that on DraftKings.

What is Chris Carson’s fantasy football status, DFS price for Week 3?

After a versatile two-touchdown outing in Week 1, Carson came crashing back down in Week 2 in Pittsburgh. While the Seahawks got the win, Carson gained 87 yards on 18 touches, and lost a costly fumble. The 10.7 DKFP wasn’t a complete bust, but Rashaad Penny was able to score the touchdown for Seattle on the ground.

If there’s any good news for Carson’s fantasy stock, it’s that his salary comes down $500, entering a home matchup against a dinged up Saints squad. With Drew Brees out, Seattle’s favored at home, and should rely plenty on Carson to grind this one out. Being a home favorite should be something to look for all season with Carson (like when he scored 25 DKFP in Week 1), and this is another one of those spots we can trust him, particularly at this price.

What is Chris Carson’s fantasy football status, DFS price for Week 2?

The game-script between the Seahawks and Bengals may not have held form in Week 1, as the heavily favored Seahawks escaped with just a one-point victory. However, the projections for a big game from Carson were spot on, despite gaining just 3.1 yards per carry.

Carson went for a 15-46-1 line on the ground, but his role in the passing game was the most encouraging part of his afternoon. He brought in 6-of-7 targets for 35 yards and another score, bringing him up to 25.1 DKFP in Week 1. Carson will be on the road in Week 2 against Pittsburgh, as his salary jumps a reasonable $700 to $6,400. With Rashaad Penny mixing in for a mere six touches and 18 yards, it’s clear Carson’s going to be the featured RB in a run-heavy Seattle offense. I expect Carson to continue producing against the Steelers, and to see his salary on the rise again come Week 3.

Chris Carson 2019 fantasy football preview

The perception of Chris Carson takes a huge hit simply because the Seattle Seahawks chose to spend a 2018 first-round pick (No. 27 overall) on Rashaad Penny. But the fact of the matter is Carson, a 2017 seventh-rounder, is currently the better player. Carson flashed for a few weeks as a rookie, but injuries limited him to just four games.

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Carson broke out in his second NFL season, though, gaining 1,151 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 247 carries in 14 games. He also snagged 20 passes (on 24 targets) for another 163 yards through the air. Penny, who also played in 14 games, was outproduced across the board — going for 85-419-2 on the ground and catching just nine balls for 75 yards.

Seattle has talked about getting the ball in Carson’s hands more this season and said it’d like to find 50 targets for Carson in the passing game. While it’s a modest number, more than doubling his targets could push Carson’s name into consideration as a top-10 fantasy RB. While Russell Wilson steadies the ship, the Seahawks are a team that thrives on playing defense and running the ball. Both DK Metcalf and David Moore are injured to begin the season, leaving the WR corps very thin behind Tyler Lockett.

Unless Penny steals the show in 2019, which we can’t completely write off since he’s a first-round talent, Carson sets up for a strong fantasy season.

What is Chris Carson’s fantasy football status, DFS price for Week 1?

Carson enters Week 1 in practically the perfect fantasy spot — 9-point home favorites against a terrible Bengals team. Priced at $5,700 on DraftKings, Carson presents elite value, and could be an obvious cash-game play by the time lineups lock for this slate.

Carson scored double-digit DK fantasy points every game from Week 11 onward last season and was his hottest down the stretch. He averaged 26.4 DKFP over his final three games, gaining at least 100 rushing yards in each outing and racking up 75 total touches.

He brings all this momentum into a matchup against a Cincinnati defense that ranked 22nd in fantasy points allowed to RBs last season and has been decimated with injuries early in camp. Being one of the most heavily favored teams on the Week 1 slate shouldn’t justify being just the 15th-most expensive RB.

Chris Carson DraftKings salary 2019

Week Salary Opp Performance
Week Salary Opp Performance
1 $5,700 vs. Bengals 25.1
2 $6,400 @ Steelers 10.7
3 $5,900 vs. Saints 5.1
4 $5,700 @ Cardinals 21.5
5 $12,300 vs. Rams (Showdown) 22.3
6 $6,000 @ Browns 28.9
7 $6,500 vs. Ravens 10.4
8 $7,000 @ Falcons 15
9 $7,200 vs. Buccaneers 17.3
10 @ 49ers (Showdown)

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